Much more than a toy, smartphones offer a whole new way of seeing photographically. This new medium has its pros and cons, but most of all, it’s FUN. We’ll start out by helping you learn the basics of smart phone photography, navigating your phone, and then we’ll delve into some of the seemingly endless “apps.” Emphasis will be on iPhones. We’ll also take a look at making quality enlargements of your cellphone images by using some great new computer software. This technology is quickly changing. We can now do infrared photography, high resolution RAW (ACR) images (on the iPhone 14) for big enlargements. And then there are the alway-controversial AI apps. Be ready to purchase a few suggested apps. (cellphone applications) when you’re at the workshop, so have your password with you.

We’ll look at:

• Understanding strengths and limitations of camera phones

* Composition strengths and limitations

* Fine tuning exposure

*Adding special-effect creative filters and textures


Location: Graner House, Wakamatsu


Time: 10 a.m.- 2 p.m., November 19, 2023


We’ll be at the big Graner Farmhouse next to the barn, NOT at the usual marked Wakamatsu entrance. From Sacramento, best access is via Highway 50 to Shingle Springs, then take Ponderosa Road exit, cross north over Highway 50, turn right on North Shingle Road, drive about five miles, turn right on Gold Hill Road, and after several miles, turn left on Cold Springs Road and go about a mile. The farmhouse will be on your right. If you put in “Wakamatsu Farm” into your phone navigation map you can find it.