Some time ago I was asked if I would be interested in the possibility of doing some workshops for Libraries NI. March is their Creativity Month and Libraries NI wanted to look at Smartphone Photography, since it is a rapidly growing medium now gaining a measure of acceptance and in some cases even respect in the photography community. LibrariesNI found my iPhoneography page on my website and so this is how things started.
A short time ago I found out that I had been chosen to run the workshops. I've not been involved in training for a number of years and the possibility of getting back to it really excited me!
I've been playing with smartphones since my first Blackberry 9000 which only had a 3.2mp camera. There were no apps or ways to really do anything with the shots in-camera. It was the same when I moved to my first Windows Phone, but when I made the move to iPhone suddenly a whole new world opened up to me... the Apps Store! Since then I have been working with numerous apps, some with more success than others.
The first workshop was in Holywood Library on the 5th March with the second to follow on the 19th in Dungannon Library.
I feel very privledged and thankful to LibrariesNI and particularly to Paula Gibson and Jane Moore (of Cultural Services) for all the help in getting organised.
The folks at Holywood have been great as well. The branch manager, Jo Quinn was really engaged from the very start and she had her staff were so helpful in getting everything sorted for the day.
The workshops was 4 hours long and at first I thought, "How on earth can we fill 4 hours!?" But the time flew in!
We looked at how Smartphone Photography has grown from its small beginnings to where it is today. To illustrate this, we looked at the fantastic images at iPhoneArt.com to illustrate just how much one could do with an iPhone / Smartphone, like this one by Bob Weil.
Speaking of Bob Weil, I found his and Nicki Fitz-Gerald's book on the Art of iPhone Photography a fastastic resource!
If youare interested in this fantastic new photographic medium you need a copy of this book in your life!
It's available either in paperback or for Kindle. The imagery is beautiful to say the least and I am loving working through the tutorials in it. Already I've picked up so much about even basic things regarding Hipstamatic and that was just the first tutorial. But, I digress!
Back at the workshop, not only did we discuss what's possible, but I thought it was important to help folks understand how exactly to take good photographs. After all, there's little point in having all the tools if you don't know how to see a great image and capture it!
We talked about all the great things that make up a strong image from composition, to exposure to camera height and perspective. I think folks found that really helpful as we headed out into a practical session, both indoor and outdoor!
From there we had a practical session where attendees photographed some fine art subjects as well as braving the rain to explore the Holywood Library building itself.
This shot was taken using the basic camera on my #iPhone 5 then was processed using #Snapseed, #BigLens, #Mystic, #Pixlromatic. After that, we have a look at how to process our images using the likes of #Instagram #Snapseed #Pixlromatic #Hipstamatic #MarbleCam #Leonardo and #Glaze. Here are a few of my captures from the day...