Photojournalist Uses iPhone to Cover Olympics

We’ve seen some very heavy-duty gear lugged out to cover the Olympic games in London this year: some robotic rigs, an 800mm lens that could easily weigh more than the average lady gymnast, and of course, the usual suspects in a packed camera bag. But Guardian photojournalist Dan Chung is traveling light: he’s covering the games with a simple iPhone setup.

Using different combinations of an iPhone 4s, a clip-on Schneider lens and a pair of Canon binoculars, Chung has been live-blogging all aspects of the games. His photos yield surprisingly crisp results, indoors, outdoors and even underwater through a viewing window — which again reinforces the old photographer’s adage that the best camera is the one that’s with you.

Chung uses the Snapseed app to do in-camera/phone edits. You can check out more of Chung’s work on his Guardian blog.

(via The Verge via dpreview)

  • briphoto

    time and time again.. it’s not the camera, it’s the photographer

  • David Tribby

    like this are lame..just because you can get away with a few AVERAGE
    shots under the most ideal conditions doesn’t mean you should. I like my
    iPhone just fine, what I don’t like are gimmicks. Are they great for a
    phone, sure. Is it the future, good chance..but we’re not there yet.
    Please set down the Kool-Aid for a moment..everyone including those who
    don’t do photography for a living know a dslr would be FAR superior in
    the same situations. If you’re only looking at the end product, the
    image, even a point-and-shoot would outperform the iPhone. The social
    media crowd wouldn’t tout that article tho, their readers likely would
    bother with it. The Olympics has the best photographers and equipment in
    the world for a reason. Please stop accepting the gimmick.

    ..Its not the camera its the photographer…. People LOVE to say
    this..and to an extent it’s true. Its a tool like any other. But its a
    saying Amateurs love to hear because they don’t own pro equipment.
    ..These days it doesn’t cost much to be in the game, even an entry level
    dslr can create pro results. But if the iPhone 4s could compete with a
    dslr you wouldn’t see working photographers carrying around bags of

    The iPhone can take some good photos, but not better than a new point
    and shoot and certainly not better than any dslr. Lets all live in
    reality and stop lying about it.

    If the iPhone is your only option in a situation, by all means use
    it!! (I have.) But understand the photographer in this article is using
    the iPhone so he could say he used it, so it would sail around the
    blogosphere as it has. Popularity doesn’t equate quality.

  • derekdj

    They’re nice photographs and if you’re doing live blogging or web reporting they’re fine. But, if you’re going to repurpose them later, say printing or exhibition I’m sure he’d wish he used a proper camera with larger files.

  • Mansgame

    shameless gimmick.

  • NgeeJee

    @facebook-1107340217:disqus ,

    Agreed with you on the “stunts” bits. =)
    Given you the same gear, would you be able to pull off those stunts?

    I’m a photographer myself, and I shoot weddings and portraits for a living. What makes a photo is not the gear used, its the person behind the gear. The super thing about this Dan is that he is able to find the limits of the gear, and make full use of it. Something that a lot of people failed to see/do.

    So, again, will you be able to pull off the same stunts with his gears?

    Please see his blog for more “stunts”

  • Jackson Cheese

    This is absolutely true, and I have no idea why 5 morons down voted this.
    Shallow gearheads I guess.

  • Mr.New

    I don’t see it as a stunt. He’s using the right equipment for live blogging. That is smart photojournalism. It takes a lot of confidence to only use the iPhone to cover important events.

  • Checkmate

    Gold medal for useless rant goes to….David Tribby. Take a bow for writing 5 paragraphs where one would have been just as good.

  • Mansgame

    That’s a cute saying, but back in the real world where they have access to both, they have both a great photographer and a great camera to get more amazing pictures every year. Do you honestly think they use the world’s best lenses and the latest cameras because they like spending money? Why not just give everybody a coolpix camera instead? Sure a great photographer can manage to get a few good shots like this person with a point and shoot but even the greatest photographer is not going to be able to consistently get results without the right gear.

  • John Desq

    Watch Dave Burnett, he will have photographs that will look different.!!
    Speed graphic with Aero Ektar 7″/f2.5

  • tonster

    I have not tried the iphone to be honest. But i would like to see an image where the athlete is in mid-air, say, or when one of those judokas is falling down. On the action. Not still. Where a fast lens, a fast shutter and a high ISO would be required to take that shot indoors. THEN I would be impressed.

  • Windy

    I don’t really see the photographs as being anything exceptional, they’re certainly good photographs but any professional photograph could do similar. Taken with dslr they would obviously be of much better quality, but live blogging from a dslr ain’t exactly possible. Right tool for the job.

  • Isee

    How mutch he have recived to use X program?! A later on it will be sell for milhons of dolars…

  • Slash_Cynic

    Yep, it’s always the photographer and location access especially at events.

  • David Tribby

    Yes, he’s pushed the iphone to the limits. Why not take that same attitude and apply it to the best technology available. If he’s doing if for the strict purpose of being able to work on the fly fine, but I don’t think that’s completely the case.

  • David Tribby

    could not agree more…

  • David Tribby

    bow taken, gold metal collected..

  • David Tribby

    Photojournalism shouldn’t be an exercise in confidence, it should be about capturing the best possible images of said event. I can’t perceive this as anything other than a stunt. This is someone form The Guardian, an outlet with tremendous resources.

    Further, look at the upload times to the blog, he’s not uploading on the fly right after they’re taken. (In fact working off a laptop with downloaded images
    several times a day would be faster than sifting through the phone.)