Winsam Cellphone Photography Workshop – 20171001

In order of age (or is it beauty?), Jaime, JJ, Raffy, and Glynis came to my Sunday Cellphone Photography Workshop. 

It’s not the camera but the photographer who takes the shot. Some of our photos taken with a cellphone are much better than what an amateur can take with an expensive DSLR camera. 

The workshoppers came with varying degrees of aptitude and interest. One was interested in travel photography; he would be going to Europe soon. One was very much into street photography. 

I adopt my workshops to the needs of my workshoppers so I ditched my presentation for Portrait Photography and talked about composition, proper exposure, and how to catch what Henri Cartier-Bresson calls “the decisive moment.”

The workshoppers soaked the teachings like a sponge. Here are some of their photos from the workshop photo walk:

Pond Sculpture by Raffy Javier
Fallen Leaves by Jaime Gonzalez

Street and Duck by JJ Gonzalez

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Photo of the Day: Boracay Paraw Sail Boat

When they told us the boat could take 10 passengers, didn’t think we’d be sitting on the sailboat’s outrigs. 

I should have taken the little boy hawker’s offer to buy a plastic supot to put my cellphone in. I thought I could just put it inside my jacket. 

Little did I know that waves would be crashing on me as I was precariously balanced on balance beams spreading from boat’s sides like a spider’s spindly legs. 

But I’m a photographer and I need to take photos. As sun set, I took the cellphone out. It had a fisheye lens on, which was serendipitously appropriate for the setting. 

I’m just glad I didn’t lose my phone to the fishes.