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This photographer shot a whole wedding on an iPhone 6s and the results are marvelous

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This photographer shot a whole wedding on an iPhone 6s and the results are marvelous

We love this opportunity to share the masterful and professional results that photographer Sephi Bergerson has accomplished with just an iPhone 6s and a bunch of apps that almost everyone with a smartphone can download. But the only thing more interesting than the beautiful photos are mr. Bergerson's sentiments, which make it clear that his work isn't merely a display of the iPhone's much debated camera qualities, but something much bigger than that.

It doesn't matter if you have an Apple phone, or a Samsung phone, or a HTC phone, or a Microsoft phone. What matters is that this great device that fits in your hand lets you accomplish astonishing photographs, even if you don't have Sephi's talent and years of experience. In fact, the photographer himself said the biggest obstacle in achieving his mission wasn't technology (although he does admit previous iPhone models had certain limitations), but finding a couple that would agree to have its wedding shot with a smartphone. Indeed, he did, and their celebration was the biggest he's ever photographed – it went on for three days in the city of Udaipur, back in November last year!

A completely new breed of camera.

To capture all the gorgeous decoration and overwhelming excitement, Sephi used an iPhone 6s, along with a hand-held LED light to get proper exposure for night shots (the ISO limit wasn't letting him shoot without motion blur). He composed the scenes not in a documental fashion, but in one that would translate to his artistic vision for post-processing (which has played a very significant part, as you will see in the photos). He used a "very simple workflow" for post-processing, all happening right on the smartphone. He started with Snapseed to correct the contrast, color, and highlights, in addition to adding a vintage filter to some photos. He then moved to Mextures to add "scratches and grit" for a more dramatic look, and finished with face retouching in Facetune. The result gets exported to Instagram, whose filters also end up getting some use.

Although Sephi notes that smartphones won't replace "regular" cameras for the time being, despite their advantages, he considers them "a completely new breed of camera" – one that lets photographers "shoot and process images in the field, free from the burden of running home to our computers". It also lets one instantly try out ideas, see what works and doesn't, and share them on the spot.

Behold Sephi's gorgeous works below, and do check out the rest on the man's website!


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posted on 29 Jan 2016, 09:33 33

1. Nallaikumaran (banned) (Posts: 61; Member since: 14 Sep 2015)


They sound just like BGR

posted on 29 Jan 2016, 09:36 12

4. TyrionLannister (unregistered)


you sir, have my upvote.

posted on 29 Jan 2016, 09:48 2

9. rd_nest (Posts: 1591; Member since: 06 Jun 2010)


^^ True

posted on 29 Jan 2016, 09:52 6

10. SuperAndroidEvo (Posts: 4808; Member since: 15 Apr 2011)


I hope that photographer charged $15.00 & not some crazy $400.00+ dollars...

posted on 29 Jan 2016, 09:58 5

13. BattleBrat (Posts: 1432; Member since: 26 Oct 2011)


Photographers I know charge thousands for a wedding.

posted on 29 Jan 2016, 10:09 3

19. nepalisherpa (Posts: 209; Member since: 17 Jul 2015)


Just because he used a phone? What about the talent, the creativity, and the effort to produce the final version?

posted on 29 Jan 2016, 12:00 4

32. Penny (Posts: 1647; Member since: 04 Feb 2011)


Imagine that talent, creativity, and effort put to use with a larger sensor camera. Imagine portraits that actually flatter the features of the couple getting married rather than distort their faces with a wide angle lens. Imagine shots where the couple is perfectly in focus, with the background beautifully blurred.

There are physical limitations to shooting with a phone, you know. The only good portraits he's going to be able to give them are environmental portraits, where the scene is as important as the couple -- not what you want for all of your wedding photos.

posted on 29 Jan 2016, 10:19 9

23. French_Toast (Posts: 82; Member since: 02 Sep 2015)


how phonearena has received money for this infomercial?

posted on 29 Jan 2016, 11:32 3

30. Predator-X (banned) (Posts: 44; Member since: 07 Jan 2016)


Via apples bank account

posted on 30 Jan 2016, 16:24

62. aajynqzz (Posts: 5; Member since: 03 Dec 2014)


$400? Photographers charge ten times more than that...

posted on 29 Jan 2016, 09:55 1

12. zeeBomb (Posts: 1783; Member since: 14 Aug 2014)


