Aaron (@abrownin) touches on his experience working with our OOWA lenses during his first-ever iPhone-only photoshoot.
Last month I did an entire photoshoot with my iPhone 6s for the first time and wrote about my experience. Thanks to that article I was lucky enough to receive some special lenses made for the iPhone from OOWA to try out.
The iPhone 6s has only 1 fixed lens. Limitations can be great with any art form but sometimes you want to achieve something different. For example, I couldn’t get wide or close crops of my subject with the fixed field of view on my phone.
OOWA makes both a 15mm and 75mm lens which attach to their custom iPhone case. These two lenses made my iPhone even more versatile and they both fit neatly inside my jacket pocket.
OOWA 15mm Lens
The 15mm lens gave me an ultra-wide field of view. Similar to a fisheye lens, you would imagine it would be great for landscapes – but I had great success shooting portraits.
The 15mm introduces a lot of distortion around the edges so you want to include your subject in the centre for optimal sharpness. You can use this distortion to your advantage by choosing an interesting background.
OOWA 75mm Lens
The 75mm gives you a much tighter zoom than normal on the iPhone. This time I was able to get photos cropped at the shoulder without having to stand too close (and therefore warping the models’ features).
One of the important things to remember is that adding different lenses onto the iPhone doesn’t increase its ability to capture more light. You still need to find areas that are lit well to get a quality photo.
Fortunately there was plenty of sun to work with on both photoshoots. As you can see in my examples, you can get very close without distortion while retaining most of the sharpness.
This time around I did all my editing completely on my iPhone without transferring onto my laptop. In order to do this using presets I normally use on my other photos I had to use Lightroom Mobile.
On the Lightroom Mobile app you can shoot in RAW format (DNG). You can then copy the edits you’ve made to other images onto your new images and export them to your camera roll.
Here’s an example with a photo of my dog Flynn:
Editing the RAW file grants you a lot of power over the different light and colour levels. For example, I could edit a photo two different ways to give off a different mood:
I still love using my main camera and in fact on these two shoots I used both my camera and my iPhone. What I found best about shooting on the iPhone is I can provide great “behind the scenes” images from shoots on the same day to the team. They have a professional look to them because of the different zooms available and the RAW editing power, and are a great fit for social media.
With huge thanks to Rachel (@rachelmarch) and Tanitar (@tanitartansacha) for letting me test out these lenses.
Aaron shot all the images above with the OOWA 15 mm and 75 mm lenses.
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