Sony Pictures—The Shallows Digital Relase Project

In a partnership with@ShallowsMovie to help promote the digital release of #TheShallows, I was inspired to create this video that reveals my biggest fear—never wanting to grow up—and how I overcame it: by learning to face the challenges and finding unexpected joy along the way. 
What fears have you overcome?

Watch the digital HD of The Shallows: http://bit.ly/2cHGW52


Music by: PAATH

Do and Keep are Not the Same

I heard a pretty mind-opening teaching on John 14:15 from Daniel Emery Price yesterday.

I'm sure you've all heard it preached on numerous occasions(usually pushing law and how we're supposed to always try harder and do those "commandments" better; but you and I both already know we're going to fail over and over.
It goes like this:

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"If you love Me, you will keep My commands..."
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But not until yesterday and 20-something years into trying to DO my best did I realize that the original word in the Greek language for "keep" and "do" are much different.

If someone asks you to keep something for them...i.e.: maybe someone hands you something and says "here, keep this", ...-- you can't "do" that...you can only keep, protect, or uphold with high regard.

So quit beating yourself up. We will fail at doing commandments and you're not always going to be the best at even keeping them. It's a good thing Christ however is and does all that we can't.

Free smartphone wallpaper background

Hey guys, here is the image everyone loved yesterday. I had dozens of people asking if they could download it somewhere to use as a background on their phone, so I decided to give it away instead of selling it. I didn't resize it for all smartphone screens or anything like that. You can just import it and size it however you need to fit your screen (I'm sure most do that nowadays, right?). Anyway, its at a 3:4 ratio, and was fitted for IG. All I ask is that you don't try to post / share and claim that its your own, but rather point to my Instagram. Otherwise, enjoy! 

Here's a dropbox link to the full-res or you can simply click the image below. ✌️

Instagram Photographer Brenton Clarke Shares 10 Tips for Amazing iPhone Photos

Here's a neat little write up I did for Adorama Camera Store / Learning Center. Check it out:

Instagram Photographer Brenton Clarke Shares 10 Tips for Amazing iPhone Photos

Published on November 18, 2015

by Brenton Clarke Little

With over a quarter of a million followers on Instagram, photographer Brenton Little Clarke (@brenton_clarke) has garnered attention for his stunning travel and landscape photos. One look at his Instagram feed reveals careful studies of light, shadow, and sharp attention to details in color and composition. The photos are so stunning that it's almost hard to believe he shoots it all with just his smartphone. Adorama Learning Center asked Brenton to share his best iPhoneography secrets so you, too, can start taking pictures like a pro--using just your smartphone.

10 Tips for Amazing iPhone Photos

  1. Find Good Light

Lighting is key. I typically shoot only with natural light. Granted, the best time of the day for that is during what most people know as 'Golden Hour' (sunrise in the a.m. until early-mid morning and then again in the afternoon about an hour before the sun goes down). However, several styles of photography utilize harsh mid-day light possibly even with a flash and this can be done well, just trickier unless you’re really going for that style. Mind the shadows.

  1. Composition is Critical

In addition to light (and just like in art school), composition is probably the most important thing about photography. Balance, ‘the rule of thirds,’ harmony in color, lights, shadows, rhythm, and negative space are all important things to factor in when looking through your viewfinder-- or in this instance your smartphone screen. Look around to see how lines intersect, raise or lower your phone, climb up on something, and see how perspective may garner a totally different appeal.

  1. Framing

Just like composition, the frame in which the viewer sees the image can be just as important. Suppose you are standing in a scenic spot, but there are tree in your way, you may be frustrated that you can’t see past them. However, those very trees may be a great natural frame for the subject or background — making the image more interesting.

  1. Familiarize Yourself with Your Surroundings

Get out and explore right around where you live. Sure, going to locations far away are great, especially if they’re more interesting than where you may live, but when opportunities arise, you may not have time to travel, and you’ll be ready with a location in mind.

  1. Keep it Simple

Never over-think it. Less truly is more. A simple clean background or blank wall allows subjects to stand out and not be cluttered. This can work in nature, too, with a simple horizon line, like a backdrop of trees of similar color or texture, or even a sky or open field.

  1. Be Yourself

People love to engage or be pulled into things…even with an image. I’m not saying that your caption on Instagram needs to be a paragraph or two (but it can be if that’s what you do). The way you see things is completely original. Everyone may end up seeing your content on a screen or on a print, but the eye you have and voice you convey are uniquely yours.

  1. Editing

Editing can bring the image you have to life. It can also kill your work. Editing is usually where people find a style or voice for their content. But be careful to not overdo it. An image should always be able to breathe and speak for itself. The content or moment captured will always outweigh your “best” editing job in post. It doesn’t matter how good you think you are at editing, the image at its rawest, unedited should still be able to stand alone and be great.

  1. Content > Gear

The iPhone, as well as many other smartphones on the market today, can be an incredible tool for capturing an image. But always remember, it’s not about the gear, it’s about the content you’re creating -- and as they always say, “the best camera is the camera you have with you.”

  1. Look for inspiration in unlikely places.

Don’t let yourself get stuck in a rut or creative slump. Following people on any social media channel isn’t a bad thing, but trends happen and are forgotten faster than they spawn. Get out and go somewhere you’ve never been, and if you can’t do that, just walk around the block or ride down a new road. I’m sure you’ll find something you never knew was there.

  1. Try New Things

Finally, be bold. With the rate in which information moves today, the risk has a low cost, but the impact can be huge. We can take photographs and capture images faster and easier than we’ve ever been able to in history. So, be creative, don’t settle, and take more risks -- what do you have to lose?

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Brenton Little

Twitter/Instagram: @brenton_clarke

brentonclarkelittle.com

New Tattoo

Got some fresh ink by my cousin-in-law Dustin Gray. This is an original design of mine. I think he did an incredible job; I've never been happier with any of my ‪tattoos!

Yes, this is a real tattoo and in this photo it was very fresh.

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