Brooks Kraft is an established photographer, who decided to ditch his fancy DSLR cameras this time around and go with the more casual iPhone 6 Plus to document this year’s Christmas decorations at the White House.
Kraft has been working as a White House photographer for a solid fourteen years now, and has had opportunities to cover the holiday season plenty of times. Maybe he got bored of producing all these beautiful shots with his advanced cameras, so he decided to make it more interesting and challenging this time. He shot the decoration event with the new iPhone 6 Plus.
Apple’s latest iPhone supposedly has the best camera unit on a smartphone today, with the iPhone 6 Plus leading them all with its optical image stabilization technology. How could Kraft risk covering a White House event so casually? Well, speaking to TIME, Kraft said:
“I’ve covered this event about 10 times before. It’s a very light event, obviously, and the president is not even there. So there’s no real, intrinsic news value, which is a good opportunity to try out new gear that I might use later in more news-oriented environments.”
Kraft further mixed it up a bit by taking photos in a 1:1 aspect ratio (square) canvas for the first time since he’s been covering the event. “I thought that format would work well with the formality of the architecture in the White House, and it was a different way to look at this event – compositionally”, said Kraft.
According to Kraft, the iPhone 6 Plus did quite well given the range of mixed lights in the rooms of the White House, including natural light, and produced perfectly balanced colors right out of the stock Camera app. Kraft said, “The iPhone has a lot of depth-of-field, which allows me to shoot the picture and move around quickly”, emphasizing on how the iPhone 6 Plus allows him to work rapidly.
DSLR no doubt produces the best results by a mile and even two, but according to Kraft, there are occasions where an iPhone is your best bet; citing how people don’t react nervously to a phone pointed at them contrary to when pointed at with a DSLR.