With all of the comparison testing of smartphone cameras, there is one group whose decisions should have a lot of weight. We're talking about professional photographers. And time and again, this group seems to favor the rear snapper on the back of the Apple iPhone. Freelancer Brooks Kraft, who has covered the White House since 2000, was on assignment at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue photographing the annual unveiling of the Christmas decorations. Kraft decided to shoot using the iSight camera on the Apple iPhone 6 Plus
While Kraft does own both new iPhone models, he chose the phablet so that he could employ the OIS feature that is included with the larger phone only. The photographer was hoping that the inclusion of the stabilization feature would allow him to take better shots in rooms that were dimly lit.
So how did the shoot come out? You can be the judge of that, as we have a few of Kraft's shots in the slideshow below. Also, we've included five photography tips that Kraft has written especially for those using the iPhone camera.
Five tips for those using the iPhone camera:
Make sure you get the best exposure you can when you’re shooting, because it’s pretty hard to correct a bad exposure on the phone. It’s worth taking the extra minute to get it right.
Don’t use the flash. With steady hands, the iPhone is frequently capable of capturing images in low light situations, and the results often look better then with the flash. But in some cases, you don’t have a choice.
Don’t use the zoom function because it’s not an optical zoom. It’s just blowing up the pixels you have.
Pay attention to the image settings of the app you’re using to photograph. Some will downsize your files. I use the native camera app because I’m sure to have a clean, maximum resolution file that I can go back to.
Think about what you do with your images once you’ve shot them. There’s a tendency when you’re using a mobile device to let your images sit there instead of organizing them, archiving them or printing them. I really think that when people look back at their visual histories, they [might find big gaps in their archives]-Brooks Kraft
Pro photographer uses rear camera on the Apple iPhone 6 Plus to catch holiday event at the White House