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The Phone Photography Project 2

The Phone Photography Project 2: 28 Days of Photo Tips, App Tutorials, and iPhone Awesomeness

Taught by Multipule Instructors

Would you like to take better photos with the camera you always have with you—your smartphone?

Get ready to transform your mobile photography in a brand-new interactive workshop, The Phone Photography Project 2, starting July 17. Twenty expert iPhoneographers have collected their best tips, tricks, and tutorials for phone photography, and they're ready to share it all with you inside a private online classroom—with lots of fun happening on Instagram, too.

No matter what kind of camera or smartphone you use, taking better photos requires a basic understanding of photographic principles and the inspiration to see the amazing photo opportunities all around you. This class will show you that:

  • Your phone camera is capable of much more than you realize
  • Composition and lighting are just as important (if not more so) when you use a phone camera vs. a DSLR
  • You can produce frame-worthy snapshots with nothing more than your smartphone and the right combination of apps
With practical tips for mastering lighting, composition, editing, and more, this workshop will give you the tools you need to create impressive photos you'll be proud to share online, in your home, or in your scrapbooks.
Note: All instructors are iPhone users, but the principles taught are universal to all smartphone users, and the photo assignments can be completed with any kind of camera. The photo-editing tutorials will also be demonstrated on the iPhone platform, although the processes will be similar on other devices. Instagram is available for all types of smartphones, and there are powerful photo-editing apps for both iOS (Apple) and Android users. Questions? Read our FAQ below.

Registration closes on 8/16/2014 10:00:00 PM

  • Online classroom
  • Message board
  • Gallery

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Meet the Instructors
Join this top-notch list of inspiring phone photographers this July and find out just how powerful your camera phone can be. Click any name to learn more!

JOLANDA BOEKHOUT | Jolanda Boekhout, a Dutch animal photographer, became addicted to iPhoneography in 2010. Her iPhone has travelled around the world with her ever since. She fell in love with travel iPhoneography after a trip to Lefkas, Greece. Besides photographing animals with her good old Nikon, Jolanda relies on her iPhone for photographing her daily life. This year she's committed to shooting the adventures of her three cats. Over the past years, Jolanda and her partner Eric lovingly restored their old home, photographing every step of the way; now that the project is complete, she's ready to take the huge step to move into the country and start a country life.
Instagram: jofabi

ALESSANDRA CAVE | Special Guest Instructor | Alessandra Cave is a photographer, writer, teacher, and mama, who's passionate about that sweet spot where art, soul, and business intersect. She's the author of Shooting with Soul: 44 Photography Exercises in Life, Beauty, and Self-Expression. Alessandra currently lives in San Francisco, where she splits her time between photo assignments, penning books, teaching at creative retreats, and raising her 3-year-old daughter who is her biggest creative achievement to date. Her work has been featured extensively around the World Wide Web, as well as in national and international publications, such as:UPPERCASE, The New Artisans Book Sequel, The Beauty of Different, Nine to Five, Artful Blogging, Somerset Studio, and Mingle.
Instagram: alessandracave

HOLLY CLARK | Holly Clark is a photographer, graphic designer, gardener, and dedicated traveler living in Philadelphia. You can usually find her wandering the streets of her Philadelphia neighborhood, Manayunk, with her iPhone 4S in one hand and her dog Major's leash in the other. Near or far, she looks for the best life has to offer, recording the world around her along the way. She is a contributor to Mortal Muses; in addition, her phone photography has been featured on the App Whisperer, Photojojo's newsletter, and is sold through Stockimo by Alamy, Creative Market, and Stocksy United.
Instagram: soupatraveler

ELISE BLAHA CRIPE | Special Guest Instructor | Elise Blaha Cripe is a blogger and crafter who finds herself reaching for her iPhone to take a photo much (much) more often than to take a phone call. She lives with her family in San Diego, California. She is the owner of ELISEJOY, sells monthly limited-edition handmade items and records a weekly podcast titled Elise Gets Crafty.
Instagram: elisejoy

