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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.