iPhone Photography

iPhone Photography

The best thing about iPhone Photography? No thirty-five pound camera bag and no cameras hanging all over you. Just grab your phone and make an image. Here are some pictures I recently made with my iPhone at the Monastery of the Holy Spirit in Conyers, Georgia.

iPhone Photography

Here’s three different looks at the same corridor in the Abbey Church.

iPhone Photography

It’s easy being creative with iPhone photography. Here’s a little tilt and shift application you can apply with a photo software ap.

iPhone Photography

Just plain beautiful light with a little contrast adjustment.

iPhone Photography

Switch to black and white mode easily.

iPhone Photography

With iPhone Photography you can add your own borders.

iPhone Photography

A blur here and a blur there for effect.

iPhone Photography

Look up and see there’s pictures to be made.

iPhone Photography

Look around and see the colors and contrasts.

iPhone Photography

Look up and get close.

iPhone Photography

The sky is the limit …….

iPhone Photography

Or is it?

iPhone Photography and Istagram

 

With Instagram you’ve got the basics to shoot and modify your iPhone images and share with friends and other photographers. Like Facebook, Instagram recently brought some concerns to users in regards to who actually owns the photos posted. This deserves to be monitored as this news develops and where it goes from here.

I’m a big fan of one Instagram user in particular, and he’s not a professional photographer. Richard Elliot, a reporter with Channel 2 Action News has a tremendous eye and a iPhone photo-ap arsenal that apparently rivals Adobe’s Lightroom and Nik software combined! You can see Richard’s work at grantparkphotog on Instagram. It’s ART!

You have limitations with iPhone photography. The files are not as big as DSLR and you certainly don’t have the lens selection or optical aperture choices. But if you don’t want to be weighed down like a pack mule, like most professional photographers on assignment, then you will love the convenience and freedom of having a camera in your pocket with some Lightroom capabilities at your fingertips.

The Monastery holds a Photography Retreat once a year that I am privileged to be part of. Father James Behrens, a monk at the Monastery is a prolific writer and a photographer. He along with Matthew Jeffres, a nature and food photographer who is on staff at the Monastery. And yours truly, will help to lead a great weekend retreat of coming in touch with God and photography in May of 2013. Come join us!

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Atlanta Photographer Missing in Action

OK – I know I’m not the best at writing up a storm, let alone keeping an ongoing journal of my work like most photographers do these days. So Atlanta Wedding Photojournalism has had a bit of a hiatus over the middle of 2012. My son Michael and now daughter in law Kelly were married (above) which yours truly shot the wedding. I’ve been preoccupied with trying  to combat the challenges of a very slow news cycle in my photojournalism for the media here in Atlanta. I’m still rolling a lot of video in between my stills for newsprint and television and speaking with a lot of subjects for audio reports for radio. So I haven’t been very good at keeping my clients up to date with my weddings. As a wedding photographer, I have been working with other photographers and their respective companies forging new partnerships. This has been very enriching for me personally as I hope it has been for my friends and their respective businesses. It is my goal to post more photography to the blog in the coming weeks and months and give you a sense of what I’m up to. For those of you familiar with my media work, there are those places online where my work appears easily found on Google. And to keep up with my daily work in the media – please follow me on Twitter. It actually gives you some news you can use!

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Monastery Photo Retreat

Monastery of the Holy Spirit_Lake_John Spink PhotographerMay 4-6, 2012 Weekend Retreat

Image, Faith & Photography
(Fr. James, John Spink & Matthew Jeffres)

Humanity is made in the image and likeness of God. Photography, at its best, can bring to view beautiful images that evoke a powerful sense of God’s presence in our world. John Spink, a well known Atlanta photographer will share his insights and images. Matthew Jeffres is a friend of the monastery and will also show his nature photography. Fr. James Behrenswill lead the retreat and share his photographs and comments on faith and the photographic imagination.

Monastery Cloister Pond_John Spink PhotographerWe’ve been associated with the Monastic community in Conyers, Georgia for several years. A few years ago Fr. James Behrens a monk, author and photographer asked me if a retreat on photography would be well received by the public. We agreed to give it a whirl and the annual retreat has drawn people from various faith backgrounds to come and share in the atmosphere and rhythm of monastic life while attending a photography seminar. Presentations on the work of Henri CartierBresson, James Nachtwey and photography work by the team has filled retreatants with a richness and depth that have stirred the senses and soul.

Monastery of the Holy Spirit_Abbey Church Columns_John Spink PhotographerMonastery of the Holy Spirit_Monk Racing The Geese_John Spink PhotographerFr. James Behrens continues to fascinate me in his perspectives in both literary and visual communication. His many books have been great guides for opening the mind, senses and soul to the world around us. Matthew Jeffres love of nature and keen insights into allowing ourselves to be still and receptive is something many of us have lost or never had in our fast paced technological culture.

Monastery of the Holy Spirit_Retreatants at Photo Retreat_John Spink PhotographerMonastery of the Holy Spirit_Fr. James Behrens at Photo Retreat_John Spink PhotographerHere Fr. James (left-center) leads the group during one of the shooting sessions in the cloister. I’m looking forward to another great weekend of sharing, learning and meeting everyone who will come to one of the most unique retreats to be found in the photographic or spiritual community.

Wedding Photography? Oh, yes – the wedding of the photographic mind and the soul for sure!

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