Special Guest Series- Creative Smartphone Photography with Charles Needle

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Learn how making images with your mobile phone can make you a better photographer, and how various apps can enable you to craft creative, expressive images in this “beyond the basics” smartphone photography webinar.

Back for yet a third time by popular demand, award-winning Colorado-based fine art photographer, Charles Needle, will briefly touch on some of the hidden native camera features in an iPhone, as well as a few helpful accessories and workflow/printing considerations.

Then, he’ll take a deep dive and discuss key shooting and editing apps in a “live” demonstration format with his phone projected on his computer screen. Some of the key apps Charles will discuss and demonstrate include: Snapseed by Google (free for iPhone and Android devices), Camera+ 2, Average Cam Pro, Slow Shutter Cam, Artista Impresso, Distressed FX, Image Blender and many more. You’ll come away from this jam-packed 2-hour session with new knowledge that will empower you to make images you never imagined possible with your smartphone!

Note: This webinar is primarily geared toward iPhone users; however, you can certainly participate if you own an Android phone. (Many of the apps Charles will discuss and demonstrate are only available for iOS devices; however, you can often find an equivalent in the Google Play Store, and Charles will mention the names of these apps whenever possible.)

Also note: This course is not designed as an introductory class to Smartphones. Our introductory class–Phoneography 101- Smartphone Photo Basics–can be taken as a prerequisite and is recommended to get your started.

About Charles: Charles Needle is an award-winning, Colorado-based fine art photographer, author, speaker and workshop leader with a unique eye for design and artistic interpretation. His popular “Art of Nature” creative macro workshops have attracted students nationwide.
In 2018, Charles earned an honorable mention in the Macro category of the 8th Annual International Mobile Photography Awards Contest. He was also a semi-finalist in the 2014 Nature’s Best Photography Winland Smith Rice International Awards photo contest. In 2011, Charles was selected as a finalist, among 15,000 entries worldwide, in the International Garden Photographer of the Year photography contest, sponsored by The Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew (London, England). This exhibition traveled throughout the United Kingdom.
A popular conference and camera club speaker for more than two decades, Charles has authored three cutting-edge instructional books: Tiny Worlds: Creative Macro Photography Skills (Amherst Media, January 2015), Impressionistic Photography: A Field Guide to Using Your Camera as a Paintbrush (March 2014), and Creative Macro Photography: Professional Tips & Techniques (2011).
An accomplished speaker, photography juror and teacher with international workshops in Monet’s Garden (Giverny, France for 20 years in a row, with exclusive private access), Keukenhof Gardens (Holland) and The Butchart Gardens (Canada), Charles is a FujiFilm USA Talent Team member and North American Nature Photography Association (NANPA) Showcase Award winner nine years in a row.
Charles’ photographs have selected for publication in Nature’s Best, Outdoor Photographer magazine, Nature Photographer magazine, Inner Reflections Engagement Calendar, The Chicago Tribune, SELF Magazine and are in private and public collections nationwide and abroad. To learn more about Charles’ work, including his workshop and private lesson offerings, visit

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