Martin Parr Returns to Manchester

Martin Parr © Adrian McGarry

Martin Parr © Adrian McGarry

In ‘Return to Manchester’, a major exhibition currently showing at Manchester Art Gallery, acclaimed British documentary photographer Martin Parr reveals a portrait of a rapidly changing urban landscape. I was lucky enough to catch him in conversation with Manchester Art Gallery’s Senior Curator Natasha Howes, an event to mark the opening of the exhibition that runs until April 2019.

The career-spanning exhibition includes Parr’s earliest work from his student days at Manchester Polytechnic, photographs of Prestwich Mental Hospital in 1972, Yates’s Wine Lodge in the early 80’s amongst many other projects. His latest Manchester images, a commissioned body of work by the gallery, was created in 2018 to bring the story up to the current day.

Martin Parr is one of the best-known documentary photographers of his generation. With over 100 books published, and dozens more edited by him, his photographic legacy is already assured. Parr has been a member of the Magnum agency since 1994 and was President from 2013 – 2017. His work has been collected by many of major museums including the Tate, the Pompidou and the Museum of Modern Art in New York. He has created the Martin Parr Foundation in Bristol, to preserve the legacy of his and other photographer’s work focused on the British Isles. Parr gladly accepts commissions from the likes of Gucci to further fund the foundation.

Return to Manchester chronicles a diversity and growth of a city from northern postwar Britain to today’s consumer-driven culture, it reveals people’s passions, skills, relationships, religions, quirks in everyday environments – a celebration of the city I grew up in and that I remember even more vividly through the images on show.

Martin Parr and The Martin Parr Foundation.

My Top iPhone Photography Apps

During my iPhone Photography events I feature and demo a number of apps. Here is a list of my current favourites with App store links.

Originally published May 14, 2018, updated March 4, 2019.

How To Shoot The Golden Hour on iPhone


Some of the most stunning photography is created at the start and end of a day. The periods shortly before sunrise and following sunset will potentially provide beautiful warm, diffused lighting, and is commonly referred to as 'The Golden' or 'Magic' hour. During these moments the sun will either be below the horizon or low in the sky, producing infinitely more flattering light than can be found at any other time of the day.

Sanibel Sunrise.  Golden hour photography © Adrian McGarry.

Sanibel Sunrise. Golden hour photography © Adrian McGarry.

For landscape and outdoor photography that relies on natural light, these conditions are crucial in creating beautiful, natural scenes. Neither of these periods lasts exactly one hour and the actual duration will depend on weather conditions and time of year. The light can change quite quickly and no two sunrise or sunset shots are ever the same, which makes this type of photography so exciting and rewarding. Depending on local conditions the light before sunrise or after sunset is also known as the 'Blue' hour which refers to the period either before or after the warm light of the sun is not evident.

1. Plan Ahead

I like to give myself plenty of time to set up and get ready for golden hour shots. I try to work out my composition in advance of the optimum lighting conditions.

  • I use The Photographer’s Ephemeris app for iPhone and iPad that allows me to plan my shots in advance by calculating the angle of light and expected times for any location and time of year.
  • Another crucial aid for planning ahead is Dark Sky app which delivers down-to-the-minute hyperlocal weather forecasts with custom notificatications. 
  • My Tide Times app is perfect for beach or ocean photography. The app will displays the heights and times of tides for any location, including over 9,000 tidal stations in over 40 countries. The nearest locations are displayed when the app opens and are shown on a map.


2. Composition

Try to visualise your photograph in thirds, both horizontally and vertically. Think about where you position the horizon in your shot. Make a decision about the most interesting area of a scene, if there is an interesting sky, place the horizon on the bottom third so you get more emphasis in the top of your shot. Likewise, if the bottom of the shot is where the main interest lies then concentrate of placing the horizon on the top third, so you get more of the bottom. Try not to place the horizon in the centre of the image. Also, keep the horizon line straight and not crooked.

To help compose your image into thirds you can enable grid lines to appear on the iPhone camera preview screen. 

  • Launch 'Settings' from the 'Home' screen of your iPhone or iPad.
  • Scroll down and tap on 'Photos & Camera'. 
  • Turn on the switch next to 'Grid' under the Camera section.

Sunrise and sunset images work great when there is a body of water in the composition. The reflected light can add a beauty to the shot that wouldn't be available at any other time in the day. For added interest add some foreground elements into your shot.

