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Photography composition rules and Shot on iPhone Macro Challenge


Apple Shot on iPhone Macro Challenge

When Apple announced the winners of the Shot on iPhone Macro Challenge, we noticed that thoughtful composition was a vital element of each image. In this competition, photographers used an iPhone 13 Pro or iPhone 13 Pro Max and composed their macro photos with principles artists have used for centuries. However, each macro photographer faced the challenge of making their photo stand out from the rest of the images the judges faced. The main prizes went to those photographers who thoughtfully arranged all the elements within their pictures to delight the viewer. Using the Wise Photos app, we reveal how the creative use of composition was used to capture a winning image.


Rule of Thirds

When Jirasak Panpiansin took this photo, he positioned the drop of water along the lowest line of the rule of thirds grid. Being slightly below the center of the image adds a dynamic factor and gives the eye an extra area to explore after being drawn to the jewel-like droplet.


“Hidden Gem” (water bead in leaf) by Jirasak Panpiansin (@joez19). Shot on iPhone 13 Pro Max.
“Hidden Gem” (water bead in leaf) by Jirasak Panpiansin (@joez19). Shot on iPhone 13 Pro Max. Source: Apple
Rule of Thirds composition rule

Fill the Frame

When Abhik Mondal filled the frame with a sunflower segment, he drew attention to the detailed pattern of the seeds and the surrounding glow of the petals. Filling the frame is an effective composition technique because it helps you appreciate the fine details you would otherwise miss.


“Volcanic Lava” (sunflower) by Abhik Mondal (@abhik_mondal_photos). Shot on iPhone 13 Pro.
“Volcanic Lava” (sunflower) by Abhik Mondal (@abhik_mondal_photos). Shot on iPhone 13 Pro. Source: Apple
Fill the Frame composition rule

Leading Lines

When you want to draw attention to a small section of a photo, such as the tiny drop of water on this white lily, the most powerful way is through a leading line. Photographer Daniel Olah used a wide petal as a runway of light to draw the viewer’s attention to the dewdrop on this flower


“A Drop of Freedom” (lily) by Daniel Olah (@danesduet). Shot on iPhone 13 Pro Max.
“A Drop of Freedom” (lily) by Daniel Olah (@danesduet). Shot on iPhone 13 Pro Max. Source: Apple
Leading Lines composition rule

Do you have what it takes to be a future winner of the Shot on iPhone Macro Challenge? Start practicing now with the Wise Camera app and Wise Photos app. They’ll help you compose your images to highlight all the intricate details in the world of macro subjects.


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