“the best camera is the one that’s with you,”

Chase Jarvis

While many photographers and clients alike turn their noses up at the humble phone as far as photography is concerned, it has come a long way. In today’s technological landscape, cameras on phones have become quite powerful indeed, and more and more functionality is being added constantly.

A poor workman blames his tools, and the same can be said for photography. There will be times in your life, where all you have at your disposal is a phone camera. The aim of this course is to ensure that if that’s the case, you know exactly what to do and look at to create the most incredible images. Or to simply capture those wonderful, beautiful, fleeting moments in our lives…

This course is going to run for the whole year, and will be as in depth as possible. Each week, we will either be covering a new topic, or further cementing the previous week’s lesson with awesome discussion sessions.

Due to the length of the full course, and as this year has already started, you can sign up to be notified about next year’s course. We only have 20 spaces available, so the course will be on a first come first serve basis.

Depending on interest, we may choose to hold two classes next year (20 people per class). The class will be kept small to ensure that as much individual attention can be given as possible.


Class Topics Overview

In this long course, you can look forward to gaining the following things in a practical environment:

  • Gain confidence when working with your subject or model in terms of being able to effectively direct them to achieve the desired result
  • Learn how to temporarily set the exposure on your phone camera
  • Familiarise yourself with phone camera functionality (such as being able to turn the flash on/off, or HDR settings on/off etc)
  • Gain awareness of different compositional elements, and use them in your photograph taking
  • Approach subjects and scenes from varied angles
  • Enhance your creative thinking and look at the potential of objects
  • Understand perspective, and how it can be used to create dynamic images
  • Analyze your images to understand what was successful and what could be done better to allow for improvement of your skill over time
  • Learn about aperture, what it is, and how it works
  • Learn about shutter speed and how that applies to phone cameras
  • Learn about sensor sensitivity, ISO, and how it applies to phone cameras
  • Gain the ability to see different lighting effects (such as Rembrandt, Butterfly, Clamshell, etc), and learn how to create the effect with your subject using the available light

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