Weddings Are Pretty Much ……..Black & White

 

John Spink

Weddings are not always so black & white. When it comes to planning, budget, food, the guest list etc., what starts off as a simple celebration can quickly turn into a quagmire of unforeseen issues. For pictures on the other hand, black and white – is black and white, even when the entire take is shot in color.  Yes, there is some creative time involved in wedding post-production with adjustments – but some beautiful results occur there bringing some great results. Ron and Regina were married at St. Peter Chanel Catholic Church in Roswell, Georgia. Built just after the turn of the millennia, this is a large church and has a traditional feel to it, without the poor lighting symptoms that plague other older churches. The reception was held at Founders Hall that kicked into high gear with some Louisiana, New Orleans style partying with handkerchiefs, parasols and temporary fleur-de-lis tattoos.

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There are a variety of choices when it comes to how you want your pictures to look. There are some investment additions when looking at black and white or tinted photos – but if your photography tastes are suited for these artistic expressions, they are well worth exploring. Just ask me about how we can make your images tailored to your needs.

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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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