Like any other genre of photography, there are everyday frustrations that one must overcome. For wedding photographers, this is no different. Between Uncle Bobs with their constant ability to somehow always be in the frame or bride or mom-zillas who get amped up over the most minuscule of details, it can make for a long stressful day. Toronto-based Wedding Photographer Barb Simkova, working for Tara McMullen Photography, recently gave herself an additional wedding day challenge: photograph the wedding with nothing more than an iPhone 8 Plus, and the pictures speak for themselves.
Camera sensors and optics on mobile devices have come along way in the past few years. With the recent release of Apple’s iPhone 8 Plus and the new shooting modes, like portrait, it’s getting easier and easier to take exceptional images that many cannot distinguish whether or not it was made utilizing a DSLR or the phone in their back pocket. This has certainly challenged my preconceived notions of images taken with cell phones. I transitioned from a Nikon full-frame kit to mirrorless with the announcement of the Fuji X-T1 several years ago with many colleagues shaking their heads saying the quality would suffer and I’d regret the move. I can count on one hand the number of times I have said “if only I had my Nikon D800”; it has been once. I needed a true 1:1 macro lens, and the Nikon 105mm was a workhorse of mine, but with the latest release of the Fujifilm XF 80mm f/2.8 R LM OIS WR Macro lens, I’m set. But I digress. The point I’m trying to make is maybe we should be open to more change, challenging our talents and embracing new technology like Simkova did, we may surprise ourselves in the process.
We all know that person who drags their iPad everywhere and they swear it takes the best photos. Heck, maybe their on to something. While I don’t foresee a day in where I’ll be breaking out my iPad Pro to snap a wedding photo, I can perceive utilizing my iPhone for photos during the big day. If it gets the job done, why not? Maybe one day in the not so distant future I can downsize again, this time leaving my XT-2 and GFX50s in the bag while my iPhone does all the work.
Does anyone in our Fstoppers community utilize mobile devices to capture parts of big events? We would love to see your comments below.
Check out more of Tara McMullen’s work on her website.
Images used with permission of Tara McMullen Photography.
[via Wedding Bells]