iPhone Cinematography Uncovers the Dark Heart of the Sea

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Feb 162016
 

Warning: treacherous waters are ahead. A dark, cold place where only the brave dare to explore. Recent video projects by photographer and cinematographer Sven Dreesbach create a feeling of icy-cold tension, contrasted by a sense of meditative pleasure. It’s a vibe that is best soaked in rather than pontificated upon by some internet writer. Oh, and he did it all on iPhones.

The ocean can seem like both a calming muse and the murky black lair of an unseen leviathan, depending on which video you watch first. What is certain is that you should definitely watch them both.

“I shot two ‘surf videos’ at the same time,” Dreesbach told Fstoppers. “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.”

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Jan 082016
 

Zeiss has teamed up with Fellowes Brands to announce an intriguing new product line at CES. The duo utilizes Fellowes Brands pedigree of smartphone photography technology and Zeiss’ wealth of lens manufacturing history to bring an iPhone lens trio. 

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Pictured is the existing Exolens accessory mount by Fellowes Brands. It provides a solid platform to mount an additional iPhone lens, as well as a 1.4″ thread on the bottom for further mounting.

Zeiss have provided the optics to make up 3 new lenses for the iPhone 6; a wide, tele, and macro zoom lens.

“The first three lenses – wide-angle, telephoto and macro – are scheduled to be launched in late Q2 2016. The wide-angle and telephoto lenses offer excellent image performance with outstanding edge-to-edge contrast. The macro lens features a zoom function – unique for accessory lenses of this type – for flexible image composition. The new lenses can be used on the Apple® iPhone® with customized mounting brackets.”

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Jul 132015
 

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He fearlessly shot his new film “Tangerine” entirely on the iPhone 5s. It dazzled audiences and critics when it premiered at Sundance 2015 and is now being released theatrically. It looks great on the big screen and has energy and style to burn. Using the iPhone was the most affordable way to shoot Tangerine, and turned out to be the very best way to make it.

READ MORE: How the DP Behind Sundance Hit ‘Tangerine’ Created a Cinematic Look with an iPhone

Baker shot his first feature “Four Letter Words” in 1996 and finally finished it in 2000. Made for $80,000 with 35mm short ends, it’s the only movie he has done on film. In 2004, he shot “Take Out” on standard definition video for $3,000 and “finished it with favors.” In 2008, he made “Prince of Broadway on HD” for $45,000. Then in 2012, he completed “Starlet,” which was filmed in HD on a $235,000 budget. “Starlet” received enthusiastic reviews, won the Robert Altman Award at the Independent Spirit Awards and was distributed by Music Box Films. After the success of “Starlet,” “something almost happened,” Baker explained.

Having made four features that received steadily increasing recognition and distribution, he hoped he could finally access much higher levels of financing. Only interested in directing his own scripts, Baker has been unwilling to work as a director for hire on films he didn’t write. It looked like his script “Caviar” about the Russian-Armenian underworld in Brooklyn was going to be financed for between $10 and $15 million. After waiting 1 1/2 years for the money to arrive, Baker decided he would have to return to the world of micro-budget filmmaking. He contacted Mark Duplass, who agreed to put together the financing for a new film set in the world of transgender prostitutes. Baker committed to make it for less than half the cost of “Starlet”  (i.e. under $117,500).

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May 192015
 

Bentley Motors is synonymous with timeless style, luxury, and affluence. Their cars are still regarded around here in Newport Beach, where every other car is a Porsche, BMW or Mercedes, as a status symbol of the uber-wealthy.

Like Bentley, in terms of the classic and sleek design, Apple also strives to capture that timeless style and elegance in their products. So to highlight the new technology in their updated Mulsanne, Bentley Motors teamed up with filmmaker Austin Reza and Apple to shoot the following short film, Intelligent Design.

