Annie Leibovitz once called the iPhone, “The snapshot camera of today.” The Apple device has become the most used camera on Flickr, employed to shoot a movie which ended up on Sundance and even created a controversy when The Chicago Sun Times photojournalists were fired to replace them with reporters with iPhones. Love it or hate it, the iPhone as a camera is here to stay.
It has taken me some time but I have finally come to embrace the iPhone; not as a DSLR substitute but as a multimedia tool available for visual journalists, with apps that extend its standard capabilities and make it oh-so-fun to play with. So when I was offered the chance to cover Capital Food Fight with no DSLR but only my iPhone 5s, I knew it was no time to be a perfectionist, while letting lose my inner kid.
The video below was shot entirely on an iPhone and it’s a mix of timelapses, standard videos, slow-motions, and several videos shot with Boomerang, an app by Instagram that creates a 4-second loop of a 1-second event. The video is dumb, very dumb. Yet, for once, I don’t care. Long live the iPhone.