iPhone 11 and iPhone 11 Pro introduce a new night mode feature to capture impossible low-light shots that would otherwise be usable. Compared to f/2.4 on iPhone XS Max, the telephoto lens on new Max models also captures more light without night mode thanks to its f/2.0 aperture.
Both camera improvements make the iPhone 11 lineup ideal for capturing a memorable photo in a dark concert venue, and there’s no slouch in the standard wide lens. Ryan Russell, the awesome music and travel photographer, has the shot to prove it.
Over the years, Ryan Russell has photographed (and filmed) some of my favorite musicians, so I wasn’t surprised to see his amazing photograph of this week’s performance of Elton John’s “Farewell Yellow Brick Road.” What surprised me was that it was shot on his iPhone— the new iPhone 11 Pro Max in particular. (I wasn’t asking what color.)
Not only does the shot frame the legendary Sir Elton John on his piano. It captures fully the wave of people witnessing one of its final performances on the road under the light show and the drop of confetti painting the audience.
See the iPhone 11 Pro Max shot of Ryan Russell on Instagram below:
Ryan added that the iPhone 11 Pro Max also “ruled for video,” so the new iPhones are not just amazing pocket cameras for still shots. iPhone 11 is the first version to support video up to 60 fps of extended dynamic range, not just 30fps. Even if you can’t do a live show, the video improvements on iPhone 11 will benefit concert viewers on YouTube.
Follow Ryan Russell on Twitter and Instagram to see more of his work and stay tuned for more iPhone 11 camera enhancements coming later this year when Deep Fusion debuts with “advanced machine learning to do pixel-by-pixel photo processing, optimizing texture, details and noise in each part of the photo.”