The iPhone wedding...what I learned

Anyone who reads my blog or follows me on Facebook or knows me in RL knows that I love my iPhone.  Seriously love it...I miss it when it's on the charger :-)  And right from the beginning one of my favourite things was the fact that suddenly I always had my camera with me...not a great camera to be sure, but a camera nonetheless.  And of course the other thing I love is photographing weddings...could the two things work together?  It took a while for Apple to make a camera that even had a shot at being good enough but when I got a 4s for Christmas (thanks Stu!) I thought maybe the time was right.  I started a 'iPhone-photo-a-day' project on January 1st and percolated the idea of an iPhone wedding.  I talked to Mike Hill (who was my inspiration for the 366 project) and he very generously said I could tag along with him to a wedding and his very cool couple, Lisa and Marcus agreed.

I was really nervous...I know the limitations of the iPhone camera and I was really, really hoping I wouldn't just end up making a dick of myself (it's been known to happen lol).  But I knew that Mike and Fintan would do an awesome job and that no one was relying on me.  It was a chance to relax and have a play.  I hear that playing is good for creativity :-)

So you wanna see some pictures?

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What I'm learning here is that good light is more important than ever when your equipment is a bit marginal.

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and purple kombi vans just rock!

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I love that what you get is what was happening...no augmented reality here.

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So NOT the right tool for this job...I was really, really missing my big zoom right about now.  I suppose I could have gone in close for a different take but I was trying really hard to blend in!

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Exposure lock was my friend here...hold your finger on the screen in a dark area (needs to be fairly big) and keep it there till the 'AE lock' notification pops up, then recompose and you won't lose the faces in darkness.  

Lisa's dress had this amazing train...I just love these images and I can't wait to see Mike and Fintan's versions...

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Some more gorgeousness...

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and finally...when you don't have a zoom you just have to get a bit closer to the action...

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Would I do it again? Yes, but.  It was fun and it did make me look for different angles and it did force me to shoot more carefully (knowing I couldn't 'fix it in post')...but it was also frustrating and restricting and I can't wait to shoot tomorrow's wedding with a proper camera!

As much as I love my iPhone (and yes, we have kinda covered that!) I don't think it's up to the demands of a wedding just yet.  It's kind of like a chef trying to make a gourmet meal out of the contents of my fridge...good luck with that!

There are more pics on Facebook :-)

And if you want to see what the 'chef' made check out Mike Hill Photography's images from this wedding here.

 

 

Comments

Amy - Chic Vintage Brides
2:50pm 12th February 2012

Wow, I can't believe these were taken from your iPhone?!
If only Mr E's photos from his were ever this good :-) x

Amy - Chic Vintage Brides
2:51pm 12th February 2012

Wow, I can't believe these were taken from your iPhone?!
If only Mr E's photos from his were ever this good :-) x

Erin
3:08pm 12th March 2012

Love it!! I love my iPhone too. Awesome to see what someone as talented as you can do with it! And thanks for the tip on exposure lock!! :)

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