iPhone Macro Photography

Rachel Johanna

Product Photographer & Marketing Maven

Macro Mode is one of the most popular features of Camera+2. Have you used it?

My grandmother loves flowers. Her whole life she’s been surrounded by them. She’s had huge gardens and she always made us stop on road trips to collect wildflowers. So that love of flowers was passed on to me – it’s in my blood. Except, I can’t keep flowers alive at all. So instead, I photograph them. I have folders & folders of floral iPhone photos. A digital garden. 

When I joined the Camera+ team I was so excited to see that a large part of our users love our macro settings. We get tagged in amazing macro shots of flowers all the time and I love it! #cameraplus2

But for those of you who aren’t already in love with it, I wanted to give you a few tips on how to take the best macro shots with Camera+ 2.

Stay Sharp

If you are going to be getting up close and personal with things, you better make sure to keep everything super sharp! Here’s how:

Light & Exposure

One of the most common reasons to get unsharp photos is your exposure. If your camera isn’t getting enough light, it’s going to have a harder time staying sharp. You might notice this issue while shooting or later when you edit & try to lighten your photo. This can be a result of your camera having a harder time finding it’s focus or it could be that you lose quality when you try to brighten your image. When shooting macro in Camera+ 2, you can have the app set the exposure for you or you can set it manually. Getting the exposure correct in camera is going to help you keep it sharp when you edit.


Grain can make your subject appear less sharp and can be caused by a couple things:

  • ISO

The higher your ISO, the more grain you will get. I always say that your ISO should be the last thing you change. If you can, the first thing to try is adding more light to your scene. Then change your shutter speed – just not too low or you’ll get blur. Save ISO for last. Tap on the (M) icon to access the exposure controls.

  • Low quality cameras

Sometimes it’s just the technology. Older phones are more likely to shoot grainy images. As technology advances, phone cameras get better and better and so does your image quality. A newer camera will give you more to work with. Higher ISOs might not cause as much grain. And when you edit, the better image quality is going to allow you to edit more while losing less.


We talk about this a lot but that’s because it’s a big deal! A really common reason for unsharp photos is an unstable camera. Two big ways to make sure and avoid camera shake: 1. Use a tripod. 2. Use a timer. Keep that camera stable. If you have an Apple Watch, you can use it as a trigger! 

Don’t Over Edit

Ever notice that when you are editing your image loses quality? This usually happens when you boost the exposure too much or get a little intense with the clarity. Just watch those things and make sure you get your settings as close to perfect as you can. 

Also, be careful not to over blur, over sharpen, or use overpowering filters.

Another big editing tip I can give you for better quality photos is to make sure you are doing in-camera composition. If you crop heavily later you are much more likely to lose details. Get as close as you can to the composition you envision on screen before you shoot.

Get Focused

Camera+ 2 makes it so easy to set your focus point. Just tap to set and again to lock. It makes sure you get exactly what you want in focus. You get to choose where your viewer’s eyes go first. This is especially cool when you are shooting macro. 

What to Shoot

Flowers and insects are the most popular imagery we get tagged in but I challenged myself this week to also see other things through a macro lens. Here are some of the things I captured. What will you shoot? What does your world look like when you get up close!?

Share your macro shots with us! Use #cameraplus2

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Published by Rachel Johanna

Product Photographer & Marketing Maven