Smartphone Photography Class

Learn how to take quality photos with your smartphone

2.5 hours Class size 1 to 8

label $80 - $99 ($99 per guest when you book for 1 guest, $90 for 2 guests, $85 for 3 guests, $80 for 4+ guests)

  • If you're fully COVID-19 vaccinated, you can attend this class anytime
  • If you're not fully COVID-19 vaccinated, you can attend from 1st Dec onwards

Unleash your smartphone camera's full potential and develop your photography skills in a fun and practical, hands-on class.

Enjoy a walking tour and hands-on learning experience in the photogenic area of The Rocks and its surroundings. You'll cover iconic Sydney landmarks like the Sydney Opera House and the Sydney Harbour Bridge.

You'll be coached to discover and develop your personal creative and artistic style, drawing from your personal background and personality. Additionally, you'll learn about the technical aspects of photography:

Class overview:

  • Learn about composition
  • Hands-on challenges to put theory into practice.
  • Control your shutter speed and ISO
  • Get constructive one-on-one feedback on your photos, so you keep getting better
  • Learn about and practice travel photography (street portraits, architecture, still life, abstract, landscapes, nature)
  • Learn to edit easily with your phone, and achieve amazing images

This class is approximately split into 60% learning about shooting, and 40% learning about editing.

For locals, see your city through a new artistic lens. For visitors and tourists, discover some of Sydney's most iconic spots for architecture and scenery.

This class will proceed regardless of the weather as there are indoor areas to use. Suitable for all smartphones (Apple, Samsung and others).

Your Sydney teacher will be either:
  • Chris L Jones - an advertising, editorial and commercial photographer based in Sydney, Australia. He has worked with a wide range of clients and would describe himself as a lifestyle, people, food, travel and occasional art photographer.
  • Or Alfonso Calero - Alfonso graduated from the Sydney Institute of Technology with an Associate Diploma in Photography in 2001 and has been professionally photographing food, portraits, landscapes and travel subjects ever since. He has won numerous photography awards, and speaks English, Japanese, Spanish and Tagalog.

If you have a NSW Dine & Discover voucher, you may redeem it on this class. Just bring it with you, and the teacher will scan it and process a partial refund when you meet on the day of the class

If you'd like a private class, please see details and book it here
Knowledge required
None. Perfect for beginners
What to bring
Your smartphone camera, and an umbrella if it looks rainy. Make sure your smartphone is fully charged, and has plenty of space to store new photos!

Comfortable walking shoes are recommended, as are sunscreen and sunglasses on sunnier days.

Alfonso's Photography Tours adheres to COVID-19 government guidelines.


Fine Food Cafe, Corner Mills And Kendall Lane, The Rocks

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4.9 (169)

Alfonso's Photography tours was founded by Alfonso Calero, a multi-award winning photographer with over 20 years' experience. He's recruited some of Australia's best photographers and teachers to provide you with informative, fun and inspiring photography experiences.

Alfonso's team provides regular photography classes where you can gain some new skills and knowledge, discover your artistic style, and also discover (or rediscover) Australia's beautiful cities. They also provide custom photography courses on request.

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Naomi Pasilow May 2021

4 ClassBento workshops attended • 3 reviews

Alfonso told us what was happening for the class and asked our expectations. He answered all our questions and set realistic challenges. I learnt a lot today and enjoyed the class.

Amelia Priest May 2021

Excellent course and I learned more then I expected. Alfonso explains everything well. Course designed, it had theory and practice, so tips you learn you get to apply straight away.

Photography workshop review by Amelia Priest

Liz McDougall Apr 2021

Alfonso was professional, patient and engaging. He was able to teach artistic and technical components in a way which will mean we can improve our photography long after this class. Handy tips and suggestions and plenty of encouragement made the group finish on a high. Thanks for a fabulous afternoon Alfonso!

Smartphone Photography Class review by Liz McDougall

Khalil Tannous Apr 2021

It was a very informative experience. Friendly and knowledgeable instructor. I definitely learned a lot.

