This Beautiful Wedding Video Was Shot Purely on iPhones

Smartphones keep becoming more and more capable. Put in the right hands, they can create beautiful work, such as this touching wedding video.

Of course, I'm not going to argue that smartphones can replace a dedicated camera in all situations, but with good light and some well-chosen accessories, they can certainly hold their own. Such was the case with "Let's Elope in Moab." Shot by White in Revery, a wife and husband videography team from Denver, CO, the filmmakers used the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus with the Filmic Pro app along with the DJI Osmo Mobile, Beastgrip Pro, Moment lenses, and Hoya ND filters to create the film. Says the team:

The reason for filming this on the new iPhone 7 and 7 Plus was because we wanted to showcase the fact that it doesn't matter what gear you use to create an amazing film.

We tend to get caught up in the latest and greatest gear, and while there's nothing wrong with geeking out, it's always good to take time to remember the importance of good storytelling and creativity in our work.

Be sure to check out White in Revery's website and follow them on Instagram for more! 

[via DIY Photography]

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Alex Cooke is a Cleveland-based portrait, events, and landscape photographer. He holds an M.S. in Applied Mathematics and a doctorate in Music Composition. He is also an avid equestrian.

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One day, when all we have left is iPhones to shoot with because the industry was killed by them, you'll miss photography and videography...

Lol. Industry is never lost, or "killed", only changed in form.
Amazing visuals!

"Industry is never lost, or "killed"..."

One could argue film was merely a tool of the photography profession. As technology changed, so did the tools of the profession. Wonder how many wet plate photographers were frustrated with medium format photography.

Digital didn't kill photography any more than the printing press destroyed literature. It changed, yes, but also made it more available to the masses.

Well I guess you should put all your gear up on eBay and stat hunkering down with your iPhone.

I like my gear, and my phone, and use both professionally depending upon the situation. So, I'll keep both. :)

What an amazing time to be an artist.

...except that the industry is struggling because of phones, and we stand to lose a good portion of it, which leaves us with less choices and higher prices.

If the quality of images from phones are comparable to dslrs in the public eye, That seems like a decent argument to phones having a good standing as a working tool?

im not sure it's 100% accurate to say phones are the reason for a decline in paid work. Some areas, maybe, but not a blanket statement.

When I show someone the result of post processing, it's common for them to ask what I did...until I show them the "before" version. Similarly, when I was young, I loved the sound of my favorite songs from the local FM station [I'm almost as old as Spy Black ;-) ]. I was stunned, years later, to hear them on CD, wearing studio headphones. For some reason, the movie "Idiocracy" comes to mind.

I agree with your second paragraph but that hardly matters to the photographers making a living in those areas. They'll just have to work harder.

My uncle could be counted as one of the first wave of photojournalists, and he mentioned things would permanently change the second digital came about. It's a tough and changing world, that's for sure.

I recently heard an economist talking about the permanent loss of manufacturing jobs. He said it would be okay as we've seen this before, moving from an agricultural to an industrial economy. While I can easily see "John-boy" going from the farm to the factory, I'm not sure where he goes from there.

Different scenario but similar...kinda. ;-)

I wasn't referring to "paid work" I was referring to camera companies closing up shop, leaving us with less choices which will overall cost more.

Gotcha, I understand where you're coming from. I am curious though, is that different than today's climate of online stores selling cameras? Is the iPhone vs Samsung like the Canon vs Nikon ?

Well, as far as cellphone cameras are concerned, no one has yet made it a Canon vs Nikon or Ford vs Chevy type of situation that I'm aware of, although I can imagine that would be "a thing". I'm referring more to camera companies closing up shop and/or consolidating. There will be less competition and innovation, and more expense.

Gotcha. I see what you're saying now.

Thanks for sharing! :-)

Proof that a tool in an artist's hands can help create art.

And a good artist doesn't require a lot of equipment

Regardless of what it was shot with, I thought it looked like a very good home video. Not garbage but certainly not art.

To describe that video as a "home video" just makes me laugh. This is a high standard wedding video that any professional wedding videographer would be proud of. I think you're probably a little ignorant of what wedding videos entail and the challenge to find the balance of what the client wants with the eye of the creator.

Side note: the iPhone 7 continues to impress me with regards to video. I'm about to get the 7+ and will probably download the the Filmic Pro app. Also looking forward to testing the Osmo Mobile.

I'm always happy to bring a little laughter into the world. :-) You, of course, are correct to state, "I think..." since that's what you think. Please allow me the same courtesy. I hope you also noticed I didn't vote you down for stating your opinion. :-/

Side note: I don't own any kind of smart phone and, as stated, was not commenting on that aspect of the video or article.

Since you haven't denied in your reply that you're ignorant of what wedding videos entail; I'll take that as a confirmation.

I am courteous to your opinion however it's still laughable :-)

P.s I've upvoted your reply so I guess that makes it even. And my side note was a general comment for the article, not you. I didn't want to post twice :-/

I didn't deny it because it's not relevant and I'm kinda lazy; it would have required a lot more typing to address the issue and a WHOLE lot more, were I to expand the boundaries of my original comment. Laughable or not. ;-)

p.s. I'm pretty sure you can un-vote either up or down. Personally, I don't care about upvotes but I view downvotes as someone giving me the finger. It doesn't affect me but it's still rude.

Amazing color correction!

Most phone videos are garbage, but using professional techniques and some accessories can make amazing short films. As a stills photographer I usually feel let down by my phone until I remember that it isn't designed for large prints, but is designed to produce images viewed on a 5" screen at 1080p resolution.

It won't kill off proper cameras, but the average consumer will be quite happy with phone shots/video. Proper cameras will just change and adapt.

Sure visually it's amazing to see what a cell phone can do... but meh when viewing it on a 4k monitor

Even on my 5.5" 4K phone screen it didn't exactly wow like a proper film but it wasn't too bad on my iPad at 1080p.

It's a phone-no pixel density in the camera or display. Viewing 4k+ on anything under 65" you can't really tell what's going on.

Resolution is one thing, it's the quality of the pixels which are another. Which is why a 6 year old 3.2k resolution Alev iii sensor in the Arri Alexa still runs circles over the 8k RED Dragon or Helium which is another debate in itself.

Who said the iphone7 and 7plus isn't the latest and greatest of gear... This video proves nothing. It feels more like riding the wave. Those phones costs as much as dslrs. Try shooting with something more challenging.. Everybody knows this already and its way too easy to pull off.

Plus almost every accessory used to achieve the end result is top of the line, if this video proves anything, it proves that gear matters!!!

How it is possible to use Beastgrip Pro with Moment lenses on DJI Osmo Mobile?
Can Osmo Mobile handle it??