Smartphone Photography

Through instruction, practice and review, you'll expand your technical skills and explore the storytelling capabilities of that excellent little camera you always have at hand.
Upcoming Class
Sat
Feb 9
$65
LOCATION: J. Erik Jonsson Central Library
EARLY BIRD PRICE (expires 02/01)
Class runs 1:30-4:30pm at J. Erik Jonsson Central Library in Downtown Dallas.
Early Registration: $65 - Late Registration: $75

They say the best camera is the one you have with you. Well these cameras have gotten really good. Smartphone photography has grown beyond Hipstamatic and special effects to the point that it’s hard to tell it was even shot with a phone. We will talk about some editing and processing, but our focus will be on treating these as a powerful tool for documenting everything from daily life to exotic adventures.

In this shoot and review style workshop, you’ll learn how to take the best photos possible on your smart phone. The instructor will discuss camera exposure and focus control to ensure your photos come out the way you want. We’ll also explore using natural light as well as composition tips to make your images stand out from the crowd on social media. You’ll learn about apps for editing, HDR imagery, time exposures and shooting panoramas.

We’ll go over some before and after images shot and edited on a smartphone.

We’ll practice these techniques on the streets of Downtown Dallas. You’ll have the opportunity for on the spot assistance from the instructor as well as your fellow participants. After we’ve gotten our shots we’ll head back to the classroom to review our images and get supportive feedback from the group. We’ve received consistent feedback that shooting and reviewing as a group offers insights into your own and other’s photography that goes beyond the remote conversations that we have on social media. It can be far more satisfying than anonymous likes.

WHAT YOU’LL NEED:

  • Your smartphone, charger and plenty of available memory for taking photographs.
  • Access to email on your phone so that you can submit your best shots for review. Wifi will be available in the library.
  • Already have the free Snapseed app downloaded. If there are other apps that you like, feel free to use those as well.
  • An umbrella if it looks like rain as well as sensible clothes and shoes you can easily move around in.

  • Cost per person is $65 early registration, $75 late registration.
  • This class is held in the Dallas West room at the J. Erik Jonsson Central Library.
  • Class starts at 1:30pm and ends at 4:30pm.
  • Information on parking is available here.
  • Advance registration and payment is required.
  • Maximum number of students is 18, minimum number to make a class is 10.
  • This event is not sponsored by the Dallas Public Library.

Q: What do I need for this workshop?

  • Your smartphone, charger and plenty of available memory for taking photographs.
  • Access to email on your phone so that you can submit your best shots for review. Wifi will be available in the library.
  • Already have the free Snapseed app downloaded. If there are other apps that you like, feel free to use those as well.
  • An umbrella if it looks like rain as well as sensible clothes and shoes you can easily move around in.

Q: Where is the workshop held?
A: The class will start and end in the Dallas West room at the J. Erik Jonsson Central Library but we will be shooting outside. The Central Library is located at the corner of Young and Ervay Streets, across from City Hall. Directions are available here.

Q: Where should I park?
A: There is paid underground parking at the Central Library. Entrance is located behind the library on Wood Street. More information and fees are available here.

Q: What if I have to cancel?
A: Details on cancellations are on our Policies page.

Peter Poulides

Peter is the owner of Dallas Center for Photography and teaches several of the classes and workshops. In over 30 years of shooting assignments for national magazines and corporate/stock photography he’s learned a few things and likes to pass it on. His favorite student review is “You remember what it’s like to not know”.

He also works one-on-one with clients to further particular shootings skills, organize their photos with Lightroom or work on projects like books and exhibitions. He still shoots occasional commercial jobs but is busy with personal book projects and running the expanding DCP.

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