iPhone 4S's Response To The Original Fstoppers iPhone Photoshoot

Columbus, Ohio based photographer Nick Fancher just released a video today of his version of the Lee Morris's original iPhone photoshoot. Not a dollar was spent on location, extra lenses, MUAs, models ... all was done for trade and was shot only with the iPhone 4S and a reflector. Nick used Snapseed and Adobe Photoshop Express in phone to edit all of his images. Enjoy!

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Adam Cross's picture

the funny thing is - the photos looked a hundred times better before they were edited, after editing they just looked like regular iphone photos with instagram filters.

I agree. The cool blue washed out feel isn't quite my style.

Adam Cross's picture

if you're going for a particular vibe then it can work perfectly but it was way too constrasty and the water looked disgusting! like it was bucket filled in microsoft Paint or something :P

louisleblanc's picture

Agreed, a subtle cinematic 1960's toning would have made this dolce-vita/italian reviera look work. The end product doesn't work, looks like any other instagram shot to me.

Adam Cross's picture

if you're going for a particular vibe then it can work perfectly but it was way too constrasty and the water looked disgusting! like it was bucket filled in microsoft Paint or something :P

jonathan bae's picture

Even just soop looks great!

jonathan bae's picture


Timothy Linn's picture

These are very ordinary images of attractive people.  All this proves is that gear does matter.

Diandra W's picture

photography is all about capturing beauty. All of your thousands of dollars of gear wouldn't mean anything if your subject was completely unappealing. I've seen Terry Richardson capture a better photo of Kate Upton with a single speedlite that was far more exceptional than a sports illustrated photographer with diffusers, strobes, etc etc. Although gear is nice and does aid in what you're trying to accomplish, it doesn't matter.

Timothy Linn's picture

Diandra, I'm not sure we disagree.  You do need an appealing subject and, as I pointed out, this photog had some.  You suggest that the person with the most gear doesn't necessarily make the best image.  I completely agree.  What I said was that gear *does* matter or, as you put it, "it does aid in what you're trying to accomplish."  A real camera and a single speedlite could have made all the difference in this case. 

Putting it another way, Nick had everything he needed to make great images in this situation—except the gear.  This clearly limited him and it shows in the results.  Or do you think these images are amazing?  I do not.

Abdi Avila's picture

I agree. He should have just let the images as they were.  Gear does not matter, is just like they say its not the car is the driver. its not the camera is the photographer.

Albert D Boban's picture

Gear does not matter. Only photoshop does. LOL

Eduardo Schäfer's picture

The original iphone ps results were way better

M K's picture

should've shot with instagram instead...saves a few minutes and gets similar results... seriously though, not a big fan of the washed out colors, a bit over-done

Kim Johnson's picture

I saw this a while back on fstoppers, literally the exact same thing. A follow up to your iphone shoot with a iphone and reflector http://fstoppers.com/a-new-iphone-fashion-shoot-to-silence-the-haters. This guy stole the idea, and didn't even do nearly as good of a job. How lame, please stop with the iPhone crap already! Images were actually ok until they were instagrammified! Please move on with the iPhone stuff, and stop posting stuff that has already been done.

 wattabad pics

Shannon Wimberly's picture

Did you hear the one about the eskimo and the polar bear? I would have expected this in the wednesday rundown actually....

RUSS's picture

He did great, right up until he edited out the nice look, and gave it a shitty look.

Nicholas's picture

Awesome. There are no apps for awesome photographers. The iPhone proves nothing; Lee Morris and Nick Fancher are among so many others out there, are proof that the gear doesn't matter.

Cássio Marques's picture

More one awesome job by Nick Fancher!

Jon-Mark Wiltshire's picture

These photos were terrible

Cris Mitchell's picture

Come on folks let's quite trying to justify the iPhone as a camera and just call it what it is a PHONE with a camera for taking snapshots. So over people trying to convince the world that the iphone is a CAMERA.

Daniel Fealko's picture

The edited versions look gawd awful, not that the unedited versions were all that great.  Apparently equipment does matter.

jorge pastrana's picture

im impressed Nick did so much post processing,  usually he made great pictures, but i didn't like these ones 

Michael Ustinov's picture

its art you idiots not every one has the same taste and style instagram or not it was his creation and not stock instagram why are you idiots are even on this site if your going to critique a professional i bet you use your moms t2i and call your self a photographer .

