Downtown Urban "Mobile Photography" Shoot and Walk

Please join us for an exciting special PPS event:  A Photo Walk through downtown San Diego USING YOUR MOBILE PHONE ONLY.

There will be an RSVP limit initially, but if there is enough interest and a large enough wait-list, we will open it up to as many people as possible - with enough organizers on board. Please read this invitation in its entirety before submitting your RSVP.

If you have done The Urban Photo Shoot and walk before you know it is a great time and a great way to discover downtown San Diego. To make things interesting & challenging, we will follow the traditional route, only this time, NO DSLRs - you only need to bring your mobile phone!

This walk is an encore to the Photo Video West seminars I am teaching on April 27 & 28 called, Shoot From The Hip: When All You Have Is A Cell Phone. I will be discussing mobile photography tips and tricks during the walk and answering questions about composition and light when photographing with a mobile device.

Our approximately 5 mile long route will take us past the Star of India, the U.S.S. Midway, the Embarcadero, Seaport Village, numerous Fishing Boats, the Convention Center, the many outdoor sculptures, the Gaslamp Quarter, Horton Plaza, the Santa Fe Depot, Little Italy, and much, much more. Photo opportunities galore! If you haven't explored the diversity of downtown San Diego, here's your chance! This event has been a great success every time, in terms of camaraderie and photo-ops.


Here is a map of the walk: Downtown Urban Photo Shoot and Walk


We strongly suggest you print a copy of the map and/or familiarize yourself with the route in case you get separated from the group or in case you want to walk ahead or fall behind.


When: Sunday, May 19 at 8:00 a.m. We will do the group photo (with a cell phone), and will break up into smaller groups if necessary.

We will leave on the walk at 8:15 a.m. sharp. We will head south toward the Convention Center at that time. We should be back by 1:00p.m. or so.

If we open the RSVP list to know limit we will break into smaller groups, each led by one or two PPS organizers.

Where to meet: To make parking easier we will meet at the Star of India at the Maritime Museum of San Diego. Parking will not be a problem because it is not metered on Sundays and the museum will not be open yet. There are several trolley stations nearby if you choose to ride public transport. Check the MTS website.

What to bring: I suggest you bring comfortable walking shoes (you’ll need them), water, your cell phone, hat, sunscreen, burger money, etc. If you like, you can pack your lunch.

- Cell Phone (Fully Charged, and turn off WiFi so you your battery does not drain quickly. I always recommend having a back-up battery pack for your phone, but it is not required).

- Consider familiarizing yourself with these apps as I will discuss them and others during the walk and lunch: Snapseed, Photoshop Express mobile, Hipstamatic, ProHDR camera, Meetup mobile app and Instagram. Many of these apps come in "Lite" versions that are free for you to try out for as long as you like.

Mobile Photography is not meant to replace DSLR photography - I use it to supplement my photography. So if you enjoy a challenge, learning something new, or enhancing your knowledge of mobile photography, please join me.

We can take several breaks along the way when people feel like it. We can stop for lunch in Little Italy. Just to name a few...

Burger Lounge –1608 India Street (Corner of India & Cedar)

Filipi’s Pizza Grotto – 1747 India Street (India St. between Date & Fir)

Landini's Pizzeria - 1827 India Street (near the corner of India & Fir)

Mona Lisa Deli & Restaurant – 2061 India Street (corner of India & Grape)

 

Some important announcements:
If you RSVP YES, please show up. If you can’t make it, change your RSVP to NO as soon as you can. Do not wait until the last moment to change your RSVP.

Please do not take photographs of homeless people unless you have their permission. Many do not like to have their photographs taken. I will however, share techniques I employ in order to take candid shots using my cell phone.

Any questions, comments, suggestions, please email me, John, or ask in the discussion board of this event.

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  • Gaurav

    I m at cross-road right now to decide on new phone and i m confused between iphone/S4 and HTC.
    Apart from other features, the most important for me is the camera in the phone and the apps available in the store for that
    Any suggestions anyone ??

    May 20, 2013

    • Linda S.

