SmartFotoFest Workshops: Take your smartphone photos to the next level

With less than two weeks to go until the SmartFotoFest – Festival of Smartphone Photography at the National University of Ireland (NUI) Galway there’s still time to book your place. It will be a great opportunity to learn how to take your smartphone photos to the next level, by learning from some of the most talented and passionate smartphone photographer in the world.

Book Your Place Today

The Date: Wednesday 5th June

The Place: NUI Galway, Ireland

For more information or to book your tickets visit www.smartfotofest.com

Here’s a run down of some of the smartphone photography workshops available.

The Workshops

Street Photography with Tim Bingham

This 2 hour workshop with award winning photographer Tim Bingham, will begin with a 30 minute presentation that will explore some of the shooting techniques and principles of composition required to take amazing images. This will be followed by a 1.5 hour guided photowalk on the streets of Galway.

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Candid Portraits

Taking candid portraits of strangers on the street requires a lot more than just technical skill. There is a real art in approaching people, putting them at their ease and winning their trust (in a short length of time) which will open them up to you capturing an image which reflects their personality and mood. In this 2 hour workshop, Tim Bingham will showcase some examples of street portraits with the back-story behind them. Tips, techniques and confidence building exercises will be followed by a practical guided photowalk giving you the chance to put the theory into practice.

Underwater Photography

It may be niche or specialised but there is growing interest in underwater photography and in this workshop Rob Layton will take you through the gear, the apps and the techniques needed to take great underwater images. This workshop will involve both a presentation and a demonstration in a swimming pool so bring your swimsuit and towel – you’re likely to get wet.

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Fashion Photography

In May 2017, Elle magazine Australia’s cover shoot of Margaret Zhang was shot on an iPhone by leading fashion photographer Georges Antoni at sunset on Sydney’s Bondi Beach. It was proof that the smartphone camera could produce professional results. Clearly Antoni is a seasoned fashion photographer who understands light/shadow and how to pose a model – these are some of the key skills you will explore in this practical workshop. With two models available for the workshop, the incredibly talented Dan Rubin will guide you through the skills, tips and tricks required to get the best from your smartphone in high-end fashion photography.

Slow Shutter / Lightpainting

In spite of the small camera sensor your smartphone is capable of taking striking slow shutter images in low light. Whether you want to explore “light trails” or “light painting” this evening workshop will introduce you to a selection of apps which go a step beyond most native cameras and push the boundaries of the performance of your smartphone in low light conditions. The workshop will last 2 hours and will involve a night time photowalk so if you have one, bring a small tripod. The workshop will be lead by award winning photographer and author Nicki-Fitz-Gerald.

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Instagram Perfection

It may be (wrongly) associated with selfies and food photos but Instagram is emerging as the defacto platform for brands to reach their audience with great visual storytelling. In this workshop, actress and travel photographer J’aime Spezzano will share the secrets to her success on Instagram. J’aime has amassed a sizeable 47k followers on Instagram and has mastered the art of capturing beautiful, shareable images of her travels. This workshop will begin with a presentation and then continue on to a guided photowalk in Galway.

Smartphone post production

With a host of powerful image editing apps like Snapseed, Lightroom and Photoshop now available for mobile turning a great shot into a visual masterpiece is potentially just a finger stroke or gesture away. Join award winning Irish photographer Paul Moore in this workshop which will explore some of the best post production apps and techniques for enhancing your images.

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Landscape Photography

The power of the smartphone lies in its omnipresence in our every waking moment. Capturing a breathtaking landscape requires more effort than just a simple swipe and snap. Some camera apps offer extensive manual controls and advanced features like HDR (High Dynamic Range) and scene detection which, when used correctly can offer spectacular landscape images. Add to that the growing list of lens attachments and filters which you can now get for your smartphone and it becomes obvious that your smartphone can be a powerful landscape photography tool.

In this workshop you will explore the high end features of your camera like PRO mode and apps which offer Raw and Tiff image capture. The workshop will include a presentation and a trip out to Connemara (weather permitting) to put what you’ve learned into practice under the expert guidance of two award winning photographers, Sean Mac An tSithigh and Rob Layton.

