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Evaluation of the iPhone 11 Pro Camera from Professional Photographers

via:威锋网     time:2019/9/19 18:24:08     readed:636


"Hello, this is China.

I'm doing live photography for Yo-Yo Ma's World Tour concert. It's a privilege to be able to shoot this magnificent musical journey. When I was worrying about how to test the new features of the iPhone 11 Pro, I thought this photography was just right because the scene was often in very low light. State! "

Today, we'll meet Austin Mann, a travel photographer who "bypassed" the new camera of the iPhone 11 Pro on his journey to China. He took us into the technology behind the lens of the iPhone 11 Pro and the pictorial stories it presents from a professional perspective, and brought us a picture with his exquisite photographic skills. Scenery and character blockbusters created with the iPhone 11 Pro.

If you also want to master the posture of using the black technology of the iPhone 11 Pro skillfully, keep up with the photographer and be ready to enjoy the beautiful scenery inside and outside the lens.

For photographers, Apple's release of the iPhone 11 Pro can be summed up in two words: camera. Austin Mann is scratching his hands on this. He wants to try Ultra Wide Angle, Night Mode, Outside View Frame and iOS 13 photo management and editing tools for himself. So, after completing the photography work of Yo-Yo Ma's Cello concert, he went to the countryside to find some more interesting scenery and began to explore this beautiful country.

More perspectives and deeper images

It's exciting to take and test this powerful camera upgrade, especially when you get such a picture:

Ultra Wide Angle, iPhone 11 Pro, Guilin

Austin Mann likes ultra-wide-angle lenses, which provide photographers with another format for describing stories, another visual perspective, and a better way to work creatively. Most of the time, ultra-wide-angle lens can naturally capture a strong sense of scene, and add rich layers to the story of the lens.

Throughout China, Mann took full-scale shots using the Extra Wide Angle of the iPhone 11 Pro.


Don't forget that Ultra Wide Angle can also be used for vertical shooting, which is taken when the plane descends.

Halide Technology Reading Analysis

As we've just seen in Halide's technical reading tool, which the application developer used to analyze the iPhone 11 camera system, the strongest lens of the iPhone 11 is the main lens, which is the wide-angle lens: its shutter range is 1/125,000 to 1 second, with the largest aperture and the highest ISO. Night mode and automatic focusing system are also provided by it.

Left: Extra Wide Angle Specification | Middle: Wide Angle Specification | Right: Long Focus Specification. The photographer painted the key part yellow.

Ultra-wide-angle lens works very well under normal lighting conditions, which is very satisfactory. But when you move indoors or at night, you will feel different. The image is softer than the wide angle, and there is no night mode. In low light, you will be prompted (or forced) to switch to wide-angle shooting, depending on the light limitations.

Photographer's Experience

As photographers, we often consider creating a balance of "wide, medium and tight" images in a series of compositions or shooting. To shoot the same theme from three perspectives can let the audience enter the macro-micro connected journey, and ultimately present the theme in a deeper way.

Whether or not you often play Extra Wide Angle shooting, I encourage you to try to shoot the same theme with the three shots of the iPhone 11 Pro. It's a good exercise to keep your inspiration flowing and to get (threefold) happiness.

We can see it in the dark.

There are often questions from beginners or even professionals of iPhone photography about how to take better pictures when the light is insufficient. This year's new nighttime model for the new iPhone is the answer. It's easy to use, powerful, and automatic, and it will radically change the way everyone shoots on the iPhone.

Austin Mann went to Guilin to photograph amazing scenery and rivers. At sunset/dusk, they talk about another style.

Night Mode, Wide-angle, iPhone 11 Pro, Guilin, China

Apple's nighttime model is not only focused on solving photographic problems with technology, but also on artistic expression. When you see the picture above, it's clear that the iPhone team didn't brighten up the night and make daylight like some of their competitors. On the contrary, they seem to be acquiescing that the photographer will capture the scene in a beautiful way. It is more like that the characters melt into the night, and the night sets off the color.

Photographers also released several photos of the iPhone XS vs the iPhone 11 Pro under ultra-low light conditions. Let's enjoy them:

Phone XS and Phone 11 Pro Night Mode, Hand-held Photography, Xi'an, China

Phone XS and Phone 11 Pro Night Mode, Tripod Shooting, Guilin, China

In the above image of the audience, you will notice that even in the dark blue light thrown on the stage, the night mode can retain the warm tone of the character's skin color. This is impressive - in some cases, the iPhone 11 Pro captures easily overlooked colors in low-light scenes that we can't see with the naked eye.

Austin Mann said it was the most dramatic leap since the launch of panoramic mode on the iPhone 5 in 2012. He hadn't taken out a picture of himself for a long time and was amazed at it. This time, the iPhone 11 Pro did it, "I can't believe I took it with my mobile phone.

A different way of working at night

Even when a car is traveling on a rough road or photographing a fisherman on a rocking boat, the photographer can still use the iPhone 11 Pro to master multi-second night modelling and maintain clarity.

