MojoFest Day 1: Photography

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It’s MojoFest 2018! How could I tell? This is how:

That’s excellent dedication to Mojo right there!

When we talk about Mojo – mobile journalism – we tend to think video. Video, complicated accessories, even more complicated apps that have the temerity to charge us… although apps costing $4,000 and beyond were mentioned today (thanks, @TazGoldstein), so, er, maybe 99p to upgrade to Pro isn’t the end of the world…

It was great to go back to photography basics today. I often feel as though I leapt straight into filming with my mobile, and missed out on being taught how to take good photos.

First up, MojoFest organiser @GlenBMulcahy spoke to the BBC’s @DuncanCStone about how having a middle initial in a Twitter handle is the new black.

LOL not really, they talked about getting BBC camera crews to embrace mojo.

I really liked this tip:

This leads into a theme of the day, a great plus for mobile photography: it’s intimate. You can’t zoom in far without some picture distortion, so you have to get in close, yourself. The quality of your photography will reflect your relationship to your subject(s) – and, to an extent, your boldness!

Next up, some mobile photography experts introduced us to their work, and how they work.

I liked the tips from travel blogger Jen Pollack Bianco (@lax2nrt)

And also…

I guess the flirting is categorised under “25% is equipment and skill”?

Photographer Tim Bingham (@publiclens1) described how his smile got an initially wary woman to then *ask* to be in this shot:

I love those two! It looks like she’s holding his sea journals after he’s finally coming ashore, following months of separation. They’re in Bristol, so could be, could be…

You can just about glimpse the Manhattanhenge pic by photographer Jo Bradford (@GreenIslandArt) here:

It’s lush, like a still from Blade Runner (the 1982 original).

Mobile storyteller Cielo de la Paz (@cielodlp) neatly summed up the impact of digital upon filmmaking workflow:

Even the process of making a film is more social now – it’s about sharing knowledge, borrowing bits of kit, self-promotion on social channels.

Then there was The Jack Hollingsworth (@photojack), whose workshop was a passionate justification of connection underpinning every good portrait.

Later Paul Moore’s (@Mooro1) visual storytelling workshop was full of great tips.

Shots taken from behind a person in the distance mask the expression – you’re left wondering how they’re feeling. A great way to urge the viewer to ‘read’ the picture for clues. Black & white also removes distracting colour and creates a more foreboding tone.

Meanwhile, the photo-walkers found a tightrope… walker.

They’re all best friends now.

Slow-mo bubbles happened too.

It was great to be reminded of the essentials of photography, and of how non-intrusive a smartphone can be, when wielded by a suitably charming photographer (but maybe don’t ask for a lady’s number, street photographers, unless she seems dead keen?).

Last but not least, a comprehensive Snapseed overview led to this quality Nirvana album cover, featuring erstwhile work hubs @Danoogie and me showing off our Irish Tesco Meal Deal Taytos:

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Now it’s Galway Pub Crawl Time! More tomorrow…

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