Professional-Looking Portrait Taken With an iPhone and a $10 Lamp

French photographer Philippe Echaroux is known, among other things, as a great portrait photographer. You might remember his work taking studio quality “celebrity” portraits of random strangers on the street.

For his most recent portraiture project, however, he eschewed even the limited studio gear he brought out on the street with him, and issued himself a challenge: take a high-quality, professional portrait, using nothing more than an iPhone and a €10 lighting budget.

Here’s the final product:

The Iphone Portrait

In the end, the photo was taken using his iPhone, an €8 (~$10.36) lamp he found at what looks to be IKEA, and some post-processing in Photoshop Touch. And even though there was work done to the photo in post, it’s still impressive considering everything (including the Photoshopping) was done in-phone.

To see more from Echaroux, you can visit his website by clicking here.

Image credit: Video and photograph by Philippe Echaroux and used with permission

  • Gabriele Profita

    I’d say that with the price of an overpriced iPhone you can get a decent DSLR with a decent lens that can give you professional looking portraits…real ones.

  • Randell

    They look soft to me.

  • Tony

    LOL. You guys are talking about two different things. Antonio is talking about Adobe/Macromedia Flash. Vin is talking about flash photography.

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  • Hervé Leclair

    This does not demonstrate that the camera is able to make great portraits; it, instead shows that a good photog is able to do fine work with a minimum of gear… The gear records the scene, the photog creates! I recently bought a Mont Blanc, but ain’t no great writer!!