Practice Makes Perfect

iPhone Photography by Brian Cleary - Images by Brian Cleary
Practice makes perfect , so they say, and that axiom is as true in photography as it is in any other endeavor. But it's not always practical to carry around a lot of photo and editing gear to practice your craft. I've found, however, that my iPhone camera, a photo editing apps and one cool web site helps to keep my eye and editing skills sharp no matter where I am.

The "Best Camera" iPhone app is my newest discovery. The idea is to snap a photo with your iPhone, perform some basic editing and upload it to the "Best Camera" site, where it will be instantly available for online viewing and judging.

Armed with the fixed-focal length iPhone, you are forced to work with the equipment you have at hand. Knowing what basic editing tools you have available to you helps you to pre-visualize your final photo. It is often surprising what photos perform well in the online voting and what photos do not. This can also be an interesting barometer for current popular photo tastes, which may in some way help you when it comes time to look for stock photo ideas and come up with self-assignments.

I find the phot-taking, editing and uploading an interesting pastime when waiting for airplanes, sightseeing in unfamiliar cities and just hanging with the family on the weekend.

You can also vie and rate other photog's work on the "Best Camera" web site. It is really surprising what the iPhone camera can do in the holds on a creative person.

I've also experimented with a variety of 3rd party photo editing apps available at the iPhone app store.

So jump on the app store and search "best camera" and "photography", load your iPhone with apps and start shooting.

Click here to view my "Best Camera" gallery


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The Back-Stabber

I watched from the bank of the canal as the Blue Heron performed the familiar head wobble as it tried to focus on its prey. I'd seen it many times, but one thing wasn't right. This big bird was pointing toward the tall grass along the shoreline, not at the water. I was used to seeing this ritual whenever a blue heron was about to pluck a fish dinner from the water, but I realized that there probably weren't too many fish lurking in the shoreline vegetation. What was this bird stalking?

No sooner had I asked myself the question, when the bird dove awkwardly into the underbrush. It stood up with a plump Marsh Rat impaled on its bill. I clicked away with my Canon T-90. The bird stood still for a few seconds and then took flight with its fresh rat dinner, sailing away to enjoy the meal in privacy.

You can view more photos at : The Heron and the Rat.


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BC Pix Photo of the Day - Images by Brian Cleary has launched a new fan page on Facebook. ().

The page will highlight selected galleries from the online archive of me, Florida Freelance Photographer Brian Cleary as well as provide links to pertinent and timely online articles on the state of the photo industry.

Fans of the page and other Facebook users can access the galleries as well and comment on the the photos they contain. The launch is part of the ongoing efforts to make the my online archive more accessible to editors, publishers, writers and just plain old online shutterbugs. Please stop by to check it out at




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Was that a finger I saw?

I've often found in photography career that, just like in sports, it's sometimes better to be lucky than good. This was the case for me at Indianapolis Motor Speedway as I covered the Brickyard 400 in August of 2003.

I had worked my way to the outside of the enormous speedway and was shooting from a small photo hole midway between turns 3 and 4. It was a tough shot because the hole in the fence was very small, and the cars were moving very fast and passing very close to the wall. I countered by falling back on my old strategy: SHOOT HEAVILY (you're bound to get one or two in focus).

So as I stood there pounding away on my shutter button and peering at the speed-blurred race cars through my viewfinder, something caught my eye. What was that protruding from the window of the black car that had just sped through my viewfinder? I guessed that the driver my have been waving out the window, thanking a fellow driver for letting him pass, and made a mental note to check when I returned to the media center.

Once I got back to my computer, I sat down and proceeded to flip through my race photos. When I got to the turn shots in question, I looked sadly as I rifled through one out-focus-picture after another, when suddenly, the above photo appeared on my laptop screen. Sharp as a tack and funny as hell. The black car with something hanging out the window had been Jamie McMurray, who was having a great day, playfully flipping off his team mate Sterling Marlin as he put a lap on him! One picture speaks a thousand words


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