Saturday, April 28, 2012


"Instagram iPhone photos taken during MLB American League baseball game action at Oriole Park at Camden Yards in Baltimore, Maryland in April 2012. Photographs were taken, edited and posted using an iPhone 4."

This week I spent three days at Oriole Park at Camden Yards covering the Baltimore Orioles taking on the Toronto Blue Jays in some Major League Baseball action.

As I said to a fellow shooter the first night, anyone can photograph a game with long glass, but it's a challenge to work a game with a wide angle lens - even more so an iPhone.

To me, walking around a sporting event with a wide brings out the curiosity in me, which in turn, makes me slow down, think and seek pictures. I'd much rather shoot a game wide than tight, as I feel as if I'm thinking more and appreciating what others may think are mundane moments.

At this homestand, during moments in which I was able to put down my large work cameras, I whipped out my iPhone every chance I had.

Now I should mention, I've been sharing iPhone photos on my Modern Cliche blog for more than two years. But I'm even more excited about iPhone photography with the explosion of the Instagram app.

Using this application, which has become widely popular amongst photographers and photojournalist alike, I can shoot, edit and post to the world in seconds. Not to mention, it's a social media platform which allows me to interact with other photographers, friends, professional, and/or those that are just learning to take pictures.

Sure, you can debate the apps and their filters, manipulation options that makes these images not wholesome photojournalism. But if you're taking pictures in a new way, it's making your mind be creative and is opening child-like freshness you may have never knew you had.

It's an exciting time to be a photographer. Sharing "digital instants" as I call them and being able to get feedback is such a rich idea. Most of my iPhone images are cutting room floor type photos, and these iPhones and the apps have their limitations.

There is a song, in which a line of the lyrics are, "I love who you are, I love who you ain't." I think that perfectly sums up iPhone photography. I love everything about making images with my iPhone. At the same time I hate everything about it.

Nonetheless, it is what it is. And at the end of the day, a camera is just a camera, no matter what kind it is, and it's all seeing things in a new perspective.


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