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Adria Ellis

Winner of Portrait Shortlist

2019 MIRA Mobile Prize

Selected Imagery

2017 Apple's Instagram Launch

Honorable Mention - Photo Journalism & Water

2016 Mobile Photography Awards

1st Place Winner - Botanicals, Animals, Still Life 

2012 iPhone Photography Awards

Contributing Author  

Best Selling Book "The Art of iPhone Photography"

Software

Languages

English

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Bio:

In 1994 I attended Brooks Institute of Photography. Brooks was strictly a school of photography and science, the education I received was second to none. The downside of this education was that if I didn't have the biggest and the best, and wasn't up the earliest I might as well not bother. The seriousness, and literally the weight of my approach resulted in me not shooting much for almost a decade.

 

Since 2011, I have been shooting exclusively with my iPhone. Once I let go of my larger cameras and excessive gear I remembered my love of photography.  My camera is almost always in my hand, I enjoy the instant gratification, and I appreciate the ability to quickly manipulate and edit my images. 

 

People are surprised that all of my work is shot on an iPhone. My formal education serves me well - understanding light, composition, and exposure is important.  My success is partially based on knowing and understanding exactly how to capture what I’m seeing, and using apps that allow more control and creativity. In 2013 I started traveling -  India, Thailand, Japan, Laos, Vietnam, Cambodia, Canada, Iceland, well you get the picture;-). My love of photography returned, and the iPhone fueled my creativity like nothing ever has.  

 

In 2016 I went to Cuba for the first time. I was immediately captivated. Initially, it was the architecture, and lack of Western presence that I appreciated. In March of 2016, I stayed for a month and prepared for my first class. This marked the beginning of me truly understanding and loving not only the Cuban culture, but Cuban people. Currently, I take small groups of students (6) and accompany individuals on Photographic explorations of Cuba. The majority of my students are shooting with an iPhone, but I welcome all cameras. I love introducing people to the streets of Havana, my Cuban friends and my familiarity with Havana and it’s people allow me to help people quickly become fully immersed in the Cuban culture. I feel honored to be able to do this. I love helping people capture and share the beauty that Cuba has to offer, having the technical ability to execute and photograph what you see and feel is a must, that's what I love to help people do. 

iPhone Photography

Beth N.

My daughter and I thoroughly enjoyed our photo lesson with Adria.  We covered invaluable tips like changing exposure just before you shoot to clever devices to hold your iPhone and keep it at the ready.  Seeing some of her photos over the years was absolutely inspiring.  I think we could have stayed with her all day.  She provides fun and easy ways of getting more from the amazing cameras in our iPhones.

Private Lesson

iPhone Photography

Gerhart E.

Adria is the best photography teacher I have ever had. She’s so passionate that it gives all of her instruction energy and gets you more excited about photography. In one day she helped me get comfortable with editing pictures as well as taking drastically better pictures on my phone. Because of her I have taken some of the best pictures of my life.

Private Lesson

iPhone Photography

Dianna

When I’m with Adria my photographs are so much better.  I don’t know whether it’s because she’s such a good photographer, or such a good teacher.  She’s generous with both with her talent and her skills and casually makes it seem as if everything is better because you’re having so much fun.   Fun with Adria is a deeper kind of learning – she makes you learn about yourself.  She reveals your vision along with her own and makes you wonder about it.  Wonder gets captured, then you get captured and then she mentions some small thing and you reel from a new possibility of vision never considered before.  If you’re looking for the ability to take a photograph and wonder how you were that lucky, study with Adria, I think that’s where she lives.

Private Lesson

iPhone Photography

Noelle N.

My mom and I did an iPhone session with Adria before our trip to Norway, and boy, was I glad we did. Not only did she help us with the technical 101 of iPhone shooting and editing, she also helped us prepare our strategy for capturing the beautiful winter arctic glow. Miraculously, she was able to cater the session to our sometimes divergent skill levels, areas of interest and attention spans. On top of her photographic expertise, she’s a delightful person who makes learning technical iPhoneography skills feel more like an adventure with a new friend than an arduous task. Highly recommended!

Private Lesson

iPhone Photography

Coe L.

I have had the privilege of working with Adria in Boulder, Colorado on a one-on-one basis.  Adria is unique in that she is extremely talented and gifted as a teacher.  She is down to earth, engaging, very positive and knowledgeable.   She was quick to learn my strengths and weaknesses as a iPhone photographer.   I am very uneducated in technology in general and apps more specifically.  Her teaching is experiential.  She explained how each app worked, what it is best used for, and then let me use it.   I came away with applications I could use immediately.  The sessions with Adria were not only productive, but also fun and creative.  I look forward to working with Adria in the future.

Private Lesson

Havana Now, Cuba Immersion Experience

Laurie H. 

