Professional fashion shoot with iPhone 3GS

While iPhone 4 has stolen the spotlight these days, iPhone 3GS is still equipped with a great camera, especially for a phone. However, we never imagined a photographer using the iPhone 3GS during a professional photo shoot. Lee Morris, a professional fashion photographer and writer for f stoppers, has done just that!

The idea behind the shoot was to prove to his readers that a professional camera is not required to get professional photos. He assembled a team of professionals including professional model, Olivia Price, hair and makeup artists, a retoucher, and videographer, all of whom volunteered their time for the project. Morris also used his a studio and lighting equipment.

Morris also admits to using photoshop in post production. He claims that Photoshop is a "necessary tool" for his line of work. "I am in the business of making money and my clients do not care if I got it perfect in the camera or made it perfect in post, they simply want a perfect image."

Morris made sure to stress that the point of this shoot was to show that a photographer should not be limited by his camera; in fact, "the most expensive camera in the world is capable of taking bad pictures." He does a great job proving his point, but your average low budget photographer will not be able get the same results without the thousands of dollars of studio equipment that Morris used. He did mention that he may do a similar shoot in the future using only natural light. I would find that much more interesting and believe it would make a bigger impact. I also hope he uses an iPhone 4 next time!

Nevertheless, the images Morris produced are stunning and even more impressive because they were taken with an iPhone 3GS. You can see the entire set of high res photos on Flickr.

Follow us after the break to see a video of the shoot!

[f stoppers via 9To5Mac]

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Leanna Lofte

Former app and photography editor at iMore, Leanna has since moved on to other endeavors. Mother, wife, mathamagician, even though she no longer writes for iMore you can still follow her on Twitter @llofte.

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Professional fashion shoot with iPhone 3GS


Absolutely incredible! I was just talking to someone the other day about the fact that if Ansel Adams had been born a generation later we might never have heard of him. Now anyone with a camera phone can be a great photographer.

Saw it a couple days ago on another site. He's right but you still some good lighting. And a hot looking model.

That is like saying anyone with a wordprocessor can be a great writer. The point of this article os that a great photographer can get great results regardless of the camera.
On another note, I'd like to see the original un-retouched images along side the finished product, so I can see how much retouching is actually required to create this level of photo from an iPhone camera.

@ Dimwit on his flickr page link at end of article there are raw and edited side by side and the iPhone version are good too

I love the AT&T jab at the end!! Ahahahaahahah!! Awesome video. Point well made. Make me even think about taking up photography!! Nah.. I'll stick to tech :)

All depends on the definition of a "professional photo". This phot looks incredible, viewed at the size we have and on the web. Making a fine art print of this shot is another story.
The iphone has an incredible camera for a cell phone, no doubt. Now trying to prove it can do "professional" photo, let's be realistic a minute. If it was the case, most professional would have been using a point and shoot for years rather than extremely coslty cameras.

The iPhone 4 lens is too wide (shorter focal length), which causes distortion, and is better suited for scenics and group photos. Another poor design decision, but probably also due to the thinner case.

I am a professional photographer, and I have a couple scenics I have taken with my iPhone if would like to feature them (taken with natural light) I'd be happy to share!

And to think, I threw away my Kodak Disc when I went to my D300. Doh!
Ya, I took an AP award once for a video I shot with a lipstick camera in natural light. But it still takes a lot of training and knowing which rules you're intentionally breaking to do something cool with sub-par gear.
I take some cool pics with my iPhone because it's often all I have on me. But it ain't no Nikon SLR! :)

@Dimwit No, it's like saying anyone with a word processor can be a great typist.
To be a great photographer, you need a great eye. What was lacking in the past was a camera, and now we all have better cameras on our phones than what was available to professionals 50 years ago.