Apple shows you how to take ‘otherworldly’ iPhone images

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Apple shows you how to take 'otherworldly' iPhone images
Professional photog Maria Lax shares tips on taking eerie pictures with an iPhone’s Night Mode.
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Explore some of the more exotic possibilities of your iPhone’s camera with a free tutorial from a professional photographer. An video Today at Apple session shows how to use Night Mode to take and edit “otherworldly” images.

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The expertise comes from Maria Lax, a Finnish photog based in London.

‘Otherworldly’ images, step by step

She begins by taking night images by looking for light sources. “The first element of photography for me is finding light,” said Lax. “So find light sources that look good, have interesting color… whatever light is calling your name, going towards that light.”

And don’t overthink your pictures. “The second thing is to experiment with something that can make it really unique,” the photog recommends. “I like putting stuff in front of the lens and just seeing what happens.” In the video, she uses thin plastic films, sometimes with vaseline on them.

In the third strep, she goes over editing the images. She doesn’t use a pricy application — she does her editing for the tutorial with the iPhone’s Photos app. Lax shows some of the benefits of the Rotate, Crop, Contrast, Saturation and Vignette tools.

“Everybody can be creative,” says Lax. “Just go out there and you’ll get amazing stuff. And you’ll get better at it as you go.”

Apple encourages iPhone photographers with occasional tutorials like this one. Before this was an eye-opening demonstration of the capabilities of the cameras built into Apple handsets.