September 19, 2012 § Leave a comment
The photo above is from my iPhone shoot which was exclusively for ‘Snap My Life’ – taken on a iPhone 4S.
The studio shoot, using only the built in camera app on the iPhone had it’s up and downs… Because there is no manual metering mode on the iPhone camera it it can be increasingly difficult to get an exposure (and focus) that you’re happy with.
I found if I used too much light then the camera gave the skin tones a highly saturated yellow temperature but if the light wasn’t significant enough this allowed for unsharp images and noise – so finding the right balance was essential.
The only editing I gave the photographs is the same editing that I’d give any studio portraiture if it had been shot on my DSLR; brightness, contrast, clarity, saturation etc.
I have to say considering these were taken on a phone camera I’m very pleased with some of the results – as with any shoot there are some images better than others but I do feel, overall that the images are of a high quality… In fact there are at least 5 images that I would happily use in a portfolio of my work – this is a testament to the camera.
This shoot would of been near on impossible just a few short years ago and it is a credit to modern technology just how far these “camera phones” have come along – who knows, maybe in future editions of the iPhone the camera app will be able to deal with manual controls of the exposure and white balance etc.
The whole experience of shooting with a phone in a studio was very unique – and so different to using a pro DSLR – but the results are there for all to see – it is possible to get good, high quality studio portraits using a camera phone.
To see all of the photos from the iPhone shoot please go here.
There is also a behind the scenes video from the shoot on YouTube here.
September 10, 2012 § Leave a comment
I’ve long held the belief that photography should and could be for everybody – whether snapping moments in your life or making a career out of it. As a professional photographer I often hear things along the lines of “I can’t do that because I don’t have an expensive camera”. This principle has always been a myth to me – some of my favorite ever photographs were taken on cheap, disposable cameras – BUT I have now decided to put this to the test!
On Thursday 13th September I will be working on an exclusive project for ‘Snap My Life’. I will be in a professional photography studio with a professional, experienced model. All sounds pretty normal so far right? But there will be a difference. The only camera I will use during the shoot will be an iPhone…
The iPhone is one of the worlds leading and most popular phones – it is therefore also a camera that millions of people already own. I intend to give the camera it’s maximum test in this experiment that should go some way to see if expensive camera equipment really is ‘that’ important.
I will use only the inbuilt camera app on the iPhone – no extra apps – and the only editing that will occur afterwards will be simple levels (brightness/contrast etc) – the same as what I would do if I were shooting with a leading DSLR camera. There will be no editing trickery, no background cut outs and no ‘false’ lighting – added in editing.
Please make sure you follow me on Snap My Life so you will be able to see the results for yourself…
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September 10, 2012 § Leave a comment
I had a shoot (very early) yesterday morning with Julia Smith Jewellery. I’ve been editing them most of the day but so far this is my favourite shot.
When I was shooting them it was very low light and I had decided early on that I wanted the images to have a lot of grain – in post editing I decided to give them a vintage feel and I think it works well for this series.
September 5, 2012 § Leave a comment
This is a shot taken a few weeks ago with model Nicki Adam – it was primarily taken for forthcoming exhibitions as well as my ‘Conceptual’ gallery on my website…
I’m currently working on several images and projects that feature strong, sexy women with noir like lighting.
Hopefully I’ll be able to show you more soon.