Lighthouse Sunset.  Compose your shot to emphasise the most interesting part of your subject. © Adrian McGarry.

Lighthouse Sunset. Compose your shot to emphasise the most interesting part of your subject. © Adrian McGarry.

3. Minimise Shake

It may seem contradictory to recommend the use of a tripod when photographing with a mobile device. After all, we know that the main reason we all love iPhone photography is for its convenience. You are forgiven for thinking that lugging around a tripod and all that setting up is a hindrance and the very opposite to portability and instant shooting. The thing to remember here is that we need to follow some basic photography principals if we are to achieve the very best results. Modern tripods are lightweight, easy to use and inexpensive.

Although image stabilisation is now a feature of the latest iPhone models, the use of a tripod can make all the difference in creating a sharp result in low light conditions and is essential for long exposure.

I use a Manfrotto lightweight tripod, perfect for traveling and easy to carry when collapsed. To secure my iPhone, I use the excellent Shoulderpod S1 which is also a handgrip. Once you have your iPhone secured on a tripod it is a great opportunity to try some additional long exposure shots or time-lapse and slow-motion movies. If a tripod is not available then make sure you steady yourself as securely as possible or lean your device against a stable object.

The use of a tripod can make all the difference in creating sharp results in low light conditions. © Adrian McGarry

The use of a tripod can make all the difference in creating sharp results in low light conditions. © Adrian McGarry

4. Create Silhouettes

Most objects can be made into a silhouette. Choosing a distinct, simple, recognisable shape will add interest, drama, and mood to your shots. Expose for the lightest part of your image (normally the sky in a golden hour shot) and the foreground subject will be silhouetted against the light.

You don't have to create a total silhouette, the use of available light can add subtle details and highlights to your subject rendering them more three dimensional. The inclusion of neon signs, street lighting etc. will stand out more in the low light and add further engagement to your image.

Manchester United Trinity. Create silhouettes © Adrian McGarry

Manchester United Trinity. Create silhouettes © Adrian McGarry

5. Experiment with HDR

The iPhone has an excellent, subtle, HDR mode, additionally there are lots of apps that also produce HDR results. HDR stands for High Dynamic Range. It’s difficult to capture both bright and dark extremes in a single photograph, by combining multiple exposures HDR technology produces a composite image that has detail in all areas of the image.

Take an HDR photo

  • Open the Camera app on your iPhone or iPad
  • Tap HDR and make sure it's set to Auto or On.
  • Frame the photo.

Your iPhone is capable of saving two versions of the image to the Photos app for comparison; one with HDR and one without. To save space, you can turn the feature off and keep just the HDR version.

  • Open Settings
  • Tap on Camera
  • Scrol to HDR and toggle off  'Keep Normal Photo'.

I often use a third-party app if I want a more advanced HDR process on my shots. My current favourite HDR app is ProCamera which gives ProCamera gives advanced DSLR-like camera functions with semi-automatic and full manual controls. An in-app add-on (additional payment) gives HDR capabilities with up to 5 bracketed images to boost the amount of detail seen in the photo – especially in extreme lighting situations.

Beacon Mote HDR image. © Adrian McGarry

Beacon Mote HDR image. © Adrian McGarry

6. Long Exposure

Golden hour photos of silky smooth water or blurred cloud motion are very popular and simple to create with an iPhone. The soft, dreamy effect is the result of a longer amount of time that the picture has been taken. You'll need a tripod to ensure there is no movement during the exposure.

Live Photos, available on an iPhone 6s or later, can create long exposures. Check out my 'How To Master Live Photos' tutorial to learn how to create a long exposure image with Live Photos. Alternatively, use a third-party app that either allows additional control of the camera settings or a dedicated app for long exposure shots like my personal favourite Slow Shutter Cam . These apps allow you to set a timed exposure of your image. The longer you expose your photo, the more blur you will create in your picture.

Evening Cloud Rush.  Keep your camera steady in lowlight conditions. © Adrian McGarry.

Evening Cloud Rush. Keep your camera steady in lowlight conditions. © Adrian McGarry.

7. Shoot Urban Scenes

City sunrise and sunset photos can be just as dramatic as the natural world. Street level views can be dynamic and portray the true vibe of a location. Finding a mid-level view will create a true cityscape giving depth and wider perspective. 

A cityscape of Manchester just after sunset. iPhone 6 Plus image. © Adrian McGarry. 

