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PHONE-OGRAPHY COMPOSITION | TEACHING TUESDAY

Guest Contributor | Michelle Morris

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In recent months, I have been on an iPhone camera escapade as I have completed and published my latest e-book, “A Camera’s A Camera” – which is all about rocking your iPhone. I have learned so much about filters, in-phone processing, touch focus, burst mode, camera phone megapixels, digital storage, iPhone (or mobile device) tricks and tips for shooting. My brain has been on phoneography overload. Since releasing the e-book, which is over 80 pages of information, I have received the most positive feedback on the chapters detailing composition and mistakes. I want to share some of the highlights from these sections with the Chic Critique Family!

Webster has a lovely (and certainly photography applicable) definition for the word composition. The definition reads, “composition is the act of combining parts or elements to form a whole.” As photographers, no matter what camera we are operating, we must always be mindful of composition. This means we are using elements around us (the parts) to form a whole (our final image).

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Artful composition is something that improves with time. I think this is one of those elements in photography that cannot be taught as much as it can be felt. Artistic compositions make a photo more interesting for your viewer and can often make or break a final product. Just like with photo journaling (I discussed that here) and reminding yourself that life is happening around you at 360 degrees, composition is an element you need to focus on mentally as you frame your shot. The more you force yourself to do this (and consider everything around you), the more it will become like breathing. I promise. Do you shoot everyday with your iPhone? I encourage you to do so. I also encourage you to look through your library of iPhoneography (or phoneography) and assess if you’re composing your shots to the best of your ability. Are you using what’s around you to make your image amazing?

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For example, in the image with two of my sons using the rope swing I was able to capture elements of the environment on both sides. The trees and the skeleton of the swing set framed my shot. By shooting it from this angle/vantage point, it made it easier for the viewer to relate the whole moment. You can easily tell that it’s two kiddos outside playing together and they are among a wooded area. Not only did I use trees on the side, but I used them on the top and bottom as well. All of that little detail (the parts) aided in creating an artful final (whole) image.

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In the photo of my son (yes, he is wearing pink) walking on the concrete, I decided to use both his shadow and the sidewalk chalk as my detail elements to create the final image. I wanted it to be obvious that we were playing. The misspelled word finish indicates preschool writing and outdoor fun. The shadow shows bare feet and sunshine that must have been high noon. I love that I can understand what was really happening in this photo because I used the elements around to properly compose the shot.

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In the photo of my sons running, I used the beaten path and perfect tree lines to frame the shot. It creates almost a three dimensional effect and the eye knows exactly where to look first. I also was laying in the dirt for this shot to give the image a more interesting perspective.

In addition to being intentional with artful compositions, I want to encourage you to embrace your “mistakes” when shooting with your camera phone. Webster defines a mistake as a misunderstanding or a misconception. Since art is so subjective and interpretations vary so widely, misconceptions with imagery are definitely acceptable.

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There is just something about the iPhone camera that is so forgiving, in terms of the final product/image. I have learned to really embrace the flaws I notice with this camera. We (as photographers) can get so accustomed to the rules and the technical awesomeness of the DSLR we call our baby. The full frame (or even crop sensor) we love to shoot with is so sharp and reliable and just plain technologically amazing. While the iPhone is certainly incredible, it’s just not the same. It’s a fantastic camera, but we are (no doubt) spoiled.

Some of my favorite final products/images have been a result of an iPhone mistake. Something that is less than technically pleasing to the trained (or even untrained) eye. I’m talking about motion blur, poor framing (because you’re on the go), over exposed, under exposed… and the list goes on. Somehow these iPhone mistakes look like a creative wonder when they are processed and posted. I have coined it the ‘iPhone miraculous mistake phenomenon’ … and I seem to embrace it left and right these days. I often prefer these images to the more technically sound images. Now, this is not to say that there is not a place for a properly exposed iPhone image and a properly composed iPhone capture. Of course I believe in that as well. Photography “rules” are solid and reliable. My point with mistakes is that they are more than okay (even welcome) where iPhoneography is concerned. The ratio of “keepers” from an iPhone photo experience is always far greater than those ratios with my fancy camera. Because, like I said earlier, the iPhone is so darn forgiving. I will usually always toss a motion blur photo when culling images from a professional photo shoot. When culling from an iPhone shoot I find myself sincerely drawn to the more imperfect images (like blur or gain or unusual composition).

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I want to encourage you to embrace the same mentality with your iPhone. We have to learn that the results of shooting with an iPhone are just not the same as the fancy camera we love and cherish. And we have to 100% own this exciting fact. The iPhone allows for such a large (spectacular) margin for error that there is really no excuse to not be fabulous… even with low light, even with insane movement, even with on the go snaps that don’t take proper composition into account. Sit back and exploit your iPhoneography mistakes. Own them like a boss. And remember, creativity takes courage.

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For example, the image of my son with the garage window light is underexposed. I was shooting quickly and did not touch focus in the correct area. I ended up loving this shot, a silhouette of sorts, in light of the “mistake” of not exposing this properly.

The convenience of the iPhone (or any mobile phone) has been revolutionary for me (and hopefully you) in the memory preservation department. I am so thankful for such a sound piece of equipment that’s always on hand to capture life around me.