Face to Face Portraits

Getting memorable and remarkable pictures of people is one of the greatest challenges in iPhone Photography. Portraiture photography is intentional. Its goal is to capture the personality, spirit or nuance of the subject you are photographing. There is so much more to the craft than simply pointing and shooting.

In this two hour session, author, speaker, educator Jack Hollingsworth, is going to pull back the curtain on what it takes to begin taking the best people and portrait pictures of your life. With the world’s most popular camera. He’ll be basing his inspiring portrait talk on having shot, over the past 7 years, on 8 different iPhone models, in over 30 countries of the world.

After 60 minutes of classroom, you’ll be heading outdoors to apply what we learned. There will be several professional, local models available to work with to turn the theory into practice.

If you want to take better iPhone Portraits and make your photos really stand out then you won’t want to miss this session.

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Black and White Photography

Dan Rubin will lead this workshop which will explore using your smartphone to shoot Black & White images. There’ll be some basic lighting and set props available for you to experiment with and if the weather permits we’ll take to the streets to further explore the possibilities.

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Book Your Place Today

The Date: Wednesday 5th June

The Place: NUI Galway, Ireland

For more information or to book your tickets visit www.smartfotofest.com

Open Call For Entries To the SmartFotoFest ‘Connections’ Exhibition

SmartFotoFest – the Festival of Smartphone Photography – has teamed up with Mobiography Magazine and the Mobile Photography Awards to hold an open call for entries to the SmartFotoFest smartphone photography exhibition at the National University of Ireland (NUI) in Galway, Ireland.

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About the Competition

The Exhibition Theme is ‘Connections’. Mobile photographers are being asked to submit their best, most evocative images that capture a moment in time, that in some way make a connection with the viewer, that tell a story or convey an emotion.

A panel of judges will select 30 mobile photos that will be featured in this month-long exhibition in the NUI Galway Exhibition Hall. The Connections exhibition opens on 5th June and continues through until 30th June 2019.

Win a Brand New Huawei P30 Pro & a Lifetime subscription to Mobiography Magazine!!

One lucky grand prize winner will receive a brand new Huawei P30 Pro smartphone, which sports a Leica camera and offers super low-light performance as well as a host of awesome features for the mobile photographer.

The P30 Pro has a groundbreaking new quad lens system with amazing low-light performance and the first 5x optical zoom. The 40-megapixel wide angle and 20-megapixel ultra-wide angle lenses are joined by a brand new 8-megapixel telephoto lens that uses a prism to direct light sideways into the body of the phone.

The lucky winner will also receive a lifetime subscription to Mobiography Magazine, the leading digital magazine for smartphone photographers and your essential guide to the best tips, insights and sources of inspiration from the mobile photography world.

Deadline Extension for Entry: 2nd May 2019

The Exhibition

The winning photographs will be featured in a month-long exhibit held at Exhibition Hall on the campus of the National University of Ireland (NUI Galway.) The Connections Exhibition opens June 5th & continues through June 30th, 2019.

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About Smart Foto Fest

SmartFotoFest, is a one-day Festival of Smartphone Photography that’s being held this coming June at the NUI Galway on the picturesque west coast of Ireland. Organized by the people behind the hugely successful mobile journalism conference MojoFest, SmartFotoFest will sit along side this year’s MojoFest conference. It will consist of eight workshops and photo walks led by some of the world’s leading mobile photographers, including Jack Hollingsworth, Nicki Fitz-Gerald, Tim Bingham, Dan Rubin and Paul Moore.

Workshops are going to cover a variety of photographic genres, including street photography, candid portraiture, light painting with the Slow Shutter Cam app, landscape photography, smartphone post-production editing and even underwater photography.

To find out more about SmartFotoFest visit www.smartfotofest.com

To enter the SmartFotoFest Smartphone Photography Competition visit www.smartfotofestawards.com

SmartFotoFest – The Festival of Smartphone Photography

Do you want to take the photos you take with your smartphone to the next level? Are you interested in meeting other like-minded mobile photographers, immersing yourself in this rapidly evolving genre of photography and learning new skills and techniques?

If so, then you’re not going to want to miss SmartFotoFest, the one-day Festival of Smartphone Photography that’s being held this coming June at the National University of Ireland (NUI) in Galway on the picturesque west coast of Ireland.