You didn't know that they're cousins?

posted on 29 Jan 2016, 11:30 1

29. Predator-X (banned) (Posts: 44; Member since: 07 Jan 2016)


Another article full of lies.. This site us just ridiculous!!
Make me gag! Puke!

posted on 29 Jan 2016, 19:41 3

48. engineer-1701d (Posts: 3260; Member since: 13 Mar 2014)


are they kidding the pics look horrible i mean bad like bad bad, i would be pissed if i payed a guy for photos of wedding and he used dslr and iphone or android or any phone for that

posted on 31 Jan 2016, 01:51 1

63. kdqsa1 (Posts: 2; Member since: 21 Aug 2015)


I totally agree...

The colors of the pics are so bad and nothing special for a mobile shooting.
I wouldn't pay for a photographer to shoot my wedding with his own mobile. He should use a professional camera to get pics with more lights and colors for moments that would not be repeated.

posted on 29 Jan 2016, 09:35 3

2. Macky (banned) (Posts: 19; Member since: 02 Jan 2016)


Z5 could have produced better results than than or Note 4 or Lumia 1320 or Sam... *sigh*

posted on 29 Jan 2016, 10:00 1

14. BattleBrat (Posts: 1432; Member since: 26 Oct 2011)


Yep, I have a Sony Z3V and have found when shooting manual you can really take advantage of those extra pixels on a larger sensor. I can print larger than 8 x 10, something I've never been able to do from a phone before.

posted on 29 Jan 2016, 13:32 1

37. igorb81 (Posts: 77; Member since: 27 Feb 2012)


Absolutely agree. You can get same results with Galaxy S4 for that matter. I have done similar. I wouldn't pay this photographer $50 for these crappy pix. Yuck. I would never accept anything less than top notch DSLR with top notch lense for my wedding photos. What is this world coming to? Pathetic.

posted on 29 Jan 2016, 19:42 1

49. engineer-1701d (Posts: 3260; Member since: 13 Mar 2014)


hell the htc m8 could have done better

posted on 29 Jan 2016, 20:48 1

51. BattleBrat (Posts: 1432; Member since: 26 Oct 2011)


Nope, has to be an Xperia Z1 and later, they have a larger 1/2.3" sensor, the same or similar to the ones Sony actually crams into it point and shoots. But it has to be manual mode, crank it to 20 megapixels and drop the ISO all the Sony fanboys who scream you have to shoot manual in the camera comparisons were right. I had a Note 3 and Note 4 the Note 4 was damn epic, but this Z3V can print much larger, can't beat that larger sensor and bigger lens.

posted on 29 Jan 2016, 09:36 11

3. someone12 (Posts: 177; Member since: 28 Aug 2015)


f**king Apple fanboy, everything he said is applied to Galaxy s6 or HTC M9 or any other smartphone.

posted on 29 Jan 2016, 10:10 3

20. nepalisherpa (Posts: 209; Member since: 17 Jul 2015)


You don't sound much different than him.

posted on 29 Jan 2016, 12:04 1

33. TerryTerius (Posts: 1539; Member since: 10 Apr 2014)


Right, but this wasn't done with any of those smart phones. I don't get how reporting on something that happened makes you a fanboy.

posted on 29 Jan 2016, 13:44

38. Brewski (Posts: 316; Member since: 05 Jun 2012)


"It doesn't matter if you have an Apple phone, or a Samsung phone, or a HTC phone, or a Microsoft phone."

But we here at Phone Arena felt the need to focus on the point that it is an Apple device anyway...

posted on 29 Jan 2016, 13:59 1

39. TerryTerius (Posts: 1539; Member since: 10 Apr 2014)


Because an iPhone was what he used. It wasn't any of those other devices. I don't think it's somehow insulting other brands by being factually accurate.

posted on 29 Jan 2016, 19:45

50. engineer-1701d (Posts: 3260; Member since: 13 Mar 2014)


then stop wasting time writing about wedding pics taken with a iphone or white house christmas with iphone or any other no one cares if stupid people can't tell the difference in quality

posted on 30 Jan 2016, 08:09 1

59. TerryTerius (Posts: 1539; Member since: 10 Apr 2014)


Evidently a lot of people care judging by the comments section blowing up. Whether that is adoration or scorn, the result is the same for phone arena.

