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Getting Great Photos with your iPhone Camera

June 1 @ 10:00 am 4:00 pm

Date: Saturday, June 1st
 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Total Sessions:
 Susan and Neil Silverman
Location: Room 110
Adults, 18+
Skill Level:
 All Levels
Sliding Scale:
 $40 / $60 / $80

About the class

Get ready for your summer travels with this iPhone photography workshop, appropriate for all levels of experience. This class combines discussion, demonstration, and hands-on practice with your iPhone camera. We’ll not only discuss the phone settings, but also inspire and mentor on how to MAKE a great photo, not just TAKE a snapshot!! The phone cameras are wonderful and powerful devices, and we will enlighten you on how to make the most of it. It will be a fun and stimulating class – and you will be able to create and save photos that you will want to share, and that will help preserve memories of special people, times, and trips.

Part One : Getting Started

Gaining control over your camera with basic settings, compositional considerations

Part Two: Diving Deeper

Controlling the camera for more control of exposure, focus, shutter speeds, choice of lenses

Part Three: Going All In

Panoramic, close up photography, portraits, filters, videos

Part Four: Wrapping It Up

Artistic considerations, some great apps for fine tuning images and creativity

Note: All camera phones are welcome, but we will be demonstrating on an iPhone. All levels of photography experience are welcome. There will be a one-hour lunch break. Please bring a bag lunch or plan to grab a bite nearby.

Please share any special considerations (medical, physical, learning) that will help your instructor make your class accessible and accommodating for you. You can share these considerations when register or by emailing Sean at

When you register for a class, you’ll be offered three price tiers. The middle tier comes closest to what our registration fees used to be, and covers about 50% of the full cost of your participation in the class – with the other 50% covered by community donations. The first tier creates accessibility for people with limited income, while the third tier covers the full cost of participation – so that we can use community donations to support other people’s registration costs. When you choose to register at the third tier, you directly help support the Center’s efforts to remove financial barriers for others.

The Sonoma Community Center (the Center) strives to create an inclusive, safe community where everyone is treated with dignity and respect. The Center is committed to creating such an environment because it brings out the fullest potential in each of us, which, in turn, contributes directly to creating a community of belonging. In order to ensure a positive, safe, and welcoming experience for everyone, all program participants are asked to abide by the following policies, community agreements, and restorative safety protocol.

About the instructor

Susan and Neil Silverman


As a husband and wife team we have been “captured” with photography for over twenty-five years – teaching, leading workshops and working professionally in many venues. We enjoy teaching all aspects of getting a memorable photo: techniques, technical decisions, lighting, compositional elements, and opening the avenues of photographic discoveries for our participants. We have taught for the Gualala Art Center, Santa Rosa Junior College, Pacific Northwest Art School, Pt. Reyes Field Institute, Great American Photography Workshop (GAPW), Better Photo as well as many Photo Clubs and organizations. Sharing knowledge, experiences and camaraderie is as important as “getting the shot”.

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