Testing out my new iPhone camera - Photo 52 contest entry

in OCD2 months ago


Photo taken by me @derangedvisions

New Portrait Modes


Yesterday I traded in my iPhone XR for an iPhone 11. My wife has an 11 and I was jealous of the pictures that my wife was able to take with her phone because they were so much better than mine. The iPhone 11 has some pretty cool new portrait modes that you can do that really isolate your subject you are taking the picture of and create a nice bokeh in the background.

It also has some pretty cool lighting effects to use for the portrait settings. For this photo, I used the "Stage Light Mono" light setting. One really cool feature is that the editing that you do to the photos is non-destructive, so you can go back and change things, including the lighting set up that you wanted to shoot with.

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Photo taken by me @derangedvisions

For this edit, I used the "Stage Light" setting. The cool thing about these new features is the ability for the subject you are shooting to be isolated from the background and essentially have all of the background erased as if they are in a studio. I took this photo in my kitchen, so the background has my dining room and some walls, but they are gone now.

One of the downsides of this feature though is that it is an algorithm that the software uses to mask out your subject to isolate it and it can be hit or miss at times depending on what you are shooting. I did it with Rusty a few times and his whiskers got cut off because they went outside of his face and got lost into the background. So it works best on things with well defined edges, not fluffy hair.

Anyways, enough rambling for now. The top photo is my entry in the Photo 52, 2020 Challenge, Week Number 4 contest that is run by @wwwiebe. It is a pretty cool weekly contest that is going to run all year with a different theme each week and have a special grand prize for the winner at the end of the year. Here is what the grand prize winner will receive:

At the end of the year I will put up a dPoll with all of the weekly contest champions, at which point there will be a few days before NYE where the community can vote for the Grand Champion. The Grand Champion will receive 60% of all Steem in the Photo52 account by Dec 31! For instance, if the account has a total of 100 Steem, then 60 Steem will be given to the Grand Champion.

So to help increase the amount of Steem that is in the account, every time I enter the contest, I am going to set a 15% beneficiary to @photo52. This is shaping up to be a fun contest that I would love to continue to support.


Oh WOW...Rusty is gorgeous on this portrait ! I love the colored one because of his wonderful blue eyes of course ! and he has a somptuous fur 😍

Thanks. This is actually my dog Titus though. Rusty is my orange cat. I prefer the colored one as well. I really like how his coat stands out and his eyes as well.


Ooh..don't tell him that i confused him with the cat, I would not like to offend him a9ody9.png

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DAWWWWW!! That poochie is absolutely adorable! Is Titus a Malamute? I used to have a pure white Siberian Husky with baby blue eyes. I miss her dearly.

Thank you very much for your support and the entry!

Thanks. Titus is a husky. They are amazing dogs aren’t they? I am looking forward to everyone else’s entries this week.


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Now I am jealous too :)
The last couple of months I have been thinking that it is about time to change my ancient phone and a good camera is definitely a must, but this beauty you got is a bit out of my price range!
I am glad to see you taking part and supporting the @photo52 contest. I didn't know @wwwiebe before but I loved the concept of the contest from day one!
Rusty looks great, love both edits. I would probably join this week with my black doggie too :)

I'm glad you're enjoying it @fotostef! I've been loving meeting new people and seeing some great photos. Makes me happy!

And here's my black kitten getting in the way of the camera.


Haha a curious one :)

I was going to try and hold off for the new iPhone that will be released later this year, but decided that I was sick of my wife taking cooler pictures than me with her phone, lol. That is cool you are going to take part in this contest as well. I am going to be bringing my contest back soon. I just need to plan it out with themes so I can be organized. I want to restructure it all.


That's great news!
We are missing some more cool contests!

Great use of the settings. The final pet portrait is like painting with the shadows. It's terrific.

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Personally I don't like that edition very much, the dog looks a little weird haha (at least to me it looks weird), but the detail of the picture (even when you zoom it) is really amazing.

The quality of the photos that can be taken by current phones is incredible, I take photos with my iPhone 6 (it's the best phone I have haha) and it really gives incredible results despite being released 6 years ago.

Your dog looks nice, btw

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So cute that puppy! My cellphone doesn't do that! ☹️

You seem to just be at home behind a camera!
No matter what kind of camera it is.

And look at that pic..it looks really good!!!
Giving me more reasons to consider the iphone 11.... 😱

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@derangedvisions Hey such a nice and informative post!!!! Love to go through such posts. Really interesting!!!!
Keep up the good work!!!!
Wish you luck =)
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