Day 1 — Saturday: High Line Park/Times Square
Gather in our classroom this morning for introductory talk on the fundamental technical skills for making great images with your smartphone—including exposure and focus controls—as well as an image presentation by our National Geographic photographer. Then head west to the Highline to test your new technical skills on your first assignment. Stroll along this elevated urban greenway, capturing its architectural details, scenes of passersby, and unexpected angles on the New York skyline and the Hudson River. Pick up your lunch to bring back to the classroom for an edit-and-critique session with your instructors. This afternoon, learn about photographic composition and creative seeing, and discuss the elements that make an image powerful. As the afternoon light fades to dusk, travel by subway to iconic Times Square* for today’s second field assignment, working with low lighting and bright city lights to make compelling night shots.
Optional Accommodations: New York Marriott Downtown
Day 2 — Sunday: Central Park
Meet up to edit and critique yesterday’s images in the classroom this morning. Discuss storytelling with your camera and hear which of today’s creative apps can best enhance your smartphone images. Then head out on a photo shoot in Central Park, using some of these apps to tell a compelling story about the park and its patrons. Later, return to our classroom for a final edit-and-critique session with your instructors, followed by a discussion on social media’s impact on photography, future directions in smartphone photography, and your own next steps. Cap off the workshop with a group dinner followed by a presentation of the best images created during the weekend.