Nathalie Rivet Jan 2021

Excellent informative workshop with a great mix of practical and technical tips. Working in a group was a great way to meet like minded people. Alfonso is personable and makes everyone- even the novice feel at ease! Highly recommend.

Elizabeth Wojtczak Dec 2020

The venue was good and very interesting to walk around. The Teacher was really informative and gave us good points and information; it was great to be able to put the new information into practice straight away with the photo "challenges" he set for us. I also liked his clear directions of where to meet and the time limit for each practice section. The small group of 4 was perfect and great to share our photos at the end of the day. Had a great time, thanks,

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Adam Samuels Nov 2020

Great class, got to explore Sydney and learn the power of the smartphone camera. Alfonso was very good

John Murray Sep 2020

Alfonso was highly knowledgable, easy to understand, patient and eager for us to learn as much as we could. There were 5 in our group which was perfect. Highly recommend this adventure and most enjoyable too.

Laura Phillips Sep 2020

Amasing smartphone course,well worth going to.really enjoyed the tasks given and the interactiveness with those on the course.

Would highly recommend

Pippa Sav Jul 2020

Wonderful class. Relaxed learning environment with very approachable teacher. A good pace for all levels of experience. I learnt a lot and was also given tools and tips to continue learning even more in my own time later.

Meagan Lavery Jul 2020

I never knew I could take such great pictures with a smartphone.
We had a fan time learning about photography in general and the apps used to edit photos with our phones.

Ilona Gaudin Jun 2020

Alonso was super entertaining and informative, I feel more confident with my smart phone camera now, inspiring, thanks!

Hannah Macadam Mar 2020

Great teacher and a really inspiring and refreshing few hours spent in the Rockslooking at things differently, learning technical photography and editing skills and having a lot of fun! Thank you Alfonso

Jann Hughes Feb 2020

Although Alphonso's class was introductory I still felt we learnt a lot as well as plenty of suggestions & tools to explore and develop our skills further. Great value as well

Tara Wilkinson Feb 2020

Despite the difficult rainy conditions we learned a lot of great information and top tips.

In fact the rain presented some great opportunities. Alfonso answered all our questions and took us to some interesting spots for photography challenges.

Good investment of time and cash. Thanks

Ralph Allen Feb 2020

Good class explaining some fundamental concepts together with some practical exercises. Alfonso did a great job managing around the weather which provided the opportunity to explore some different techniques.

Sarah Murray Jan 2020

2 ClassBento workshops attended

Great class. Very interactive and interesting. Got through many varieties of photography. Learnt a lot

Photography workshop review by Sarah Murray

Leo Kratzert Dec 2019

Great Class! Amazing and friendly teacher! Works with everyones wishes and expectations. Learned a lot about editing and composition. Good start to get more into photography.
Thank you!

Ashutosh Shukla Dec 2019

Was a bit short but covered a lot and learnt some cool tips to take some great photos.

Adam Newman Dec 2019

Passionate and knowledgeable in area of photography with mobile phones. Great base in getting more value from your phone

Karen Ryan Nov 2019

2 ClassBento workshops attended • 2 reviews

I bought Alfonso's course as a gift for my sons birthday and we brought two friends as well. We all loved the course and learned so much. Alfonso is a natural teacher, he is extremely knowledgeable and makes it a very enjoyable experience. I would highly recommend this course. Thanks Alfonso!

Laurie Bizouard Nov 2019

Alfonso was a great teacher, we learnt a lot of things and had a great time.
Definitely recommend.

Smartphone Photography Class review by Laurie Bizouard

Reem Altoukhi Nov 2019

Amazing course and teacher

Peter Brauer Nov 2019

Alfonso was easy to understand and very patient when answering questions. Friendly and easy going. The area around the Rock in Sydney was a great location for photo taking.

