F102 Spring 2019 Getting the Most from the Photo Studio in Your Pocket: Your Smartphone
Mondays, 11:50–1:15, Apr. 22–May 13
Instructor: Stan Schretter
According to estimates, a total of 1.2 trillion digital photos were taken worldwide during 2017, approximately 160 pictures for each person inhabiting planet Earth. This rapid growth of digital photography is a result of more than a billion people constantly carrying around a device that doubles as a digital camera—“the best camera is the one that’s with you.” According to InfoTrends’ estimates, 85 percent of all pictures were shot on smartphones. Your smartphone not only is a great camera, but also is your digital darkroom, mobile photo album, device to share photos with friends and family, as well as providing mobile applications that will support digital photography with your larger cameras. Your smartphone is a photo studio in your pocket. This course will provide a survey of why, when, and how to use your smartphone camera and other smartphone apps for photography. All smartphones are not created equal. The camera quality has dramatically improved over the past few years. Differences across various manufacturers, devices, and software still continue. It will be difficult during the brief class time to concentrate on step-by-step instructions for only one specific brand, but there will be time allocated in each class to address your device-specific questions.
Stan Schretter, an OLLI member, is an avid amateur photographer and has taught courses at OLLI for many years.