Smartphone Photography

32 Hours / Access Length: 180 Days / Delivery: Online, Self-Paced

Course Overview:

Learn how to take high-quality, amazing shots using iPhones or Android devices, and take your smartphone photography skills to a new level.

Students will:
  • Understand how the camera works on mobile devices
  • Understand how different lenses work
  • How to edit through apps
  • How to correctly expose
  • Improve your photo composition

Course Outline:

Module 1:
Lesson 1: The World of Smartphone Photography            

We all use our smartphone for photographing different things. In this lesson we are going to talk about some popular styles of photography so we can think about what photographs you like to capture, this will help you develop and enhance your own style. We will explore the features on your smartphone and learn how to set it up to get the best possible images at the highest quality.

Lesson 2: Lenses and Accessories             

Smartphone cameras, like all cameras give us a view of the world which is very different to how we see with our eyes. In this lesson, we are going to look at how we can gain control of that view. We will talk about the difference between digital and optical zooming, and different lens attachments. We will also discuss how light forms the images that we capture with our smartphones.

Lesson 3: Composition  

In this lesson we will develop the creative side of our smartphone photography by exploring composition. We will expand our creative potential by mastering compositional techniques, such as rule of thirds, leading lines and angle of view. Developing strong compositional skills will increase the impact of your photographs and draw the viewer into the picture.

Lesson 4: Motion & Depth           

Motion and Depth are essential to expanding the creative potential of your photography. Controlling and manipulating motion and depth in your images will allow you to add drama and sophistication to your images. Whether you want to freeze an athlete in action or blur the flow of a waterfall, controlling motion will expand your capabilities and allow you to explore new subjects.

Lesson 5: Landscape Photography           

Learn how to improve your landscape photography by using different metering modes and ND filters, and the best times to get out there and shoot!

Lesson 6: Portrait Photography 

Portraits make for great photos but are challenging at the best of times. Even more difficult is taking good photos of ourselves! Find out how to get your best side every time and take stunning portraits of your friends and family in this lesson.

Lesson 7: Lowlight and Night time            

After dark the world lights up! But our phones can struggle to capture photos. However you would be surprised at what your phone is capable of at night! Learn how to capture light trails, light painting and even star trails with your phone in this lesson.

Lesson 8: Apps and Editing basics             

Today there is nearly as much interest in editing and enhancing pictures as there is in taking photos. In this lesson we are going to explore creative enhancements with some mobile photo editing apps. Mastering these skills will transform your images and give them an impressive edge.

Module 2:
Lesson 1: Instagram       

It is no understatement that Instagram has had a huge impact on photography. It can be a terrific way to get your photos seen and engage with like minded people, when it is used correctly. Find out all in this lesson.

Lesson 2: Black and White           

Seeing in black and white is completely different to seeing in color. Black and white is timeless. Get the most from your black and white shots in this lesson.

Lesson 3: Nature and Wildlife     

We are drawn to nature and we love animals. But nature is changing so it is more important then ever to capture it and to use your photography to highlight important issues.

Lesson 4: City and Travel              

Travelling is one of the joys in life, and we spend so much time when we are away photographing. Make every shot count after this lesson.

Lesson 5: Studio Part One            

You are not limited by your phone, and more professionals are turning to their phones as a way to photograph clients. Find out all about the studio here.

Lesson 6: Studio Part Two

Continuing with the studio, learn different lighting techniques and poses for your models.

Lesson 7: Lightroom and Photoshop Apps            

There are 1000s of editing apps out there but Lightroom is the industry leading app for photography. Learn how to edit your photos professionally.

Lesson 8: Starting a Business      

Finally you may see new possibilities for your photography, and certainly it is possible to make an income when you take the right steps. Learn how in this final lesson.

All necessary course materials are included.

System Requirements:

Internet Connectivity Requirements:
  • Cable and DSL internet connections are recommended for the best experience.
Hardware Requirements:
  • CPU: 1 GHz or higher
  • RAM: 2 GB or higher
  • Resolution: 1280 x 720 or higher
  • Speakers / Headphones
  • Microphone (Webinar / Live Online sessions)
Operating System Requirements:
  • Microsoft Windows 7 or 10 (Home, Pro)
  • Mac OSX 10 or higher.
  • Latest Chrome OS
  • Latest Linux Distributions

NOTE: While we understand that our courses can be viewed on Android and iPhone devices, we do not recommend the use of these devices for our courses. The size of these devices do not provide a good learning environment for students taking online or live online based courses.

Web Browser Requirements:
  • Latest Google Chrome is recommended for the best experience.
  • Latest Mozilla FireFox
  • Latest Microsoft Edge
  • Latest Apple Safari
Basic Software Requirements (These are recommendations of software to use):
  • Office suite software (Microsoft Office, OpenOffice, or LibreOffice)
  • PDF reader program (Adobe Reader, FoxIt)
  • Courses may require other software that is denoted in the above course outline.

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