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.