This 2 hour workshop with award winning photographer Tim Bingham, will begin with a 30 minute presentation at NUI Galway. The presentation will explore some of the shooting techniques and principles of composition required to take amazing images while on the 1.5hour guided photowalk which will immediately follow. Raise your photography game by taking the time to develop your eye for framing and composition.
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 of them which reflects their personality and mood. In this 2 hour workshop with Tim Bingham we will start with a presentation of examples of street portraits and the back-story to when they were captured. 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 (or above and below) photography and in this workshop Rob Layton [https://roblayton.com.au/] 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, were any needed 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 we will explore in this practical workshop, We will have 2 models available for the workshop and the incredibly talented Dan Rubin who will guide a small group through the skills, tips and tricks required to get the best form your smartphone in high end fashion photography.
Places Limited to 12 (2 groups of 6).
Normally the preserve of high end DSLR cameras, a growing number of advanced feature Apps have appeared which allow you to capture impressive time-lapse photo sequences with your mobile. Ideally you will need a tripod and smartphone mount and/or a DJI Osmo Mobile gimbal* to enable you to get either static or motion control time-lapse. This workshop will be hands-on with a presentation and a 2 hour time-lapse shoot. (*other gimbals may also have time-lapse features so please check with the manufacturers website.)
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 she 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. Places limited to 15.
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 bring a small tripod if you have one. The workshop will be lead by award winning photographer and author Nicki-Fitz-Gerald.
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. This session will run for 1.5 hours in NUI Galway. Places limited to 20.
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 we will explore high end features in 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. This workshop will be lead by 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. Interior and not just exterior stuff-inside and outside.
There is so much more to the craft than simply pointing and shooting.
To create a good portrait requires focus, creative energy, technical know-how, the ability to relate to people, conversational skills, gumption, courage, humility, respect, politeness, warmth. In this 2.0 hour session, author, speaker, educator Jack Hollingsworth, Master Portraiturist and a leading authority in iPhone Photography, 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.
And he’ll be showcasing hundreds of his best and most popular iPhone Portraits-with tips on how he created them. And how you can begin to do the same.
After 60 minutes of classroom, we’ll be heading outdoors to apply what we learned.
We’ll have several professional, local models available to work with to turn our theory onto practice. As well as shooting candid, street portraits.
If you want to take better iPhone Portraits and make your photos really stand out then you won’t want to miss this session.
Photo Competition & Exhibition
SmartFotoFest is collaborating with Mobiography Magazine & the Mobile Photography Awards to put out an open call to smartphone photographers to submit their best photographs that convey the idea of the theme – ‘Connections’.
Think about images that make a deep connection between the viewer and a subject, or photos that tell a story or convey a feeling of emotion between subjects. Be creative. The competition is open to all styles of photography from street to landscape, from portraits and people to digital art.
The 30 winning photos & artists will be featured June 5 – June 30, 2019 at An Dánlann Art Gallery in NUI Galway and in a special edition issue of Mobiography Magazine.
Dan Rubin will lead this workshop which will explore using your smartphone to shoot Black & White images. We’ll have some basic lighting and set props with us to experiment with and if the weather permits we’ll take to the streets to further explore the possibilities.