Photographing of the Photographer: Vancouver, BC

Photographing of the Photographer: Vancouver, BC

He’s not taking a photo of his dog. He is taking a small video of me, while I’m making photos of his dog with him in the background.

When I took the photos, I heard him talking on the phone and telling the other person on the phone that there was a guy taking photos of his dog. Then he started making a video of me while I was taking photos of his dog.

Shot on iPhone

Apple has a set of ads: “Shot on iPhone”. The problem is that when people make photos on their iPhone/SmartPhone, they don’t get similar results. It’s mostly because of:

  • The fine print that says: Additional equipment and software used.
  • Most of these photos are taken not only by professional photographers, but theses photographers have a full crew for the lighting and the sound system.

So what kind of additional equipment would they be using?

  • A real cinema lens with an with a clip-on mount that clips on top of the existing lens. It significantly improves the quality of the images and costs thousandS of dollars.
  • A follow focus system for the cinema lens that also cost in the thousand dollar range.
  • An external recorder for recording the video in full resolution/color 4:2:2 like an Atomos that happens to be also in the thousand dollar range plus the memory cards to store the videos/images.
  • A gimbal for stabilizing the camera iPhone/SmartPhone when doing videos.
  • An external microphone/sound system for recording the sound.
  • An big external battery to power all the extras.
  • A cage that goes around the iPhone/SmartPhone for mounting and holding all the extra equipment attached to the iPhone/SmartPhone.

Then after taking the photos and the videos, there’s all the post-processing like editing, color correction/grading…

BTW, all of this equipment is available to buy, but it’s “muchos dinaros” aka $$$.


Before (left) and after (right) as processed with Darktable 2.2.5

Before (left) and After (right)

Camera: Canon 7D ISO 250 and 1/125
Lens: Canon 70-200mm f/4 @70mm and f/6.3
Processed with Darktable 2.2.5: