Attention: Smartphone Photo Enthusiast!

"Have you become bored with your photos, feel frustrated or not creative enough?"


Join the 14-Day Photo Creativity Challenge!

I’m here to tell you the TRUTH you need to know about being a creative photographer. One of the biggest problems you are facing is struggling to find something different to photograph and making it far more compelling than a snapshot recording of what is in front of you.

That’s not the worst part. You have probably accepted your results and believed your whole life that you are not the creative type.

I’m Mike James and after 20-years working in a technical field of photography, I felt the exact same way. I truly believed that not being able to draw stick figures, I did not have a creative bone in my body!

After becoming a smartphone photography purist, I discovered that we can all develop our creativity through simple processes!

This 14-day challenge is the key to discover and quickly unleash your photo creativity, so you can confidently capture interesting photos anytime in any location... and start feeling like a more passionate and creative person.

Is this you?

Scrolling through social media, your feed is full of stunning, creative photos. You can feel jealous and question why yours don't look like that. I know I have suffered from being self-critical, a perfectionist and struggled to grow my creativity. This can lead to low self-esteem, low motivation or not feeling inspired to take photos.

You have a love of taking photos. You deserve to experience that fulfilling moment when you are being expressive in your photography. Even if you identify yourself as being creative, we all experience the creativity burnout!

The biggest roadblock standing in your way right now is self-doubting your own creative abilities. We all experience this. A quick time out to participate in a photo creativity challenge will help you overcome this stage.

Imagine this

Imagine feeling confident and satisfied that you can consistently create beautiful photos every time... without having to upgrade your phone.

No more feeling the pressure to be creative. You will start to approach your photography in a more systematic way applying basic photography principles and how we, as photo viewers 'read' and respond to a photo. This powerful framework guides you to find fun ways of taking photos that make sense to the viewer.

Your photos will look amazing online and printed, hung on your wall - because you will know the secret to find your inner creative and become a visual storyteller!

You will start thinking about your motivation for taking a photo (intention) and experiment positioning yourself and elements in the photo (composition).

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The story behind this 14-Day Photo Creativity Challenge

After 20-years working in a technical area of photography. I didn’t take photos personally and really disliked photography. This became apparent when my mum passed away and I tragically discovered only 6 photos over her last 9 years as my 3 kids grew up. It was then that I realised photos were a gift for others.

I suspended my prejudice toward the smartphone, took more photos of my family and myself. Surprisingly, I discovered a passion for taking photos of landscapes and flowers. I knew all the technical stuff; however, creativity and capturing those stunning photos was a real struggle. I didn't get it and was a real frustration until I shared a coffee with my professional photographer friend Kyle from 20West Photography. He explained that his creativity came from applying photography principles and guidelines to every photo. I couldn’t believe it, what I thought was my weakness could become my strength. A systematic approach to photography was the answer. The big AHA moment was thinking about how all the elements in the photo would attract, hold, guide or detract and viewer’s attention and affect their experience. My results accelerated like never. My photos had a purpose, emotion, communicated something, they were special and meant something.

 Here is how it works

After registration, you will have full access. There is no set start time. If you enrol at 2am, you still get access to everything straight away to start at your convenience.

  • Jump in anytime each day
  • Read the lesson in each exercise on any device
  • Watch the quick video tutorial providing the tips
  • Post your photo in the Facebook group or challenge comments
  • Leave supportive comments on other participant's photos
  • Repeat the challenge anytime you find yourself in a creative rut
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How is this photo creativity challenge different? 

The challenge is limited to 14-days to give you the most value, fast. If you miss a day, that's ok. Just jump back on board and continue the activities. I have tried and failed the 365-day challenges feeling guilty each time!

Assuming no prior knowledge, these daily bite-sized 5-10 minute learning exercise activities are quick and easy. Project-based and community learning is just what you need.

All of us have the potential to be creative. For many, creativity can be hampered by the fear of disapproval or the fear of failure. Creativity can only flourish in an atmosphere of experimentation, playfulness and curiosity. Your final photo is irrelevant. Don't get hung up on perfectionism. I am all too familiar with that blockage! This photo creativity challenge is not about creating beautiful photos. It is about the journey of discovering photo intention, basic composition and storytelling.

This challenge is not a smartphone brand or operating system specific. You can participate whether you have iPhone, Android or Blackberry!

Sample Daily Exercise (3min 38sec) - Day 3: Rule of Thirds - Basic Photo Composition

This is one of the easiest and most transformational photo compositional techniques.

