Like it or not, smartphones are becoming more advanced and provide more possibilities for both filming and photography. Some people use them in addition to their regular photo gear, and some even use only smartphones to take stunning photos. Wedding photographers Kristine and Calen Rhome (aka White in Revery) filmed a wonderful wedding video. This wouldn’t be anything unusual if it wasn’t filmed using only iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus with a few supplemental pieces of gear. Their video proves the famous statement that “it’s not about the gear, it’s about the photographer”. Or in this case: videographer.
Kristine and Calen filmed the elopement adventure of Kaleb and Evita. They camped out in a canvas tent in Moab and exchanged vows in gorgeous Arches National Park. The video includes vows exchange and many warm and loving scenes between the happy couple. I’ll even dare to admit that I got some tears in my eyes, but let’s blame it on the ninjas cutting onions. And let’s get to the gear.
The photographers used iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus to make the footage. As for the additional equipment, they used Filmic Pro app, DJI Osmo Mobile, Beastgrip Pro, and an assortment of Hoya filters and Moment lenses. And they created something magical.
This is the reason Kristine and Calen decided to film using iPhones:
“It was because we wanted to showcase the fact that it doesn’t matter what gear you use to create an amazing film. We get pretty caught up in gear sometimes and really wanted to let this project be a reminder that it truly is about the story, the couple, and the editing that makes a great film – not having all the newest and latest gadgets. With that being said, we also had a lot of fun exploring all of the new gadgets that can be used for iPhones!”
In my humble opinion, they have achieved exactly what they wanted. The video indeed shows the couple’s story and their love. The light is gorgeous, as well as the editing. Videography experts would probably see that it’s made with a phone, but if I didn’t know it, I doubt I would guess. Now, of course, fancy gear has its advantages, and iPhone camera can’t be compared to RED Weapon (or can it?). But when you focus on the story and the feelings, I think you might as well capture them with a potato.