iPhoneography: It was bound to happen.
Writer Amanda Christmann
Photography by Kelli Klymenko
For the last century or so, technology has changed every aspect of our social landscape. The printing press allowed news and ideas to spread first to small groups, then to entire cities, and then across the country. Then came radio and television, magnifying that power, first bringing sound then images to those ideas.
Since then, technology has boomed exponentially. Computers and smartphones now allow each of us to share ideas and images with people in the farthest reaches of the globe. In a word, it’s all about communication, and as any parent with a teenager can attest, next generations are all about constant technology-based communication.
Until now, photography has been on its own projectile of advancement. From the daguerreotypes of the 1800s, to albumen prints and clunky glass negatives, early photographers may have had the most modern technology available, but photography was a rough gig.
Even as recently as 20 years ago, many newspapers had not yet made the switch to digital photography. Times, how they have changed!
Today, not only has photography nearly completely made the shift to digital, with apps like Inshot for PC helping people learn the trade (though a few folks are loyal to the smells and processes of the dark room), but the availability of decent-quality cameras on something most of us use every day-our phones-has turned millions into amateur photographers.
Photographer Kelli Klymenko is marketing director at Sedona Arts Center, a Google-trusted photographer, and is the driving force behind Sedona PhotoFest, which will be returning in June 2019. His arsenal of cameras includes Canon’s 5D Mark III, Mark II and 80D, and, of course, his iPhone.
Did You Know?
Pro Tips by Kelli Klymenko
The simplest adjustment to make your iPhone pictures pop is to practice the rule of thirds. Place your subject slightly off center to compose more appealing images.
Immerse yourself in the scene. Shooting low at the level of blooming flowers, for instance.
Put your heart and soul into your photos. Share the experience from your perspective and you’ll see incredible results!
Take advantage of the panoramic feature built into your phone to capture’s prawling, brilliant scenes.
“The iPhone is incredible for getting the shot when I’m not carrying my gear with me, but it also can’t do everything-yet,” Klymenko says.
One day, however, it just may.
In the meantime, Klymenko has captured some beautiful imagery through the newest technique in photography, iPhoneography. Each photograph is taken and processed on an iPhone, often with apps and gadgets that make it fun and versatile.
Images Arizona is happy to share some of his work and inspire you to see what you can do!
iPhoneography Tech Tools
Ready to point and shoot?
Klymenko recommends the following apps and extras to
take your work up a notch:
Enlight: photo editing program
Olloclip: for fisheye photos and macro fun
Bully Eye: lens that clips onto phone or iPad Pro
3-axis gimbal: for professional-looking video stabilization
Commonly used apps: Instagram, Enlight, Hyperlapse,
About the Photographer
Kelli Klymenko is an artist, storyteller, photographer, teacher, yogi, husband, father, science aficionado and free thinker-experiencing life in one of the most inspiring and picturesque places on Earth with his fabulous wife and children.
Originally from the East Coast, Klymenko grew up in New Jersey and New York before moving to Sedona in 2004.
“I always dreamed of moving out West,” he says. “I constantly was escaping into nature on hikes, adventures, and expeditions of my own creation-doing anything I could to immerse myself in the natural world around me.”
Klymenko has always been an artist.
“From drawing to painting to sculpting to graphic design to photography, I get my hands dirty as often as possible in my pursuit of sharing my creative passions. As life, work, and play became more challenging, I focused a lot more on my photography to express myself and share my view of the world. Naturally, iPhoneography was an obvious direction to pursue as I am always taking and sharing photos.
“There’s nothing easier than picking up my iPhone and getting a great shot, while still being able to be in the moment that I’m in.”