mardi 24 janvier 2012

iPhone Photography: CreativeLive Day 1 Highlights

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How do you sum up an entire day of learning about iPhone photography? I am not going to reiterate everything you can learn within the class downloads, but I’ll try and highlight some of the days events that I found most interesting.  Following the iPhoneography instameet the day before, I was game for meeting the other in-class students, the CreativeLive crew, and seeing what else Jack had on his iPhone.

Jack Hollingsworth Loves iPhone Photography

Jack Hollingsworth iPhone Photography Collage from CreativeLive WorkshopIs iPhoneography contagious or is it Jack’s love for iPhone photography that’s contagious? I don’t know but I could feel the intensity of Jack’s love for the topic and for the breakout art form and method of photography.   Jack is one of those multiplier type people.  What I mean is that he makes you feel energized one the subject and leaves you feeling like you are capable of going out and creating amazing work.

Since the class, I’ve been thinking so much about life in photography. Jack is a perfect example that following what you love will not do you wrong.  In fact, his love of photography has lead him to a fascination with a mobile phone as a camera.  Most professionals with 30 years experience won’t accept this tech with such embrace.  Embracing change or first exploring this changing field has set him on such a prosperous path that is now paying dividends.

I could never even question Jack’s love for iPhone photography.   This was such a highlight for me on Day 1.  Instead of learning from a jaded photography veteran, we were learning from the iPhoneography Love Doctor.  When his iPhoneography products are readily available, I say scoop them up.

iPhone Photography is Not An Attack on the DSLR

This class wasn’t set out to get us all to sell our DSLR units and join an iPhoneography cult.  Traditional photography is not something we see being killed by the iPhone, but we were optimistically looking at where mobile photography is going in our lives as photographers or in general. I can’t help but to be left with the same feeling you’d get if you looked back to early 2000′s with Digital vs Film.  Earlier digital adopters dealt with less than optimal image quality and the same has happened with mobile photography in the last few years.  Learning how many images were taken with a smartphone in 2011 lends to say something big will happen in 2012.

If you have the downloads, you’ll actually get to see that Jack practices what he preaches too.  We were witness to some video clips during the class that showed Jack out shooting with his iPhone 4 and DSLR.  I have a feeling most of you photographers can relate to this if you’ve got an iPhone.  Perhaps many photographers shot film and digital much the same in the past too – I wonder how many actually developed the film if they started capturing images with both mediums.

The question I have relates to convergence. When, or will, we ever opt to not bother with the bigger and bulkier DSLR… When do we full cross the line, if there is a line.  For professional photographers, commercial work is usually were the line exists and I loved (yea, I mean LOVED) that Jack brought discussion around “low barrier to consumer entry but high barrier to commercial success.”

Watching a few short videos of Jack shooting iPhone photography with a model was brutally inspiring to me.  I can’t even begin to scratch the surface on my thoughts here.  This is very cool, very real, and very possible, and something I’m going to explore when the time is right.  I believe there is opportunity to explore this with clients open to creative expression.


CreativeLive treats you well. When watching live, you don’t realize that there is some serious good eats happening off camera.  Lunch for the first day was Thai food and it was awesome.  We ate and talked about how Star has more followers on Google+ than there are people in my city of London Ontario.  We have something like 350, 000 people in London…mmmhmmm…. Not even Chase has the follower count of Star Rush! BOOM!

Special Guests

Looking back at Day 1, I seriously didn’t realize how much actually did go on.  I have a healthy love for mobile photography, but I am still hugely clueless to everything that’s going on out in the world with respects to iPhone Photography, iPhoneography and the likes.  My eyes were opened to a whole culture of sites, people, and things going on.

Mobile Photography AwardsI had no idea about The Mobile Photo Awards. Did you? Clearly thousands of people did because there were that many submissions of mobile photography! I learned about this website and project at the workshop and then from the creator of the project: Daniel Burman.  Once you’re done reading this go check out the Mobile Photo Awards site!

The Winners had already been announced for the contest but it was amazing to hear about the response to the call for entries, Dans story, and to later see the winning entries.  The highlight came in knowing that other people are using mobile photography ( mainly iPhone photography) in massively artistic ways.  Dan talked about his 25 hours of “apping” to create an outstanding work of art.  I had not heard this term before, but I instantly related it to any other art form today – ie painting, sculpting, ect.

Now that the MPA blog site is up, I am sure to visit it everyday.  Why? Even though the winners have already been announced, everyday Dan is sharing one submission each day on the blog.  If you want to up your game in iPhone photography, keep going back to the MPA blog.

The skype interview was pretty funny and worth it if you’re considering the downloads!

iPhone Mini Shoot

I almost forgot the coolest part where we actually created some iPhoneography. That’s not a criticism at all either. We shoot constantly with our iPhones.  While it would have been awesome to have a day to full shooting and engagement in practicing the art, it wasn’t something possible with the setup.  I think this would be more geared towards an off camera type workshop.  Hmmm!

Anyways, we spend a few minutes outside CreativeLive taking pictures of Mackenzie ( I hope I spelled that right) and then it turned into a weird free for all.  By the way this was probably the only sunny day in Seattle for days.  Here are some of the shots from my iPhone of our good looking model:

Going out to do some iPhone Photography in Seattle with CreativeLive and Jack Hollingsworth

iPhone Photography portrait shot in Seattle for CreativeLive

iPhone Photography nostalgic dream shot in Seattle for CreativeLive

iPhone Photography portrait shot in Seattle for CreativeLive


CreativeLive and iPhone Photography Day 1

Next we see everyone go a little weird:

Day 1 CreativeLive iPhoneography Workshop - Everyone Photograph Everyone

iPhone Photography with Jack Hollingsworth at CreativeLive in Seattle

Bullish for iPhone Photography and Creativity

I’m continually reminded that no matter who you are, how old you are, how experienced you are, that you can easily shoot iPhone photography.  There is something electric about iPhoneography. There is a story building and we are all right in the middle of it or we might even be at the forefront.  The creative and photographic freedom we’re given to shoot, process, and share within minutes is something to be so excited about.  This goes beyond just the use for photographers by trade and into the lives of everyone. Everyone is a photographer. Everyone has the ability to be more creative.  We have the ability to build a more creative world and that gives me so much hope. That gives me so much to look forward to every single day.

Think I went back for Day 2?

Oh hell ya :)

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