TRACY CLARK | Tracey Clark is a photographer, writer, founder of Shutter Sisters, author of Elevate the Everyday: A Photographic Guide to Picturing Motherhood, and teacher of a slew of photo-centric creativity classes at Big Picture Classes. She has built an entire business on her desire to capture and share beauty of everyday life. Getting an iPhone a few years ago totally changed her life and it quickly became her camera of choice 99% of the time.
Instagram: traceyclark

ELIZABETH DILLOW | Elizabeth Dillow is a photographer, scrapbooker, writer, and blogger in the process of relocating to Maxwell AFB in Montgomery, AL with her husband, three daughters, and 8-year-old Australian Kelpie rescue dog. She's had a camera in her hand since 1974—there is proof, even though she was holding it upside down—and can't remember a time where she wasn't documenting family, friends, and daily life with a variety of beloved cameras. She is a frequent instructor at Big Picture Classes and author of the print book The Scrapbooker's Almanac.
Instagram: edillow

ALI EDWARDS | Special Guest Instructor | Ali Edwards' passion resides in that very special place where the stories and images of life intersect. Her work includes blogging, teaching, writing, photography, and memory-keeping product design. She is well-known for capturing everyday life with photos and words and creating scrapbooks from those moments that often pass by in an instant.
Instagram: aliedwards

ERICA HERNANDEZ | Erica Hernandez started scrapbooking more than ten years ago and a love for photography soon followed suit. While her family, nature, and the oddities she discovers are favorite subjects, she hates self-portraits (she's working on it!). She has many hobbies, and (fortunately) most of them are happy to be photographed along the way. She yearns for spring, summer, and fall because grey, dreary winter in Michigan isn't very conducive to photography. Phone photography has completely changed her process, and her regular camera may just be a bit jealous.
Instagram: elhernandez

MAGGIE HOLMES | A scrapbooker since high school, Maggie loves the fact that she can record all of her special family memories and create art at the same time! In addition to designing for Studio Calico, she designs her own signature line of scrapbooking products for Crate Paper. She lives in Arizona, where she is a professional photographer, photography instructor, and mother of five amazing children.
Instagram: maggiehdesign

ANDREA CORRONA JENKINS |Special Guest Instructor | Andrea Corrona Jenkins is one part photographer, one part writer, one part teacher, one part (modern) dancer, and one hundred parts mama. She lives with her spectacularly bearded husband and two (pretty rad) children in Atlanta, Georgia. Andrea writes and shoots for the ever popular UPPERCASEmagazine, is a contributor at Shutter Sisters, and can be found most days at her blog, Hula Seventy.
Instagram: hulaseventy

KATIE JONES | Katie Jones is a fully-fledged Instagram addict who lives in South Wales, UK with her husband David and dog Ralph. She has been learning about photography since she got her first camera phone in 2009 and then her first iPhone in 2011. Her iPhone 5 still continues to be her favorite camera despite learning about photography with her DSLR and various film cameras along the way. In addition to photography, she also loves to explore her local area, read, eat, thrift, craft, document life, record memories, and collect more things than she has room for.
Instagram: katieonthehill

STACY JULIAN | Special Guest Instructor | Stacy Julian is the founder of online education at Big Picture Classes.
She stood in line on June 29, 2007, to get the very first iPhone and hasn’t looked back. She loves the instant gratification of mobile photography and the absolute joy of capturing small everyday life moments with a big family.
Stacy enthusiastically touts her “It All Counts” philosophy: any time you pair a photo with words, you’re scrapbooking!
Instagram: stacyjulian

KATRINA KENNEDY | Katrina Kennedy is a photographer, teacher, author, and mom. She is passionate about documenting the everyday moments of her life. Katrina has helped thousands of people improve their photography skills and receive daily inspiration at her website, Capture Your 365. She believes tomatoes from her garden are the highlight of summer.
Instagram: katrinakennedy