Firstly, what is composition? Your image includes the main subject and extra elements in the frame. The composition is how elements are positioned and how they all interact with each other.

Rule of Thirds is the process of placing two equally spaced vertical and horizontal lines across the photo. This creates nine squares, looking like a Tic-Tac-Toe board.

In your camera setting turn on the Grid or Gridlines. The idea is to place the main subject on top of one of these lines effectively placing it off-centre. The result is a more dynamic-looking image instead of the subject static in the centre of the frame. This also creates space around the subject for the viewer's attention to explore other elements in the scene.

Activity objective: Composition is the first step to becoming a more intentional storyteller.

Tip: The sweet spot is placing your main subject on one of the four points where the lines intersect. Your subject will then be off-centre both vertically and horizontally.


Cheryle Matthews

Disappointed in the clarity & sharpness of her photos to "Some of my photos are looking extremely good and I'm very happy with the results"

Hazel Ingram

Hazel is one of our most proud smartphone photographers. I have loved watching her transformation to 'see' photographically and become more confident in editing and her creativity.

Terry Turkington

"Mike's communication skills are excellent and he can speak to me in a learner language that I can understand and make everything sound so easy."

Testimonial for Smartphone Photography Training Eva

"I took Smartphone Photography Training's photo editing course to gain proficiency and some ideas for the social media for our business. I had no idea that I would get so much out of it on a personal level. This course gave me the skills to create the photo I imagined from the one I initially captured, and the confidence to keep trying and experimenting. Thanks very much, Mike for your simple, insightful and easy to follow instructions."

Eva van der Vlies

Client Testimonilal - Kathryn McCauley - Social Media Consultant - A guide to consulting services

The workshop and course have helped me to move out of my mobile photography 'comfort zone' and start experimenting with other editing apps and more features of my iPhone. The FB group is a great follow up support as the news skills will take time to develop. Thanks Mike for answering all my questions and the great follow up."

Kathryn McCauley

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Inclusions (up to $297 value)

14-Day Photo Creativity Challenge ($199 delivery value)

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Delivering workshops with similar content have been delivered in 1-hour (an investment of $199 AUD).

The total video in this challenge is only 45 minutes in total. My goal was to make it quick, no fluff, succinct and deliver the most value in an appropriate sequence. You can get through this challenge in one sitting if you prefer.

Printable PDF of all the creativity challenge activities to view on your phone ($49 AUD value)

14 day photo creativity challenge ebook inside the course

Even though I invest quite a lot in the online platform to deliver my courses, you probably prefer a PDF. Am I right?
Well, I have you covered. In the resources section once you enrol you will find all these bonuses.
This PDF can be viewed in your internet browser via a URL or download by tapping on the download icon in the top right corner of the eBook. Below is what it looks like inside the course.

Lens attachment guide ($49 value)

Smartphone photography lens attchment guide for mobile photography

Lens attachments will not make you a better photographer. This guide explains the important differences in lens options for fun and rewarding close-up photography. They are not all the same.

Adding the extra capability to your smartphone really opens up creative opportunities. You can start capturing unique perspectives that no-one will believe was a smartphone!

BONUS - Exclusive closed Facebook group

14-Day Photo Creativity Challenge

There are two big reasons why you benefit from having a dedicated Facebook group.
1. Continued direct access to myself to provide feedback and continued support so you do not feel abandoned after enrollment.

2. Social learning is amazing. You get continued support, motivation and inspiration that is difficult to maintain on your own.

What is included?

  • $199 - 1-hour in-person workshop value to deliver equivalent content
  • $49 - Printable PDF version of the challenge including video links
  • $49 - Lens attachment guide
  • BONUS - Exclusive Facebook group monitored by Mike James just for this challenge


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Want to know how you can join the challenge for FREE? Of course you do. Once enrolled, you will have access to a special 50% OFF link to share with a friend to undertake the challenge together. Have 2 friends join and pay for your challenge!!

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This is the secret to creativity

To quote Ansel Adams “There is nothing worse than a sharp image of a fuzzy concept.” This introduces you to those 'concepts' to understand photographic intention, storytelling and photo composition.

You have two options:

Continue being overwhelmed and confused reading blogs and watching YouTube videos.

Or, follow a specially designed photo creativity challenge that will fuel your creativity and inspiration (simple!)… The secret to creative photography is project-based learning from carefully selected challenges to fuel your creativity and inspiration. Each day introduces new concepts and builds on previous exercises. You could even start developing your own style to make your photos uniquely and recognisable as your own!


Jenny Nolt

Mike is honest and open in assessing people's photographs. "He gives good advice in a very kind way and recommend his training and the way he does things".

Terry Betts

“Mike is very personable, professional photographer, professional trainer who can guide you to getting the most out of your smartphone photographically and for your editing”

Rocio Lopez

Mike is a very engaging speaker and explains things in a way that is easy to grasp. He is always working on new courses and content. His passion for photography shows in everything he does and is very contagious.

In just 14 days you will experience this transformation

Your smartphone will start to fill up with more intentional and creative looking photos. There will be lots of different viewpoints, angles, subject matter and stories. Most importantly, your confidence will have grown and you will start to feel more creative. You will soon discover that these skills transfer into other areas of your life. Becoming more passionate and confident in your photographer will really start to change your life - in only 14 days!

But only when you choose to act. The choice is yours.

Click the button below to get started!

You will not feel abandoned after enrolling. At the conclusion of the challenge, you will be invited to our Smartphone Photography Club Facebook group. There, our conversation will continue as we share your photography journey. I cannot wait to observe and be a part of your transformation.

Get instant access to your

'14-Day Photo Creativity Challenge'

YES, I want in! I want access to the daily project-based exercises now...

$297 value 

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Frequently asked questions

Do I need to a basic understanding of photography first?

This challenge is designed to hold your hand and take you from basic concepts and exercises and build in complexity slightly. This is about encouraging you to try new things and get you motivated. This challenge assumes no prior knowledge.

What if have an older phone, iPad or Tablet?

That’s ok. The only editing involved in this challenge is a basic crop and adding a vignette to an image. The recommended editing apps will work on any device. You do not need to wait until that flash new phone to take full advantage of this course. It is not about the camera. This challenge is not even about producing incredible, beautiful images. It is about experimenting with techniques and developing your creativity - not the photo result.


Which apps do you use?

The main apps you will briefly use are Snapseed and PicsArt (free accounts).

How long will the challenge take?

That is up to you. The challenge is intended to be 14-days to make it manageable and give you the best chance of completing it. The content is not locked and released each day. You could sit down and complete it in an hour if you prefer.

Why not provide this challenge for free?

Why am I not just giving this to you for free?  Because we don't value what we get for free. How many free eBooks, guides and courses have you not even opened. I know I have quite a few! You need a bit of ‘skin in the game’. When you purchase something, we value it more. Because I know you can get the results and fulfilment you desire, the best way forward is to invest in yourself.

4 different types of guarantees - SMartphone Photography Training courses

Have you ever seen so many different types of guarantees? Just enroll and if it does not exceed your expectations - email me for no questions asked refund.

Satisfaction guarantee

I know you'll love this course because previous participants send me lovely emails telling me exactly that every day. Still, just in case, I am more than confident in offering a 30-day money-back guarantee. Simply send an email to [email protected] within 30 days of receipt, and your entire purchase price will be promptly refunded. All emails replied within 24 hours Mon-Fri.

Up to date guarantee

This course comes with an "always updated" guarantee. Every month the course is checked for outdated lessons. If something has changed or become outdated, a fresh lesson is recorded to keep it up to date. When you purchase with Smartphone Photography Training, you'll never be left with incomplete or old information again.

Lifetime guarantee

I have personally purchased courses and attempted to access it later to find it deleted! Even though they offered lifetime access was no longer there. This course will be updated as different elements need refreshing or the tools change. Your access will not change. If you have any issues logging in, tap the forgot my password in the original login page. Any further issues, please make contact. This course is also designed to also be a resource for you to return to on an as-needed basis.

Learn new stuff guarantee


I am so confident there is something for everyone that you can get a full refund if you didn't learn a single thing! I have some tips in there that even professional photographers are not doing! How do I know? I have been in the photography professional development space for years and only just learned some of this recently.

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Get instant access to your

'14-Day Photo Creativity Challenge'

YES, I want in! I want access to the daily project-based exercises now...

$297 value 

WAS 87% OFF at $37 NOW 97% OFF

Limited time ONLY - $9

WAIT - There is one favour I ask in return for this very affordable price

As you can see, this is one of the lowest price offerings I have. There is a catch though - it is called reciprocity.

Reciprocity is the practice of exchanging things with others for mutual benefit, especially privileges granted by one to another. So, with that in mind, I am granting this amazing offer in exchange for a testimonial....

If you feel uncomfortable on video. That's ok. I totally get it. I have a link to a page where you can have as many retakes as you like then submit the testimonial you like (or you have had enough!). You could also just send through a comment below on why you are enrolling.

This price deal is for the next 100 customers to get the customer feedback I need.

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