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In this course, Richard Koci Hernandez celebrates the art of iPhoneography—how to shoot, enhance, and share photos with an Apple iPhone. The course covers an actual iPhone photo shoot and includes details on how to select and edit photos using a variety of iOS apps and how to interact with the vibrant iPhone photo community by sharing photos using the popular Instagram app. In a bonus chapter, Koci and a lineup of iPhone photography enthusiasts and journalists meet at the 1197 conference in San Francisco to discuss shooting techniques, photo-enhancement tips, and inspiration in the art of photographic storytelling.
Richard Koci Hernandez> I've never ever done one of these. I am ridiculously excited, but I also don't know what to do, right? So this is Dan, everyone, you guys know, constructivist, Dan, our co-instructor for the morning workshop. I've walked this a few times and some other areas. I think this is that has the best potential for this time of the day and the area it is. So we're just going to go and it's going to be freeform and we'll just do our best. To me this is what it's about, right. I mean, so all right, we're going to go.
The 1197 conference itself was based on the idea of bringing like-minded people together, iPhoneographers. It was early morning. There was hardly anybody on the streets and then eventually people just kind of came and gathered together and it became like a little great community and the walk was the best experience of the conference for me. (Music playing) A lot of people like to create all by themselves, but there's also a power in creating with other people.
You get around other creative types who are thinking the same things you are, using the same tools you are. Magic happens, right? And it doesn't matter what level you are. A community is just about sharing. (Music playing) When you're known for something photographically, like I happened to be known for hats, having that community around and then having them see that yes, hat men, people in hats do come around me, was actually really good, and shooting with the community helps break down the mystery of photography.
You see somebody whose work you really admire and then you watch them work on the street and you realize, there's not that much magic to it. All they are out there, they're just practicing, so it kind of breaks down that idea. (Music playing) You go out in kind of this big group and then the group begins to kind of a splinter apart and they'll go, and then another person comes and another person comes. And you have this one object that's being seen by seven different people in seven different ways.
And then you get to experience that online. "Oh look, oh look at the way they saw it, look at the way they saw it." It's absolutely a great creative learning experience. (Music playing) There are some universal things that all good photographers gravitate to.
So, even the community, it was great seeing, there comes the beautiful light, and just like every single person gravitated towards the light. And it reinforces kind of the good principles of photography, because sometimes that we get too excited by the app or we get too excited by what the device brings and the community grounds us, and in seeing that kind of happen, like "oh, there we go, we're all going back to the same principles," is really kind of a grounding idea. (Music playing) The exciting thing was not only to start at the beginning of mobile photography and hear from the creator of the mobile phone and the great story that went behind that, it was great to your professional photographers, photographers who are in war zones, photographers who are commercial photographers at a very high level of sharing their work with the world.
Dan Rubin> Learning to watch the light is super, super important. Understanding how light moves. There was a documentary I got to see at the SFMOMA, actuall,y a couple of years ago on Richard Avedon. And one of the things that struck me most was this comment about how one of his favorite past times was watching light move. He would spend entire days just sitting in one place, watching the clouds, watching the sun, watching the patterns of the light. And it can show you I think a lot about how to anticipate where that next great shot is going to come from.
Lauren Lemon> It puts the camera in everyone's hands. It's now everyone's looking, everyone seeing, everyone's getting better composition, looking at light differently. The cell phone and mobile photography has made this like fast-paced world. Maybe it's made everyone just slow down to stop and shoot their feed on the street, or to stop and enjoy their coffee before they drink it. If anything, it's just kind of lets everyone-- a moment to enjoy the pretty things. Jessica Zollman> As we've seen on Instagram, we were finding images from the Texas wildfires as they were burning.
You can also find photos from NASA in outerspace of the earth. So all of these things, this photojournalism aspect, the social photography provides people with a real-time visualization for fun and historical events. Richard Koci Hernandez> We're human beings. We are built for connections; we are built for being with each other. To me that's really what it's all about. We need to get together, we need to get out of the virtual world and we need to get into the physical world. It's essential. (Music playing)
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