How to create better iPhone photos even if you use an “Android”. Featuring Robert E. Potter III, Wednesday, June 3, 2020, 6:30 pm, live via Zoom and YouTube. Join us!

How to create better iPhone photos even if you use an “Android”!

Hi everyone,

Do you use your smartphone for photography? Our Wednesday, June 3, 2020 meeting will feature professional photographer Robert E. Potter III showing you how to create better iPhone photos, even if you use an Android phone.

The goal for this meeting for you:
Our goal with this meeting is that you will learn at least three new smartphone photography skills that you can use to improve your smartphone photography.

A few of the skills Robert will cover:

  • Understanding the GUI (Graphical User Interface) of the Camera app on your iPhone
  • Basic exposure—auto and manual
  • Focusing techniques
  • High Dynamic Range—What is it, and how to use it
  • How to control your flash
  • How to apply Instagram type filters to your photos
  • Selecting between Photo, Portrait, Square, Pano
  • How to use adapters—extra lenses, filters, etc.
  • 3rd party software you may wish to investigate

Social time on Zoom open to everyone: 6:15 pm–6:30 pm, and after the presentation (7:30 pm – 9:00 pm)

If you would like the Zoom meeting information
, send an email to and you will receive an immediate reply with the Zoom meeting information.

Email or text questions to Robert before the meeting:
If you have a question for Robert, you can email him at: for June 2020 Speaker

You can text question for Robert to (708) 691–8339.

Robert’s bio:
My mentor from Valpo, George Strimbu, introduced me to Doris O’Neal, at that time the Curator of Photography at LIFE Magazine, at an exhibit of photos at Valpo. I shot the event and spent the night making prints to show Doris before she left in the morning. Doing so landed me an apprenticeship at LIFE under the hand of Alfred Eisenstaedt who taught me the most important asset to a photographer. “Never, ever, go anywhere without a camera”. Under Eisenstaedt’s direction I studied under Cornell Capa at the International Center of Photography. At Cornell’s suggestion would soon join the ASMP (American Society of Media Photographers) and maintain membership in that organization to this day. One of the best career decisions I’ve ever made.

In 1982 I returned to Chicago and began to pay my dues by working in a ‘stat house’, Peter Quill and Associates, doing line conversions, half tones, screen prints and the like – real ‘old school’ publishing stuff. But, the company had a small studio space and a darkroom I could use and we did work for a LOT of agencies that I was given introduction to. Toward the end of my tenure at Quill I was introduced to the future of preprint photograph manipulation and graphic design. I saw my first Macintosh computer (now look at me - the Potter School of Photography specializes in private tutorials using Apple Computers and Apple is on of my clients).

During these early years in Chicago, the early 80’s, I began working in an area that is dear to my heart, theatre. I became ‘the’ photographer for the first Chicago publication specifically for the theatre community, the “Chicago Theatre Journal” and also worked as the part-time box office manager at ‘Second City’. I quickly became Joyce Sloane’s, the producer of Second City at the time, favorite photographer. My run as the ‘house photographer’ would last 10 years and secured my reputation as one of the top headshot photographers in Chicago.


Russ Conte
President, Chicago Apple User Group