Filmed on a phone: these two majestic videos show you don't always need expensive professional cameras

It's really amazing how far the cameras on our phones have come: from paltry flip phones that were barely able to capture a moment to replacements for compact cameras, the progress has been remarkable.

Just recently, we stumbled upon a couple of surfing videos that are really... for a lack of a better word, majestic. Filming on an iPhone 6s Plus put on a stabilization rig, photo and videographer Sven Dreesbach has captured the essence of the contact and connection between human and nature in these shorts.

"I shot two ‘surf videos’ at the same time," Dreesbach said for the Fstoppers blog. "The main project (‘Dark Waves’) was a music video I shot for Robot Koch from the infamous indie label Monkeytown Records in Berlin. The other project (‘This Moment’) is a ‘visual poem’ and has more of a branded content look."

Robot Koch feat. Delhia de France 'Dark Waves' (official video) from Sven D. on Vimeo.

The videos make extensive use of the iPhone 6s Plus slow motion video capture, but the fact that one could use a phone rather than a bulky camera also had its advantages.

"One of the main reasons to pick the iPhone over more professional cameras was not only excitement over the new features (120fps in HD) but also the small budget," Dreesbach said. "We spent less money on hardware than we would have if we rented any gear. On top of that we had the option to go back into the water any time we needed for pick up shots, which turned out useful, since it's hard to plan too far ahead when shooting surf. You gotta be ready for the ocean, when it is for you!"

Right below, you'd find the second video and you can hit the source link below to get to know more of Dreesbach's creations.

This Moment from Sven D. on Vimeo.



1. zeeBomb

Posts: 2318; Member since: Aug 14, 2014

I bet a lot of color grading was used in this video

4. Unordinary unregistered

There are a bunch (hundreds) of other professional videos shot on mobile without this dark gritty theme used for this music video if you are interested. If you have a 4K T.V I can send you a few links if you'd like.

36. AlikMalix unregistered

If you ever used iMovie, there are filters that get really close to that, but there are a lot of free and cheap paid apps that will make any video like that. I can confidently say, that you can have this result with all done on iPhone. Just got to shot at 4K and 120/240fps at minimum of 720p and you can really make these videos pop. I do a lot of video editing and all of it is done on my phone (Adobe premier on my PC is unused and collecting dust). I have to agree with the article - our smartphones (iPhone in this case) are amazing for video shooting and editing - something you could not say about 5 years ago. This isn't about Apple specifically - it is arguably the BEST for mobile video today - but how capable and awesome our little devices are. If anyone is whining that this required mounts and lenses - wtf do you think pro's use with their $10,000 cameras? They also invest more into mounts and lenses... And the slo-mo in iPhone 6s is unbeatable. So maybe that's why you all butthurt.

2. hafini_27

Posts: 951; Member since: Oct 31, 2013

I like the editing.

3. GreenMan

Posts: 2698; Member since: Nov 09, 2015

I quote: "Filmed on iPhone 6s Plus: these two majestic videos show you don't always need expensive professional cameras." Yes, but you do need "expansive" experience... A mere mortal like me can't make that kind of fine videos even with a bloody $50,000 Video Camera they use in film industry... Or perhaps a DSLR with video capabilities...!!!

5. wando77

Posts: 1168; Member since: Aug 23, 2012

Should it be called 'yellow waves' if it's filmed with an iPhone?

6. Podrick

Posts: 1285; Member since: Aug 19, 2015


9. GreenMan

Posts: 2698; Member since: Nov 09, 2015

@Podrick: I quote: "iPhonearena"??? Man, that's the oldest excuse in the book! Even older than: "The dog ate my homework."

10. Podrick

Posts: 1285; Member since: Aug 19, 2015

It may be the oldest excuse in the book but still, It Just Works!!