Each new Bentley Mulsanne has a dual working station in the back seat, equipped with integrated iPads (because people who own Bentleys don’t actually drive them, they sit in the backseat making multi-million dollar deals while their drivers fight the LA traffic. Duh.) To market this new feature, the team used this new technology to create the film. They shot the first Intelligent Design film on the iPhone 5, and the new film on the iPhones 6 and 6+. Then they assembled the footage with the iPads located in the backseat of the Bentley.

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Mar 122015
 

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We share over 1.8 billion photos per day, and thanks to the ever-growing technology in cameras paired with the expansive world of social media platforms it’s become increasingly easy to add the title “photographer” to the resume. Apple has searched high and low for the world’s absolute best photographers and their work that spans the planet. The “Shot on iPhone 6” World Gallery features photos from creatives spanning 70 cities in 24 countries, and brings the mobile photography community front and center proving again that the best camera is the one that’s with you.

Apple has launched a beautiful ad campaign featuring photos captured on the new iPhone 6 looking to highlight the best of the best. Owners of the iPhone had submitted their top shots and Apple selected their favorites to be featured on the website’s front page. The incredible photos were captured from the United States, Canada, Japan, South Korea, China, New Zealand, and many more countries. Having made a living shooting solely with my iPhone, it’s inspiring and a continued push for me to learn all that I can about simply taking great photos with the tools I am given, rather than relying on gear dictating what I create.

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Jan 072015
 

 

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By day, Robert Jahns is a digital artist and art director based in Germany. By night, he’s known as nois7 on Instagram and runs a popular account boasting more than 600,000 followers. His stream of images consists of dreamlike photos that are often clearly the result of compositing, but there’s one hidden fact that sets Jahns apart: his editing is done strictly on his phone.

Each of the surreal images was created by using a number of image editing apps on Jahns’ iPhone — apps like VSCOcam, ArtStudio, PhotoForge2, Snapseed, and Filterstorm. The editing takes between two hours and several days to complete.

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Oct 282014
 

Camera+ has to be one of my favorite iPhone apps to use when I use my phone to take a quick picture. Its interface provides ample versatility with speed, pro-functions and editing capabilities. I’m not the only one praising this iPhone app – Camera+ has sold over 10 million copies, and is one of the most well-liked third party camera apps out there.

Camera+ regularly costs $3 at the App Store, but now you can snag it for free, and only for a limited time– the offer ends November 16th.

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Sep 192014
 

Apple is a company renowned for making products that are not only functional, but also beautiful. When you buy an apple product you’re buying something that’s been crafted as opposed to being cobbled together. Overseeing design at Apple is Jony Ive, the London-born designer who has worked up the ranks at the company since 1992 to take the post of senior vice president of design.

Given Apple’s design heritage, and Ive’s customarily well-calibrated eye, I have to wonder how this carbuncle came to adorn the iPhone 6.

I’m talking about the protrusion from the otherwise sleek exterior of the iPhone 6 to accommodate the camera lens, something that from this point on I will call the “camera nubbin.”

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Sep 172014
 

Say hello to 4K video recording with the iPhone… but first you’ll need a 5S model and a cool $999. That’s how much you’ll need to pay in the App Store to purchase Vizzywig 4K, which touts itself as the world’s first mobile app that lets you capture, edit, and distribute 4K video.

The app is designed specifically for iOS 7 on the iPhone 5S, which has a default video resolution cap of 1080p. VZ4K, as it’s known, allows you to capture 4K video by shooting 4K-resolution photographs at a rate of 24 photos a second while recording synced audio on the side.

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Sep 152014
 

Apple busted out its iPhone 6 and the larger iPhone 6 plus today and — amongst the talk of larger screen sizes, faster processors and sleeker designs — what has us most excited is the updated camera technology.

The cameras on the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus could be the only snappers you’ll ever need, if Apple’s hype and early previews are to be believed. Here’s what we know about the integrated cameras so far.

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Both the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus use an all-new sensor. Like the one on the iPhone 5S, it’s an 8MP unit, with 1.5-micron pixels and an F/2.2 aperture, but it now lets in 80 per cent more light and comes with phase detection autofocus, like you normally get on DSLR cameras.

