How many times have we had moments where we wished we had brought our camera with us? Luckily, the technology is advancing fast and far, and our smartphones are becoming more capable of substituting our cameras, at least as a back up for those one-off moments that cannot be always revisited. Wedding Photographers Marko and Vanja, who didn't have their gear with them, luckily had a Samsung Galaxy A5 when all the stars aligned to give them the perfect photo opportunity.
Both photographers were taking part in a wedding fair in Pula, Croatia. The city lies at the bottom of the Istria peninsula, also known as "Terra Magica." The wedding fair was located at the equally beautiful House of Croatian Defenders, which is filled with plenty of elegant backgrounds for a photoshoot.
As they got talking to Vesna SPOSA fashion shop, who were showcasing their gowns, an idea arose to create a quick mini-campaign for the bridal shop. After all, they had the location, the models, the dresses, even a make-up artist and of course a new client, who's after some new images. Unfortunately, they hadn't brought any of their cameras along.
Quick thinking on their feet, and Marko was left to man their wedding fair booth, while Vanja pulled out her Samsung Galaxy A5 and jumped straight into shooting for the bridal shop. Although they both admit that the quality of images doesn't compare with their trusted full-frame DSLRs, it can still act as a decent replacement when there's no other option.
All images were shot with the default Samsung camera application, and then finished off in Snapseed, a free mobile photo editing software. Their editing process in Snapseed followed the same steps, namely:
- Select "pop" in styles, after opening the image.
- Go to tools and tune the image: raise ambiance, lower highlights, lower shadows, raise warmth.
- Select grain film L03, lower the noise, and lower style strength to +40.
Although they wouldn't use these images for a professional job, such as billboard ads, Vanja and Marko do believe that they would work nicely for something on a smaller scale, such as an Instagram-based campaign.
See more of their work on their blog. Have you ever made do with your phone to create something for a client?
Images used with the permission of Marko and Vanja.