TAMI MORRISON | Tami Morrison is phone photography enthusiast from Orange County, California, who has taught phoneography locally and online. Her favorite subjects are her kids and her everyday life. Tami prides herself on having perfected the "I look like I'm texting, but I'm really taking a photo" technique of surreptitiously capturing shots in public places or of reluctant offspring. Some might call her phoneography-obsessed, and the fact that she dressed as an Instagram for Halloween probably just reinforces that perception.
Instagram: bcre8uv

SUZANNE O'BRIEN | Suzanne O'Brien is a lifestyle photographer and custom photo book designer enjoying life in the San Francisco Bay Area. She has been the chief memory keeper in her family since grade school and now loves to help others free their photos and stories from the black holes of their computers and phones. When she isn't being inspired by the supportive Instagram community, she loves to ski, run, read, travel, and hang out with her husband and two kids.
Instagram: sobrien

CHARI PACK | Chari has some obsessions, starting with her husband and three beautiful boys. Her drive and energy creates a current that propels her into figuring out new and fun challenges, sharing her passion, and teaching others. In 2010, Chari couldn't find an on-demand fulfillment process that fit her needs for her photography clients and personal digital scrapbooking, so she took matters into her own hands and created Persnickety Prints, available to photo enthusiasts worldwide online and locally in the company's brick-and-mortar headquarters in Orem, UT.
Instagram: persnicketyprints

AMY SHERTZER | Amy Shertzer never leaves home without a camera in tow. It used to always be the Canon 5D Mark II she uses to photograph her portrait clients, but these days she relies more on her iPhone to document the beautiful details of daily life. She lives in a Southern California beach town with her husband and two young sons, where there is never a lack of inspiration or beauty. She's a former rocket scientist, an Air Force veteran and spouse, a marathon winner, a Certified Professional Photographer (CPP)—and she bakes the best darn chocolate chip cookie you'll ever eat.
Instagram: amyshertzer

DAWN SMITH | Dawn Smith is a wife, mom, photographer, and designer. She owns Dawn Smith Designs, an Etsy shop stocked with beautiful photography prints and paper goods. Her art celebrates the magic that is found in the ordinary, everyday moments of life. You can often find her with her car pulled over on the side of the road, taking pictures of flowers, trees or even weeds. To Dawn, a perfect day would be spent on the beach with her family with a book in one hand and a camera in the other.
Instagram: dawnsmithdesigns

LIZ TAMANAHA | Liz Tamanaha is a graphic designer and memory keeper with a penchant for white space and clean lines. She is an avid picture-taker and can usually be found with her phone (or Nikon D300) in hand, happily snapping away. Liz is especially fond of taking photos of her daughters, the food she orders at restaurants, and on the rare occasion that she's out about town at night, she likes to experiment with #bluronpurpose (city lights bokeh type) shots. She currently lives in Southern California with her husband and two daughters.
Instagram: liztamanaha

CATHY ZIELSKE | Special Guest Instructor | Cathy Zielske is a graphic designer, author, blogger, and online instructor. Known for her signature clean and simple approach to scrapbooking, she inspires women to take a meaningful, well-designed approach to telling their stories. Cathy also brings her design aesthetic to her line of digital products through Designer Digitals.
Instagram: cathyzielske

  • Online classroom
  • Message board
  • Gallery

The Phone Photography Project 2 includes:

  • Practical tips for mastering lighting, composition, editing, and more
  • 14 before-and-after video tutorials that demonstrate photo-editing techniques
  • Hands-on photography challenges every Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday from July 17 to August 16
  • 14 image galleries featuring more than 250 inspiring photographs from your workshop instructors
  • 6 insightful videos from special guest iPhoneographers
  • Active, supportive Instagram community to share and view photographs
  • Resource section featuring app and equipment recommendations
  • Supply recommendations
  • Bonus handouts
  • Message board to share your thoughts with classmates and interact with instructors
  • Private posting gallery to share and view photographs

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Frequently Asked Questions

Is there a special offer or discount for people who took the first Phone Photography Project?
Yes, we have a special introductory price through June 5, 2014, only for returning Phone Photography Projectstudents. Watch your email in box for that special offer. (Didn't get it? Email

Can I take this class if I didn't take the first Phone Photography Project workshop?
Absolutely! This is a sequel to that class, but it isn't necessary to have taken last year's class to benefit greatly from The Phone Photography Project 2. But it's not too late to take both! For a limited time, last year's class will be available for purchase as a self-paced workshop, The Phone Photography Project: Summer Challenges. See next question.