      I'd highly recommend the iPhone as well. :)

      May 20, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      If you are a computer hack htc is more powerful but if you are looking for ease and don't want to spend a lot of time hacking your phone the iPhone is for u.

      May 20, 2013

  • Stephan B.

    outstanding, had a great time

    May 20, 2013

  • Ron T.

    This was my first meet-up with PPS. After seeing photos from the shoot, I have to say I'm VERY impressed with the quality and imagination of everyone's output. I have much to learn and this is the group to learn it from. Looking forward to many more such outings!

    1 · May 20, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Lots of insider tips about the area - professional guide and friendly, focused, group. Can't believe this was free! Would love to do this again!

    1 · May 20, 2013

  • cyndy c.

    What a FUN event - I loved it! Keep forgetting how much downtown SD has to offer. Sorry I lost the group the instant I wandered into Little Italy, but still enjoyed exploring "Sicily" on my own for a bit. Thanks for event, meeting new photog-friends, and the tips, John. You are very good at herding cats!

    1 · May 20, 2013

  • Ted D.

    Fantastic meetup with John Toma on the Downtown Urban shoot! So many interesting things to photograph and a wonderful group of people!

    1 · May 19, 2013

  • Linda S.

    Fantastic idea, great organizer and group! Would have loved to spend a little more time along the route due to the variety of photo ops.

    1 · May 19, 2013

    • Vidya

      Second that... Let's do it again!!! :)

      May 19, 2013

  • Martha S.

    Thanks John, it was a lot of fun, looking forward to the next one..

    1 · May 19, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I liked it a lot. But I kept lagging far behind. I think the scope of the walk was probably too big for the time slot ... especially if you tend to shoot EVERYTHING like me!!

    1 · May 19, 2013

  • Stephan B.

    Had a great time walking around downtown and trying this out.. nice to not carry the big DSLR for a change. John is an infinite source of knowledge ( and wisdom) on mobile photography. My Android was a little bit outnumbered today :)

    1 · May 19, 2013

  • Ragavendar S.

    Great outing! John thanks for organizing. This being my first time, i thoroughly enjoyed it.

    1 · May 19, 2013

  • John T.

    Outstanding group. Thank you for making this a successful event. It was great to see everyone out there with their mobile phone!

    May 19, 2013

    • Gaurav

      Thanks John, had a great time, though both phones gave up by Santa Fe
      Will really like to do it again

      1 · May 19, 2013

  • Richard G.

    wonderful...Nice group,went to all the cool spots... Thanks John

    1 · May 19, 2013

  • John T.

    At Burger Lounge... Not busy, join us

    May 19, 2013

    • Vidya

      John... Thanks for the wonderful walk... Enjoyed it a lot!

      1 · May 19, 2013

  • John T.

    Heading into little Italy

    May 19, 2013

  • John T.

    Heading out of Santa Fe Depot...

    May 19, 2013

  • John T.

    We are at Santa Fe Depot (619)[masked]

    May 19, 2013

  • John T.

    We are making a left on Broadway... Heading towards Santa Fe Depot.

    May 19, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I'm at the boats near Sally's with a bike in a colorful blouse

    May 19, 2013

    • John T.

      Hi Lily, we are at convention center moving toward pedestrian bridge at petco...

      May 19, 2013

    • John T.

      Call me (619)[masked]

      May 19, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    If ne1 can see this give me a heads up as to where ya'll are

    May 19, 2013

    • Vidya

      We are at seaport village... Walking thru...

      May 19, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Running late, I'll catch up

    May 19, 2013

  • Bill B.

    Did I rsvp for this one? I don't remember that I did, and I'm not going to make it. Shoot on without me please.

    May 19, 2013

  • John T.

    We will meet at the Kiss Statue near Midway to do the group shot. We will leave promptly at 8:02am

    May 19, 2013

  • Gaurav

    Running late, will be there by 8.20

    May 19, 2013

  • Mariam

    I'm so sorry something came up cant make it

    May 19, 2013

  • John T.

    I'm in front of the Star of India. Wearing a hat, blue polo, and cargo shorts. Park across the street so it saves you tine when you leave. See you soon.

    May 19, 2013

  • John T.

