If you’re an aspiring photographer, you likely believe fancy, expensive equipment is essential to capture stunning photographs. While high-end gear can sometimes improve the quality of photographs, ultimately, it is the skill of the person behind the camera that matters most. An individual who believes this to be true is famous French celebrity photographer Philippe Echaroux.

To prove expensive gear is not a necessity, Echaroux took on a challenge to show that incredible portraits can be captured with just a couple of items. He succeeded, using nothing more than a McDonald’s box, a drinking straw, and an iPhone. Reportedly, the hardest part was trying not to feel foolish in front of the people he was working with.

The video below reveals that the artist’s main goal wasn’t to showcase his own skills. Rather, he wants to push people to try what they have in mind (doesn’t need to be photography) with no excuse for waiting. At the end of the day, one will succeed or fail based on what they believe. The materials and equipment “required” are just tools which showcase the artist’s talent.

Like any professional photographer, Phillipe used Photoshop FIX, VSCO and Lightroom Mobile apps. However, those only enhanced the portraits. Without the proper lighting, it would have been impossible to obtain the desired results.

Watch the experiment below:

Echaroux used a flashlight, a drinking straw, and a Big Mac box to make the lighting rig

Credit: Philippe Echaroux

This is what it looked like completely assembled

Credit: Philippe Echaroux

He then started photographing people

Credit: Philippe Echaroux

Credit: Philippe Echaroux

Credit: Philippe Echaroux

Following are the portraits that resulted

Credit: Philippe Echaroux

Credit: Philippe Echaroux

Credit: Philippe Echaroux

Credit: Philippe Echaroux

Credit: Philippe Echaroux

Credit: Philippe Echaroux

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