FtLauderdaleSun's Andy Royston Is Teaching An iPhone Photography Class At North Beach Village Design
Looking for a way to make your Instagram posts next-level?
This weekend, the man behind the popular @FTLauderdaleSun account will be sharing his tips and tricks for taking expert pics with your iPhone.
Fort Lauderdale native Andy Royston, who posts breathtaking photos of the beach each morning using only his iPhone, will be leading a workshop on "iPhoneography" Saturday, June 11, at North Beach Village Design gallery. The class will be held from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
Guests are asked to bring with them their fully charged smartphones. There's a $5 fee for the class, which includes light refreshments, and advance online registration is required. Seating is limited to 25 attendees.
While Royston thinks of himself as "just some guy on Fort Lauderdale beach with his iPhone taking pictures," he has amassed more than 50,000 followers across Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. The self-taught photographer said he thinks his work has found such wide appeal because of the way his images depict an idealized tropical paradise.
"I like to try to capture a timeless scene that brings those unspoiled beaches—before South Florida was settled—back to life," he said.
The idea for the iPhone photography workshop came about after Royston displayed works from his @FtLauderdaleSun project at the North Beach Village Resort art space last fall—the first time his iPhone shots were featured on canvas. He has previously hosted similar talks at local spots like NSU Museum of Art and Museum of Discovery and Science.
"I intend to expand on my successful workshop at NSU, where I spoke about the rise of Instagram, and to talk about some of the best photographers who work in the mobile format," he said.
Royston will hold live demonstrations on how to get the best out of the phone camera and how to make iPhone photos pop. That'll include insight on apps, like Snapseed, for mobile editing.
He'll also discuss how to achieve spontaneity and intimacy in a way larger cameras don't.
"A smartphone is perfect for capturing a fleeting moment, so learning how to take the best image that you can is essential," he said.
Whether you're looking to take better vacation pictures, or hoping to boost your social media cred with killer Instagram shots, photography has become a social experience about sharing life's moments, Royston explained.
"The better your images, the more you can capture the best of those special moments," he said.
North Beach Village Design; 600 Breakers Ave., Fort Lauderdale
Here are a few of our favorite @FtLauderdaleSun photos, all courtesy of Royston: