Smartphone photo class Aug 3

They’re so smart it’s scary, and more than half the U.S. population owns one, but just because a smartphone can take pictures, it doesn’t mean those pictures are really very good.

Two seasoned photographers will offer tips and advice to remedy that problem with Making the Most of Your Smartphone Camera, at 1 p.m. Saturday, August 3, at the Fond du Lac Public Library downtown. The program is free, no registration required.

Local photographer Brian Kolstad will cover photo basics, including composition, light and framing. Photographer Dale Van Minsel, from Howard’s Grove, will talk about the digital side, including how mobile cameras are different and an introduction to Instagram and Snapseed, programs available to both iOS and Android.

Kolstad, right, has been making photographs since childhood, migrating from his first 35mm to his current digital setup. He recently shifted focus from freelance journalism to portraiture and art photography, concentrating on landscape, still life and publicity photos. Kolstad works at, LLC, a website and branding firm based in Fond du Lac.

Van Minsel, left, has worked with photography since 1978 and has served as photographer for two Wisconsin colleges. His personal photographic work mostly involves creating images using the iPhone and photo apps, concentrating on what he calls “altered landscapes.” Van Minsel has exhibited his work throughout Wisconsin, as well as in New York City and Italy. He’s a member of Sheboygan Visual Artists and Wisconsin Visual Artists and is a featured artist on Portal Wisconsin.


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