November 22, 2017 – Day 23 – iPhone Daily B&W White Photo Challenge: The Phone Booth. Today I stopped in a convenience store at Nortonville, Ky and noticed this phone booth! It’s something you don’t see too much these days what with the iPhone and other smart photos that everyone seems to be using. When out shooting photographs keep your eye open for things that are interesting visually to the eye, but also don’t overlook the things that are beginning to disappear from our way of life, such as a corded phone!
November 21, 2017 – Day 22 – iPhone Daily B&W White Photo Challenge: Journey. This is a portrait of my niece Journey after her preschool’s Thanksgiving program today. Photographing kids with the iPhone indoors can be a challenge (they’re fast!!), with or without flash. I prefer not to use flash myself. I feel that as soon as the flash goes off you announce to the world, I’m taking a picture and it’s harder to get good candid shot. Plus, the iPhone camera doesn’t take the picture right away when using the flash, there’s always a slight delay. Another tip for photographing kids is to use the camera’s “burst” mode (we used to call it motor drive) and then select your favorite, sharp photo from the burst.
November 20, 2017 – Day 21 – iPhone Daily B&W White Photo Challenge: End of light tracks. I was on my way home from a meeting tonight and as traveled the six miles from Madisonville, Ky to my home in the country, I watched the crescent moon as it dipped low in the western sky. I kind of wanted a photo using it as part of my scene for today’s challenge photo, but I knew it would need something else as I knew the limitations of iPhone. The iPhone isn’t the best in low light situations! However, I feel it’s a toss up between noise, which used to be called grain in the film days for you younger folks! However, then as now the more important thing to me is to get the photo! As you can see I found a little bit more light when I stopped by my driveway next to the Paducah and Louisville railroad tracks at the crossing. There was a nice reflection and the signal next to the tracks was lit as well. Of course, there’s noise, but for me, the picture works!! It’s better to have a bit of noise than no picture at all!
November 19, 2017 – Day 20 – iPhone Daily B&W White Photo Challenge: Let kids be kids. Sometimes when you’re photographing kids, it pays to let them be kids and make faces if they want! Usually once they’ve got past the faces you can get other more serious shots if you want. Personally, I love this shot of my nieces, Journey and Elaina and nephew Jayden! They’re all such cutups!!!
November 18, 2017 – Day 19 – iPhone Daily B&W White Photo Challenge: The Bear. Found this little guy just sitting on a bench here in Madisonville, Ky this evening. There are many rules when it comes to composition in photography and art, but as the old saying goes, rules are made to be broken and by placing him in the center of the frame I liked the picture better. You should know the rules of composition and follow them, but also know when to break them! When is Appropriate? It all depends on you!! It’s your photograph!! That’s one of the many things I like about photography. As the artist, I, or you, get to decide when and how to capture the moment in front of our camera!!
November 17, 2017 – Day 18 – iPhone Daily B&W White Photo Challenge: Dock. Keeping things simple and easy to read helps make your picture much stronger! When out looking for something to photograph remember, if it doesn’t contribute or help make the photograph stronger then try not to include it in your photograph! Change your angle to a higher or lower vantage or zoom in or move in closer! It’s the old fashion method of “manipulating” your photo! Do what ever you can to make the photograph the way you want it at the time you shoot it and you’ll come away with a stronger image! #iphone7+
November 16, 2017 – Day 17 – iPhone Daily B&W White Photo Challenge: Bikes! While I was out today chasing and photographing trains I passed by this Mennonite Store in Crofton, Ky and spotted all these bikes parked in a row and hoped they’d still be that way when I came back by from photographing the train I was chasing. I know, you should never pass up a picture, but I was torn between the two and chose the train! Fortunately the bikes were still there when I came back and as a result this is my picture for the day!
This photo really helps to illustrate a tip that I want to pass onto everyone as well! When shooting with the iPhone camera do you ever wish you could do so using the full screen of the phone, instead of the scaled back camera you normally get?
Most folks don’t realize that, you can do this by using the video camera of the iPhone! To do so first you need to head to the camera settings on your iPhone under the Settings App on the iPhone. Open it up and scroll down till you find the Camera settings and open them up.
Then change the Record Video settings to the highest Quality your iPhone will support. For mine it’s 4k video at 30fps (Frames per second). This will insure that you’ll get the highest quality photograph from the phone.
Now you’re set to capture your first full screen photograph! Open the Video Camera and click on the record button. After your video starts recording notice the small silver shutter button that shows up under the video camera’s red button.
Each time you press this button the camera will create a photograph of the scene using the full screen of your camera!! This is a great feature for the times you have a long skinny photograph you’d like to shoot and not crop from the regular camera! You can also shoot tall verticals by turning the camera vertically!
You’ll end up with a bunch of little video clips on your camera roll, but after you’re done you can go back and delete them, keeping only the photographs you shot! That’s it! Hope you enjoy using this little tip and please feel free to share!!
November 15, 2017 – Day 16 – iPhone Daily B&W White Photo Challenge: Fall – I’ve been eyeing this tree since Sunday for the right time to capture it for this series. I knew that the yellow gingko leaves would produce a great contrast to the ground and sky under the right conditions and today was the day! When you find an interesting picture it’s always a good idea to capture it when you’re there as it may be gone the next time you pass by. However, there’s nothing to prevent you from revisiting the scene on a day where you think the light and conditions might produce a better photograph. Be flexible in your shooting! Also when shooting black and white keep an eye out for good contrasting colors as they can help make for great photos!
November 14, 2017 – Day 15 – iPhone Daily B&W White Photo Challenge: Patterns – Every time in Louisville, Ky I try to swing by the train yards there and see if I can’t capture a few pictures. Today when I was there I found the light on these silos next to the Paducah and Louisville Railway line lit with these beautiful patterns from the light and captured today’s photo with my iPhone. I included the rails and cars as I thought that their lines helped to add to the vertical lines of the tanks! Incorporating patterns into your photos is a way to help add visual interest to your shots!
November 13, 2017 – Day 14 – iPhone Daily B&W White Photo Challenge: Bike! – Shooting with the iPhone at night can be a real challenge as with any smartphone. One of the keys is the pick a subject that is well lit. Another is to use your smartphone as you would any other camera! Hold it steady, brace yourself and press the shutter slowly! You’ll come away with a better photo!
This project started out on October 31 as a 7 Day Black and White Photo Challenge on Facebook. After the week went by I enjoyed it so much that I’ve decide to continue with the project as long as it takes me. These are the first 10 photos I’ve shot here in a gallery. Others I’ll post daily.
I hope you enjoy viewing them as much as I did taking them!
Perhaps, sometime down the road some of these will be in a book!
My nephew Xavier waits for his Gigi to walk by so he can scare her! Capturing moments like this with your camera, iPhone or other smartphone are as simple as paying attention to the moments ar0und you as they develop and being prepared! I think I like the Black and White treatment the best, but I’ve included the color version for your input!
Shot with an iPhone 7plus and processed in Snapseed!