Smartphone Photography Course

Learn how to take high quality photos with your smartphone camera



2.5 hours Class size 1 to 8 (public classes), 3 to 15

label $95 (or 4 payments of $23.75 Afterpay)

In this fun and practical photography course, which is suitable for both locals and visitors, you will learn how to take high-quality images using your iPhone or Android smartphone camera.

We will begin with a brief overview of the camera settings and then get fully hands-on with a walking tour through the historic and beautiful areas of The Rocks and Sydney Harbour where you will have the opportunity to practice your photography skills, unleash your creativity and find your own style.

You will learn by doing and gain skills on fundamental photography techniques: composition of an image, focus and exposure control, blurring backgrounds (depth of field), lighting, how to capture moving subjects and photography styles to get stunning photos.

By the end of this workshop, you'll understand how to take advantage of today's smartphone cameras.

In addition to capturing a variety of subjects, you'll also learn how to quickly and easily edit and improve your images using a free photo app. (You will be emailed as to which photo app to download onto your phone prior to the workshop).

Have fun in this informal class and discover your smartphone camera's potential to easily capture those special moments!

If you're gifting this workshop, make sure you send through the giftee's contact details after booking so that they can be contacted before the class with important class information.

Please note:
Private corporate / business smartphone photography workshops incur an additional fee depending on location and if the instructor is required to travel to business premises. Corporate smartphone photography workshops can be customised to your business and number of hours - starting from two hours for four to 12 people. Ideal for employees to learn to take better photos for the company’s social media or as a team-building activity. If interested please get in touch via the request button.

Cancellation policy:
Workshop is non-refundable. 5 days notice is allowed if you wish to transfer to a different workshop date. We reserve the right to cancel any course/workshop with inadequate enrolment. In the event this occurs you will be offered a full refund or the option of transferring to another future course date. We reserve the right to cancel and reschedule any course, due to bad weather or instructor illness. Courses and workshops proceed whether the sun shines or not! (Some of the best shots are captured in overcast /storm cloudy weather). In the event of severe weather conditions i.e heavy rain forecast (as opposed to light rain) the morning of the workshop, an SMS will be sent to your mobile with a re-scheduled course date that suits the majority of students.


Knowledge required
  • None. Perfect for beginners and travel enthusiasts.
  • This Smartphone photography workshop is suitable for mums and dads, teenagers, business owners, individuals, travel and food bloggers, as well as for groups. Budding teenage photographers (from age 13) are welcome to join on their own with written consent from a parent (ages 13-14), or mum or dad is welcome to join the class and learn with their child from age 11 - a fun activity for the family!
What you'll get
A walking tour of The Rocks and Sydney Harbour with the facility to hone your photography skills.
 
What to bring
  • This course is suitable for both iPhone and Android camera phone users (Samsung, Google Pixel - we suggest phone is not older than four years).
  • Bring your phone fully charged with enough storage space and a spare battery pack if you have it.
  • Ensure the recommended free photo app is already downloaded onto your phone (you'll be emailed prior to the workshop as to which photo app to install). If you gift this class, make sure you send through the giftee's contact details before the class so that they can be sent these details.
  • Wear comfortable walking shoes.
Suitable for

Suitable for adults, and kids (minimum 13 years old).

Adult accompaniment is not required.

This would also be a unique gift for her, gift for mum, anniversary gift or birthday gift.

Location

The Rocks, NSW

Exact location is masked for privacy. You'll automatically get the specific address after booking.

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SignaturePhoto photography courses (operating for the past 12 years) specialise in one-day and half-day workshops in Sydney for beginner and intermediate photographers. Designed for those who want to understand the functionality and get creative with their DSLR, mirrorless and smartphone cameras in a short period of time. Courses are hands-on, fun and designed for small groups! SignaturePhoto has received TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence for 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021 with over 250 5 star reviews from past course attendees.

Sarah Jenkins, the teacher and owner of SignaturePhoto Photography Courses, is a freelance and international award winning photographer and graphic designer. She has more than 20 years experience in both the photography and graphic design fields, working for well-respected agencies in London and Sydney. Sarah lives in Sydney Australia but her passion for travel has taken her to over 138 countries around the world.


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Elizabeth Pearce Aug 2023


Sarah’s class was very informative, practically orientated and fun. We spent 2 and 1/2 hours walking around the rocks practicing the technicalities of taking photos, being creative with our phones, and tips for editing our pictures. Sarah was good company and the time past quickly.

Murray Fraser May 2023


My partner and I were tired of being hit or miss with photos and with a big overseas trip coming up we decided to seek professional help.
Sarah met us right on time. Her instructions throughout the course were clear, meaningful and plentiful. She showed us options on our iPhone that previously were just icons. Knowing what they are and how to use the function is enlightening.
It was awesome walking through The Rocks with a professional photographer learning out photography. Sarah’s instructions have made a massive difference to the quality of our photos.

Smartphone Photography Course review by Murray Fraser - Sydney

Marianne Suthers Mar 2023


Great class on a Sunday afternoon. Sarah knew her stuff and her knowledge helped a lot. Have recommended this course to friends

Yayoi Yoshida Mar 2023


Sarah was so friendly and helpful. She told us what the most important thing is when taking photos. I really recommend this workshop.