I cannot say enough about how wonderful this experience was for me. Adria is an amazing photographer, a fabulous guide and a wonderful human. If Havana is on your bucket list, GO with Adria!

Group Workshop

Airbnb Photography Experience

Andrew H.

I got some amazing photos and now know how to take that extra special shot with some manual features on the phone. I'd say I'm pretty experienced with photography and still learned a TON. Adria is amazing. Fun and knows her stuff.

Private Lesson

Havana Now, Cuba Immersion Experience

Ginger O.

Adria is an amazing guide and teacher. Her eye is superb, her instincts are spot on, her warmth genuine. If you want to really SEE Havana - the colors, the streets, the architecture, but most of all the people. Not only did I learn an amazing amount about iphoneography from Adria, but I learned to see in a bigger and better way.

Group Workshop

Havana Now, Cuba Immersion Experience

Janis W.

I learned things about iPhone apps I had no clue about. Adria has great suggestions for angles, light, and ways to shoot on the streets I hadn’t thought of. Adria got skills!! I highly recommend this trip!

Group Workshop

Havana Now, Cuba Immersion Experience

Lisa C.

Got me out of my comfort zone with photography and interacting with local people. Adria has a gift with a camera and a gift with people, if you want to take better pictures with your iPhone you should goto Cuba with her - it was awesome!

Group Workshop

Havana Now, Cuba Immersion Experience

Joseph C.

I absolutely LOVED this experience and the way you treated everyone and the way you taught us so many techniques! I also appreciated the fact, you gave us and allowed us all freedom to move at our own pace or go on our own whenever we wanted to break free. You are an amazing teacher and woman and photographer!

Group Workshop

Havana Now, Cuba Immersion Experience

Angelique M.

Traveling with Adria only makes Cuba sunnier!!  She is a happy, high energy group leader and besides teaching you everything you need to know about street photography, she’s also such a fun person to enjoy Cuba with.

Group Workshop

Havana Now, Cuba Immersion Experience

Gerhart E.

Adria is the best photography teacher I have ever had. She’s so passionate that it gives all of her instruction energy and gets you more excited about photography. In one day she helped me get comfortable with editing pictures as well as taking drastically better pictures on my phone. Because of her I have taken some of the best pictures of my life.

Group Workshop

Available Lessons & Classes

$75

/ Lesson

Let's See Whatcha Got!

Private Lesson

Prepare 4 images that you would like to critique, get feedback on or direction. Includes an assignment and critical feedback.  I’m here for you! 

1 Hour

Lightmob live iPhone photography classes

$30

/ Class

645PRO

(Intermediate)

Group Class

My go-to app for shooting. An introduction to the interface, setting up preferences for file saving, and selecting view preferences. This app is a game changer when it comes to file quality and size. Please note that you need to download the 645Pro App ($3.99).

30 Min.

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$50

/ Class

Snapseed 101

Group Class

Covering the basics involved in taking an OK photograph to a WOW photograph. Most importantly, ensuring that your settings are correct for optimal use.

45 Min.

Lightmob live iPhone photography classes

$50

/ Class

Hipstamatic 101

Group Class

Hipstamtic is a game changer for creative, fun, and fast editing. The learning curve is a little steep, but we change that pretty quick. Limitless amount of borders, and filter combinations.

45 Min.

Lightmob live iPhone photography classes

$10

/ Class

Cuba Preparation

Group Class

This class is designed to make sure you are camera ready for our trip to Cuba. We will make sure all apps are downloaded, confirm that the correct preferences are in place for optimal file quality and size as well as go over any questions you have. Must be registered for November or January class in Cuba. 

1 Hour

Lightmob live iPhone photography classes

$75

/ Lesson

Looking for Perfection

Private Lesson

You tell me what you would like to focus on - editing, technical aspects, new apps, whatever tickles your fancy. 

1 Hour

Lightmob live iPhone photography classes

$15

/ Class

iPhoneography 101

(Beginner)

Group Class

Let's make sure you’re getting the most out of the camera you always have. Focus, exposure, filters, portrait mode, simple editing, and organization. Yep - all from your iPhone camera. No extra Apps for this.

30 Min.

$75

/ Class

Advanced Snapseed Editing

Group Class

Take your image to the next level, bring some drama, a little grunge,  create a high key bright feel, or maybe an interesting border and text. The sky really is the limit.

1 Hour

Lightmob live iPhone photography classes

$75

/ Class

Advanced Grunge Editing

Group Class

We’ll use the whole arsenal for this one on one class, creating timeless pieces of art. Distressed, painterly, textured layered photographs, that you would never think we’re photographs.

1 Hour

Lightmob live iPhone photography classes

$45

/ Class

Perfect Portrait Apping

Group Class

Mastering a tasteful edit of friends and family. Flattering, but not like a cartoon character. 

30 Min.

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