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A Day In The Life Of Bryan Pahia – A Highly Talented iPhone Photographer

Welcome to our very exciting new column on theappwhisperer.com. This section entitled ‘A day in the life of …’ and this is where we’ll be taking a look at some hugely influential, interesting and accomplished individuals in the mobile photography world. People that we think you will love to learn more about.

This is our forty sixth installment of the series, you can read the others here, if you have missed them so far. Today, we are featuring Bryan Pahia. Bryan has been an avid lover of photography most of his life and moving into the iPhonegraphy genre was a natural progression. He discovered the world of mobile photography when he noticed Hipstamatic sitting at the top of the photo charts late in 2010. He downloaded it, and before long he had every lens and film available at the time. It didn’t take long for him to realize that he had discovered his true passion.

Combining shadows and geometry with his love of black and white photography, Bryan is able capture the discoveries, mysteries, and joys of childhood as only a parent could. His photos have been featured internationally, as well as on top iPhoneography sites.

Each image is titled with the apps used to create it in sequential order. You can find all the links the the apps mentioned at the end of this article.

(If you would like to be interviewed for our new ‘A day in the life of …’ section, just send an email to [email protected], and we’ll get it set up).


First Things First…


© Bryan Pahia 2012 – ‘A Solitary Moment’ – Apps used Hipstamatic, Snapseed


JC – Let’s start at the beginning of the day, how does your day start?

BP – Usually with an ice cold Coke or Pepsi, a quick check of email, and then a perusal of my favorite websites (theAppWhisperer.com included) to make sure I haven’t missed anything over night. Then it’s usually way too brief family time, and then heading out to work. If I’m able, I’ll do a quick photo stop on my way to work.

Magic Hour…


© Bryan Pahia 2012 – ‘Against the Tide’ – Apps used 6×6, PerfectlyClear, Squara


JC – Do you like to head out and take photographs early on?

BP – When I can, absolutely. I love the light I’m able to get early in the day. That’s what weekends are for, right?

Photographer vs Mobile Photographer…


© Bryan Pahia 2012 – ‘Ansel’s Cactus’ – Apps used 6×6, Squara, Camera+, TouchRetouch


JC – How did the transition from traditional photographer to iPhoneographer develop? (pardon the pun).

BP – I’ve always been interested in photography, but it was always just taking family photos and such. It wasn’t until I got the iPhone 4, and I discovered Hipstamatic, did I realize what I really had in my hand. I had always thought that to take really good photos, I needed an expensive DSLR. Hipstamatic and a few other camera apps really opened my eyes and made me realize that all I needed was my iPhone. The world of iPhoneography opened, and I haven’t looked back.

New Apps…


© Bryan Pahia 2012 – ‘Break of Dawn’ – Apps used Camera+


JC – Do you like to download new iPhoneography apps regularly?

BP – I used to. Every time a new app came out that had any sort of buzz, I just had to have it. Whether or not I would use them, that’s the better question. One day, I just realized that I had too many apps I wasn’t using, and I’ve since scaled back and tend to not download any new ones, no matter the buzz they’re getting.



© Bryan Pahia 2012 – ‘Down by the Tracks’ – Apps used 6×6, Squara, Snapseed


JC – How often do you update your existing apps?

BP – I have to admit to a bit of OCD when it comes to that, actually. I check pretty regularly for updates, and it drives me nuts when I see that red circle on the App Store icon.

Location, Location, Location…


© Bryan Pahia 2012 – ‘Eyes of a Child’ – Apps used 6×6, Squara, Snapseed, TouchRetouch


JC – Where’s your favorite place in the world for a shoot?

BP – There’s a spot in a nature preserve outside of Phoenix that I absolutely love. For me, it’s perfect and I could just spend hours sitting there, taking in everything around me. It’s the perfect place to just think, and get a decent photo or two.

Tools Of The Trade…


© Bryan Pahia 2012 – ‘Falling Waters’ – Apps used SlowShutter, PerfectlyClear, Squara, Filterstorm, TouchRetouch


JC – Do you also use iPhone photography tool apps, such as The Photographer’s Ephemeris and if so do you use it to plan your shoots?

BP – I don’t, no. But now that you’ve mentioned it, I need to check that one out some more!



© Bryan Pahia 2012 – ‘Field of Dreams’ – Apps used 6×6, Camera+, ScratchCam


JC – Where do you like to upload your photographs? Flickr, Instagram?

BP – Flickr and MobiTog are my main places for uploading. I tried uploading to Instagram, but quickly got lost in the thousands of photos that seemingly get posted every second.

Favorite Apps…


© Bryan Pahia 2012 – ‘Lakeside’ – Apps used Camera+, Iris, PhotoForge2


JC – What are your favorite, at the moment, iPhoneography apps?

BP – 6×6, Squara and Snapseed. Without those, I feel like I’d be completely lost.



© Bryan Pahia 2012 – ‘New Friends’ – Apps used 6×6, PerfectlyClear, Squara, Snapseed, TouchRetouch


JC – Do you take photographs with your iPhone everyday?

BP – Every day, every chance I get, every moment I get.

Favorite Subjects…


© Bryan Pahia 2012 – ‘Reflections’ – Apps Used 6×6, Squara, Snapseed


JC – What are your favorite subjects?

BP – Their names are A.C. & Dane, my two sons. Those two have provided countless photo opps, and the reception to the photos has been remarkable.

Top Five Tips…


© Bryan Pahia 2012 – ‘Riding With Shadows’ – Apps used 6×6, Squara, Camera+


JC – What are your top five tips for iPhone photography?

