iPhoneception: How we used an iPhone 6 Plus to shoot the cover of our November issue

This shot of an iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus was shot by an iPhone 6
iPhoneception: How we used an iPhone 6 Plus to shoot the cover of our November i

True story, we really used an iPhone 6 Plus to shoot our cover image, and as you can see, the quality is really quite amazing – a testament to the iPhone 6 Plus camera’s superb image quality. 

To prove it, here's all that happened behind the scenes. 

What were we thinking?

iPhoneception: How we used an iPhone 6 Plus to shoot the cover of our November i

For our November cover, we thought what better way to show off the new iPhones 6 smartphones than to hand the camera work over to the iPhone 6 Plus? In the steady hands of photographer Mark Teo, it snapped shot after shot of a pair of iPhones in succession. Besides the cover, you'll find shots that he captured littered throughout the story when you pick up our November issue. 

Phoneception

iPhoneception: How we used an iPhone 6 Plus to shoot the cover of our November i

As you can see from this image, we shot two iPhone 6 phones being shot by an iPhone 6 with an iPhone 6. Lit by a couple of Kino Flo light banks to even out the overall lighting, the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus were attached to clamps to keep them firmly in place with some creative arts and crafts. Mark also used a magnifying glass at times for a bit of a macro effect.

Tricky business

iPhoneception: How we used an iPhone 6 Plus to shoot the cover of our November i

While shooting inanimate objects might be a lot easier than photographing real life models, there were different challenges especially when your subjects are fronted in slabs of glowing, reflective glass.

Of course, the reflections could be digitally removed during post-processing, but we wanted the image to be as authentic as possible, which means what you see is what the iPhone 6 Plus got. Instead, we went analogue with the image manipulation, using a matte board to reduce reflection and a black cloth held strategically so to shield any stray beams from bouncing off the screens, yet keeping the proper amounts of light to highlight the subjects and make them appear less flat. For the detail shots, Mark used a magnifying glass to zoom in on detail as well. 

Shots in the dark

iPhoneception: How we used an iPhone 6 Plus to shoot the cover of our November i

To be honest, we had no idea how successful the shots would be, but they turned out amazing, no thanks in part to the iPhone 6 Plus’ innate photography talent. Even our photography team made up of experienced shooters were impressed by how sharp and clear the images were when they were zoomed in.

Mark also commented that having manual exposure controls that iOS 8 allows also really helped in the process. While he wouldn’t use the iPhone 6 Plus as a mainstay camera, it’s definitely a viable candidate for a backup camera. Given that all these behind the scenes shots were captured with an iPhone 6, what he says definitely rings true.

Want more proof? Grab a copy of our November issue out on newsstands this Friday, 17 October, for a closer look at the results.