A cityscape of Manchester just after sunset. iPhone 6 Plus image. © Adrian McGarry. 

8. Shoot Portraits

Create mood and atmosphere in your portrait shots as the light illuminates not just your subject but bathes their surroundings in beautiful soft, warm tones.


9. Noise Reduction

When shooting with an iPhone in low light you may encounter digital noise. When a camera's digital sensor attempts to record in low light, tiny amounts of stray electrical signals appear on the finished image as dots or flecks. Each new generation of iPhone camera will improve digital noise but it is something that you will need to deal with. I accept that there will be some noise in my iPhone shots and I've learnt to live with this. I do attempt to eliminate noise where I can by editing but be careful not to overdo this and blur the image. The Enlight app has powerful editing tools that are easy to use and the denoise filter produces improved image results.

You can also eliminate noise from your images by shooting with a long exposure app, Slow Shutter Cam has a low-light capture setting. Cortex Camera combines dozens of individual photos to create a single high quality and noise free image.

10. The most important tip is to HAVE FUN!

Enjoy your photography, don't worry if your attempt at the perfect sunrise or sunset fails. There's plenty more opportunities to produce that shot that you've got in your head. Try new apps, different techniques and subjects. Keep experimenting, there's always something new to learn.

Most of all remember, it's your camera, your photo, your rules!


iOS 12 - All The Latest News

As the public Beta version of iOS 12 is released, here is a round-up of all the latest news about the latest version of our iPhone and iPad operating system, due for full release in the autumn.

iOS 12 Preview

iOS 12 makes apps faster and more responsive, while giving you more ways to connect, more personalisation and more to look forward to.

These are the best new iOS 12 for iPhone features you can already try

Apple released the public preview of iOS 12 on Monday evening, which means you can already try some of the new features that will hit iPhones and iPads sometime this fall. The public preview is a little buggy and doesn't yet include everything that will be included in the full launch, but there's already a lot you can test out on your own.

iOS 12 public beta out now!

iOS 12, the next version of iOS - the operating system that runs on all iPhones and iPads - will hit Apple devices in the autumn of 2018, and we saw a preview of it at WWDC 2018 on 4 June.

A new feature turns Apple AirPods into impromptu hearing aids. We tried it

CLOSE You almost certainly bought Apple's wireless Bluetooth $159 AirPods to listen to music or podcasts, and not because you planned to use them as a sort of hearing aid substitute.

Apple just released the first iOS 12 beta to everyone

This is your opportunity to get a glimpse of the future of iOS. Apple just released the first public beta of iOS 12, the next major version of the operating system for iPhone and iPad. Unlike developer betas, everyone can download it without a $99 developer account. But don't forget, it's a beta.

Apple Beta Software Program

As a member of the Apple Beta Software Program, you'll be able to enroll your devices to access the public betas and try out the latest features. You can provide feedback directly to Apple using the Feedback Assistant app.

How To Photograph Waterfalls with An iPhone


You can create fantastic shots of moving water with an iPhone. From capturing dramatic torrents to blurring and softening a waterfall into a dreamy cascade. In this tutorial I share my 10 best tips for creating amazing waterfall shots with an iPhone.

I'm fortunate to live just a short drive from the Snowdonia National Park in North Wales. The area contains some of the most magnificent and dramatic scenery in the UK. Amid mountains, hills, streams and lakes there are numerous opportunities to photograph waterfalls, from gentle trickles to awesome cascades.

There are no right and wrong ways to shoot a waterfall as long as you follow the basics. Some of us prefer the soft, milky shots whilst others prefer to capture the raw power of the water. Try capturing different images and then compare later for the best results.

I'd like to share some tips and techniques on photographing waterfalls with an iPhone camera.

Swallow Falls in Snowdonia.

Swallow Falls in Snowdonia.

1. The most difficult part of photographing water is to avoid 'burning out highlights', in other words creating bright white areas of the water that contain no detail. Try not to photograph water in harsh sunlight. Early morning, late afternoon, cloudy or even rainy days will produce a softer, less intrusive, light. 

Overcast conditions help keep details in water but try to capture interesting cloud detail when including cloudy skies.

Overcast conditions help keep details in water but try to capture interesting cloud detail when including cloudy skies.

In the image above, I have photographed the waterfall with my iPhone on an overcast day which has enabled me to capture all the details in the water. When photographing cloudy skies keep in mind that you will want to also capture some interesting cloud detail rather than a boring white space. Experiment with your phone’s HDR setting to capture more detail in the highlight (and shadow) areas.