BP – 1) If you’re taking photos, always make sure you have your camera app ready to go. I still miss the occasional shot every now and then simply because I wasn’t prepared. 2) Learn every rule of photography that you can, just so that you can break those rules when you need to. 3) This may sound simple, but shoot what makes you happy. Don’t take a photo that you think others will like, shoot for yourself. 4) Learn how light and shadows work. Using both can make a good shot great, and a great shot perfect. 5) Be open to new experiences while shooting. Go someplace you wouldn’t normally go. Go up to a stranger and ask to take their picture. You might learn a lot about yourself, and end up having fun in the process!



© Bryan Pahia 2012 – ‘Scenes from a Desert Road’ – Apps used Camera+, Snapseed, Dramatic B&W


JC – How did the teaching side come along?

BP – I’d like to think that I’ve taught by example, because I’ve certainly learned from the example of others. There’s been more than one occasion where I’ve seen a fellow iPhoneogaphers photo and thought to myself, “Hey, that’s great! I need to try that!” I can only hope that someone has done the same with one of my photos!



© Bryan Pahia 2012 – ‘Sunset Bay’ – Apps used 6×6, Snapseed


JC – Do you edit images on your iPhone or do you prefer to do that on a desktop/laptop?

BP – All my editing is done on the iPhone or on an iPad. I know that I could never do on a computer what I’m able to do on the iPhone or iPad.



© Bryan Pahia 2012 – ‘Surfacing’ – Apps used 6×6, Squara, Filterstorm, TouchRetouch


JC – Do you enjoy videography with your iPhone?

BP – I’ll find myself doing the occasional family video on the iPhone, but for me, I’d rather have a photograph of a moment than a video of it.

The Future Of Mobile Photography…


© Bryan Pahia 2012 – ‘Sweet’ – Apps used QuickPix, BlurFx, Iris, Photocopier, TouchRetouch


JC – Where do you see the future of iPhone photography?

BP – I see (hope, really) iPhoneography being taken seriously by the general public. I still get comments from people surprised that I can take such great photos with just an iPhone. These folks usually go on to quickly make a comment about imagining what I could do with a real camera. I’m very quick to point out that it IS a real camera. It would just be nice for others to see that, too.



© Bryan Pahia 2012 – ‘The Little Things’ – Apps used 6×6, Squara, Snapseed, TouchRetouch


JC – What do you think is the most popular area of iPhone photography?

BP – I think the community aspect of it is easily the most popular. iPhoneographers are the friendliest, kindest bunch of folks I’ve ever met. I’ve been able to establish great relationships with folks across the world, and I wouldn’t trade those for anything.

Where In The World…?


© Bryan Pahia 2012 – ‘The Lone Ranger’ – Apps Used 6×7, Snapseed, Scratchcam


JC – Do you think it’s country specific, are some nations more clued up?

BP – I think it’s pretty even across the world. There is certainly some amazing talent worldwide.

iPhone 5…


© Bryan Pahia 2012 – ‘The Once Mighty Fleet’ – Apps used QuickPix, Camera+, Photoforge2


JC – What do you hope for in the iPhone 5?

BP – More megapixels! While the 4 has been good to me, I’ve been jealous of the 8mp camera in the 4S, and I’m extremely anxious to upgrade.



© Bryan Pahia 2012 – ‘Three Palms’ – 6×6, Squara, TouchRetouch


JC – What do you think of Joanne and theappwhisperer.com?

BP – I think Joanne is great! And I feel that I’m extremely late to the fantastic party that is theappwhisperer.com. But now that I’m here, it’s going to be extremely difficult to get rid of me!

Links To All Apps Used And Mentioned In This Article…


© Bryan Pahia 2012 – ‘Wildflower’ – Apps used ProHDR, PerfectlyClear, TouchRetouch














Iris Photo Suite





Dramatic B&W


Joanne Carter, creator of the world’s most popular mobile photography and art website— TheAppWhisperer.com— TheAppWhisperer platform has been a pivotal cyberspace for mobile artists of all abilities to learn about, to explore, to celebrate and to share mobile artworks. Joanne’s compassion, inclusivity, and humility are hallmarks in all that she does, and is particularly evident in the platform she has built. In her words, “We all have the potential to remove ourselves from the centre of any circle and to expand a sphere of compassion outward; to include everyone interested in mobile art, ensuring every artist is within reach”, she has said. Promotion of mobile artists and the art form as a primary medium in today’s art world, has become her life’s focus. She has presented lectures bolstering mobile artists and their art from as far away as the Museum of Art in Seoul, South Korea to closer to her home in the UK at Focus on Imaging. Her experience as a jurist for mobile art competitions includes: Portugal, Canada, US, S Korea, UK and Italy. And her travels pioneering the breadth of mobile art includes key events in: Frankfurt, Naples, Amalfi Coast, Paris, Brazil, London. Pioneering the world’s first mobile art online gallery - TheAppWhispererPrintSales.com has extended her reach even further, shipping from London, UK to clients in the US, Europe and The Far East to a global group of collectors looking for exclusive art to hang in their homes and offices. The online gallery specialises in prints for discerning collectors of unique, previously unseen signed limited edition art. Her journey towards becoming The App Whisperer, includes (but is not limited to) working for a paparazzi photo agency for several years and as a deputy editor for a photo print magazine. Her own freelance photographic journalistic work is also widely acclaimed. She has been published extensively both within the UK and the US in national and international titles. These include The Times, The Sunday Times, The Guardian, Popular Photography & Imaging, dpreview, NikonPro, Which? and more recently with the BBC as a Contributor, Columnist at Vogue Italia and Contributing Editor at LensCulture. Her professional photography has also been widely exhibited throughout Europe, including Italy, Portugal and the UK. She is currently writing several books, all related to mobile art and is always open to requests for new commissions for either writing or photography projects or a combination of both. Please contact her at: [email protected]