Advanced smartphone photography workshop – techniques and apps to capture and edit images

Create images you only thought possible on an SLR!

If you already use an SLR in your business and want to achieve similar photos, taking advantage of the convenience of the phone camera – this is the workshop for you.


Most SLR used in the workplace are set on auto mode. The standard phone camera is the same. You can achieve so much more out of either your Android or iPhone than just the tap of a screen. This advanced smartphone photography workshop provides you the techniques and our recommended apps to start creating photos that can be better than an SLR on auto mode.


There are a number of apps that can not only access the familiar shutter speed, ISO and white balance – you can also achieve macro and long exposure images, etc.


As you noticed, this workshop contains more technical jargon that most of my workshops. If you are new to these technical terms, they can be explained jargon-free to ensure that the techniques and tips are practical and can be applied straight away.


Once you have captured the photo – it is time to edit and enhance the image using our recommended mobile photo editing apps. It is simply extraordinary what you can now achieve on a phone. For most scenarios, there simply is no need to connect and use a desktop-based editing software program.


Mike James has delivered this advanced smartphone photography workshop at numerous camera clubs and absolutely stunned the amateur and professional photographers with the manual and creative capabilities of the phone. Apps available truly extend the capability of the standard phone camera.

Suitable for:

Businesses that already capture photography on the SLR and would like to replicate those manual controls and amazing results – on their phone. New to the technical jargon? That’s ok. Mike can explain even the most complex theory in a practical way that can be understood and applied straight away.

Topics can be combined and tailored to suit your needs:

Advanced smartphone photography – photo shooting workshop topics:

Smartphone camera specific techniques

Camera replacement apps

Theory of shutter and ISO

Metering and exposure

White Balance

Lighting – natural and introduced

Focus Peaking

Macro photography

Low light photography

Long exposure photography

High Dynamic Range

High-resolution imagery

Advanced smartphone photography – image editing workshop topics:

Snapseed basics

Global and local retouching

Colour correction

Dodge and burn

Content aware fill and cloning

Sharpen and blurring

Basic and advanced masking



Noise Removal

Resolution and printing

Transform and liquify tools

Adding copyright and watermarks


Two-hour one-on-one sessions start at $200

Group pricing starts at $100 per person

Smartphone photography presentation to a small business group - Mike James - Smartphone Photography Training

What clients have to say

Client Testimonial - Graeme Anderson Agriculture Development and Extension - Economic Development, Jobs, Transport and Resources

Our team takes lots of iPhone photos as part of agricultural extension work. Mike ran a great session that had everyone engaged and we all learned about some great tips and apps that we've been using since to improve the photos we post in our communications work.

Graeme Anderson

Agriculture Extension
Department of Economic Development, Jobs, Transport & Resources

Liz Grant - Client Testimonial Business Strategy | Marketing | Innovation | Customer Insights at Small Business Smart Business

The universal applicability of photos in business and Mikes' interactive, engaging style results in large workshop attendances. His workshops saves our customers time and frustration, by giving them practical tips to implement straight away. 

Mike's presentations are dynamic and captivate the audience, who are just amazed and excited by what they can achieve on a mobile phone camera.

Liz Grant

Business Strategy - Marketing - Innovation - Customer Insights
Small Business Smart Business

Kate Houlgate - Client Testimonial - Visitor Insights - City of Melbourne

Using social media for my job I wanted to improve the quality of my photos I post. Mike was a fantastic teacher and I learnt a lot over the two hours. It’s hard to believe what you can do with your Smartphone! I’ve been able to immediately put many of the tips into practice and would highly recommend his courses. Thanks Mike.

Kate Houlgate

Visitor Insights - City of Melbourne

Client Testimonial - Elise Getson - Business Events Geelong

I joined the workshop to learn how to take WOW images, for work reasons and for my own personal images too. The session was great and useful for people with all levels of technology knowledge. I learned some handy information that I will now use on a day to day basis. Mike was friendly and very knowledgeable. Thanks

Elise Getson

Marketing and Communications Officer
Business Events Geelong

Client Testimonial - Jurgen Martz - Franchise Owner Guttervac

Mike's workshop really opened up my eyes on what is achievable with these devices. The workshop format was very flexible and allowed me to ask lots of questions based on the types of photos I take both for work and personally. Mike's knowledge of both camera and editing apps was amazing.

Jurgen Martz

Franchise Owner

Jurgen Strauss - Client Testimonial - Innovabiz

Mike's workshop is clearly presented, well organised and a lot of fun. Mike is very knowledgeable and presents the information in a jargon-free, non-judgmental manner with a lot of positive re-enforcement and tips to improve your photographs. I highly recommend the course to all who want to get more from their smartphone camera.

Jürgen Strauss

Online Marketing Strategist

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

The workshop has 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

Social Media Consultant
A Guide to Consulting Services

Client Testimonial - Lakshmi Cashmor - Tourism Greater Geelong & The Bellarine

Tourism Greater Geelong and Bellarine members learnt how to create better mobile photos which create higher quality marketing content to promote themselves and the region.

Lakshmi Cashmore

Industry Development Officer
Tourism Greater Geelong and Bellarine

Client Testimonial - Ebony Flett - Mornington Peninsula Regional Tourism

We arranged smartphone photography training with Mike for tourism businesses, which truly delivered on our goal of giving people simple tips and tools to help them capture more engaging professional photos using their phone.

Ebony Flett

Business Events Officer
Mornington Peninsula Regional Tourism

About the facilitator - Mike James

Mike James has combined 20 years of experience in photography and mentoring to become a sought after smartphone photography training specialist – delivering extraordinary value, in an engaged and intelligent way. Sorry, no PowerPoint!

Mike’s passion comes from being on a mission to help you become more photography literate, priding himself on avoiding any technical jargon – leaving you and your staff educated, inspired and ready to create stunning images.

Starting at the basics, you will soon be empowered to save time and money, capturing, creating and sharing images well beyond the limits of the standard phone or tablet. The phone camera technology, combined with Mike’s jargon-free techniques, tips and recommended apps have made the smartphone a viable tool for professional photography.

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