Yvonne Johanneman Oct 2019

Chris was a great teacher. He addressed every concern we had and helped my son, who had a Huawei phone (while everybody else had Samsung or Apple). Chris taught us every part of our phone camera and most of what was in Snapseed. Overall, an informative and well-executed workshop. We enjoyed it. Thank you Chris!

Helen Parsons Sep 2019

Class was wonderful, teacher really great & extremely good instructions and examples. Would recommend him highly.

Yan Zhang Sep 2019

Chris was great. It was a really fun learning experience. I think it has opened a new door for both of us

Thanks again!

Marla Minow Aug 2019

I loved the 3 hour smartphone photography class led by Alfonso.
He is an engaged and knowledgeable teacher who was able to keep me and the other students fascinated throughout the afternoon. We were a diverse group and Alfonso's charm and wit, combined with his technical understanding of photography allowed for an interactive afternoon of learning and laughter.

I highly recommend this course led by Alfonso for anyone like me who used their smartphone camera all the time without understanding basic elements of photography

Wendy Stainlay Aug 2019

We enjoyed having a few hours of photography iPhone tuition and editing in Snapseed with Alfonso. We will make good use of his tips to enhance our travel photos.

Photography workshop review by Wendy Stainlay Sydney

Nessie Shaw Aug 2019

2 ClassBento workshops attended

Excellent class great teacher and patient with an absolute beginner like me thanks very much Alfonso

Despina Tracey Jun 2019

Really good class. Learnt a lot of new techniques and tips that will be really useful in the future. Great location and really convenient.

Sue Hancock Jun 2019

Excellent course , great to get the best from your smartphone camera. Alfonso is a great teacher who makes sure you cover what you would like to know.

Cathy McMenamin Jun 2019

It was an enjoyable day, and I learned a few handy tips that I can use

Nathalie Suarjaya Jun 2019

Had a Great time during My Ifone photography course with Alfonso in the Rocks
Alfonso Was a Great teacher ,very professional ,Kind and approachable.he has So much experience and Was a wealth of information in teaching us the BASIC tricks of photography with My Ifone.
The Rocks is such a Brilliant venue .
The group Was small and that made it easy to interact with Alfonso.
Great time of. The Day to be doing that course for the light .
Over All a Great course I choose amongst many others and as a bday present from My best Friend
Both Ian and Alfonso responded straight away when I contacted them and were very accomodating when I had to changes dates .thank you again .Awesome course and day .

Smartphone Photography Class review by Nathalie Suarjaya

Sheila Trotman Jun 2019

Fantastic course & I learnt a lot. Alfonso was brilliant & patient & even arranged a fabulous sunset! I would recommend this course to anyone - really great value for money - thank you Alfonso!

Smartphone Photography Class review by Sheila Trotman

Martin Taylor May 2019

We were very pleased with the course and our teacher. Chris was friendly, patient and knowledgeable. The course covered both general artistic improvement and , for me, showed me the capabilities of the latest smart phone technology
As I am hiking for a couple of months in Europe in a few weeks it convinced me that a phone is all that is required to capture my journey
I recommend it to beginners and experienced DSRL photographers
Many thanks

Kirsteen Fisscher May 2019

Fantastic introduction to the basics. Our teacher Chris was engaging, interesting and full of great tips and tricks to help maximize the iPhone camera at our fingertips. It was also a brilliant way to explore a gorgeous part of Sydney - would highly recommend for the newbie photo buff in all of us ✌

Smartphone Photography Class review by Kirsteen Fisscher Sydney

Victoria Morish May 2019

My daughter and I really enjoyed the course. Chris was great and very informative and it was really lovely to walk around The Rocks and see and photo some of the history of the area.

Photography workshop review by Victoria Morish

Stacey Macdonald Mar 2019

I learnt so much about the camera features on the smartphone and different ways of editing pictures. So glad I did the class.

Tessa Albanis Feb 2019

I throughly enjoyed this course, Alfonso was great. He covered everything from perspective, lighting and angles. He showed us how to adjust our pictures to achieve the best results. I would highly recommend this course and I will be doing a few more in the future.

