The opportunity came when my friend asked me if I can possibly become the second shooter for his wedding. He hired a professional wedding photographer but he wanted another one who can capture moments that the main shooter might miss.
Of course I know that a wedding is very important and being entrusted to cover it is definitely a big challenge that I need to successfully work though. What I did was prepare for the big day by studying my iPhone’s camera and figured out how I can make the most out of the features my iPhone 6 has to offer.
I know some of you are interested to know how you can use your iPhone to take pictures of a special occasion and this post is intended to help you learn more about iPhoneography – which is coined from the words “iphone” and “photography”
Let’s start with the basic features of the iPhone iSIght.
- HD Display: 1920 x 1080 retina HD display
- Screen Resolution: 8MP screen resolution – which has not changed since 2022
- Aperture: f/2.2 with 1.5 microns pixel
- Phase Detection Auto Focus
- Exposure control
- OIS for better low light performance
- Storage: 16GB, 64GB or 128GB (mine is 64)
Since I am one of the guests during the wedding, I try to shoot the key moments of the wedding from my point of view. I used the photojournalistic wedding photography style where more candid shots are taken. I was able to produce plenty of photos that I believe really made my friend and his bride happy. I also applied some tips from Patricia of newborn photography pittsburg on how to shoot using an iPhone.
If you’re planning to use your iPhone to cover a wedding or special function soon, here are my tips for you.
- Adjust the exposure of your iSIght camera before the shoot. This can help you avoid too much editing of the photo later if it turns out to be too dark or too bright.
- Shoot with natural light. If possible, shoot the couple in an area where natural light from the sun can come in. In my case, I had the couple position near the big window of the wedding venue before the wedding ceremony began. I took some portrait shots of the couple and then for the entire wedding I took candid shots of the events. For the portrait shots, I got some inspirations from the website of this photographer Hampshire.
- Study and set your iPhone’s settings. There are plenty of things you need to learn about your phone’s camera. Like DSLRs, you need to understand each feature and how it can affect the photo you shot.
- Turn off other apps. To avoid battery drain, make sure that no unnecessary apps are running in the background. This can stop the battery from draining fast.
- Bring a tripod and other extras. A tripod can come in handy when shooting in groups. I also suggest that you bring your charger, extra batteries (if you have any) and if you have a spare iPhone bring it too.
- Get as close as you can. Since an iPhone has its own limitations, you cannot compare it to a DSLR where you can zoom in without having to worry about blurry images. With an iPhone, it is advisable to go as close as you can and avoid zooming in. Zooming in can affect the quality of your image
I can say that my first attempt in iPhoneography went successful and I hope you will also experience this same. Plan your shots ahead, study your phone diligently and practice shooting before the wedding so success will come your way.