Here’s how to take fantastic iPhone 13 Pro macro photos, according to award-winners

After more than two years away, I was back at Apple’s showcase Fifth Avenue Store. The invite was to join Apple in feting a group of amateur photographers who’ve 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 upstarts like OnePlus, which introduced the feature in previous phones, though inexplicably removed it from its flagship One Plus 10 Pro.

Apple Store Fifth Ave

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

Standing in the vast, underground space, which was teeming with Apple customers, fans, and, today, photographers, it felt like ‘before times’.

This was, it turned out, one of the first in-person “Today at Apple” events the flagship store had held since before the pandemic, and you could feel the excitement and slight whiff of anxiety in the air. So many people.

Apple Store Fifth Ave

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

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

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