Smartphone Photography Class review by Tessa Albanis

Stefanie Collins Feb 2019

I bought this for my father for a gift and he loved it. The instructor, location and class material were all amazing and he hasn't stopped talking about it. Definitely recommend.

Margaret Griffin Feb 2019

Chris was very helpful with iPhone photography but the invitation for the course indicated that it was for camera not iphone. We had 2 Samsung owners and 1 Sony so we were not all on the same page. No instructions at all for camera photography during the course. Location good and lots of opportunities to use Snapseed and learn it.

Photography workshop review by Margaret Griffin

Anna Salleh Feb 2019

Teacher did really well considering there were so many different phone types among the participants.
Venue was fun and tip sheet was good except not entirely relevant to my phone.
I did gain some basic knowledge to help on my journey to find out how to take better photos with my smartphone.
Suggest in future that it would be useful to have separate classes for Android/Samsung and iPhone.

Katherine Beaumont Dec 2018

2 ClassBento workshops attended • 2 reviews

This class was beyond expectations. Our guide Chris (who filled in for Alfonso) was fantastic. He was easy to follow and a great combination of what we were doing and how to do it and then actually putting it into practice. Chris made sure that we then knew what we were doing after we had left.
I was surprised with how much I can do with the smartphone (did you know you can make buildings look straight?- to know more do the course!) as well as editing on the go- so quick and fun. Already I am making use of what I have learnt.
It was a practical coarse as well as really lovely wondering around The Rocks and seeing it through a photographers eye.
A great afternoon.
Thank you

Smartphone Photography Class review by Katherine Beaumont

Amber Toal Nov 2018

One of the best time and money investments I've made in a while! Alfonso is both knowledgable in his trade and great at teaching - a combination that very few people can master. His insights have served me well since the class and the handout he provided is SO helpful! Can't recommend this class enough - if you're thinking about it, do it! You won't regret it!

Lily Widodo Nov 2018

7 ClassBento workshops attended • 7 reviews

My smartphone photography knowledge has definitely increased drastically. Thank you for all the tips Chris, I now know what to do with all the camera functions, feel like having a brand new phone again.

Photography workshop review by Lily Widodo

Vilas Hirani Oct 2018

5 ClassBento workshops attended • 3 reviews

An enjoyable & informative few hours Alfonso is an experienced instructor & I picked up a few good tips on editing!

Smartphone Photography Class review by Vilas Hirani

Maria Shaw Oct 2018

This course was engaging and lots of fun. Alfonso was a very good teacher and explained things in an easy to understand way.

He set interesting challenges to illustrate his points and we edited photos on site - which was great. He took us to outstanding locations where we practiced what we had learnt.

A thoroughly enjoyable learning experience and I think my photos have really improved as a result.

Photography workshop review by Maria Shaw

Jemma Carlisle Sep 2018

Great class. Alfonso knew his stuff and made the teachings enjoyable. Well paced and easy enough to follow. Really enjoyed exploring my local area looking through a different lens.

Photography workshop review by Jemma Carlisle Sydney

Anne Gillespie Aug 2018

Alfonso is an excellent teacher. I see images from a different perspective now. Thank you for opening up our minds with new skills from behind the camera.

Kelly Murphy Aug 2018

Excellent, Alfonso was a great teacher, with a lot of technical knowledge and some unexpected insights on the history of the Rocks, making it really worth doing. I recommend this to anyone who wants to increase their knowledge

Adam Wollins Jun 2018

Alfonso is a consummate professional who's expertise in his field shows through in this class. I'm a qualified trainer and can therefore make for a tough student but the way the course was structured and delivered was fun and informative which meant we learnt a lot Worth every cent.
Do you have to be a certain age to do this?

No age limit as long as you can walk with a basic level of fitness.

*Can minors under 16 years of age join the workshop?*

Minors (From 8-15 years) must be accompanied by an adult unless written
consent is given before hand (12-15 years).

Minors and adults are charged at the same price.

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