Smartphone food photography course for cafe and restaurant staff

Food photography on your smartphone

“People eat with their eyes”

If you run a restaurant or café - your menu is critical. You even designed your menu around many factors – including visual presentation (height and colours). This attention to detail can be lost - if it is not captured correctly.


This workshop is designed to empower you and your staff to capture your own creative, stunning smartphone food photography. Images for social media in-between professional photographer engagements keep your followers engaged to increase free, organics reach.


You will quickly learn that so much of achieving these amazing images has nothing to do with the camera that you are using. It is all about lighting, background, presentation, colours, props, etc.


Similar to product photography - your website and social media are often the first impressions of your food. You need to present your food in the best possible way with a variety of methods that bring out the vibrancy and appeal of the food.

iphone and android smartphone food photography workshops and one on one training

Suitable for:

  • Restaurant, café and bar owners
  • Hospitality staff
  • Catering and events
  • Food and beverage retailers
  • Vineyards

Topics covered:

  • Basic phone camera techniques and tips
  • Creative research on how to capture your food
  • Concept design and basic styling
  • Discuss the importance of lighting – natural lighting
  • Practical and cheap options for lighting and props
  • How to set up and structure the photo
  • Photo editing process using Snapseed app
  • Full hand out provided


In-person one-on-one sessions start at $300.

Group pricing starts at $800.

Why not host a smartphone food photography workshop at your venue - for your customers!

Hosting a food photography workshop for your customers is a fun and unique way to promote your venue and menu. Get them excited to post images of your food, venue and their overall experience. The extra benefit is powerful social proof.

About the facilitator

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.

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

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