Bon Appétit‘s March issue was shot using an iPhone.
Imagine the surprise the photographers we worked with on our March Culture Issue experienced when they got the call saying they’d have to ditch their DSLRs and tethers for the hippest pocket camera around. We spoke with the photographers who made the issue happen and found out what they think of a print magazine going full-on Instagram (at least, the 43 pages in the magazine feature well) for an issue.
What did the professional photographers think of having to use an iPhone?
- Daymon Gardner – I thought it was a joke at first. I only found out that I couldn’t use my camera about three days before the shoot.
- Matt Haas – I needed to upgrade from an iPhone 5 to a 6S, and I had never used anything like it to shoot something for print, so it wasn’t just me putting faith in the phone, but also in the magazine’s idea.
- Cait Oppermann – I was really excited about it, because despite being a photographer as my job, the camera I use most in my everyday life is actually my iPhone. In some ways, it’s the camera I’m most comfortable with. But I actually felt kind of weird doing it professionally.
- Gardner – feel like my camera is an extension of my hand. The iPhone was even more liberating: I was talking with subjects while shooting, and it kept everything really conversational and loose.
- Opperman – I felt like a creep, because people didn’t know I was shooting this on assignment, so they were like, “Why is this crazy lady taking so many pictures of me waiting on line?” On the street, when someone points a camera at you, you’re like, “What am I doing wrong? Why is this person taking pictures of me?”
The tide has turned.