How to Maximize Vacation Footage with Cinematic Mode


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The bulky dinosaur-style video camera Dad used to carry around on vacation has been replaced by a smaller, more efficient camera. Here's how to capture the holidays perfectly using iPhone's Cinematic Mode.

Leave your DSLR at home this holiday. Thanks to Apple, all the technology you need to celebrate your holiday — or create a feature film — is in your pocket.

For the amateur photographer who doesn't need all the bells and whistles of a DSLR or mirrorless camera, the iPhone 14 lives up to its name, making the pros of those who never hung photos in a dark room and showed no interest in them. in photography lessons.

We're talking about Cinematic Mode, a feature that's been around since the iPhone 13 and is only getting better.

When Cinematic Mode was first introduced, it was recorded at 1080p and 30 fps. This angered filmmakers who were used to 4K resolution and 24fps, the gold standard for movies now supported by the iPhone 14 lineup.

As a reminder, Cinematic mode records video with a shallow computer-generated depth of field as an effect, not as a true natural blur of focus. Focus transitions take precedence, delivering cinematic results as the camera switches focus between subjects.

When Apple says “cinematic level”, that's what they mean. To test this boast, consider the (2001) film The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring, which was shot in 35mm and has a digital resolution equivalent to 4K.

Remember those stunning, unsettling close-up shots of Frodo's big baby blues. Two decades later, you're holding 4K technology in your hands and ready to capture your own adventure.

Forget One Ring, these iPhones are truly “my precious”.

Source: New Line Cinema

It's no surprise that cinematic mode has quickly become a favorite among TikTok influencers and Instagram creators.

If anything, giving his young director an iPhone can inspire them to explore lighting, composition, technique, and how best to tell the stories they want to tell.

Cinematic Mode Tips

To access Cinematic Mode, run camera app, then swipe to cinematic mode.

In this mode, the camera automatically focuses for you. To change the focus to a new subject while recording, simply touch the desired subject to focus the camera.

Instead of hiring your own operator to operate cranes, carts, gimbals and steadicams to quickly move with the action, simply double-tap to set up automatic focus tracking on your target.

To disable autofocus during video recording, you can additionally press and hold the screen to lock the focus at the desired distance.

Cinema mode is perfect for winter holidays in a new city. It's a great choice for landscape photography:

Cinema mode photography for landscapes

Snapshots with friends and family against a beautiful backdrop:

Shooting in cinematic mode for filming actors

And capturing your favorite vacation meals to make you salivate again as soon as you get home:

Cinematic mode frame for filming lunch

You don't need to carefully control the focus of the cinematic mode during shooting, since it is a computational effect, it can be changed after the picture is taken. This includes setting which object in the scene is in focus, as well as the level of blur applied.

Extended cuts

If cinematic mode makes you want to get into filmmaking more seriously, consider buying a gimbal gimbal to keep your frames stable. We love the Zhiyun Smooth 5 or the DJI OM 5.

If you can't convince your grandma or sister to be your feature film tripod, consider getting the Joby GripTight mount.

After you're done shooting, connect your shots with friends, family, food and travel by purchasing a Pixelmater Pro or using the Splice app. Or you can use the free iMovie available for iOS.

This holiday, capture special moments with friends and family in cinematic mode. If a picture is worth a thousand words, then a video is worth a million.

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