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
Mon
Aug 17
$65

EARLY BIRD PRICE (expires 08/12) Members get up to 20% off
**This two-class series is ONLINE**
Live online sessions will be held over two evenings on August 17 and August 24 from 7-8:30pm using Zoom.

Early Registration: $65 - Late Registration: $75

We are all carrying around little storytelling machines in our pockets or purses. Our cameras can help us document both the everyday and the extraordinary and share it with others. Our next Smartphone Photography class will be held online via Zoom. Each class will be live with the instructor teaching the same concepts as if you were taking the class at DCP.

The online class will be held over two evenings. The information covered on the first night will be the same as discussed on the Overview tab including camera exposure, focus control, apps, composition and more.

Before the second class, you’ll have the opportunity to use what you’ve learned to take some pictures around your house and neighborhood and submit them for a supportive critique and group discussion. Submission instructions will be sent to you after the first class. We’ll end the second class with a virtual gallery exhibit of everyone’s assignments.

These classes will not be recorded or available after the class has ended.

Details

  • Cost per person for the series is $65 early registration (available until 7 days before the first class start date), $75 late registration.
  • Login in to Zoom meeting at least 15 minutes before the class starts to become familiar with the program and work out any technical issues that may occur.
  • Classes start promptly at 7pm.
  • Each class is 1.5 hours long.
  • Advance registration and payment is required.
  • Maximum number of students is 18.

How will the online sessions be different from being in the classroom?
Like in the classroom, the online sessions are demonstration classes where you do not need to have a smartphone camera during the class.

Attendees will be on mute but can ask questions through various methods on Zoom, such as the chat feature. If there is a specific question the instructor can answer those questions after the session has ended or by email.

We encourage you to use the video feature when you join the Zoom class! It will help us feel connected and engaged as a class, even though we aren’t all in one place. To use the video feature, you will need a webcam.

Do I have to live in North Texas to take the online classes?
No! Have you always wanted to take a photography class with your friend or family member but you aren’t in the same location? This is the perfect opportunity to learn a new skill with a buddy near or far.

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 practice these techniques on the streets of 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.

For online classes:
  • Cost per person is $65 early registration, $75 late registration.
  • Login in to Zoom meeting at least 15 minutes before the class starts to become familiar with the program and work out any technical issues that may occur.
  • Advance registration and payment is required.
  • Maximum number of students is 18, minimum number to make a class is 10.

How to submit your images for the shooting assignment:

Before the second class, submit your images according to these guidelines:

Your images must be submitted no later than 24 hours before the class starts.

For in person classes:

  • Cost per person is $65 early registration, $75 late registration.
  • Class starts at 1:00pm and ends at 5:00pm.
  • This class is held at the North Oak Cliff Library.
  • 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
  • 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.

Q: How will the online sessions be different from being in the classroom?
A: Like in the classroom, the online sessions are demonstration classes where you do not need to have a smartphone camera during the class.

Attendees will be on mute but can ask questions through various methods on Zoom, such as the chat feature. If there is a specific question the instructor can answer those questions after the session has ended or by email.

We encourage you to use the video feature when you join the Zoom class! It will help us feel connected and engaged as a class, even though we aren’t all in one place. To use the video feature, you will need a webcam.

Q: Do I have to live in North Texas to take the online classes?
A: No! Have you always wanted to take a photography class with your friend or family member but you aren’t in the same location? This is the perfect opportunity to learn a new skill with a buddy near or far.

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 North Oak Cliff Library but we will be shooting outside. The North Oak Cliff Library is located at 302 W 10th St, Dallas, TX 75208.

Q: Where should I park?

A: You can park in the parking lot of the North Oak Cliff Library.

Q: How will I know if the class makes or not?
A: If the class doesn’t make and has to be canceled, you will receive an email no later than the day before the scheduled class date.

Q: What if I have to cancel?
A: If you cancel 3-7 days ahead of the scheduled date of the class, you will receive no refund or 50% transfer credit toward another similar class within 3 months of the cancellation date. There is no refund or transfer credit for cancellations within 48 hours of start time of the class or workshop. Full details on cancellations are on our Policies page.

Peter Poulides

Peter is the director 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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