Who is Mike James and Smartphone Photography Training?

After his mother passed away, Mike James discovered that he did not have many photos and no video of her and those precious interactions with his young family. What makes this story unique? Mike was a professional photographer with access to all the large expensive camera gear. His mother, like most of us over 35 had a camera phobia and did not like having her photo taken. If Mike was an earlier adopter to using his phone to capture photos - his children would have more recorded memories of their grandmother.

Mike, the "Smartphone Photo Guy" has now become a smartphone photography purist and sought after guest speaker on how to achieve more out of your phone camera and make your images look amazing - using mobile editing apps and simple techniques.

He removes the frustration for individuals and businesses not knowing what to photograph or how to make your smartphone photos look better. You know the images that make you think WOW. Mike shows you how to achieve this without the jargon and really enjoy photography on that convenient amazing camera you have with you right now.

Initially launched as Better Mobile Photos - Mike renamed the business Smartphone Photography Training to truly reflect the education side of the business that he is so passionate about.


What is Smartphone Photography Training now?

In short, an online educational community teaching mobile photography and photo editing. This is achieved through an online course, tutorials and a thriving, supportive Facebook community of photo enthusiasts participating in weekly photo themes, learning new techniques, apps and jargon-free tips.

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What better way to learn about Smartphone Photography Training - than organise your own workshop for you and your colleagues. This will provide the best insight into what I offer and pick up some cool tips along the way.


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Shorter Version

Mike James is a twenty-year veteran photographer/educator and a late adopter to smartphone photography. Now, a self-declared mobile photography 'purist', he captures, edits and share all his photos on his smartphone and iPad.

He now combines his training and technical photography background to; present at photography clubs and social media events, develop online courses and blogs while still designing and delivering smartphone photography training to workplaces.

Previous Features

Interview: Despina Keratzias of Tourism Hub - Institute of Excellence

In this episode, I had the pleasure of capturing first time meeting over a coffee with Mike James, founder of Better Mobile Photos.

In this episode Mike shares with us his big WHY around starting his business and why he has left his big expensive camera gear behind to teach the magic of what you can achieve with a smartphone device.

Smartphone Photography Workshop - Better Mobile Photography

A Better Mobile Photography workshop with Mike is an eye-opening experience. You will discover just what you can do with your mobile phone, and probably, be amazed at the kinds of images that can be produced, just by using your phone....

Innovative Idea - Better Mobile Photos 2017 Award Winner

THE ANZ GEELONG SMALL BUSINESS AWARDS 2017 is an event developed by Geelong Small Business Advocates, for Geelong Small Businesses.

Geelong is a region that is bursting at the seams with small business culture and is full of passionate creatives that are working together to create a community of good business.

This award was won, whilst the business was previously branded as Better Mobile Photos.

Get smart tips on taking top snaps

Most of us have modern cameras in our back pockets or handbags, but don't realise or know how to use them. Photographer Mike James, who has spent most of his professional life taking photos with SLR cameras, has a new found passion for smartphone photography, and he wants to share it....

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Mike James from Geelong in Australia, is a late adopter to Smartphone photography after using the DSLR for twenty years. He has now become a ‘mobile purist’ after challenging himself to leverage camera replacement and editing apps to recreate some of his favourite images....

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Meet Mike James from Geelong in Australia. His transition from DSLR to smartphone photography was due to a sad phase of his life: Loosing his mother. He says “My mother passed away over two years ago. After her passing, I was devastated to find so very few photos of her. The two main reasons for this were; I had a great DSLR for work, which I mostly used on special occasions and mum was quite ill for a number of years. Hence, she had a camera phobia and was reluctant to have her photo taken.

Guest Blog Posts

Convenient and Powerful Photo Editing From Your Smartphone

Whether you own a dedicated camera or not – the smartphone provides a convenient and more than capable tool to capture those fleeting photographic moments. This same mobile-anywhere, anytime experience also applies to your photo editing. No longer are you restricted to your desktop editing program or need to dedicate a block of time to edit that growing library of images.

For most, the images straight out of their phone are satisfactory to record a scene or memory. However, you the photo enthusiast – you want more! - Luxury travel

Do you need to Buy an SLR Camera for Travel Photos?

You booked your holiday months ago and now you are getting really excited, anticipating all the new adventures and experiences coming your way. The big question – should I invest in a decent SLR camera to record all these cherished travel photos?

Before you rush out to upgrade your old point and shoot or SLR – think about the photos that you have now. How many were captured on your smartphone?

30 Tips to capture great business event images with your smart phone

You have been asked to take photos at the business event because you are good at taking photos or you have an Instagram/Facebook account. Therefore, you must know what you are doing!
This article will provide tips on what to photograph and how to capture the moments. I have broken the tips into three categories; before, during and after the event.

Quick article idea

Five quick tips to improve your Smartphone photos – right now!

Photography has never been more in demand and accessible – most people already have a highly developed camera in their bag or pocket every day.  Your mobile phone camera is always within easy reach and now has the ability to capture great photos. BUT, you want to take WOW photos…

Here are five quick tips that will instantly transform your images from snapshot to WOW photo.

1.   Ensure the subject is obvious

2.   Check for background clutter

3.   Tap the screen to focus before capturing the photo

4.   Experiment different angles and perspectives

5.   Edit your photos using Snapseed phone app by Google

Mike at Better Mobile Photos runs two-hour workshops, providing photography tips and easy photo editing techniques. Topics covered include phone camera-specific tips, what to photograph, how to set up a photo, camera replacement and photo editing apps.

The sessions are jargon-free and a lot of fun. Everyone leaves the class feeling excited and confident to capture those precious stories, moments and experiences. Tailored training for businesses and private groups can also be arranged.