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Storytelling with Mobile Photography

with Ed Kashi

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  •   01 The Power of Mobile Photography to Tell Stories

    17:32

Class duration: 4h 42m

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About The Class

Capture More Compelling Photos with Your Smartphone


Momentary, stunning lighting on a landscape. A toddler’s first stuttering attempts at standing. An interaction between strangers on the street strikes you as unexpectedly poignant. There is beauty and opportunity for storytelling all around us, but inspiration often comes with a ticking clock. There isn’t always time to set up a tripod and perfect the exposure on your SLR. Fortunately, we live in an age where the potential for professional-quality photos rides in our pockets wherever we go.

Join veteran photojournalist Ed Kashi for an in-depth workshop on the power of your mobile phone to create powerful visual stories. 

You’ll learn:

  • How to identify the aesthetic considerations of a location and be intentional with the type of image you want to capture
  • How to interact with people in various situations and capture the emotion you are looking for in a portrait 
  • How to quickly edit your photos within your mobile device and share with the world

Amateurs and professional photographers alike will benefit on this deep dive into mobile visual storytelling. You will learn how to capture striking images, alter them in post-production, and make the most of social media to spread the impact of your stories. Bring more meaning and intentionality to the way you record your everyday experience, and discover the powerful versatility of the lens in your phone.  

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Lesson Plan

  1. 01

    The Power of Mobile Photography to Tell Stories

    17:32
  2. 02

    How I Define a Cultural Event

    08:08
  3. 03

    Aesthetic Considerations when Photographing a Cultural Event

    07:03
  4. 04

    Interact with People when Photographing a Cultural Event

    06:23
  5. 05

    Capture a Portrait at a Cultural Event

    18:52
  6. 06

    Edit and Share Your Images: Cultural Event

    20:31
  7. 07

    Cultural Event Smart Phone Photo Critique

    20:47
  8. 08

    How I Define an Intimate Event

    11:54
  9. 09

    Aesthetic Considerations when Photographing an Intimate Event

    11:51
  10. 10

    Interact with People when Photographing an Intimate Event

    06:29
  11. 11

    Capture a Portrait at an Intimate Event

    10:18
  12. 12

    Edit and Share Your Images: Intimate Event

    24:39
  13. 13

    Intimate Event Mobile Photo Critique

    15:09
  14. 14

    How I Define Street Photography

    21:23
  15. 15

    Aesthetic Considerations when Shooting Street Photography

    17:52
  16. 16

    Capture a Street Photography Portrait

    15:02
  17. 17

    How to Create a Double Exposure

    13:30
  18. 18

    Edit and Share Your Images: Street Photography

    05:30
  19. 19

    Street Photography Smart Phone Photo Critique

    11:35
  20. 20

    Skype Interveiw with Pei Ketron

    14:27
  21. 21

    Where Mobile Photography Can Take You

    03:26

Meet Your Expert

Ed Kashi

Ed Kashi is a photojournalist, filmmaker, speaker, and educator dedicated to documenting the social and political issues that define our times. He has covered topics as diverse as the impact of the oil industry in Nigeria, the protestant community in Northern Ireland, the lives of Jewish settlers in the West Bank, conflicts between the Shiites and Sunnis in Iraq, the impact of early onset Alzheimer’s, climate change, the relationship between sugarcane and chronic kidney disease in Nicaragua and the plight of Syrian refugees. ... read more

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  • pdf Storytelling with Mobile Photography App List
  • mp4 Intimate Event - Aesthetic Considerations Video
  • mp4 Intimate Event - Human Interaction Video
  • mp4 Intimate Event - Capturing Portraits Video
  • mp4 Cultural Event - Human Interaction Video
  • mp4 Cultural Event - Capturing Portraits Video
  • mp4 Cultural Event - Aesthetic Considerations Video
  • mp4 Street Photography - Aesthetic Considerations Video
  • mp4 Street Photography - Human Interaction Video
  • mp4 Street Photography - Capturing Portraits Video

90% of students recommend this class.
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  • Creativelive Student

    March 2016

    I was not interested in this class and just decided to tune in. This is one of the Best classes I have watched on Creative Live! I love his total "attitude" about how to treat people, what to do and not to do to engage in more courteous ways and polite ways. I found him inspiring and engaging, creative and providing lots of information in what I watched. (I did not watch the entire course.) I am certainly going to check out other classes he might produce in the future. I very much enjoyed what I did watch and found him a wonderful instructor! Lots of valuable tips as well. Thanks for allowing me to preview it today!

  • belinda leung

    March 2016

    ed kasha did an amazing job taking us through his creative process. practical tips helped me immediately spot things to help improve my photos immediately. I downloaded and started using the apps he recommended right away. thanks creative live and ed kasha!

  • Lynn Hernandez

    Lynn Hernandez

    March 2016

    Very inspiring seeing Ed Kashi's excitement for the creative process. Seeing the final photo and then watching a video of what happened to make the photo was really helpful. Have a list a new apps to try for photo-editing and double-exposures. Loved the class.

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