2. If you want to create soft, blurred, images of water then Live Photos does a reasonable job at creating a Long Exposure effect. See my tutorial on How To Master Live Photos here.

3. A tripod or a steady way of supporting your iPhone is a must if you want to capture a long exposure. I use a Manfrotto Compact Light Aluminium Tripod  - compact and light, you can take it anywhere. You will also need to purchase a mount to connect your iPhone to the tripod. I use a ShoulderPod S1 which doubles as a hand held grip. I've written a review on Shoulderpod products here.

Steady your shots with a tripod.

Steady your shots with a tripod.

4. The soft, dream-like effect of long exposure is the result of an increased amount of time that the picture has been taken. For capturing long exposure images with better resolution and control than with Live Photos, consider purchasing a third-party app.

There are lots of apps available on the App Store that allow additional, manual control of your iPhone camera.  I prefer dedicated long exposure apps such as Slow Shutter Cam - Cogitap Software" target="_blank">Slow Shutter Cam. The app allows setting a timed exposure of your image. The longer you expose your photo, the more blur you will create.

This image was taken with an iPhone 6 Plus, on a tripod, with an 8 second exposure.

This image was taken with an iPhone 6 Plus, on a tripod, with an 8 second exposure.

5. When taking long exposure shots it is essential to ensure camera stability. Camera shake is when movement of the camera results in an image that is blurry or out of focus. The iPhone Camera app has a timer that can be set to 3 or 10 seconds delay before the shutter automatically fires eliminating any movement when touching the shutter release button. Likewise, wireless remote shutter releases that connect to your device via Bluetooth are perfect for remote shutter management.

Use the built-in timer or a remote shutter release to eliminate camera shake.

Use the built-in timer or a remote shutter release to eliminate camera shake.

6. For all their beauty, it has to be said that a lot of waterfall photography can look very similar. It's easy to channel your attention solely on the water and forget to find a more interesting overall composition. A great way to overcome this is to include other elements that add interest to the scene, photograph from different angles and search for a more unusual and creative viewpoint to convey more about the surrounding area and character of the waterfall's setting. 

Photograph from different angles for a more unusual and creative viewpoint.

Photograph from different angles for a more unusual and creative viewpoint.

7. In contrast to the previous point, it often pays to concentrate on a smaller area of a waterfall rather than trying to fit the entire scene into your frame. This can create an abstract scene that becomes a study of motion and colour and leaves room for the viewer's imagination. Take multiple shots and decide later on which you think is the best.

Create an abstract scene of natural beauty.

Create an abstract scene of natural beauty.

8. Consider including references for scale. The largest waterfall may look less impressive in a photograph if the viewer can’t easily appreciate its scale. Don't be afraid to include buildings, sign posts, fences and people.

Considering including references for scale comparison.

Considering including references for scale comparison.

9. To capture these kind of images on a DSLR camera can actually be trickier than shooting with an iPhone. The main difference from how an iPhone camera works is that a DSLR captures continuous light whereas the iPhone 'stacks' multiple images. Therefore the the skill of the DSLR photographer is required to calculate the amount of light captured over a given period. This may mean that various graduated or polarising filters need to be used to control the light.

That's not to say that the use of physical lens filters wont improve your iPhone shots. There are many options for attaching lens filters to smartphones with more coming onto the market all the time. 

10. Be aware that you’ll most likely be working in wet conditions, spray from the falls will make the surrounding area slippery. Be careful when stepping or climbing over rocks. Protect your equipment and keep your hands free when moving around. Wipe the lens of your device regularly if working up close to a waterfall to ensure it is clean and free of any moisture.

I hope this short tutorial inspires and helps you to get out into the landscape and create stunning waterfall shots. Enjoy your photography, most of all remember - it's your camera, your picture, your rules!

All images and content ©Adrian McGarry 2018


How To Master iPhone Live Photo


This guide covers everything you need to know about creating and sharing Live Photos on iPhone.


The iPhone Live Photos setting was introduced back in iOS 9 for the iPhone 6S and 6S Plus. Live Photos captures 1.5 seconds of movie and sound before and after a still photo. When viewed back on a supported device, the still image appears to come to life. As of iOS 11, Live Photos supports loop, bounce and long exposure effects.

