Smartphone Photography Course - Sydney

Smartphone Photography Workshop for Locals & Tourists - The Rocks & Sydney Harbour

Due to popular demand for SignaturePhoto’s successful iPhone Photography Workshop that has been running for past 8 years, this smartphone photography course is for both iPhone and Android camera phone users (iPhone, Samsung, Google Pixel). Learn how to use your smartphone camera to it’s full potential to capture and create high quality images. Basic photography composition techniques (close-up, blur, cropping, focus, exposure), storytelling and lighting are also key to better image-making on your smartphone camera.
The advance in technology in smartphone cameras in the past couple of years has greatly improved the image resolution quality; enabling you to capture (and quickly edit with quality photo apps) amazing photos on your phone ‘on the go’. Having this fab small camera always with you, ensures you capture those spontaneous moments as well as high quality photos. Being able to easily upload images within minutes of shooting to social media and sharing with friends is another benefit of smartphone cameras!


Workshop outline: While the latest model smartphones have improved image resolution quality, capturing great photos (as opposed to just snaps) on your smartphone still lies with the photographer. It requires an understanding of focus and exposure control; composition of an image and best lighting; how to control depth of field (blurring backgrounds) on your smartphone camera; the best settings for shooting still subjects and moving subjects; travel, street, architecture, landscapes, food, portraits, family, action and business photos; photographic storytelling techniques, and how to ensure your images are sharp.

On this workshop you will learn tips for all of these key elements for improving your smartphone picture-taking as well as tips on quickly enhancing and editing your images on your phone using a recommended (free) photo app.
Course duration: 2.5 hours
Cost: $95
Group size: small groups - max 8 persons

Next course dates: Sun 21 April, Sun 23 June, Sun 14 July
Time: 2pm - 4.30pm
Meeting point: Circular Quay
Customised private (couples, families, friends) and business Smartphone photography workshops from 2-12 people can be arranged to suit your needs. Please email for cost.

After a quick overview of the camera’s key settings and autofocus selection button, and key points for strong image composition and lighting - we walk the back alleys and laneways of The Rocks and around Sydney Harbour, allowing you to explore your photographic skills and creativity using your smartphone camera. There is plenty of good photo material along the way for capturing interesting images as we discover this historic, and also newer areas of Sydney and The Harbour.

Photography Level / course suitable for: This is a fun and interactive workshop for iPhone and Android photographers of any level: locals, tourists, interstate visitors. Also popular with food and travel bloggers! Check out TripAdvisor (and below) for reviews by past clients who have attended SignaturePhoto Smartphone Photography workshops.
N.B. For iPhone users who want to learn how to use their iPhone camera using two iPhone specific cool photo apps which enable you to be creative and experiment with the various effects that can be achieved with the apps, then you may also want to attend the popular SignaturePhoto iPhone Photography Workshop (the original smartphone workshop).

How to book workshop: Book this workshop now via the booking page or email us via the contact form if any questions.

Course instructor: Sarah Jenkins - photographer & graphic designer.
What to bring: Your fully charged smartphone (iPhone, Samsung, Google Pixel - suggest phone is not older than 4 years). And a spare battery pack if you have. Ensure you have enough memory space on your phone to take lots of photos. Ensure the recommended free photo app is already downloaded onto your phone. (You will be emailed prior to workshop as to which photo app - compatible with both iPhone and Android). Wear comfortable shoes.

"Sarah's smartphone photography workshop was a great way to spend Sunday afternoon walking local streets of Sydney and learning photo skills on my new iphone X max. Highly recommend Sarah's workshop. My husband and daughters have commented on the change (positively) of my photos since attending the Sarah's workshop. Thank you Sarah.” Victoria S.

"I really enjoyed the afternoon spent with Sarah learning how to use the various camera settings on my mobile phone to take much better photos. Sarah was very knowledgeable across all types of phones including Samsung, iPhone, Google. Sarah took us for a nice walk around the Sydney city to take various photos and gave us personalised advice on how to improve our photography. Great way to spend an afternoon. Highly recommend it!" Liz Wong

"I recently attended the Smartphone Photography Workshop. Such a lovely afternoon walking through the back streets of The Rocks & Sydney Harbour. I learnt so much on what a smartphone camera can do, and how to edit the photo for a greater effect. This will be most useful for day-to-day street photography & future travels. Hats off to Sarah, she's a fantastic teacher! Her explanation & guidance was clear and straight to the point. Highly recommended!" Victoria Papadakis

"We attended the iPhone photography class. The reviews are absolutely spot on and we both had a great time and we learnt many things which we will now be using in our day to day smartphone photography. The apps and the techniques taught by Sarah are easy to follow, and have significantly improved out skills. Would definitely recommend this course to anyone who is interested in smartphone photography. Thank you Sarah." Reza H.