As smartphone cameras get better and better, many people are starting to act like professional photographers adding filters and effects, then posting all of their work on Instagram. It is an age of, aptly named, iPhoneography, but what if actual professional photographers are actually using their iPhones to capture current events? Well, that is exactly what Dan Chung, a photographer for The Guardian, is doing while covering the Olympics in London.
While most of the media there is boasting huge and expensive DSLRs with numerous lens and lighting systems, Chung simply carries an iPhone 4S, a pair of Canon binoculars, and the iPro Lens kit by Schneider (which consists of a fish-eye and wide-angle lens and mountable case). He edits his pictures right on his phone using Snapseed, a $4.99 photo-editing app that offers a powerful array of adjustment tools and filters to make sure his photos look perfect for the papers. The iPhone 4S has one of the best cameras on the market with an 8 megapixel sensor and f/2.4 aperture, and it is definitely considerably lighter, and less expensive, than the host of professional cameras brought by his fellow photographers.
It takes much more than a nice phone and a decent editing app to take these fantastic photos; Chung and many other great photographers have an eye for detail, lighting, and timing that are the deciding factors in what makes them professionals. You could buy the most expensive camera on the market but if you don’t know how to use this tool then you will never be able to compete with the pros.
If you want to see more of Dan Chung’s outstanding iPhoneography, here is his constantly updating page of his coverage so far of the Olympics. Take note of his work and maybe learn a little about how to use your smartphone’s camera to the fullest.