Live Photos can only be created on an iPhone 6s or later, they can be viewed on iOS devices that run iOS 9 or later, Apple Watch running watchOS 2 or later, and Mac OS X El Capitan or later. On other devices, Live Photos appear as standard JPG photos.

1. How to Create A Live Photo

Creating a Live Photo could not be easier. 

Select 'Photo' mode at the bottom of the Camera app. To toggle Live Photos on or off tap the circular symbol camera app function bar, it turns yellow when ON. Live Photos defaults to ON on new devices.

  • Open the Camera app.

  • Set Camera mode to 'Photo' and the Live Photos symbol is yellow.

  • Hold your iPhone still.

  • Tap the white shutter button .

To toggle Live Photos on or off tap the circular symbol.

To toggle Live Photos on or off tap the circular symbol.

2. How to View a Live Photo

The Live Photo can be viewed as normal in the Photos app. iOS also puts the image in a separate album titled 'Live Photos'. In iOS 11 it will identify Live in the upper left corner of the image. In the Photos app, firmly press and hold on the photo.

  • Open the Photos app.

  • Find the photo. View by pressing and holding.

3. Create Live Photo effects

In iOS 11 and later, creative effects can be added to a Live Photo. Swipe upwards on the photo and reveal thumbnail previews of the effects. 

  • Open the Live Photo.

  • Swipe up to see the choice of effects.

  • Choose Loop, Bounce, or Long Exposure.

Loop: Turn a Live Photo into a repeating video loop. 

Bounce: Make your Live Photo play endlessly back and forth. 

Long Exposure: Magically blur the moving elements of your photo.


4. How To Change your key photo

You can use change the key photo by choosing from the range of frames that make up your Live Photo. Once you've selected a new frame and tapped on 'Make Key Photo', the selected frame will be the main image that displays in your camera roll and the image that's sent if you share the photo with someone else. 

  • Choose the Live Photo.

  • Tap Edit.

  • Move the slider to view the frame.

  • Release your finger, then tap Make Key Photo.

  • Tap Done.

You can also toggle Live Photo effect off when you Edit. This is non-destructive and If you change your mind, tap again in Edit.

5. How to Share A Live Photo in iOS 11

You can share your photo as a Live Photo or a still image to users with the latest iOS or Messages for Mac. Additionally, iOS 11 will store Loop, Bounce and Long Exposure animations as GIFs that can be shared freely to all platforms.

With iOS 11 animated Live Photos can be turned into GIFS.

  • Create a Live Photos effect as explained in section 4 - 'Create Live Photos Effect'

  • Once you’ve chosen the desired effect, the photo will appear in a new album in the Photos App called 'Animated Album'.

  • The animated photo is saved as a GIF, ready to be shared to the platform of your choice.

6. How To Share A Live Photo with Lively App

For advanced sharing to almost all platforms, check out the Lively app on the app store. The app allows GIF and Movie making from Live Photos. You can share your Live Photos on iMessage, Facebook Messenger, Twitter, Instagram, Slack, Tumblr and more. 

Lively gives you full control of your GIFs with extensive editing features: trim, play backward, auto reverse and speed control. GIF size can be edited too. Lively lets you export for free with a watermark, a single in-app purchase will remove the watermark. You need an iPhone 6S/6S Plus or above to capture Live Photos.

You can still use the app on older iPhone, just get your friends to send you one via iMessage.

The Lively App has a simple interface for creating GIFs and Movies from Live Photos.

The Lively App has a simple interface for creating GIFs and Movies from Live Photos.

7. Things To Consider With Live Photo

Live Photo is a brilliant way to quickly create fun clips for added interest and effect without any technical know-how or experience.

Live Photo is not a movie, it is an animation of multiple photos. Your Live Photo doesn't begin when you tap the shutter button, that actually is the mid-point of your Live Photo, the still that you capture is wrapped in 1.5 seconds of animation before and after.

When you open the iPhone Camera app with the Live Photos feature ON, it automatically begins taking pictures even if you don't tap the shutter button. It saves photos from before and after you take a photo and stitches all the photos together to make a smooth 3 seconds animation. The whole thing is a background process with the automated photos deleted if they're not needed.

The automated photos that make up the animation are of a lower resolution than the captured still frame. As an example, an iPhone X takes a regular shot at 4032 x 3024 pixels but when changing a key photo, that chosen image drops to 3662 x 2744 pixels. An image with an animated effect such as long exposure can be reduced to as low as 3281 x 2458 pixels.

