The iPhone Shoot

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.

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Lightroom Presets & iPhoneography

The last few days I’ve been working in Adobe Lightroom and creating some new presets – the shot above of model Jodi Lakin is one of my new presets which I have titled (boringly) Silver01. Creating presets is a great way of time saving when mass editing hundreds of images… It’s also useful, if like me, you create a really good print in Lightroom and can never remember which filters and settings etc you used to create it! I’ve got about 30 presets ready made now and if I get time I’ll probably upload them for free download…

A few months ago I purchased an iPhone 4S. I always thought that I wouldn’t really bother with the camera too much – it just seemed a bit lazy somehow… Anyway I started fiddling about with a little and I’ve been really enjoying it. You can see samples of my ‘iPhoneography’ on Snap My Life here.

Thanks for reading…

Jewellery Photo Shoot & News

Sorry about the lack of posts recently – I had a new computer arrive and as always it’s taken an age to get everything sorted…

The shot above is from a shoot last week for ‘Julia Smith Jewellery’ the model is Laura Ding. I got loads of shots from the shoot with some really cool fine art concept pieces which I’ll edit and upload very soon…

Last month I officially became a ‘Snap My Life’ ambassador. Snap My Life is really cool site for anyone to upload and share their pics. You can check out my ambassadorial profile page here.

Lots of shoots coming up and I promise I’ll try and blog on here a little more often.

Thanks very much reading. x