Photographer Shoots Olympics Using iPhone, Snapseed And A Pair Of Binoculars


Yes, this was taken with an iPhone. Photo Dan Chung


The idea that you need a fancy camera and a bag of lenses to take good photos is utter crap. It’s a myth beloved of camera makers, and lapped up by amateur snappers who think that a Leica M9 or a Nikon D700 will somehow improve their tawdry, insipid holiday snaps.

Don’t agree? Here’s exhibit A: Photographer Dan Chung is covering the Olympics for the Guardian with an iPhone 4S, a pair of binoculars (used as a telephoto lens) and the iOS app Snapseed, and his photos are – too put it plainly – better than yours and mine.


This one too. Photo Dan Chung.


There’s nothing clever about Chung’s pictures: they’re made the old-fashioned way, with great framing, and great timing. The Canon binoculars get him close to the action, and Snapseed is just about the easiest and fastest app around for adding punch to iPhone photos. Me and Buster Heine both use it for our review product shots here at Cult of Mac.

Would some of these shots be easier for Chung if he used an SLR and long lenses? Sure. But would they be better? Probably not. And could he pump them up to the Guardian’s live blog as easily as look at them? No way.

Source: Guardian Sport