Creativity Month - Libraries NI & Smartphone Photography Workshops / by admin

Libraries NI - Creativity Month 2014 - Smartphone Photography with Geoff McGrath 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.

 

 

Image property of PCPro.  With thanks.

 

 

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.

 

Holywood Library, the location of our very first Smartphone Photography Workshop on Wednesday, 5th March, 2014

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.

 

Tolstoy Letter from the Beloved  by Bob Weil

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.

 

 

 

 

The Art of iPhone Photography by BobWeil & Nicki Fitz-Gerald

 

 

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!

 

Attendee listen as I explain Hipstmatic at the recent Smartphone Photography Workshop at Holywood Library

 

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!

 

 

Smartphone Photography Workshop at Holywood Library with Geoff McGrath

 

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...

 

 

We then finished with looking some more at how some of the apps worked as well as how to post them online in various social networks like Facebook, Pinterest, 500px, Instagram and Google+.

 

If you're interested in attending my next Smartphone Photography Workshop in Dungannon Library, places are limited to 15,  so contact the library directly to secure a place.

 

Maybe you'd like more information about iPhone or Smartphone photography, just send me a message via the site or connect with me on Facebook, Google+ or one of my other profiles.  Just look to the left at the bottom of the site menu and click on the buttons.

 

Following the Holywood Workshop, I was also asked about One to One sessions by some of the attendees.  If you have any questions or would like to book a session with me, contact me on 07703347943 or email me at training@geoffmcgrathphotography.com  for more information.

 

Geoff.