iPhone X: studio light, contour light, stage light

Above: Apple press images of the iPhone X studio light, contour light, and stage light effects. Credit: Apple.

Underwater

Many professional photographers have been slow to react to the smartphone revolution. With their £3000 DSLR camera bodies and many lenses they stand ready to get new assignments, briefs and commissions. But from whom? Who picks up the phone to call for a photographer these days? In certain commercial niches perhaps--underwater, architectural interiors, car-auto photography, etc. (The fashion photographer was replaced by the Instagram-end-user a few years ago already, and the news photo-journalist by the eye-witness.)

These days, for ordinary portraits, band photography, portraits of children, and so forth, the complex photo-lighting and exposure effects now incorporated into smartphones are more than adequate. The portrait effects offered by Apple on the iPhone X allow the user to create photos with the photo-effect that has been for fifty years or more the hallmark of the professional photo-portrait: shallow depth of field (whereby the subject is in sharp focus and the background aesthetically blurred out).

For many pro-photographers it is still hard to look at a smartphone and recognise that the device heralds the end of their career.

(22 February 2018)