Photographing an entire wedding with just an iPhone was an audacious idea I have entertained in my head for quite some time not but have never actually gotten up the courage to do for a client. This was until a friend particularly asked for this photography style. Just to clear things up, I didn’t do it professionally, it was more of as a favor for a friend and I was sort of the backup photographer for the wedding while being a guest at the same time.
How iPhoneography Came to Be
Shooting a wedding, even as a favor, is still a pretty huge deal so even if I was just tasked to arm myself with nothing but my iPhone, I was adamant on making sure I came well prepared. I have an iPhone 6 and the very first thing I did was closely scrutinize the camera features that it came with. Making the most of my equipment is key to success after all, isn’t it?
Basically, the term has been iPhoneography has been coined referring to the words iPhone photography compounded. It refers to the usage of the iPhone for taking photos or videos, be it of ordinary mundane things or important life-changing events such as weddings. One of the reasons why the iPhone is such a viable candidate for photography is because of the fact that it has a fairly high camera resolution as opposed to the other phones in the market.
What I learned from the experience
All throughout the process of my coverage of my friend’s wedding through my iPhone, here are a few tidbits of knowledge gained through that little experiment:
Natural light is your best friend. Wide open spaces, picture frame windows, and picturesque open doors that let the sun light come in helped me tremendously in my capturing of almost perfect pictures. I was able to take gorgeous portrait pictures as well as more spontaneous ones from the bride and groom and the rest of the guests.
Play around with the settings of your camera. Interestingly, there are multiple settings that you can play with when it comes to your phone’s camera. I was surprised to notice the pleasant semblance with the way you can change the settings on the DSLRs too!
Maximize your battery life. As much as possible, at least all throughout the duration of the event, limit your battery usage to camera use alone since that was the sole purpose for the event, to begin with. This gives you the upper hand of not having the battery draining too fast, which smart phones are particularly notorious for. Still, it won’t hurt to come prepared so you might as well bring a power bank or two, or even an actual functioning charger if outlets are available in the venue.
Proximity is your ally. Try to get as close to your subject of focus as much as you can and never ever use the zoom feature. It tends to blur out some images and that’s something you might want to avoid especially when covering special events such as weddings.
Overall, I can say my iPhoneography experience has been pleasant. Will I ever try to do it again? Perhaps I will, for fun. Will I ever consider swapping it out for my DLSR? Probably not.