Elizabeth Symmons Mar 2023

3 ClassBento workshops attended • 3 reviews


A fun way to spend an afternoon.
We started with information and then put that into practice at preselected sites.
The group was small with great interactions.
Instructor was very knowledgeable, easy to talk to and presented information easily to a group of diverse people.
I would recommend this for both locals and tourists.

Brenda Cologon Mar 2023


Thank you Sarah I had a great time.
I have learnt more about my camera on my phone as well as lighting, angles, positioning.
Looking forward to seeing my photo skills I have learnt moving forward

Kewal Saluja Jan 2023


It was a really good experience for a beginner. I liked the course and what I got out of it.
Sarah, the teacher of this course, makes you feel comfortable and takes you along - and pays personal attention so that you are not left behind in the learning of the material.

Tracie Duclos Jan 2023


This was a great class. It was a combination of sitting and looking at the features on the IPhone, all questions were answered and / or demonstrated. We then went for a walk and put our new found knowledge into action, great learning techniques. Again Sarah guided, demonstrated, gave constructive advice and gave us some tricks of the trade. I went home and had some very impressive photos to show off to my family. Thanks Sarah

Robyn Sykes Nov 2022

2 ClassBento workshops attended • 2 reviews


Had a great afternoon with Sarah today. Lots of great information, hints and tips for getting the most out of using our iPhones for photography.
Thoroughly recommend!
Thank you Sarah!

Svetlana Beliak Oct 2022


It was a great workshop, I totally enjoyed it, learned a lot, and also had fun. Had lots of tip and ideas and new viewpoints on well known objects - and I lived in Sydney for 15 years. I would definitely recommend it.

Tania Payne Oct 2022

2 ClassBento workshops attended • 2 reviews


A fun workshop. Can't wait to put what we have been taught into practice.

Carol Read Apr 2022


Great afternoon. Sarah shares tips and techniques in an easily understandable manner. Very informative and fun course with lots of interaction within the group. The course definitely delivered on my learning expectations.

Carlien Coultate Apr 2022


Sarah is an excellent tutor, and the class exceeded our expectations. A brilliant experience, highly recommended. 5 STARS !

Zenita Inghamn Apr 2022


Both my husband and I really enjoyed this course and were lucky to get a perfect day for wandering around the Rocks and snapping away. Thanks Sarah for all your great tips and your knowledge.

Mitchell Lisa Apr 2022


Sarah was informative but she ignored individual needs and focused on people with knowledge of smartphones. Though she tried to be flexible it didn't work. For me Sarah focused on people who could grow her business. I won't use her again

Teacher's response

Dear Lisa, thank you for sharing your feedback. Glad that you found the workshop informative, but sorry your experience didn’t meet your expectations and felt your individual needs were not met. Although I am a little perplexed by your review, as you did make a couple of positive ‘revelation' comments during the workshop.
As you can see from other reviews, I strive to deliver information to each participant, according to levels of experience using their smartphone cameras showing key camera functions on each person's smartphone camera. It is a smartphone photography workshop with participants using various smartphones. And like yourself, the three other participants on the workshop had little or no knowledge of using their smartphone cameras, so there was no intent on my part to focus on any particular participant. Again, apologies if you felt I did and will take on board your feedback to ensure an even better experience for future clients.
Sarah (photography class instructor)

Martin Kenrick Mar 2022


Great well informed entertaining teacher - top shelf
Able to pitch different information to different students with different interests or levels of experience - highly recommended and great value

Dianna Kenrick Mar 2022


Great experience, learnt some fundamentals of phone photography & how to edit in a simple & very quick way. Sarah is very passionate about photography & provided great tips on composition, structure & lighting. We were provided some great opportunities to be creative resulting in some fabulous photos I would not have been able to achieve prior to the course.

Photography class review by Dianna Kenrick - Sydney

Aura Cabaero Dec 2021


Excellent Workshop! Sarah's a fun & cool instructor . We learnt the ABCs of smartphone photography e.g. timing, framing, light, scaling, etc.
Love that we explore the city while learning too Highly recommend!

Photography class review by Aura Cabaero - Sydney

Jacqui Wasilewsky Dec 2021


Sarah, the teacher, was engaging, informative and knowledgeable. She started the class with theory and then we went out to use our skills.
We were a big family group but our being loud did not put her off. I would definitely recommend this class for a family outing and suggest it as a private class.

Sarah Artist Nov 2020


This was a fun, interesting and useful course. The tour leader was fun and well informed, and I'm really pleased I went. Thanks very much Sarah.

Lucas Bembo Jan 2020


Sarah was wonderful. We first started with some theory and the rest was practical. Sarah was very patient, encouraging and provided excellent tips and improvements on the shots we were taking along the way. We were able to ask as many questions as we wanted and we got answered to all of them. Sarah was able to cater to both our iPhone and Samsung phones. The day was wonderful and my partner and myself had a wonderful time!

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