Since the Smartphoneography Workshops at Holywood and Dungannon Libraries during the LibrariesNI Creative Month, I've probably spent more time photographing with my iPhone than my regular DSLR. Mainly that's because I made a commitment to the folks who attended the training that I would follow up with workshops with some more practical help. That resulted in the first issue of a newsletter that I hope to continue on a semi-regular basis.
I suppose that one of the things that was most noticeable was that doing a Smartphoneography workshop is not as easy as it sounds, given the fact that there are at least 3 different types of phone to consider and each has very specific differences, so the hardest part was making sure that there was material to cover all of these and the newsletter will continue that on.
Would you like to know more about Smartphoneography ? If so, email me and I will add you to the mailing list for the newsletter and will also keep you up to date with any further workshops that are coming up.
All this of course pushed me to explore more and more apps and to find some ways of expression and again I'm immensely grateful to Skip (Paul Brown) at www.skipology.com for his excellent tutorials and his advice.
Smartphone photography (or smartphoneography ) is teaching me never to just settle for something being just ok. I really want to push to continue to develop in my understanding and so I do find myself returning to previous images with fresh ideas and different apps to see what I can improve upon.
I've recently updated my iPhoneography Page with some fresh images, so please take a look.
This is one of my favourite images of recent work that I've done and its amazing to note that normally now, I find myself working between 5 to 8 apps for each image, sometimes returning to them again. I've also been discovering that the use of layers and masks now is very popular in the iPhoneography / Smartphoneography Community. The beautiful thing about this medium is the ability to post-process on-the-spot, which means that I can do a much better job of capture the feeling and the emotion of that single moment.
This is another image that I wanted to share with you. I took it recently at W5, in the Odyssey Complex in Belfast. My daughter and grandson were visiting and so we took a trip to see W5. It was granda's first time there and so we shared the newness of the experience together. At one point, I just happened to turn around and there he was, taking a photograph of his mum and I saw my chance to capture that moment forever. The image was perfectly exposed for him, but sadly due to a bright spotlight, my daughter's face was over-exposed and so it gave me the idea to make this shot all about the new little photographer that had just blossomed in front of me. With the help of more than a few apps, I was able to add some creative blur and effects to produce this colourful and unusual image.
This shot actually sat really nicely as a black & white image, but I sensed there was a better story to be told. it was shot in the middle of day around lunchtime and the sun was high in the sky, but this didn't stop me from getting creative and introducing my own sun, just between the tree and the old windmill. I also added fog to the image as i wanted more atmosphere in the shot. I really liked the image that I ended up with. However, I still wanted to explore it some more and so this next image is another version of the same shot. Which one do you prefer? :)
Well, I will draw this blog to a close for now. I hope you found it interesting. I'm currently looking into some new and interesting ways to make my images available, so watch this space for more details. Don't forget to check out my iPhoneography Page and I would really encourage you to share my images if you like this, as this helps tremendously. :)