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Organized by the people behind the hugely successful mobile journalism conference MojoFest, SmartFotoFest consists of eight workshops and photo walks led by some of the world’s leading mobile photographers, including Jack Hollingsworth, Nicki Fitz-Gerald, Tim Bingham, Dan Rubin and Paul Moore.

Workshops are going to cover a variety of photographic genres, including street photography, candid portraiture, light painting with the Slow Shutter Cam app, landscape photography, smartphone post-production editing and even underwater photography.

SmartFotoFest organizer Glen Mulcahy has been at the forefront of mobile journalism, filmmaking and mobile content creation for many years. The idea behind SmartFotoFest was born from the popularity of the photography sessions, workshops and photo walks at MojoFest.

I asked organizer Glen Mulcahy where the inspiration came from for SmartFotoFest. “Every year at MojoFest, the smartphone photo workshops and photo walks are the things I hear repeated, huge praise about. Each and every year, I get a multitude of DMs, emails and calls from members of the public who really want to attend those sessions but who either have no interest in the extended schedule or simply can’t afford the overall event tickets.”

Mulcahy went on to say, “This year, I wanted to offer the skills and experience that professional mobile content creators have been learning over the last five years at MojoFest and make them as accessible as possible to a broader audience. I also wanted to give the team of regular photography hosts and trainers a chance to run a workshop of their choice that really delves into their expertise. For the very first time at SmartFotoFest, you can book a specific workshop of your choice at a modest fee.”

SmartFotoFest promises to be a truly unique event where the key takeaways will be skills, experience and making new friends. Each workshop is going to be limited in numbers to ensure participants get hands-on time with the trainers and learn the theory behind the session.

Glen also enthused, “It can be a rare experience to take time out of the daily bustle and really give yourself the opportunity to ‘see’ images. It’s a skill that develops in groups as they respond to each other and even compete with each other. All the workshops have a practical photography element ­– even the underwater session – so it’s very much going to be a hands-on experience.”

“As a result, you’ll not only learn new and valuable skills, but you’ll also join a network of like-minded, passionate smartphone photographers who often go on to build communities online around their shared experiences.”

To find out more about SmartFotoFest workshops, visit

www.smartfotofest.com

and book your place. Be warned: places are limited, so don’t delay.

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Out Now: The Festive Issue of Mobiography Magazine With Dina Alfasi & Joel Worthington

The latest issue of the Mobiography Magazine has just been release onto the Apple App Store and Google Play. Once again, I’ve been working hard to bring together some of the best tips, insights and sources of inspiration from the mobile photography world.

What’s inside this festive issue of Mobiography?

mobiography magazine issue 41Inside, we start off by talking to another two very talented smartphone photographers – Dina Alfasi and Joel Worthington.

Dina is well-known for the high-quality candid portraits that she takes whilst on her daily commute to work. Here, she discusses her approach to her portraits and composition, and what photography means to her. Meanwhile, Joel tells us about his urban, street-inspired landscapes and his approach to using light and shadow to create his stunning images.

Once again, the December issue wouldn’t be the same without our usual look at some of this year’s latest smartphone photography accessory gift ideas. We also take a closer look at different printing options and see what their pros and cons are. Staying on the subject of printing, we review the Lifeprint instant printer and find out how this cool, handheld, portable printer is using augmented reality to add another dimension to our photos.

On the app front, Rob Dunsford shows us how to create a wonderful, miniaturizing tilt-shift effect using the Snapseed app. Meanwhile, Nicki Fitz-Gerald shows us how to use a collection of photo editing apps to create a winter inspired mobile art creation.

Finally, Gavin Lenaghan looks back at this year’s smartphone releases and asks what technological developments we can expect in smartphone photography in 2019.

There is also the usual gallery showcase and featured Instagrammers section for those looking for some more examples of inspiration.

Grab your copy now

In order to access Mobiography Magazine, head over to the Apple App Store and Google Play and install the app. Single issues are available for $4.99 or you can subscribe to the bi-monthly subscription plan for $3.99 and make a 20% saving or an annual subscription for $21.99, a saving of 26%. There is currently a FREE Trial subscription offer available. Google Play subscriptions are monthly at a cost of $1.99.

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