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I look forward to sharing Part II of “Why are You on Instagram” (see Part I here) next time I’m here with my Chic Critique Family!

To connect on Instagram, find me @michellelmorris. And for more information about my iPhoneography e-book, please click HERE.

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428 copy ABOUT MICHELLE:

Michelle is a full time professional child and family photographer. Her work has been published in print over 30 times and her imagery has appeared in more than 10 magazines, including editorial pieces as well as covers. Michelle has been married to her high school sweetheart for 11 years and they have three small boys. Her newest business venture, the unPacked Catalogue, is a 130+ page e-book detailing the success of her non-traditional school photography – available to photographers online. 

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LIVE CRITIQUE | CELEBRITY PHOTOGRAPHER

 

In this 90 minute LIVE web event, you will get to watch Celebrity Photographers giving critique on your images or business!

WHEN: Friday, April 18th 2014 @ 1 pm Central (11am Pacific, Noon Mountain, 2pm Eastern)

Register for the event  >>HERE<<

 

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Can’t watch the LIVE event? No worries. The video will be uploaded into the forum for all members to watch.

 Please enter you image and or business page through HERE.   Everyone who enters will have a chance of winning a spot to a Celebrity’s 4 Week Critique class. This means we will be giving away 3 free spots during the event. *Must be present at the live event to win!

 

Our Celebrities that will be doing the live critiques are:

 

 

Don’t forget to register for the event here:

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SUNDAY SPARKLE

Guest Contributor | Leslie Vega

 

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Leslie Vega is a seasoned brand designer for photographers and wedding professionals. She founded Leslie Vega Design in 2008 and has been creating breathtaking brands for clients across the globe ever since. From logos to stationery and beautiful web presences, her passion exudes in her work and in her client experience. View her work at www.leslievegadesign.com
Leslie Vega
Owner/Designer
Leslie Vega Design, LLC
Brand Design for Photographers & Wedding Professionals

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LITTLE SWEET DESIGNS | SATURDAY SPOTLIGHT

 

Today in the spotlight is LITTLE SWEET DESIGNS!

And a big HIP, HIP, HOORAY!! Little Sweet Designs’ is celebrating their first birthday this week and invites YOU to join in the festivities! They’re offering CHIC fans a HUGE 60% DISCOUNT STOREWIDE – this includes all their Photoshop templates and marketing tools!  Use code ‘FUNTIMES60’ to save!

 

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Inside the Little Sweet Designs shop you’ll find an array of beautifully designed Photoshop templates and marketing solutions to WOW your clients and increase your bottom line. Little Sweet Designs’ helps photographers with design and marketing solutions; think of them as your marketing support service consultant. They provide and supply you with tools, products and know how that allows you to take your business to the next level without the ‘designer’ price tag. Save yourself hours in design time, increase your average sale and become the talk of the town with Little Sweet Designs marketing tools and Photoshop templates.

 

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For a limited time, SAVE 60% off* your purchase in the Little Sweet Designs’ shop. Use coupon code: ‘FUNTIMES60’ at the checkout. Ready, Set, Go and shop your heart out!

 

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*Discount excludes custom work (i.e. Logo designs). Celebration Ends at Midnight on April 15th EST.

 

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GO 4 PRO PHOTOS WITH LEAH REMILLET | FRIDAY FREEBIE

Happy Friday everyone!

Today we have a fabulous freebie for our forum members from Leah Remillet of  GO 4 Pro Photos.

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Do others covet your website?  It is your first impression and they should!

Leah is giving away her e-book, Website Envy, so you can make your website the envy of all!

 

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Download yours HERE in the forum.

Not a forum member?  Go HERE and join the fun!

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DASH PHOTOGRAPHY | EYE CANDY

Amanda of Dash Photography is an Atlanta based photographer who specializes in Seniors and Weddings.  She is truly able to capture the spirit of those she photographs!  Not only is she an awesome photographer, but an awesome person.  Here is a bit about why she named her business Dash Photography…

“Although my goal is to give you beautiful images that you are proud to display, my purpose is much more than that. I believe we are appointed a time and place here on earth. We are given a start date and an end date, which is displayed on our earthly grave. 1986-2009. The Dash represents the in-between…our given time. What events, people, and moments will be represented by your Dash? As a photographer, I aim to capture your dash–the trials, triumphs, milestone moments, and everyday occurrences that will be represented by your Dash. I want to build relationships with my clients so that their personality, character, and heart is imprinted in my mind as well as in my camera.

I believe we’re created for a purpose, and my purpose is to create visual memories of your dash.  I also created my business for a purpose, and am involved in an incredible community of wedding vendors who are helping fund the fight against sex trafficking called Love Gives Way.  For more info, click HERE.”

Enjoy the beautiful photography of Amanda of Dash Photography.

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amanda-coker-dash-photography-1.jpg Amanda Coker of Dash Photography is a freelance wedding and senior photographer based out of Atlanta, GA. She specializes in giving high school seniors a unique and personalized photography experience to kick off their senior year, as well as capturing the story of a bride and groom’s wedding day as to allow them to relive that life-changing event year after year. Follow her adventures and recent work on TwitterInstagram, and Facebook, and follow her Blog.

 

Keep your eyes peeled for an upcoming article that Amanda will be sharing on the blog about her rep/referral program!

 

Which picture is your favorite and why?

 

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