Pulitzer Prize-Winner Dumps DSLR for iPhone for One Whole Year

Imagine a wild scenario for a minute. You're a professional photographer. Not just any professional photographer... one of the youngest Pulitizer Prize winning photographers ever. You've traveled the world many times over, covering wars in Vietnam, Cambodia, and India-Pakistan. You were there the night Ali fought Frazier in Madison Square Garden. Your work has graced more than 50 covers of magazines like Time, Life, Newsweek, and George. Your current pool of clients includes Bank of America, The Home Depot, The Girl Scouts of America, eBay, New York Presbyterian Hospital, and the Points of Light Foundation.

Your name is David Hume Kennerly.

You've been working steadily for four decades.You've seen it all. Watched the world transition from shooting physical film to capturing high resolution digital images on everything from SLR cameras to smartphones. You've expanded beyond still images to become a storyteller -- a television and documentary film producer.

What's next for you? What haven't you done?

How about throwing all of your gear in your kit away, and spending one whole year photographing the world on the most popular and readily available fixed lens camera in the 21st Century? Yup, nothing but the iPhone for an entire year, the results have which can been seen in this portfolio, or in the new book, David Hume Kennerly On the iPhone: Secrets and Tips from a Pulitzer Prize-winning Photographer.

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Mr. Kennerly recently sat down with NPR to discuss his new book. Kennerly definitely seems to be of the school that it's not the tools or gear that makes the photographer, it's the man or woman. His biggest advice? Figure out what story you want to tell. Think about why you want to take this specific picture. And once you've taken many, many shot, make sure to self-edit. "If you take 10 pictures of your cat, pick the best one in your estimation."

But how can we get better? How can find unique pictures and frames in a world where everyone's snapping bland shots 24/7/365? What tips does a master photographer have for those without access to a DSLR, for those limited to iPhones and other smartphones?

The Kennerly Photo Fitness Workout

To quote Mr. Kennerly, "the idea behind that is to go out and - somewhere in your neighborhood, in your house, wherever you are - take five photos of things you've seen every day, but haven't really looked at or looked at every day and haven't seen is a better way to put it. And by doing that, whether it's an apple on the tree or cloud through the branches, whatever it is, it will start to sharpen your skills. And in a way it's like anything else, like practicing, like in golf. You practice, and you get better, except in my case. But this exercise will definitely help you see better, and then you're going to be happier with what you're doing."

Love photography, or need the perfect gift for the aspiring shutterbug in your household? Pick up a copy of David Hume Kennerly On the iPhone: Secrets and Tips from a Pulitzer Prize-winning Photographer today.

Sources & Images: NPR / David Hume Kennerly