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For years, Apple has been encouraging people to share photos taken with their iPhone on social media using the hashtag #shotoniphone. If you want, you can of course build in the special iPhone model, so I use the hashtag #shotoniphonexs for my photos that I took with the iPhone XS, for example.
I had carried the idea for this post around with me since the iPhone 7 Plus. I find a collection of favorite pictures taken with a certain iPhone model very interesting because it shows which photos are possible with the respective device - even if there is a bit of post-processing here and there. But mostly it's just global color or exposure settings. I didn't create any masks in Lightroom for any of these photos and edit certain areas individually. I usually lack the muse for such things.
I've been using the iPhone as my "always with me" camera since the iPhone 5 and I'm always thrilled to see how the image quality has improved over the years with each new iPhone model. I was particularly happy when my stepdad - who has been a fan of Leica cameras for many decades - looks at my iPhone photos and then says things like "It's unbelievable what kind of photos these little things take!" says.
Of course, there are worlds between a Leica full-frame sensor and the small iPhone sensor, but the post-processing that smartphones are now doing brings a lot out of the photos. In my opinion, the smartphone cameras are good enough for the usual screen resolution and small photo books, but the smartphone photos would not withstand a comparison with a high-resolution full-frame sensor. However, the development of camera sensors and, above all, automatic post-processing continues: With its post-processing in the Google cloud, the Google Pixel 3 makes it clear that even taking pictures at dusk is no longer the limit of smartphone photography.
Ultimately, you always have to keep in mind that I wouldn't have taken most of my photos with a large DSLR because I simply wouldn't have had them with me. I always take the best photos by chance on walks or when I'm out in the garden for a moment. On such occasions I always have my iPhone with me - but certainly not a 2,5 kg DSLR.
By the way, I almost never do it RAW photos with iPhone. The export from the photo library is somehow too complicated for me. I can drag and drop the JPGs from the media library, while I always have to export the RAW files via the menu.
As already mentioned, I would like to finally show you a few photos that I took with the iPhone XS. Some of them have been reworked and some not or hardly at all. As far as I can remember, I'll write about what I did with the photo in terms of editing. This post here is constantly being expanded so that you can always find the latest photos at the top. Should there be new photos, I will post the post with a new date from time to time so that it can be included in the Sir Apfelot app appears as a new post.
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In the following photo you have a nice example of what Smart HDR can do with photos. With my iPhone X, such motifs always went "wrong". Either what the subject is underexposed in the front or the sky in the background is overexposed. In this photo I just changed the colors and the exposure slightly. Smart-HDR has already prepared everything else perfectly.
The following photo may not be a photographic masterpiece, but it is technically impressive: Recently there was a partial lunar eclipse that I wanted to photograph. Since even the 2x telephoto lens of the iPhone XS doesn't get close enough here, I wanted at least the photo to be blurry. For this reason I used the photo tripod for once. As a photo app, I used the "Slow Shutter" app, which allows longer exposure times over several seconds or adjusts them by exposing the photo several times. You can see the result below. I just adjusted the cutout slightly and changed the colors so that it wasn't just gray-blue. If you look closely, you can even see the cut moon.
The following photo is with the Rollei lens ball that I can recommend to anyone who likes to experiment a bit with photography. I've taken quite a few photos with it that didn't look particularly great in the end, but some turned out pretty good for it.
I hope you like a photo or two. You are welcome to leave a comment on the pictures or describe your photo experiences with the iPhone XS, XR or XS Max. I'm excited to see what's the next iPhone model in September 2019 for improvements in the camera and internal processing.
Jens has been running the blog since 2012. He appears as Sir Apfelot for his readers and helps them with problems of a technical nature. In his free time he drives electric unicycles, takes photos (preferably with his iPhone, of course), climbs around in the Hessian mountains or hikes with the family. His articles deal with Apple products, news from the world of drones or solutions for current bugs.