Andre Goulet's picture

Except, if 10 out of 10 people, all with an eye for photography, don't like them, that might mean they aren't that good. Art or not.

dmonce's picture

All this proves is that a PHOTOGRAPHER, can be a photographer with an iphone (or any camera for that matter), not just anyone. You still have to know what you are doing with a camera. I lose more work because people think they don't have to pay for a photographer, cause their cousin will shoot it with his digital camera for free.

I agree that the photos after editing, look all the more like crappy phone camera pictures.

Andre Goulet's picture

The reason this debate about phones as 'real' cameras will never be settled is simple: it depends on what you are doing. When I'm doing wide-angle scenic shots, my iPhone works a treat, but when I'm doing 5 shot bracketing for an HDR night shot, not so much. 

Everyone tries to make questions like this black and white, where there are many shades of grey in between. Even carpenters have different hammers for different purposes.

The images were 100x better as originally shot. 

Nathan Smart's picture

Wow, a lot of people missing the point of the video...

Andre Goulet's picture

I doubt anyone missed the point. If the point is to see how the iPhone 4s does in a minimalist equipment scenario and nobody likes the photos, one might conclude that it didn't do so well. In this case however, many people have caught on that it wasn't the equipment that made them not like the photos, it was the post processing choices. The video showed that quite clearly, and many people have expressed that they liked what the camera itself did just fine.

All of the post processing choices have nothing to do with the iPhone specifically. He could just as easily made the same choices on his desktop.What we don't know is if the photographer had a reason to make the post processing choices he made, such as conforming to a layout or some such.

What is evident is that the hours and hours he must have spent processing on the iPhone would have been killer on the neck and back!

Nathan Smart's picture

People aren't hating on the quality of the pictures, they're hating on the post-processing choices.  It's okay to not like someone's style but the point of the video isn't to showcase what Snapseed can do.  And, mostly everyone liked the photos before the post-processing so the photographer proved his point.

I think people are so biased against Instagram that they just take any opportunity they can to complain about that look.  I don't remember anyone complaining about the look before Instagram came out and every consumer jumped on it.

louisleblanc's picture

To me, the point of this video is that a photographer is a photographer not because of his equipement but because of his understanding and application of theoric and creative thinking. We've seen from Lee Morris' original iPhone video and from countless other that very good images can be produced with a camera that isn't worth all that much.

The final product to me isn't very good. I can't see why the photographer chose to make the final picture look like it was light with a nuclear explosion. I'm not saying that such a filtered look would never work. Heck, just have a look on instagram, tons of shot with generic filters and there is some quality work being put up there. To me, the processing ruined what craft and artistic vision was put in this shot. Ultimately, this video doesn't show that a photographer has skill or a craft as he basically ends up with whatever random non-photographers end up doing on their iPhones with instagram. I don't think I'm hating the instagram look, I'm just saying that the filtering done on this picture works against it. We've seen the same thing with HDR and tone mapping. At first it was used where the effect made sense and actually added something to a picture. Then it became something everyone started using and mainly misusing.

Imsouchivy Suos's picture

If he used the original shot plus lightroom and photoshop editing in post production, the photos would have more professional look in it.

Tobias Solem's picture

I never understood the need for some photographers to use their phones to take any other pictures than snapshots. 

KeeFyBeeFy's picture

I'm totally unimpressed. If those were the resultant photos from a shoot that was commissioned, he'd won't be getting a single dime from me. 

Bryan_H's picture

"… all was done for trade and was shot only with the iPhone 4S and a reflector. Nick used Snapseed and Adobe Photoshop Express in phone to edit all of his images. Enjoy!"

Next time read the article. Also, *he wouldn't

KeeFyBeeFy's picture

I did. And it still does not make sense. He wants to prove a point that a 4S is good enough for a photo shoot but he wouldn't use it for a paid gig. Contradicting much? 

Wake up mate. 

Derek matarangas's picture

Jesus! Why waste everyones time and not use his DSLR. 

Jeremy Cupp's picture

I thought they looked better SOOP also. Still cool video.

sandervanderveen's picture

pfff.. kinda get tired of these 'hipster' - how to be cool with a iphone - videos.. 
please upload more interesting, learning material videos fstoppers..

Doesn't mean that you could, you should. Just say'n. I agree that it's not always about the gears, but, really, all the instagramers in the world rejoice, now they are a "fashion i-phone-tographer" LOL

Simon Brown's picture

ahh so frustrating to watch. I really liked the photos and then he goes and ruins them with the editing.

Would anyone happen to know the name of the track used in this video?