posted on 29 Jan 2016, 09:36 7

5. Dee79 (Posts: 281; Member since: 19 Jun 2014)


Looool I do hope the bride and groom does have an actual photographer using a dslr aswell and this iPhone 6 camera guy is just an experiment.

posted on 29 Jan 2016, 09:43

6. baskar1086 (Posts: 13; Member since: 17 Sep 2015)


Really good!!! Mobile Phone photography at the next level
No matter is it an iPhone or a galaxy or a Sony Xperia z5 this kind of the things will b the future

posted on 29 Jan 2016, 09:43 8

7. fancollo (Posts: 41; Member since: 30 Dec 2015)


It was enough to see the 3 pictures to determine my own conclusion: the pictures are merely average and absolutely normal for a smartphone. I seriously doubt they would be better with other phones but definitely not worse. I would never use the phone for night time / indoor pictures without a good flashlight, and for sure not on a wedding where there are so many people moving constantly. Outside pictures with a smartphone for a wedding would be great for sure. but during the night, too much noise and motion-blur.

posted on 29 Jan 2016, 12:05 1

34. TerryTerius (Posts: 1539; Member since: 10 Apr 2014)


Pretty much this. Given how close the camera capabilities are for several phones on the market, this is one of those scenarios where the person taking the picture is more relevant than the equipment.

posted on 29 Jan 2016, 09:48 1

8. stanislav (Posts: 136; Member since: 22 Sep 2014)


This event and this photographer are payed by Apple for sure. If any photographer come to shoot my event with ANY phone i would beat him :D. Btw i think that iPhone is the best phone in the market right now

posted on 29 Jan 2016, 10:06

16. oozz009 (Posts: 517; Member since: 22 Jun 2015)


Hmm sure it was nice but other flagships with equally great cameras could had been mentioned. Ex: Samsung Galaxy S6, LG G4, Xperia Z5 and others!

posted on 29 Jan 2016, 10:07 5

17. Ghost04 (Posts: 329; Member since: 03 May 2014)


He is probably a 3rd class photographer , as real pro photographer never uses a cheap phone for photography . They have 2000$ cameras .

posted on 29 Jan 2016, 12:11

35. TerryTerius (Posts: 1539; Member since: 10 Apr 2014)


They never said he was the official wedding photographer, they only said he used his phone to take pictures at the wedding. And honestly, $2000 is nowhere near the cost of an actual professional grade camera. I've been a model for years, and I've worked behind the camera as frequently as I have in front of it. Two grand will net you a lower-mid tier camera.

And you use whatever is available to you at the time. Most photographers don't carry their DSLR's around at all times.

posted on 29 Jan 2016, 10:08

18. htcisthebest (Posts: 143; Member since: 15 Nov 2011)


Try shooting it with a high-end Lumia phone. The result will be better with higher clarity, and that's what real photography should be!

posted on 29 Jan 2016, 11:19

27. catze86 (Posts: 598; Member since: 07 Dec 2015)


Amen......

posted on 29 Jan 2016, 10:15

21. Blest42188 (Posts: 51; Member since: 05 Aug 2015)


Im really saying this from a neutral ground because I actually like the iPhone after having one for a week but..these are very average pics.

posted on 29 Jan 2016, 10:16

22. Blest42188 (Posts: 51; Member since: 05 Aug 2015)


Two weeks

posted on 29 Jan 2016, 10:20 1

24. Omarc07 (Posts: 392; Member since: 12 Nov 2012)


i recorded a friends wedding on my s6 edge plus n it also came out MARVELOUS! omg . ..

posted on 29 Jan 2016, 10:38 1

25. submar (Posts: 355; Member since: 19 Sep 2014)


Poor choice mr photographer

posted on 29 Jan 2016, 19:26

47. Omarc07 (Posts: 392; Member since: 12 Nov 2012)


actually no my man has an iphone 6s the edge looks better

posted on 29 Jan 2016, 11:20

28. catze86 (Posts: 598; Member since: 07 Dec 2015)


I ve recorded a friwnd party with my Lumia 720 and it also came out...... Yellow

posted on 29 Jan 2016, 11:48

31. TheStanleyFTW (Posts: 243; Member since: 20 Feb 2013)


I wish that I could find customers like them. Most of those who ask me just asks about my gear and not that much about what I CAN DO with a camera. I mean let us be honest. Those photos looks beautiful BUT printing them will look horrible (unless we are talking about small prints). Things that would have made these shots better would be RAW and a sensor with good DR for shadow and highlight recovery.