Can I still take the first Phone Photography Project class?
Absolutely! The original Phone Photography Project is available as a self-paced class for a limited time, from June 1 through September 1, 2014. It's now called The Phone Photography Project: Summer Challenges. Once purchased, you have forever access to the content, but you can only purchase it for a limited time. If you sign up by June 15, 2014, you'll have time to complete all 31 daily challenges right before The Phone Photography Project 2 begins on July 17. Or you can sign up for The Phone Photography Project 2 first, and when class ends on August 15, continue your journey with The Phone Photography Project: Summer Challenges. Or sign up anytime during the registration period, so that the class will be ready and waiting for you in your account whenever you want to dive in to the daily challenges.

How is this class different from The Phone Photography Project last year?
Last year's workshop featured daily summer-themed photo challenges from 32 "phoneographers," with the goal of inspiring you to capture everything you love most about summer in 32 days. The content was supported by 60+ written app reviews, handouts, tip sheets, and lots of interaction on Instagram through the hashtag #bpcphonephotographyproject.

The Phone Photography Project 2 is just as inspirational but far more instructional. You'll get a new photo challenge every other day from 14 expert instructors (accompanied by 250 gorgeous photo examples); 14 video tutorials that demonstrate each instructor's favorite photo-editing tricks; 6 insightful videos from special guests Ali Edwards, Cathy Zielske, Elise Blaha Cripe, Alessandra Cave, Andrea Jenkins, and Stacy Julian; and much more!

Do I have to have an iPhone to benefit from this class?
No. The photo assignments in this class can be completed by anyone with any type of camera, and the principles of composition and lighting are universal to all types of cameras and smartphones. While the app tutorials will all be demonstrated on the iPhone platform, the same or similar apps are also available for Android devices and will function in similar ways. You can adapt the lessons learned in this class to your mobile device and your favorite apps. But if you've been thinking about purchasing an iPhone anyway, this class would be a wonderful orientation for teaching you how to use the built-in camera effectively.

Do I have to have an iPhone to be able to take good phone photos?
No. Although it's important to note that, historically, the iPhone has set the bar for phone cameras. Some competitor cameras measure up, and some do not. But the quality of your camera is not the only factor in taking good photos. It certainly helps to have a good camera, but an understanding of photographic principles and a mastery of photo-editing apps can make a big difference in your photos, whatever device you have.

Why did you only choose iPhone instructors?
We selected our instructors based on the quality of their photography (most spotted via Instagram, which is available for all smartphones) and their experience in the particular lessons we're teaching in this class. It turned out that they were all iPhone users.

What do you have against Android and other platforms?
We have nothing against these devices! The only problem is that there are lots and lots of different devices, all with different cameras that have different capabilities. It is very difficult to create a learning experience that addresses them all, whereas iPhone cameras are uniform in function and ability. Also, the vast majority of students who took last year's Phone Photography Project reported that they're iPhone users. But please note that you can adapt the iPhone lessons we teach to whatever device you have.

Will there be app reviews like last time?
Yes, but not in the same way. You'll learn about our instructors' favorite apps by watching them edit actual photographs, start to finish, in a series of video tutorials. The original Phone Photography Project offered reviews of dozens of apps for both iOS and Android devices. The reviews that have not become outdated in the past year are included in the new self-paced version of that class, The Phone Photography Project: Summer Challenges, available June 1 through September 1 only.