According to Apple, the tech uses dedicated pairs of pixels that read light coming in from objects and can tell whether they are in or out of phase, allowing for autofocusing that is twice as fast as the previous-generation phone. Focus changes are now almost imperceptable, both in stills and video modes.

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Iphone 6 camera: 240fps slow-motion

The 120fps slow motion feature on the iPhone 5s was jawdropping, allowing users to capture video in slow motion. iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus take things to the next level with a 240fps slo-mo mode that lets you slow things down by twice the amount. If Matrix-style bullet time effects are your thing, then you’re going to love this mode – it looks absolutely stunning.

Iphone 6 camera: Single-shot HDR photos and HDR movies

HDR is a handy feature on the iPhone 5s, but it leaves behind multiple versions of a single photo. With iPhone 6, you only get a single shot left behind, so there’s less tidying up to do when you’re finished snapping.

Iphone 6 camera: Image stabilisation

The cameras in the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus are almost identical – almost. Where the 6 Plus differs is in its ability to offer impressive image stabilisation. Not only does this promise to improve pictures taken by those with shaky hands or those operating in low light conditions. Some of the low light shots demonstrated by Apple during the iPhone 6 reveal were stunning. Check out the picture of the two girls above to see what we mean.

Sep 122014
 

“On Tuesday, Apple announced the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6Plus, and Apple “fan boys”(I’m one of them) jumped for joy worldwide. Apple is one the very few companies that can drag their feet developing technology (to get it just right) and not lose its fan base, even if it takes years to do what other companies have already been doing (larger screens come to mind). Apple products are sexy, there is no doubt about that. Every time Apple releases a new product or upgrade, I’m always drooling as I stare at my computer screen calculating my expenses to see if I can afford their newest offering and honestly, the iPhone 6 is no different.”

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Aug 072014
 

“What’s a photograph? If you answered: “a moment in time captured on film or as a digital image” your answer would only be right for the last hundred years or so. Back in 1839, when the Daguerreotype process was announced to the world, an exposure on a glass positive would take 20-30 minutes. When, two years later, Henry Fox Talbot introduced his calotype method of creating a film negative, the exposures were shorter, but still measured in minutes, not seconds or fractions of a second.”

“So, with either method, what was captured was the accreation of time stacked, chemical reaction by chemical reaction, on an exposed plate. Early photographs are a hearty slice of time, not a unique, frozen sliver. The images they catch never really existed as we see them now. They are collapsed movies.”

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New HDR App for the iPhone and iPad

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Feb 222013
 

icon_hdrI just found this new HDR App from Lucky Clan on iTunes. I have just downloaded it and at the moment it is free. Click the link above to download from the iTunes store.

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May 072012
 

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Apr 302012
 

I enjoy shooting HDR images with the iPhone, though for anything important I get out the DSLR. Often though with iPhone HDRs, I run into ghosting issues and later wish I had the normal photo. The ghosting on this image is minor but is often a bigger issue if moving objects are in the scene. Here is a link to an article from gottabemobile.com that explains how save the normal images:

Always Keep the Normal Photo When Shooting HDR on the iPhone

Apr 282012
 

I have been a happy user of the Promote Control for some time. This new system for utilizing the iPhone as a remote device for Canon or Nikon DSLRs is looking quite good and allows for up to 9 bracketed exposures for HDR photography!

I just became a backer and ordered mine!

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Feb 042012
 

The iPhone is great for capturing quick video and HDR as well as regular images when you don’t have your big camera handy. Schneider has developed a terrific kit to expand the usefulness of the iPhone 4 and 4s cameras. It is called the iPro Lens System. Schneider is a company that produces some of the best pro lenses anywhere and I have used their lenses for the last 15 years.

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iPro Lens System for the iPhone 4 / 4S – Filmtools

Buy it Now!

Jan 182012
 

I made this HDR with the iPhone 4 and the Pro HDR app. I then tone-mapped the resulting image in HDR Expose 2.

When you visit Ashland be sure to book a room at this charming hotel.

The Peerless Hotel – Ashland Oregon

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