posted on 29 Jan 2016, 12:50 1

36. RoboticEngi (Posts: 585; Member since: 03 Dec 2014)


Omg those images are so......so......so.....normal. there's nothing special about them and at least a couple of handful of smartphones can do that today.......carry on iphonearena. ...

posted on 29 Jan 2016, 15:06 1

40. dragonfly (Posts: 3; Member since: 29 Jan 2016)


ofc AppleArena.com - again :( it's sad

posted on 29 Jan 2016, 16:01 2

41. jjstudio (Posts: 2; Member since: 26 Sep 2014)


Pretty ugly

posted on 29 Jan 2016, 16:30 1

42. murphslaws (Posts: 54; Member since: 22 Apr 2015)


Oh how nice, that newly wed couple got ripped off. I would never let anything less than a Fullframe sensor photograph my wedding.

posted on 29 Jan 2016, 16:35

43. johnny9000 (Posts: 49; Member since: 10 Sep 2011)


These pictures are decent, but not "fantastic" by any means. I just recently got married and the photographer used a professional camera with a very large sensor, and those, are fantastic. No cellphone can replace a professional using professional equipment.

posted on 29 Jan 2016, 17:03

44. Diezparda (Posts: 837; Member since: 23 Oct 2013)


What really matters is man behind the camera, i believe even mobile camera at the right hand can capture better result than teenager who own camera and think he is a pro. 2nd key is of course the object itself.

posted on 29 Jan 2016, 23:27

54. mixedfish (Posts: 1152; Member since: 17 Nov 2013)


Not really, there's only so much you do with a wide-angle lens that's stuck on an iPhone and the above images are evident of it. With todays auto mode almost anyone can take decent material on a full sized camera, ready to post-processed and cropped.

posted on 29 Jan 2016, 17:52 1

45. akki20892 (Posts: 3900; Member since: 04 Feb 2013)


use the DSLR u !d!ot.....if you are smart enough to take great photos.

posted on 29 Jan 2016, 18:51

46. elitewolverine (Posts: 5077; Member since: 28 Oct 2013)


Reminds me of the photographer who used the 1020 to take stunning images of his OWN wedding. Those were amazing, for a phone from 2yrs ago.

posted on 29 Jan 2016, 23:23

53. mixedfish (Posts: 1152; Member since: 17 Nov 2013)


These look terrible for a 'photographer', I hope the dude did it as a favor and not some full price service. Worst yet your most precious memories are stuck on 12mp instead of 20+ from a DSLR and low bitrate mono sound video.

Good job recording an important day.

posted on 30 Jan 2016, 00:00 1

55. rsiders (Posts: 852; Member since: 17 Nov 2011)


I can't help but imagine what he could've done with the LG V10.

posted on 30 Jan 2016, 05:18

56. obedchuni (Posts: 159; Member since: 16 Jun 2014)


I think techieXP son of a samsung would have done it nice on his iphone 4s with 1GB or Ram....hahaha

posted on 30 Jan 2016, 07:49 1

57. sissy246 (Posts: 631; Member since: 04 Mar 2015)


OMG those are horrible. I hope the couple had someone else taking photos to.

posted on 30 Jan 2016, 08:55 1

60. ameran (Posts: 242; Member since: 04 Dec 2013)


All these photos are photoshoped, or he used the filters taking them. Every modern phone could do the same. I sometime don't agree with PA when they make something normal sounding spectacular when it was done with an iToy.

posted on 30 Jan 2016, 14:41

61. bassembm (Posts: 75; Member since: 27 Dec 2015)


iphonearena !! really disappointing camera

posted on 31 Jan 2016, 22:32

65. shimanto1123 (Posts: 100; Member since: 20 Nov 2014)


All Credit goes to Sephi, normal people like me cant even take a decent shot with a s6, let alone ip6 plus.

posted on 01 Feb 2016, 01:28

66. belovedson (Posts: 978; Member since: 30 Nov 2010)


ooh i got a commercial idea

12000 wedding dress....
15000 lavish wedding site with real elephants
400 photo shoot with Sephi the cousin of Seri..... priceless

If this was a real wedding it appears pricey.

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