Smart Phone Photography

Smart Phone Photography

Smart Phone Photography

Contemporary smart phones contain clever cameras with huge capabilities. However, to get the best from them, as with all cameras, it’s important to recognise their limits, along with understanding quite what a good photograph is. This workshop will explain how to get the very best photographs from your smart phone, including consideration of some clever Apps for both capture & processing.

Aimed at Photographers of all levels & abilities, this workshop we will explore the capabilities of the smart-phone camera, assessing it’s potentials whilst importantly understanding it’s limitations, both technically & aesthetically. 

Recognising that it is the photographer and not the camera which takes a good photograph, we will too delve into the building blocks of any achieved photograph, namely the fundamentals of light, composition & subject material. 

In an age of a billion photographs, we’ll explore how to capture imagery which stands out against the competition, arresting the attention, bringing pleasure to both the photographer & their audience.


Hourly Schedule


Module 1
Understanding the Smart-phone camera: Comparing / contrasting such cameras with more traditional digital cameras. - The image sensor - and it’s impact on the final image. - Computational photography - unique to smart-phones; the phone’s computing power & how it influences the captured image. - The lens & how it compares against more traditional optics.
Module 2
The Pro’s and Con’s of the smart-phone camera. Cameras tend to capture poor results when asked to operate outside of their comfort zone. - No camera is perfect, they are all compromised. - What are smart-phone cameras really good at? - What are they not so good at. - The smart-phone camera’s best settings & why. - Apps which can improve the camera and so image quality of your captures.
Module 3
Considered post-production of images. - Should we process our smart-phone images? If so, what are the best options?
Module 4
The smart-phone camera; the future of photography & thoughts about the rolls played by individuals & society.
  • Duration: 60 minutes
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02 Mar 2024


11:00 - 12:00




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  • Rob Irving
    Rob Irving

    Rob Irving, a London-based photographer with 25 years of commercial experience, discovered his passion for photography at the age of 8. Self-taught and enlightened by academic pursuits in Cultural Geography with Photography, he explores the profound narratives within imagery. Specializing in people, products, events, and architecture, Rob’s lens is drawn to captivating light, acknowledging its role in creating compelling portraits. As a seasoned educator, he imparts his knowledge at The British Academy of Photography, guiding students to degree levels, and co-manages ‘GoFoto’ with photojournalist Alecsandra Dragoi.

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