Workshop: Things you didn’t know your iPhone could do! Camera & Photos

Things you didn’t know your iPhone could do! – Camera & Photos

Photographers when asked, “what’s the best camera?” will  sometimes say, “the best camera is the one that you have with you.” Surprisingly the Apple iPhone that you carry is a capable camera with surprising features. If you only knew about them!

Many people use their Apple iPhones to take basic family photos and capture “Kodak” moments. However, on further review, you will find that the Camera and Photos app have dozens of useful features and tricks that are largely hidden from everyday users. We call these features Nuggets.

This Shift Workshop will help you explore and discover Nuggets. Exploring these Nuggets will not only introduce you to new useful functions but will also help you appreciate the power in your hand and build your confidence in handling your device.  The Nuggets that you will explore in this workshop will include ways to quickly access the camera app, shutter release options, controlling focus and exposure,  reviewing the various camera modes, discussing the rule of thirds for photo composition and tips for organizing your photos.

What to expect in this session.

Bring your Apple iPhones, your curiosity and your questions to the Shift Workshop. The session will be fast-paced, hands-on and engaging. If there are steps you miss during class, you will have access to lessons on the Senior Tech Club web site so that you can recreate the actions that we explore. If you already know one of the Nuggets we explore, we’ll ask you to help your neighbor. That’s a great way to build your confidence in handling your device.

Finally, we will also reserve time at the end of the session for Q&A and sharing. This is your chance to ask a nagging question or learn how others are using their iPhones.

This is not an iPhone beginner session. This session is best for Phone users who have experience making calls, sending texts and have taken some photos with the Camera app.

Additionally, the Nuggets we explore in this session are different than our previous SHIFT workshops. Previous workshop participants are invited back to learn more!

About our Trainer / Facilitator

Don Frederiksen is the founder and principal of the, the online club that helps seniors stay connected and engaged by learning, sharing and exploring technology. Don could be a SHIFT poster child with his encore experience. After 35 years working as a computer trainer developer and manager, his position was terminated in 2017 due to a corporate acquisition. He learned about SHIFT during his outplacement exploration. He dived into his encore efforts, started teaching community education classes for Seniors while attending SHIFT Forums, SHIFT-INs and participating in SCORE and other entrepreneurial programs. The continues to be a work in progress with its mission to help seniors. The Senior Tech Club is Don’s ikigae.

Don started his professional career as a school band director, discovered personal computers in the early 80’s, and  never looked back. He traveled the country teaching IT professionals, started two companies and led corporate IT teams. He has a BS from the University of Minnesota and an MBA from the University of St Thomas. He lives in St Anthony.

Our Workshop Opportunities

Tuesday, April 9 – Afternoon
3:00 pm to 5:00 pm – Workshop
Tuesday, April 9 – Evening
6:30 pm to 8:30 pm – Workshop


AARP-MN Conference Room at the Mall of America
Mall of America, 228 West Market, 2nd floor on the West Side
Bloomington, MN, 55425
SHIFT Members: $15.00
Non-Members: $25.00



SHIFT Refund Policy

In the event that SHIFT cancels a program, you’ll receive a refund of your registration payment. SHIFT will not issue credits or refunds in the following circumstances: you cancel your registration, register but do not attend, or attend but leave early, or do not attend all sessions of a multi-session course.

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We’re looking forward to seeing you!!