Classes

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iPhoneography: Master Class - The Next Level of iPhone Photography
The camera on our iPhone has replaced the need for a point and shoot and has almost replaced the need for a dslr. The portability and availability (always on us) makes the iPhone one of the most used cameras in the world today. In this iPhone Master Class we will be moving quickly from making a basic snapshot to creating professional level images and jumping into some video. We will explore many of the hidden and unknown features of Apple’s default photo app and also learn about 3rd-party apps such as Adobe Lightroom and Google Snapseed. In addition to making photos, we will push the limits on post-processing and go over the many ways to share these finished photos. A newer iPhone is suggested and a good understanding of your phone is recommended. This class will be both in the classroom and some hands-on in the field. There will be regular assignments as well as some constructive critiques during class.

WEEK 1
Why is the iPhone one of the best and most used cameras on the planet? Introducing Apple’s Camera App. We will go over a few quick tips and tricks to get everyone’s photos that much better right away. Introduction to some of my favorite 3rd party apps: Adobe Lightroom Mobile, Google Snapseed, Adobe Photoshop Camera, TimeLapse, SlowShutter.
Homework Assignment: Download at least one of the 3rd party apps discussed in class and try out some of the features.​​​​​​

WEEK 2
We will be meeting in downtown Sarasota at the Selby Library. From there we head out on our scavenger hunt. The idea behind the hunt is to no only find the "photo" but to be as creative as possible. We will be reviewing this in the next class.
Homework Assignment: Go through the photos from the scavenger hunt and send to me, for us to discuss in class.

WEEK 3
Go over scavenger hunt photos. Make your photos move with Live Photos, Video, Slo-Motion and Time-lapse. We will spend some time with each of these modes and how to share the finished movies.
Homework Assignment: Create a Time-lapse or slo-motion video.

WEEK 4
Field trip to be determined..
Homework Assignment: Create a 1-3 minute movie / slideshow from photos or videos created in this class.

WEEK 5
Review all the videos. Recap all 4 weeks and go over any questions. Create a shared Lightroom Gallery for our class.
Supplemental Material (PDFs)
This area will have PDF files that you can download for each class and keep for future reference. Please note that PDF files may be updated as needed.
Useful Links
Canon - Link to Canon's camera manual page.
Nikon - Link to Nikon's camera manual page.
Sony - Link to Sony's camera manual page.
Lens Simulator (NikonUSA) - You can simulate images shot with various combinations of lenses, ranging from wide-angle to telephoto, and cameras, in different formats. Image varies with the value of the focal length. This is useful as lens configurations are similar for other camera manufacturers.
Backup Solutions
Carbon Copy Cloner - Backup software for MacOS. Simple. Customizable. Reliable. This is to be used for onsite backup from one drive to another. 
Backblaze - World's easiest cloud backup for MacOS and Windows. Peace of mind. Period.
Organizations & Clubs
Professional Photographers of America (PPA) - If you want to be the best photographer you can be, you belong here. Whether you’re just starting out or you’ve owned your photography business for years, PPA can help. Join a community that understands your goals and challenges and meet colleagues who want to see you succeed. We have a passion for helping photographers grow their practices, exceed customer expectations and push the artistic envelope. We are a source for inspiration, protection, community and education.

Florida Professional Photographers (FPP) - The FPP exists solely for the good of its members. The association provides the tools and educational opportunities for its members to achieve their business and artistic goals. It is committed to an ongoing exchange of information and experiences among all members in an open and friendly atmosphere.

Bay Professional Photographers Association (BPPA) - BPPA provides an opportunity for photographers to come together to exchange ideas and information and encourage each other to become better at their craft. The association allows photographers to improve their skills by presenting photographic programs and holding print competitions. The association also provides the benefit of networking with other photographers for business and social interaction.

Lakewood Ranch Camera Club - The aim of the Club is to promote growth in members appreciation and skill in making digital photographs and videos through education in both the science and art of photography and videography. Monthly meetings are designed and offered for all levels of photographic understanding from beginner through professional. Special interest Workshops and educational classes are provided to both beginning and advanced photographers. Visitors and guests are welcome at all monthly meetings.

The North American Nature Photography Association (NANPA) - The North American Nature Photography Association (NANPA) is a nonprofit membership association that helps North America-based nature photographers at all levels of experience grow as artists, citizen scientists, and entrepreneurs through education, networking, and advocacy. Together with our members, we advance conservation and foster ethical field practices for the long-term benefit of all.
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