If you live in a city, the people that you meet when walking down the street are often great photo subjects.
But if you, like me, have a hard time getting decent shots with your iPhone of the woman with the cascade of facial tattoos you pass every day on your way to work, check out a free workshop at San Francisco’s Apple store this Sunday.
Brad Evans and Travis Jensen will teach you how to add some street cred to your everyday iPhone photos. They’re a pair of veteran urban shutterbugs who teamed up for #iSnapSF Field Journal, which showcases 42 images from thousands snapped on the streets of San Francisco using the iPhone 4 and the Hipstamatic app. (If you can’t catch the workshop, stay tuned for Cult of Mac’s interview with Jensen for some great iPhone photography tips.)
At the free workshop, Evans and Jensen, who have also published another photo journal together called Tenderloin, U.S.A., will help you figure out how get the most out of your iPhone camera, gather those random shots into a body of work and how to publish them in book form.
For years, both have roamed the darkest corners of San Francisco at odd hours, trying to capture the essence of the city. (And sometimes, Jensen says, that means more pavement pounding than shooting if the conditions aren’t right.)
The #iSnapSF Field Journal will also be feted with a gallery show at Hipstamatic headquarters – the photographers credit the app for the “retro-moody” feel of the black-and-white shots in the journal – on February 23.
Proceeds of the book will go to Larkin Street Youth Services, as did those from the previous journal. Jensen says that street photography can be so much about “taking – sometimes without asking – that it’s a way of giving back.”
Nicole Martinelli is a San Francisco freelance writer who heads up Cult of Mac Magazine, our weekly publication available on iTunes. You can find her on Twitter and Google+. If you're doing something new, cool and Apple-related, email her.