Why pay a Pro? I can get great pictures on my phone.

This is an all-too-common response to the idea of getting professional photographs taken. “I can get them myself”, “phone cameras are great now”, “Just use some Instagram filters and it looks just as good as anything from a studio.”

So I decided to put it to the test. My iPhone 5c versus my professional-grade camera and pro lens. I applied all the same knowledge and experience to obtaining both sets of shots and shot them side by side. Fortunately my daughter was feeling obliging that day and the cow parsley in our garden was look particularly spectacular.

So while the sun was shining we went outside and got a few shots. I have treated them both the same once I got them into the computer – processing has been minimal, but identical, to make the test as fair as possible. I would usually spend far more time processing images from a portrait shoot, but I wanted to keep the images clear and free from too much intervention.

So what do you think? Can you tell the difference between shots taken and processed by an experienced professional photographer on my iPhone compared to my camera? Please let me know which ones you think are which, and which ones you prefer.

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  • Alan Heighway - July 8, 2016 - 12:37 pm

    Difference is obvious! The first 3 must be the cameraphone. The depth of field and higher contrast you get from an L series, together with the higher contrast show really well in this test. All of them are ovely pics though.ReplyCancel

  • Shaun Young - July 8, 2016 - 1:58 pm

    Looks obvious to my untrained eye – the first 3 clearly camera phone. Also having a professional adds competence, composition and personality to photos that you don’t get with your aunt asking you to say cheese as she fiddles with her camera phone.ReplyCancel

  • Robert Chiddi - July 8, 2016 - 4:29 pm

    There all stunning .but you can tell the differenceReplyCancel

  • Yvette Craig - July 8, 2016 - 8:36 pm

    So obvious which is which great testReplyCancel

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