If you're familiar with taking long exposures, you'll immediately realize that the way the iPhone 11 Pro collects light in night mode is fundamentally different.

According to Mann's experience, the way the night mode actually works is to take a bunch of short and slightly long exposures, check their sharpness, discard the bad ones and synthesize them. This is different from the traditional dSLR/single-camera, where a 5-second exposure is a way of continuously recording light (and recording its movement) over the entire shutter duration.

Instead of capturing a continuous frame, the iPhone 11 Pro mixes a large number of lenses with variable lengths (some of which have shorter exposure times for freezing action and longer lenses for exposure shadows), which means that the subject can actually move during your exposure but the photos remain clear.

Some friends may ask, "It's good for hand-held shooting, but what if I want to shoot the light track?"

Don't worry, the iPhone 11 will detect tripod immobilization and enter a different exposure mode from the handheld, so that the light trajectory and light source movement can still be captured by the lens in good condition.

This new technology is exciting and confusing for photographers. It's another real flash point in AI photography, capturing more light with powerful software, rather than increasing lenses and enlarging them.

It's not skin polishing, it's real skin color.

The way the iPhone 11 Pro renders skin tone has improved. You must remember that last year the smart HDR occasionally used that strange flat/poster/orange look to render skin tone, so let's take actual photos to see if this problem has been solved.

Intelligent HDR transition rendering is usually under-exposed, so Mann takes a self-timer on the front lens of the aircraft and adjusts the exposure to a minimum, so you can see the contrast.

Testing whether the iPhone 11 Pro can maintain skin tone when under-exposed

Apple calls it "semantic rendering" and behind the moment you press the camera, the software separates facial skin, facial features and even teeth layer by layer to preserve the texture and contrast of these features correctly in the photos. From the photos above, it works very well.

Left: iPhone 11 Pro Portrait Mode | Right: High-key Photometric Monochrome for the iPhone 11 Pro Portrait Mode (iOS 13)

Mann took a portrait of Grandma Shi. She was really cute in the camera. This is an outdoor portrait in sunny light. The more harsh the light is, the less ideal the condition of the picture will be. Intelligent HDR may smooth or warm the skin by dealing with excessive light and lose some minor details. But the balance of colours, the accuracy of skin color and edge preservation in this photo are impressive.

Outside view frame

One of the most interesting camera features introduced this year is the "Outside View Frame" feature. If you shoot in wide angle, the iPhone 11 will also display the images from the ultra wide angle lens at the same time.

You will see the darker side frames in the camera application. Here is the content of the picture that the ultra wide angle lens seamlessly connects to the wide angle view. It changes the way we view, and then changes our creation.

Whether it's taking a picture or after taking a picture, you can decide the frame you want. When iOS detects a character at the edge of the wide-angle view, a small icon pops up to remind you that you might want to cut in more content, and then improve the composition/angle according to the picture.

Some wishes

Although the iPhone 11 Pro is certainly more professional than the previous one, photographers think it can do better. Austin Mann offers two suggestions:

One is more visibility. For photographers, they need to understand how their tools work, the most basic of which is to see the exposure time of night mode shooting in metadata, and to better understand the format and frame number of real-time shooting in camera applications, rather than go into settings to check. In short, if the actual data from the camera can be seen intuitively during the shooting, the photographer will know what to improve.

Second, more control. Professionals want to have more autonomous operation of the camera and turn off certain functions when necessary, such as intelligent shake-proof or off-frame screen preview; night mode is best to allow photographers to manually control shutter time based on available light and stability; and decide which volume button to control (in the most convenient way). Continuous shooting, which control video shooting.

Panoramic mode image taken by the iPhone 11 Pro, edited by iOS 13 photo application

Shopping advice for Photographers

If you buy for shooting, buy the iPhone 11 Pro, and think about the extra money you spend on camera lenses that won't hurt so much.

If you're thinking about the iPhone 11, it's good. Its cameras are also excellent, even surpassing last year's XS in some ways. The main missing feature of the iPhone 11 is the long focus lens. If you care about the long focus, upgrade to Pro.

11 Pro and 11 Pro Max have the same camera performance, the former is more flexible and lightweight; the latter has a larger screen, which means that the viewfinder for editing or viewing is larger than the screen, and it also has a longer battery life.

Austin Mann personally chose to upgrade from the iPhone XS to the iPhone 11 Pro, because this size is more suitable for quick and easy shooting with one hand. He told us that this year is a huge upgrade for people who want to shoot with the iPhone. Night mode and ultra-wide-angle lens will change the way we tell stories and bring you artistic improvements, which is a good opportunity.

Black is the preferred mobile phone for photography, because the black fuselage is the most difficult to reflect light, and has less influence on light, and the photography process has less influence on light measurement. In some situations (such as concert halls), black cameras always seem cautious and respectful. But I have to say, midnight green is so good to see the sharp point of the heart, if you really don't want to choose black, you should choose it.

Thank you, Austin Mann, for sharing the excellent reviews.


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