It’s no secret Apple firmly believes its more recent iPhone handsets can replace your DSLRs. In a move that, without doubt, indeed supports this viewpoint, the Chief Official White House Photographer has shared a bunch of images which — guess what? — were shot using an iPhone handset. And as I’m sure you’ll expect, the shots are pretty outstanding.
Making the CEO proud
In fact, the images look so great Apple CEO Tim Cook took to Twitter to applaud the “stunning iPhone photography” by Pete Souza, who in turn had previously posted the pictures to his own Instagram account (@PeteSouza) over the course of 2015. After fielding questions from followers about his photography equipment, Souza explained that, while he indeed uses a DSLR and iPhone for photography purposes, the images chosen for his “year on Instagram” Medium post only featured photos captured with an iPhone.
For many purists, the square format was the original inspiration for Instagram. And I certainly admire those that continue to post only square photos taken with a smart phone.
My approach to my Instagram feed continues to be all square photos are taken with an iPhone, and full-frame horizontals and verticals are taken with a DSLR (usually a Canon 5DMark3, but I’ve also posted some from Sony, Nikon and Leica cameras).
The results indeed speak for themselves.
Admittedly, I was never a huge amateur photographer, but I nevertheless ditched my own DSLR for my iPhone years ago; the ease of carrying a handheld, Internet-connected camera with on-board editing tools in your pocket easily outweighed the technical prowess of my DSLR. I love being able to shoot an image, fix it up, and send it to Instagram, Twitter, or to a shared iCloud photo album within minutes, all from the same device.
As Pete Souza’s collection demonstrates, however, the trade-offs faced by photographers when they choose an iPhone over their usual DSLR are becoming less and less with each release cycle.
You can check out Souza’s full collection (something we’d certainly recommend) by clicking this link. Apple has also shared some of its favorite iPhone 6s-captured photographs online, too.