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“The iPhone is the most popular camera in the world.” – Apple, USA

Now that’s a statement!

I have to admit, I was skeptical about the potential quality of images that I would take with the iPhone – but that changed after the first day I used it.

I’ve been a photographer for what sometimes feels like forever. I have over 2148 images on Instagram, 295 Photos on Flickr, countless images on Facebook and over 31,000 images on my laptop alone. I’ve photographed everything from experimental (and dark) light–painting portraits to fascinating macro images of dragonflies, flowers and water drops. Needless to say, I LOVE capturing the moment. Every moment. I also like to share those little slices of time with you. But what I love more than just taking the picture is teaching you how to do it yourself.

There’s nothing more fulfilling than taking a beautiful landscape or up-close image of a butterfly opening its wings at the perfect second all on your own. Knowing that you were able to freeze time momentarily for posterity is a complete thrill. I know, because I’ve seen it in your eyes (my students).  I’ve also seen it in my family’s photos. I’ve watched my children create absolute masterpieces with their iPods and iPhones just by observing years of me incessantly photographing everything I see. This thrills me to no end as well!

The world is a different place compared to when I was a child growing up on New Jersey streets in the early 80’s. There were no cellphone cameras (or cell phones for that matter) to endlessly entertain us. We had boom boxes and large squares of cardboard that my friends would throw down when break-dancing fit the mood. My father had an old Olympus 35mm that I occasionally would be allowed to fiddle with and develop some film if I did all my chores. (I still have that camera today).

But today things are much different! Thanks to the exponential growth and the miniaturizing of everything electronic – we’re in a world of brilliant machinery that lets everyone participate. Apple has developed some of the most creative tools for us to imagine, play, create and dream with. The tools are now in your pocket! In today’s technological world, even professional photographers and artists are recognizing the iPhone as a useful (and even practical) photographic tool. We see the quality of images increasing in all our cellphone manufacturers, but the iPhone 5 has surpassed others by far with quality and function.

That’s exactly why I’m teaching a one-day workshop at Sedona Arts Center on Sunday, September 22, 2013 to help others learn how to create amazing images with an iPhone! I want you to learn how to shoot, edit and share remarkable landscapes, portraits and the macro world around you with absolute ease. I’ll teach everything you need to know about basic framing techniques and the editing tools you’ll need to move beyond the ‘snapshot’ and into the realm of stunning photography.

My class is from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Sunday, September 22, 2013 and costs $75 per person.

A general knowledge of how to use & navigate your device and apps is required!

To sign up and see the required apps and materials for the class, please visit: or call the Sedona Arts Center at 928-282-3809.

Remember: grow; learn; conserve; preserve; create; question; educate; change; and free your mind.

About: Kelli Klymenko is an artist, teacher, marketing director and free thinker experiencing life in one of the most inspiring and picturesque places on earth with his fabulous wife and children.