Applying an effect or changing the key photo will crop the final image smaller towards the centre point. Try to leave some extra space around the edges of your shot if you intend to apply an effect later on. There will also be some softening to the animated image. This is especially noticeable in long exposure images. For the casual user these considerations may not be a limitation, for serious creatives though it can be a huge drawback to the photo’s potential when the image is viewed larger or printed.

Shooting with a tripod to ensure the capture is completely still may result in a higher resolution file, however the image will still be cropped and softened. Shooting with third-party apps is recommended if image quality is important.


iPhone Photography

It's the world's most popular camera, the one you always have with you, it's both powerful and liberating, oh and by the way the iPhone is capable of capturing awesome images. With increasing high-quality features, smartphones have evolved into serious image capture devices for both still images and movies. The iPhone has led the way in this photographic revolution since its launch in 2007. Recently Apple cofounder and iPhone visionary Steve Jobs has been posthumously inducted into the International Photography Hall of Fame for outstanding contribution to the artistic community and the industry around it, most notably due to the invention of the iPhone.

Venice at Night by Adrian McGarry shot on iPhone ©Adrian McGarry.

Venice at Night by Adrian McGarry shot on iPhone ©Adrian McGarry.

As smartphone camera technology advances, so too are the image editing apps that are becoming highly sophisticated; rich in features that achieve professional results rivalling the creative power of professional desktop packages. Combined, this equates to a staggering range of photographic firepower that unassumingly sits in our pockets. Add in the further capabilities to manage, make high quality movies, share, stream and collaborate, then not only is this device a one-stop camera and digital darkroom but is additionally supported by an extensive communications centre and highly efficient back office. 

Mermaid Lounge by Adrian McGarry shot on iPhone ©Adrian McGarry.

Mermaid Lounge by Adrian McGarry shot on iPhone ©Adrian McGarry.

The convenience and connectivity of the device is the main reason that most casual photographers start to take photos on their smartphones. The majority of mobile photography are snapshots of daily life. A recent search on Instagram for the hashtag #cats returned over 35 million results. Uploading shots to social media is a quick and easy way to share selfies, life events and family moments. Users revel in getting positive comments and likes on their photos whilst interacting socially in global communities through their shots.

Manchester Christmas Market by Adrian McGarry shot on iPhone © Adrian McGarry

Manchester Christmas Market by Adrian McGarry shot on iPhone © Adrian McGarry

At the start it was all too easy to miss the potential of creating serious work on mobile devices - the selfie ruled. As the sharing platforms have grown and matured, mobile photographers have found increased inspiration to explore, experiment and become more creative. The iPhone is a recognised art form with prestigious international photography contests such as the annual iPhone Photography Awards, now in its tenth year, showcases iPhone photography on a global stage. 

Peveril of The Peak by Adrian McGarry by Adrian McGarry shot on iPhone ©Adrian McGarry.

Peveril of The Peak by Adrian McGarry by Adrian McGarry shot on iPhone ©Adrian McGarry.

I've been shooting on an iPhone since 2012, within two years I was capturing more images on my iPhone than my Canon DSLR, to the point where today, the iPhone is my preferred camera device. I'm not making the case that an iPhone or similar device will create technically better images than a professional level camera, there are numerous situations that require high-end cameras to produce high-res photographs. I am convinced however that the iPhone creates images that have to be considered as serious alternatives in many other situations. After all, expensive gear does not necessarily make you a better photographer. 

iPhone panoramic of Beaumaris Pier, North Wales by Adrian McGarry shot on iPhone ©Adrian McGarry.

iPhone panoramic of Beaumaris Pier, North Wales by Adrian McGarry shot on iPhone ©Adrian McGarry.

Apple are known to have a small army of engineers perfecting just the camera elements of the iPhone. Underscoring the tech giant's commitment towards improving mobile photography, the company are expanding on the 800 engineers who already work on iPhone camera-related technologies with a new dedicated research lab in France where a dedicated team of up to 30 researchers and engineers will work on improving image sensors for both the iPhone and the iPad. With a reported 200 pieces making up the iPhone camera and 24 billion operations to capture a single image, this technology is due to get better and further establish itself as the camera of choice for the masses.

Seashell by Adrian McGarry shot on iPhone © Adrian McGarry

Seashell by Adrian McGarry shot on iPhone © Adrian McGarry




In the aftermath of the devastating attack at the Manchester Arena on the 22nd May 2017 an amazing sense of unity and solidarity was shown all across the city and beyond with the Manchester Bee right at its heart. For over 150 years the worker bee has been an emblem for Manchester and is one of the best-known symbols of the city. In 2015, Inspired by Manchester's awesome urban art, I created a piece entitled 'Urban Bee'.

I wrote the following article in June 2016

From the grandest buildings, bridges and industrial heritage to humble lamposts, litter bins, planters and traffic bollards, the Manchester bee can be seen all around the city. The worker bee is a symbol of Manchester’s industrial heritage; testament to the ceaseless hard work and activity that made nineteenth-century Manchester a global trade and industrial giant.

Manchester Coat of Arms

Manchester Coat of Arms

The worker bee motif can be traced back to 1842 when a crest of arms was granted to the city. A classic heraldic design, the coat of arms is full of symbolic information. A centre-piece shield is flanked by an antelope and a lion. The antelope, more of a mythical figure than true animal, stands for peace, harmony and courage whilst the lion is a classic symbol of bravery and strength. The shield itself is taken from the lords of Manchester, who ruled the city prior to 1301. A common belief is that the three diagonal stripes depicted on the shield represent the rivers which run through the city centre: the Irwell, the Irk and the Medlock. The image of a ship signifies trade and enterprise. The shield is crowned with a globe covered by a swarm of seven bees. The city's motto, Concilio Et Labore, which can be loosely translated to 'wisdom and effort' or 'through council and hard work' or even 'By working together let's acheive great things', is shown on a scroll at across the bottom of the design. 

Within Manchester's magnificent Town Hall, a splendid bee mosaic tiled floor adorns the landing leading to the building's Great Hall. The recently installed £3.5m glass passageway across Library Walk, linking Central Library to the town hall extension, has bee motifs on its glass panels. Also inside and outside of the town hall is the Cottongrass motif signifying the nineteenth century cotton trade when Manchester was given the nickname of Cottonopolis.

In modern day Manchester, the bees have broken out of the confines of the heraldic arms and have been incorporated into creative renderings of business logos and graffiti art. Boddingtons Brewery, best known for Boddingtons Bitter (Boddies), marketed as 'The Cream of Manchester' has a bee central in its logo. Its Strangeways Brewery closed in 2004. There is common statement of identity in the form of tattoos to display a love of the city. In a 2015 interview with the Manchester Evening News, Elbow's frontman Guy Garvey says “Me and my friend are both having the Manchester worker bee tattooed. It’s the only thing I would ever consider having tattooed on my body. I’ll probably get it on my calf.” 

Upon a growing number of Manchester buildings, beehives are being created in rooftop gardens. Manchester Art Gallery sells its own honey aptly badged as 'Bee-Raphaelites Honey'. 

The worker bee has come a long way as a symbol for Manchester's culture and history and due to its popularity can now be considered 'cool', maybe that's why Manchester is Buzzin' Man!



Guest Speaking and Workshops


Motivating others to take the next steps on their image-making journey has become somewhat of a passion. I have hosted numerous workshops, seminars and performed live demonstrations sharing my images, workflows, techniques and knowledge. I never tire of presenting inspirational talks and workshops to groups, clubs, companies and individual one-to-one sessions. I believe that my enthusiasm and love for photography and visual arts is one of the reasons why my events are so well received and popular.

A photo art workshop for Wirral Festival of Firsts 2017

A photo art workshop for Wirral Festival of Firsts 2017

I'm thrilled that both of my presentations 'Pixel Painted Art' and "Ultimate iPhone Photography' are always in demand and many organisations book a return visit. My talks constantly evolve to include new methods, demonstrations and images. Audience feedback and questions are encouraged both during and long after the event via my website and email. I cover the technical and conceptual aspects of my work, sharing the inspirations and influences that shape my creative approach.

Pixel Painted Photo Art

Created using brushstrokes and textures with software such as Corel Painter on the desktop and various apps on the iOS platform. Attendees are inspired to create photo art as gifts, greeting cards or submissions in competition.

iPhone Photography

Within the iPhone photography presentations I demonstrate the potential to capture incredible photos that take mobile photography from ordinary to extraordinary both onscreen and in print.


