How to take amazing iPhone 13 Pro macro photos, according to award winners

After more than two years away, I was back in Apple’s storefront at the Fifth Avenue Store. The invitation was to join Apple and celebrate a group of amateur photographers who have mastered macro photography using Apple’s iPhone 13 Pro.

Apple finally added macro photography to its iPhone line last year, following in the footsteps of smartphone startups like OnePlus, which introduced the feature in previous phones, though inexplicably removing it from the flagship One Plus 10 Pro.

Apple Store Fifth Ave. (Image credit: Future / Lance Ulanoff)

Standing in the large, underground space, teeming with Apple customers, fans and today photographers, felt like “before times”.

It turned out that this was one of the first personal “Today at Apple” events the flagship store had held since before the pandemic, and one could feel the excitement and the little tinge of anxiety in the air. So many people.

Apple Store Fifth Ave.

The Apple Today event honoring the iPhone 13 Pro Macro Photography award winners (Image credit: Future / Lance Ulanoff)

Before the ceremony Wednesday night, where a trio of Apple executives mainly deal with camera technology (but who were not available to talk to me), explained why they chose the photos (and talked about the joys of macro photography), and before Apple gave attendees a chance to try macro photography on phones they (yet) did not own, I found two of Apple’s macro photography contest winners and asked how they captured their winning photos.

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