[Shocking] Getty licenses Nick Laham Photographs Of NY Yankees Taken With iPhone

[Shocking] Getty licenses Nick Laham Photographs Of NY Yankees Taken With iPhone

Now this is pretty wild. Commercial sports photographer Nick Laham was forced to photograph New York Yankees baseball players in the in a bathroom stall instead of a proper studio. Instead of using a proper medium format or flagship DSLR camera and making due, Nick went with the next obvious choice: the Apple iPhone. What's even crazier is Getty Images, one of the largest stock agencies in the world, is licensing Nick's instagram style photos directly on their website! We still get a lot of flack for our iPhone Fashion Shoot but it looks like iPhone Photography is here to stay. I personally love the photographs; what do you guys think?

View the full series on Nick Laham's blog here.

Here is a photo of Nick in action:

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Serhan Mehmet's picture

So he carries a Kino Flo and C Stand around but no backup camera ?  What kind of pro is he?  These shots are awful and somebody at getty needs to lose their job.

its a reg stand not a C

Greg Schmigel's picture

Nice job on the photos, Nick. Welcome to Mobile Photography. Get youself a GLIF or a GYMBL for the next shoot. It'll keep you shots steadier. And please stop by our site, Mobile Photo Group, see what we do.  http://www.mobilephotogroup.com

Greg Schmigel's picture

...clearly he should have consulted Mr. Darling for some iPhone portrait tips. http://www.flickr.com/photos/jim_darling/sets/72157623228705924/

Either he did an absolutely awful job, or he wasn't using a 4S. These are terrible.

So, seems like this is more about Getty licensing the images than about Nick Laham shooting with his phone. From his blog:

 "Below is a set of images shot with my iPhone and processed through Instagram (I shot others with an ”actual” camera, but these are my selects from my iPhone set). "

So, he also shot proper images, too. It's just that Getty decided to license these. Which is bizarre. 

That's the cleanest set of urinals I've ever seen!

Time to call shenanigans on this.  I was there, Nick had a choice of working back in that area or working in the crowded visitors locker room with the rest of the photographers.  Nick had another full set up with lights and DSLR's set up in the shower next to this.  Nick is a great photographer no doubt about it.  MLB photo days are a challenge every year.  Too many people, too little space and it is just something we all have to deal with.  I have shot in that shower, I have shot in dugouts, I have shot on stadium concourses, I have shot is batting cages......

This is a pretty cool idea for the publicity of it all.

I think the lack of sharpness is what makes them so beautiful and nostalgic.  If they were tac sharp they would loose some of the soul that the image has.  I say bravo.

frederic sidler's picture

Jealous, jealous, jealous.

Great idea, great communication, great job. And everybody is talking about it ;-)

jess's picture

What a joke....as a working professional this is what we are trying to get away from. A joke, a pathetic example of a photographer selling out. Why don't we all start using iPhones on our assignments.. get a life

Laura's picture

This is something I would do--if I owned an iPhone. And I'm not a professional photographer. At all! For a professional, it kinda seems like the easy way out. On the other hand, this format and style are very reflective of what's going on right now--post-modern, techno-addicted America. More power to him if he actually gets this to work.

You all need to lighten up, the photos are cool and what works works

This is a changing industry. As a photographer, you can either change with it or stubbornly resist it. The availability of mobile photoraphy has changed the lanscape of the professional photography. Everyone has a camera, and these days everyone who takes pictures is a photographer.

It's about experimentation and innovation; trying to find that little something that will make your images unique. Whether you're a fan of the new mobile photography age or not-and I certainly am not when I am working on assignment in the pit of a concert and have to dodge an army of iPhones attached to a fence of extended arms-it is here to stay.

While I wouldn't and couldn't utilize an iPhone when shooting concerts and live music, I have certainly experimented with my iPhone in other aspects of my photography and will continue to do so. The fact that I choose one tool over another when creating images doesn't make it right or wrong if I can provide my client with the images they need for their use.

The fact that Getty has licensed the images is a whole other conversation, but maybe this is just an indicator of the direction that digital photography is heading in. With the majority of media leaning towards web publication more and more and print media less and less, it kind of makes the whole argument on print-ready images a moot point.

Resistance does not equal adaptation in this industry, and I applaud him for taking a chance and trying something new. Whether you like it or not, he got the job done (which is ultimately what our job as a professional photographer is) and he provided the client with a usable product is what counts.

wmsmitty's picture

I don't know, I see color balance issues, grain and a little fuzziness. But then again, I'm a stickler for quality and not "just good enough".

Gimmicky.... here u are talking about it, if u truly want to judge the images by their selling power why say where or how they were shot? its marketing at its best but still wont help make these images more then mediocre quality.

Maya Guez's picture

Gimmicky.... here u are talking about it, if u truly want to judge the images by their selling power why say where or how they were shot? its marketing at its best but still wont help make these images more then mediocre quality....

Would have loved to see this article's photo critiques/comments if the camera make/model hadn't been mentioned.

Yankees = nostalgia = Instagram.  The choice makes sense for photographing Yankees players.  What you shouldn't forget is that the photographer has also set up a $1500+ KinoFlo light in the bathroom.  Quality comes from both the quality of the camera and the quality of the light.  OK camera + good light equals a good picture.  Add the Yankees/nostalgia/retro idea and that's why they are appealing.  Take a Yankees guy into the bathroom with an iPhone and use the available flourescent light and guess how crappy your picture will be ...