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 In March 2013, the Royal Photographic Society awarded me an ARPS distinction; awarded for images of exceptional standards. Recently, the Corel Corporation, a leading global software company, gave me the status of 'Feature Artist' in their Painter 2018® software, to my immense delight, in recognition of the work that I produce in their amazing digital paint application.

I am available to present to clubs, societies, exhibitions, trade shows and corporate events. Using my award winning artwork or stunning iPhone photography as a visual narrative, I engage with audiences of any size. Presentations can be tailored to fit your needs, usually lasting from one hour up to three hours. Book me to present to your group or event and you can be confident that you are engaging a professional, accomplished lecturer with years of public speaking experience. 

I also run regular workshops, where participants work along with me in capturing and editing images. I can create a group workshop schedule for organisations, minimum and maximum participant numbers apply. For one-to-one workshops please contact me direct. 

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Adrian McGarry Guest Speaking at South Manchester Camera Club © Phil Portus.jpg

I charge a reasonable and fair fee that takes into account travel time and expenses but is designed to fit the financial constraints of club budgets. Satisfaction is guaranteed as these quotes and testimonials confirm...

"Adrian’s work, shakes the very foundation, that many of us regard as the rock which our photography skills are based upon. A super nights viewing from an equally super presentation and photographer." - South Liverpool Photographic Society

"Adrian's images are superb and I feel certain that they will be referenced well into the future within the club as a defining moment for digital art photography." - Nantwich Camera Club

"An enormous thank you for an outstanding presentation. Your talk was very well received by all the attendees, and I have received very many positive comments about the quality of your pictures and talk. We do appreciate all the hard work that went into preparing and delivering your presentation." - Stockport Photographic Society

"Thank you for your exceptional talk to our club. The comments and chatter from all the members present were of amazement and they were without exception extremely impressed." - Wrexham Photographic Society

"Very impressed with your presentation skills, you are an extremely good speaker, you engage with everyone in the room and your enthusiasm shines through." - Ashton Photographic Society

"It was excellent and very much enjoyed by all the members; I don’t recall such a well received event." - Romiley Camera Club

"We all enjoyed your presentation and I can say you have inspired us." - North Cheshire Photographic Society

If you are looking for an accomplished, inspirational speaker for your event then please consider contacting me, I will be only too pleased discuss your requirements.



How to Set-up iCloud Drive For iPhone and iPad

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Keep all of your files up to date across all of your devices with iCloud Drive. If you aren't sure where to start, learn how to setup and start making the most of iCloud Drive.

iCloud Drive is a file management system that syncs across all Apple devices, If you have an iCloud account, you can use iCloud Drive and automatically get 5GBs of storage for free.

.With iOS 11 and later installed on your iPhone and iPad, you can access your iCloud Drive files from the Files app. If you're using iOS 9 or iOS 10, you can use the iCloud Drive app.

Setting Up

When setting up your iPhone or iPad for the first time you should be prompted on whether or not you'd like to set up to iCloud Drive. If you didn't set it up at that point you can enable iCloud Drive from the Settings app.

  • Lauch Setting App
  • Tap on the Apple ID banner.
  • Tap iCloud.
  • Scroll down and toggle the On/Off button for iCloud Drive.

if you turn iCloud Drive off, nothing will save until you re-enable it.

Recovering Deleted Files

You can access deleted files within 30 days, you can recover them from the Recently Deleted folder in the Files app, or on After 30 days, files are removed from iCloud Drive.

On your iPhone or iPad:

  • Launch Files app
  • Go to Locations > Recently Deleted. 
  • Select the file that you want to access.
  • Tap Recover.


  • Sign in to from your Mac or PC.
  • Go to iCloud Drive and click Recently Deleted items in the bottom-right corner.
  • Select the file that you want to keep.
  • Tap Recover.

How To Increase Storage Space

iCloud Drive comes with 5GB of space for free. Storage can be expanded, choose from 50GB, 200GB, or 2TB for a monthly fee.

  • Go to Settings
  • Tap on the Apple ID banner.
  • Tap iCloud
  • Tap Manage Storage.
  • Tap Change Storage Plan.
  • Choose a plan that suits your requirements.
  • Tap Buy and follow the onscreen instructions.


iPhone Photography Workshop - Stockport

Want to create more than a simple snapshot with your smartphone? Then join eminent iPhone photographer Adrian McGarry in Stockport’s magnificent War Memorial Art Gallery for two hours of instruction, practice and inspiration, guaranteed to raise your smartphone creativity.

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