Mastering Mobile Phone Photography

Mastering Mobile Phone Photography

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There are more photographs taken each day on mobile phones than all other camera types combined. Welcome to the era of instant, available, affordable mobile phone photography.

Ten years ago serious photographers ridiculed amateurs using mobile phones for photography. After all mobile phones had sensors the size of a match head, ‘bottle tops’ for lenses and were considered little more than gimmicks to sell the mobile phone.

What a ‘c’ change we have experienced in the wonderful world of photography. Mobile phone images grace the covers of magazines, win competitions and are hung on the walls of art galleries. No other cameras are as ‘instant’ as mobiles, relegating the famous Polaroid era to horse and buggy status. Photographs taken in Cairo, Sydney or Paris can be sent to friends, pasted on social media or be on the editor’s computer in less than ten seconds. However, the biggest single social influence of mobile phone photography is its growing acceptability in an era where many people value privacy and are somewhat ‘camera shy’. The mobile phone is almost universally accepted in a positive light.

The Mastering Mobile Phone Photography seminar provides valuable yet simple tips on how to get the best possible quality from your phone camera using the basics of sharpness, lighting, exposure and design. The workshop is built around a series of practical fun exercises so you to learn to master your phone camera and improve your images. Follow these tips and your images will stand out from the rest.

The seminar also examines three of the most powerful and useful phone apps and teaches you how to process your images using these apps to give them that added ‘wow’ factor.


  • How good are mobile phone images?
  • What makes a good mobile phone photo?
  • Which is the best mobile phone for photography?
  • Cleaning the lens
  • Making sharper images
  • Recognising good lighting
  • Flash – forget it!
  • Edit – don’t filter.
  • Crop – don’t zoom.
  • Self-timer
  • Close-ups and macro
  • Using the grids
  • Selecting useful apps
  • Practice with apps
  • Transmission and back-up
  • Privacy, copyright and practice.





Please ensure your battery is FULLY charged for the workshop.

Bring instruction manual and your charger just in case!

To gain maximum benefit from this seminar please download two or three of the top recommended apps BEFORE the workshop.

Some apps are free, others there is a charge of around $2 to $4.

Recommended Apps (please download one or more before class)

  • Camera+ (don’t confuse with Camera Plus)
  • Snapseed (Excellent app but difficult to obtain as Google sometimes makes it unavailable)
  • Camera Awesome

Optional, specialised and useful Apps

  • Photosynth – panoramas if your default camera phone does not do panoramas
  • Perfect 365 – clearing skin blemishes and make-up variations
  • Grid Lens – combining two or more images into one frame

Image by Dale Neill taken with his mobile phone.

Date: 13/02/2016
Time: 13.00-16.30
Location: UWA Extension
Cost: 200.00