Jack & Jackery, World Famous Iphone Photographer & His Charger Friend

(Jack Hollingsworth is an award-winning, 30-year career veteran in commercial photography. Jack has fallen in love with his iPhone camera as his primary capture tool.  He deeply believes that, when all is said and done, the iPhone may just be remembered as the most influential capture device ever in the history of photography)


Q:    What role do Jackery Products play in your mobile and travel workflow?

A:    Jackery products play a significant role in my mobile workflow.  And I’ll tell you exactly why.  First of all, I always shoot with multiple phones.  This requires lots of lots of portable power. Secondly, I shoot quite a bit of video with my iPhone.  Video shooting goes through power significantly more than just shooting stills.  Thirdly, I shoot SO MUCH content when I’m in production mode – oftentimes up to 2500 captures in a day.  I burn through power like you wouldn’t believe.  Jackery to the rescue!  I carry a full complement of Jackery premium portable charges in my mobile camera bag – Giant+, Bar, Mini, Titan.  There is absolutely no excuse at all to run out of power in the field.  Jackery has your back.  Take advantage!

My Jackery chargers are plugged in at night at home or in my hotel room.  I load them into my camera bag for a full day of shooting and I’m off. I NEVER worry about running out of power.  Ever.  Thank you Jackery.


Q:    Can you think of a single instance where a Jackery product has saved your photographic butt?

A:    I can think of literally hundreds of instances, all over the globe, where Jackery has saved me.  Since the beginning of my iPhone photography career, I have tried quite a few brands for back-up power.  The Jackery Product line has everything I’m looking for in a premium portable charger – form and function!  The entire line of chargers comes in varying shapes and sizes (and colors!) – so easy to throw in my bag or slip in my pocket. And then, of course, there is the name itself – doesn’t have much to do with my love of the product, but it does bring a smile to my face.


Q:    After 40 years of commercial photography, what led you to begin shooting with your iPhone camera?

A:    To be frank, I was initially resistant.  And had no ambition whatsoever to shoot with my iPhone.  Oddly, I had had an iPhone in my pocket for years without even taking more than a few casual snaps.  Than one crystal clear morning, while watching a sunrise on the island of Barbados, I had an epiphany.  It was love at first sight and I haven’t slowed down since that February morning of 2011.  At this moment in time, I have travelled to over 20 countries and shot over 400,000 exposures with my iPhone, and there is no stopping me now!

I do continue to shoot commercial work with my DSLR rig but I’m finding that my creative inner core is more deeply satisfied and fulfilled when I’m shooting with my iPhone.  It has literally changed everything about photography for me.  And, I suspect, I’m still only in ‘Chapter 1”!  I can’t wait to see what the next few years will bring in the smartphone camera arena.  Smartphones are a smart move for photographers today.  The nature of photography has shifted from an unbalanced emphasis on technical quality and specs to everyday authenticity and realism in the subjects, themes and concepts we shoot.  Smartphone photography is here to stay.


Q:    Since becoming an active iPhone photographer, what exactly has changed about your shooting habits?

A:    Shooting with the iPhone, over the past four years, hasn’t just changed me a little.  It has changed me drastically for the better.  I’m a different kind of photographer today than I was four years ago.  It has changed what I shoot (the content), when I shoot (the occasion), where I shoot (the location), and why I shoot (the motivation).  Every single day I shoot something.  And I’m not just snapping what comes my way, like in my DSLR workflow.  I find myself going after shots I want.  Setting them up.  Being intentional about my habits. 

At least in my own journey, I can tell you, without any reservation, that shooting with my iPhone camera has resurrected a fire in my heart for the art and science of photography.  I sometimes feel like I am just now learning to shoot.  I am seeing the world with a brand new set of eyes.


Follow Jack Hollingsworth on Twitter at @photojack