Pro photographer uses Apple iPhone 6 Plus camera to cover White House event

Pro photographer uses Apple iPhone 6 Plus camera to cover White House event
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.

source: Time via AppleInsider

Related phones

iPhone 6
  • Display 4.7" 750 x 1334 pixels
  • Camera 8 MP / 1.2 MP front
  • Processor Apple A8, Dual-core, 1400 MHz
  • Storage 128 GB
  • Battery 1810 mAh(14h 3G talk time)
iPhone 6 Plus
  • Display 5.5" 1080 x 1920 pixels
  • Camera 8 MP / 1.2 MP front
  • Processor Apple A8, Dual-core, 1400 MHz
  • Storage 128 GB
  • Battery 2915 mAh(24h 3G talk time)



1. RareCandy

Posts: 61; Member since: Nov 20, 2014

Pros know best, and the best is always from Apple :)

2. Leandronb

Posts: 86; Member since: Jun 03, 2014

And this kind of people is always from Apple too.

30. Aploine

Posts: 445; Member since: Oct 24, 2013

That's why this year's photos suck. Apple sponsored the government or the event?

86. Liveitup

Posts: 1798; Member since: Jan 07, 2014

Pros use different cameras all the time, many use Lumia 1020, there probably are different Android devices that pros also use , from LG, Sony etc. Just like anything else its a choice, I find things like 3D printing Ultrascope more meaningful but that's just my opinion.

15. torr310

Posts: 1645; Member since: Oct 27, 2011

I could only tell how unprofessional he is. LOL Let's say, how happy you will be if your wedding photographer uses a smart phone taking pictures for you.

28. vincelongman

Posts: 5677; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

If you told me these were from an amateur using an old Nexus 4 I'd believe you The 6+ does have one of the best cameras, but these are very average photos at best

62. Doakie

Posts: 2478; Member since: May 06, 2009

I was going to say these seem about the quality of photos my 5 year old came out with using my old HTC One M7... There is nothing special about these pictures, in fact they're not even taken from angles that make the pictures pop, it's almost like a tourist snapped these on a stroll... This was just a hype stunt. If he did it with a 41 MP Pureview and had some skills for setting up a shot I'm sure it would look somewhat interesting.

87. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

and big deal. all journalist uses iPhones anyway to cover the whitehouse breifing don't see why this is news.


Posts: 2815; Member since: Oct 03, 2012

And you must be drunk.........Noob!

123. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

Sometimes I type to fast.

58. tuminatr

Posts: 1120; Member since: Feb 23, 2009

Ok in all honesty yes the Iphone does have a good camera however I do own a 24 megapixle DSLR and it takes much better pictures that my Iphone

68. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

DSLR vs smartphone. Really dude?

78. hurrycanger

Posts: 1759; Member since: Dec 01, 2013

haha I know right. That's kinda extreme. xD

118. tuminatr

Posts: 1120; Member since: Feb 23, 2009

What do you think professional photogrophers use? They use DSLR or large format Ok I can see a cellphone replaceing a point and shoot but even there my point and shoot is way better than my Iphone or my note 4

120. tuminatr

Posts: 1120; Member since: Feb 23, 2009

I think torr310 has is right. Would you hire a professional photogropher to take pictures of you wedding (or other event)with only an iPhone? I for one would not

88. mafiaprinc3

Posts: 585; Member since: May 07, 2012

I've got to be honest the photos are really blurry

90. iLovesarcasm

Posts: 589; Member since: Oct 20, 2014

In Note 4 you don't have to be a "PRO" to take pro-like shots. Just saying.

91. xondk

Posts: 1904; Member since: Mar 25, 2014

It is clear you like apple, and that is fine, however that does not mean it is 'the best' also consider there are 'pro' photographers on each side of the apple / android fence, so who is the right pro? clearly they have different opinions, at this point in time, all camera phones, if used by a pro who knows how to compose a picture, will make great pictures, but this is much more because of the persons skills not the camera phone they use.

93. engineer-1701d unregistered

i like his comments /tips but wow from someone that lives in dc area those came out real bad should have used the camera or note 4 camera better color reproduction the iphone camera this iphone6 is a lot more darker then the past i guess thats why they will be upping the camera mp on the next model. its like we all said when you have a tiny screen with 8 mp on it it looks great, but put a bigger screen on it and you have to do some changes my gs3 4.8 screen with 8 mp would have taken almost the same identical looking pics without the darkness and its about 3 years old 2012 i bet the iphone 4/4s would look better then the 6

109. ojdidit84

Posts: 462; Member since: Jul 16, 2011

For him to be a "pro," he took some pretty mediocre pictures. I have a hard time even believing they're taken with a 6+. Looks like these were taken with my old HTC Rezound. They look exactly like some random guy going to an even and taking a few pictures. Not very impressive at all.

3. deewinc

Posts: 455; Member since: Feb 21, 2013

I only have one advice for him. 1. Don't use an iPhone if you are serious into photography with cellphones.

11. ArtSim98

Posts: 3535; Member since: Dec 21, 2012

You can take the cellphones word from the end and replace iPhone with it.

18. xperian

Posts: 418; Member since: Apr 10, 2014

More like: 1. Don't use a phone if you are serious into photography.

50. deewinc

Posts: 455; Member since: Feb 21, 2013

"photography with cellphones..." I am categorical.

79. Neo_Huang

Posts: 1067; Member since: Dec 06, 2013

What about the Panasonic Lumix CM1?

72. akki20892

Posts: 3902; Member since: Feb 04, 2013

that's what i call, stupidity level over^^^^^1000 oh god why

4. phljcnth

Posts: 553; Member since: Apr 30, 2012

I don't see dimly lit rooms.

5. fzacek

Posts: 2486; Member since: Jan 26, 2014

Nice showcase of the iPhone 6's ugly protruding camera in the thumbnail...

7. Iodine

Posts: 1478; Member since: Jun 19, 2014

So strange nobody was complaining about protruding cameras before.... Btw how do you define a "ugly" protruding camera ?

9. tech2

Posts: 3487; Member since: Oct 26, 2012

No one else was claiming 'seamless design' from a hill top either. Not to mention how they graphically removed the protrusion in iPhones from their websites and tried to deceive the consumers.

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