37. AlikMalix unregistered

If you look on top of the page of you'll see buttons for Apple, android, Samsung, etc. --- tap on Android, and I guarantee all Apple articles will magically disappear - it will be androidarena just for you. The self entitlement is strong with this one and his 2 whiny followers that up-voted this stupid post.

7. submar

Posts: 713; Member since: Sep 19, 2014

these two pathetic videos show you always need expensive professional cameras

16. another1

Posts: 157; Member since: Dec 25, 2015

Wrong This article with the two videos show the pathetic losers who enjoy clicking on Apple articles to just hate.

49. submar

Posts: 713; Member since: Sep 19, 2014

actually i am telling PA we need expensive professional camera not a 'expensive but not professional camera'

42. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

wrong.. these to vids show that you need some serious editing skill

15. another1

Posts: 157; Member since: Dec 25, 2015

You are always commenting on Apple related articles to bash them. You clearly hate Apple, and you clearly have no life. The videos here are actually pretty damn good.

23. tedkord

Posts: 17410; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Yes, obviously when someone doesn't agree with every single thing Apple does, or doesn't think their products are the absolute best ever, it must be because they hate Apple. Has to be, there just isn't any other possible explanation. Learn to relax and take a joke, and maybe the stick will fall out of your ass.

28. another1

Posts: 157; Member since: Dec 25, 2015

Your reading Comprehension absolutely sucks. Notice, I'm stating you consistently are bashing Apple on Apple related articles. This clearly suggests you hate Apple, so it makes no sense why you read the article in the first place, other than just wanting to be an Apple hating troll, you stupid moron. Please go receive an education, because you are one of the biggest morons I've ever interacted with.

29. Ordinary

Posts: 2454; Member since: Apr 23, 2015

I think this is a new record to receive 2 upvotes in one minute and call people morons... EDIT: 3 upvotes

32. tedkord

Posts: 17410; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

The irony of him calling someone a moron. It's too rich.

43. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

yeah right 1 minute is enough to open incognito > login PA with other acc > find his own comment > like > close incognito > repeat

31. tedkord

Posts: 17410; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Actually, your reality comprehension seems to suck. You might have noticed the raspberry emoji at the end on my comment. You also seem to have missed the many times here I've defended Apple. Like the other day when someone stated iPhone cameras have always sucked, and I replied that was ridiculous, iPhone cameras have always been among the best on smartphones. Or the many times I've defended them over bugs in iOS, stating that anything as complex as an operating system is bound to have bugs. No, I called it absolutely correctly - in your world, if you're not for Apple completely, you're against Apple.

33. another1

Posts: 157; Member since: Dec 25, 2015

Would ya shut up man? No one in here cares what you think because you are nothing but an Apple hater. So calm down, take a cold shower, and get over the fact you are embarrassing yourself.

34. French_Toast

Posts: 98; Member since: Sep 02, 2015

My friend Another1 It's not because someone does not like you a worshiper of Apple and it demonstrated a critical mind he is a troll. While these videos are fine but any modern phone could do the job. it is indisputable that the result would have been much more wonderful if it was made with real professional equipment

39. tedkord

Posts: 17410; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

And I don't care if you like my posts. Don't read if you don't like. I also don't care what you think. You've proven you're a fool, and the only one I've embarrassed is you, though you might not be smart enough to recognize it.

46. Unordinary unregistered

"Don't read if you don't like" Hahahahaha Says the basement dweller who comments nothing but negativity in Apple articles. Irony.

53. RoboticEngi

Posts: 1251; Member since: Dec 03, 2014

I care. I don't care about sheep like you on the other hand ....

45. Unordinary unregistered

You got roasted. He hit the nail on the head. Just stop lmao. Such a loser

50. tedkord

Posts: 17410; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

I did hit the nail on the head. He's a bitter, impotent little man, like yourself, who thinks if you don't love Apple with your very soul, you hate Apple. You're both kind of sad.

51. Unordinary unregistered

He just proved his point again. Lmfao. Poor guy. I'm so sorry for you.

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