    Good morning All, don't forget sunscreen and/or bringing a hat just in case. Wear comfortable shoes and pack a snack. Wear cargo shorts or very light pants. Just some recommendations to make your walk more enjoyable ;)

    - John

    May 19, 2013

  • trisha

    Not sure I can make this but signed up for wait list anyway because I can't stand to miss - sounds AWESOME!

    1 · May 17, 2013

    • John T.

      Looks like there's room from last minute drops Trisha, feel free to show up if you can ;)

      May 18, 2013

    • trisha

      Wahhhhhh! So sorry to miss! Can't get out of day two at doheny blues festival - sure hope you can do another cell phone photo shoot sometime soon . . . Ill be wishing I was there!

      May 18, 2013

  • John T.

    Hello All,

    I'll have an extra battery pack with me in case you run out of juice during the walk. It is for the iPhone however.
    I suggest you arrive with your phones fully charged, WiFi turned off, and Bluetooth turned off - this will help keep your phone from burning through the battery. If you have any gadgets you like to use when using your phone, please bring them along.
    See you all in the morning!

    John

    May 18, 2013

  • Martha S.

    Hi John, the Waterfront in Littlte Italy has amazing burgers.. just an idea..

    1 · May 18, 2013

  • Walter Otto K.

    Sorry to cancel I need to attend the VOLUNTEER APPRECIATION BBQ AND HOEDOWN for the San Diego River Park Foundation. Have fun! Look forward to seeing your images!

    May 18, 2013

  • Marlene J.

    Plans have just changed; and I just bought a battery pack thingie for my phone....let's do this again, please!

    May 18, 2013

  • Thel H.

    sorry for late scratch - hope we do this again

    May 18, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I am sooo bummed to miss this. Mom & I missed Mother's Day bcause of lakeside fire, so we will be celebrating this Sun.

    May 15, 2013

  • Sam W.

    Have to cancel, But I am looking forward to seeing all the photos.

    May 14, 2013

  • Pasha T.

    Sorry to cancel. I have a must do family gathering.

    May 14, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I do not have a good mobile phone.

    May 13, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      It is an old phone, I am old school. I do not have an iPad or any of those things. No worries.

      1 · May 13, 2013

    • Sheila Newbery Redheaded P.

      That is what kind of cell phone I thought you had. No worries I too don't own any of those expensive items, but my son is the one who turned my phone into a smart one. It is the best investment I have ever made. Hope to see ya there.

      May 14, 2013

  • Nancie C.

    Sorry, family is coming to town that weekend!

    May 13, 2013

  • Nancie C.

    Sorry, family is coming to town that weekend!

    May 13, 2013

  • Sheila Newbery Redheaded P.

    Just the last 3 apps are avail for Android; however, I love PicSay Pro for mobile editing. I have just downloaded the recommended today.

    May 13, 2013

  • Joani B.

    Sorry, I am confused, is it April 19 or May 19?

    1 · April 11, 2013

  • Ted D.

    A bit confused. When I signed up it read "attending". Now I look at the list of those attending and it says I'm on the wait list. Which should I do... wait for an opening or attend?

    May 13, 2013

  • Ted D.

    Looking forward to the shoot and meeting more members of the group!

    May 13, 2013

  • John T.

    Hello Everyone,
    It is ok to bring one (1) guest with you to the walk. My recommendation is that they sign up for PPS in advance anyway; it doesn't hurt to know who they are, and they will receive important updates to future events such as this.
    Thanks,

    John

    May 13, 2013

  • Sheila Newbery Redheaded P.

    Are we allowed to bring a guest?

    May 7, 2013

  • ashley t.

    Going to do the navy bridge run instead and get some shots with my iPhone on the bridge

    May 4, 2013

  • Luis G.

    Sorry to cancel but mom will be in town so I will miss this one.

    May 2, 2013

  • ashley t.

    The navy bridge run is the same day at the same time! Parking will be difficult so you might want to get there a tad bit early

    May 2, 2013

  • David C. M.

    I don't own a mobile phone. Didn't notice this requirement when i signed up. No, I really do not miss having a mobile phone.

    April 25, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Excited!

    1 · April 16, 2013

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