Creative iPhone/iPAd Photography inTuscany with instructor Cindi Hobgood Cortona, Italy September 20-27, 2014
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The iPhone is the most used camera in the history of photography. With it's powerful apps and limitless possibilities, it's the perfect on-the-go creative tool. This workshop teaches you how to use your iPhone beyond shooting snapshots and explores the process from capture to final image. We'll introduce some of the best apps out there for creating beautiful and artistic images.
Join award winning photographer, Cindi Hobgood, an enthusiastic and experienced instructor who will fill you to the gills with info and exciting new skills!
Learn how to get the highest resolution when setting up your iPhone and apps.
Practice techniques that include HDR (High Dynamic Range)
Shoot multi-row panoramas
Learn about the latest editing, filters and stylizing apps
Fine tune your images with local and global adjustments
Watch workflow and app stacking techniques
Learn about iPhone equipment, lenses (yes, that's right), remote controls, tripod holders, tripods and more.
List of supplies:
Bring your iPhone, iPad (if you have one), additional chargers eg. Mophie (https://www.mophie.com) tripod (if you have one, not necessary)
You will be contacted by the instructor upon registration with a list of apps to upload before arriving in Italy. Expect to pay between $15-$30 for your new suite of apps, some are required but you’ll also receive a list of apps that she enjoys that you may also decide to buy.
All-inclusive* workshop includes: Escorted group travel Florence to Cortona September 20, 2014**** Instruction in the classroom and on location Seven nights accommodations in historic Cortona** (Private room & bath) Local Etruscan Museum & Museo Diocesano All meals*** (Italian breakfast, lunch and dinner) Daily wine tasting opportunities Day wine tour A farewell wine tasting dinner **Included with "Hotel Oasi" plans only. See details. ***Included with "Group Meal Plan" only. See details. ****Specific departure time only: 12:00 noon from Florence Amerigo Vespucci Airport (Peretola airport) only. *All-inclusive plans are "Hotel Oasi" plans only.
Air travel and ground transportation to/from Cortona (except the escorted group travel offered one-way from Florence Amerigo Vespucci Airport (Peretola airport) to Cortona on September 20, 2014) is not included and is the responsibility of each participant.
Cindi Hobgood is an artist. Her medium is the photograph, but her tool is not just a camera. It is the light, the camera, and the application of technological tools –specifically the iPhone/iPad and its applications – that result in images that capture more than just the subject, but Cindi’s vision of the world itself.
Ansel Adams said, “You don’t take a photograph, you make it.”
Over the past three years, Cindi has found that making images on her iPhone and modifying and stylizing them using dozens of available applications for image editing, has reinvigorated her passion for photography and developed in her a desire to teach others about the possibilities of this emerging medium.
An award-winning photographer with more than 25 years of professional photography experience scouting locations for the film and television industry, Cindi is now focused on teaching other artists.
She teaches photographers to painters, professionals to amateurs at conferences, workshops, photo tours, and in the classroom at Montgomery College in Maryland. Her students learn how to use the iPhone and its applications as a sculptor would use clay.
The art form is called iPhoneography, and Cindi is a recognized talent.
The iPhone brings the camera, the lenses, the filters, the darkroom, and the digital editing software together in one single, accessible place. Throughout her career as a photographer, Cindi has logged many miles carrying cameras, lenses, and tripods on photo shoots, and then having to wait days or weeks to get back to the studio to see the results, Cindi felt electrified and inspired by the immediacy of the iPhone as artistic tool.
At first, as a teacher of traditional photographic techniques using only “cameras,” Cindi was uneasy about whether a cell phone could truly create “art,” but every day she found herself spending more hours using her iPhone camera than peering through the lens of her expensive DSLR. Her “camera” started collecting dust, while her iPhone grew home to a portfolio of original images. She has since added other lightweight, high-tech tools – the iPad, a micro-camera with excellent optics, and the latest iPhone – to her arsenal, but the focus remains on accessible, lightweight, digital imagery.
What else is art, but the creation of something new and inspired, regardless of the tools used to create it?
Now Cindi has thousands of images, years of experience, and hundreds of students who can attest to her expertise, not only as a “traditional” photographer, but as a teacher and expert in iPhoneography.
Cindi brings to her students more than 25 years of experience location scouting for the entertainment industry where she and her camera traveled to more than 20 states and 10 countries looking for the the perfect stage for the boy to kiss the girl, the battle to be waged, or the child to romp in the jungle. During the scouting process Cindi would photograph hundreds of locations in countless ways in order to translate a “sense of place” to the directors, production designers, and cinematographers on a given project.
From the early 1990s through today, Cindi has scouted locations for more than 175 projects, including Separate But Equal, The Patriot, Jungle Book, The Notebook, Dear John, The Amazing Race and Wheel of Fortune; working for Paramount, Columbia Pictures, Disney, New Line Cinema, HBO, United Artists, Republic Pictures, and Sony among others.
The technical elements of film scouting and location management have helped Cindi hone her photography and leadership skills. She has the eye of a travel photographer, the quickness of a photojournalist, the artistry of a landscape photographer… and now the powerful suite of tools in the iPhone to create art right “on set.”
Cindi studied photography at UNC Chapel Hill in the Radio, Television, Motion Picture department. She went on to study at Savannah College of Art and Design and, in 1989, headed to California to attend Brooks Institute of Photography.
Cindi Hobgood is a member of Destination DC (the Washington, DC Convention and Tourism corporation) and Women Photojournalists of Washington.
Meet your hosts in Tuscany...
Angela Lucani was born and raised in Cortona and never tires of living within the walls of this vibrant Tuscan hilltown! She trained as an elementary school teacher and taught in various locals within Cortona from its mountain villages to the growing post-war part of Cortona known as Camucia. Angela has always been passionate about Tuscan cooking, which she began to learn at an early age aiding her mother in the kitchen. She maintains respect for local cooking traditions and recipes and shares that with Italians and foreign visitors through cooking classes conducted both in Italy and in America. She has extensive knowledge of Cortona's various areas, from the mountains to the fertile Val di Chiana, and continues to learn about its long and colorful history. She is also passionate about travel and enjoys learning about and experiencing customs, traditions and characteristics of other countries, cultures & people. Her travels destinations have included the United States, England, Egypt, South America, France, Ireland, Germany, Austria and Greece. She enjoys serving as a bridge between visitors to Tuscany and the local culture.
Patrick Mahoney (Miami University BA'80, MA'82) lives in Cortona where he continues a thirty-year career in the field of Arts & Entertainment producing events, workshops and tours and providing opportunities to share the Italy experience with travelers, artists and people who share his interests for foods, wine, art, culture. Patrick's passion is to conceive and realize various ways in which the human spirit can express and demonstrate its capacity to create. His ability to fearlessly think, conceive, and work "out of the box" has earned him the attention of artists & musicians, colleges & universities, public & private organizations, and business and industry. Patrick brings integrity and a unique vision to Toscana Americana and he is committed to realizing the opportunity for participants to create in an atmosphere of peace, joy, respect and mutual support. As a "slow traveler" and a supporter of "slow food" Mr. Mahoney rides trains, walks, lingers over lunch, dinner or a cup of espresso, stops to smell the roses and savors the sensory feast wherever he is!