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Registration is open for 2020 Online Workshops

Idyllwild Arts has a long history of outstanding photography workshops, beginning with Ansel Adams in the 1950’s. Workshops continue to explore the latest techniques, equipment, and philosophies in photography. This summer, continuing in this tradition, we announce two digital photography workshops, including a family option!

2020 Online Workshops

Digital Photography

Shaunna Lehr 
June 28 – July 11
Five-day session

Spend time this summer inspiring your inner-photographer in this introductory digital photography course. You will master your digital camera, learning the basic functions of your devices so you can begin to shoot in manual mode.
Explore and master options such as aperture priority and shutter priority mode, capturing higher-quality images of the people and places around you. You will learn Photoshop, Lightroom and useful photography apps on your phone.

Instructor Shaunna Lehr will help you see the world like a photographer, understanding lighting, composition and framing. She will work with you, reviewing your photos and helping you improve. You will complete the course with skills and know-how to take professional-quality photographs.

Skill Level: All levels
Tuition: $1,200
Lab Fee: $50 
Materials List: Coming Soon
Enrollment limited to 10 students

Born and raised in Idyllwild California, Shaunna Lehr earned her Bachelors of Fine Art in Portrait Photography from Brooks Institute of Photography in Santa Barbara in 2009. During her studies, she had the opportunity to work with and learn from many prestigious photographers such as Nick Decker, Joyce Wilson, Ralph Clevenger, and Christopher Broughton. While in Santa Barbara, Shaunna was a journal photographer for Seasons Magazine. Her work has been featured in galleries like Gallery 27 in Santa Barbara. Her training and photography studies include focuses in traditional color, black and white film, 35mm, and large and medium format film. In addition to traditional film, Shaunna is well versed in digital photography using Lightroom and Photoshop. She is currently Visual Arts and InterArts faculty at Idyllwild Arts Academy.


What You Will Need:

  • Good internet connection 
  • Any electronic device that has access to the internet (phone, tablet, computer, iPod, etc.) 
  • Make sure your device is charged before class begins
  • Digital Camera 
  • SD card
  • Printer and photo paper (optional)
  • Lightroom and/or Photoshop

The Joy of iPhoneography: Photography Using Mobile Devices

Meri Aaron Walker
July 6 – 10
Five-day session

Immerse yourself in a week-long intensive learning experience – right from your home – packed with hands-on shooting and editing activities designed to boost your skill and build your creative confidence using an iPhone or iPad. 

In this workshop, you will learn how to unlock the professional and high-resolution image-making capabilities of your familiar iPhone and take an in-depth tour of the core mechanics of photography as a medium. Fast-paced, interactive class discussions will take place in a secure online classroom optimized for sharing mobile devices so the instructor and  participants can seamlessly share ideas and images in real time.

You can expect to expand your personal creativity and enhance your artistic vision through daily hands-on practice with high-end shooting and editing apps that yield professional results. The apps introduced in class will help you compose, tune, retouch, stylize, and finish images for the web or for large format inkjet printing. You will walk away with a new depth of understanding about yourself, your iPhone’s capabilities, and images you never imagined you could make with a mobile device.

Once registered, you will receive the week’s agenda along with a list of apps  to download and install prior to the first session. You will need a strong, reliable internet connection for your computer, your iPhone or iPad (updated to the latest IOS) and basic familiarity with Zoom to participate.

Skill Level: All levels
Tuition: $625
Lab Fee: This workshop has no lab fee. You will be asked to bring all materials, including an iPhone, iPad, or other mobile device.
Materials List: Coming Soon
Enrollment limited to 8 students

Meri Aaron Walker has been a photographer and printmaker for over 50 years. For the last ten years, she has used only her iPhones and iPads to make images that have been widely awarded and collected, including a recent purchase by Harvard Medical School for their Transformational Medicine Building. Meri has an MA from the University of Texas, Austin, where she also taught photography. She has extensive experience in photojournalism, fine art photography, and printmaking. She has been invited to jury six national and international mobile photography exhibitions. Meri lives in Talent, OR.


Instagram: @iphoneartgirl

Twitter: @iphoneartgirl


What You Will Need:

  • Good internet connection 
  • Any electronic device that has access to the internet (phone, tablet, computer, iPod, etc.) 
  • Make sure your device is charged before class begins
  • Late model iPhone, Version 8+-11Pro, updated to IOS13. Must have at least 5gb storage
  • Mac laptop or desktop, running Mac IOS 10.14.6 or higher, 10.15.3 Catalina preferable
  • Late model iPad Pro (Optional)
  • Working webcam 
  • Private Gmail email account that can be shared with instructor and class participants
  • Apps: Installed on iPhone and also on iPad if you intend to use the iPad for editing
  • Zoom (for mobile devices) 
  • CameraPlus2
  • Blackie
  • Contrast by Hornbrook (free)
  • NeuralCam (if you don’t have NightMode available on an iPhone11Pro or Max)
  • ViewExif (Paid version)
  • SuperimposeX
  • LightBrush
  • TouchRetouch
  • Diana (Paid version)
  • iXpand App (if you intend to use a SanDisk iXpand drive)
  • Notebook and Pen (for notetaking)
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