This course promises that you will master Smartphone photography in 21 days, using Snapseed editing app. That’s the one I have access to, so that’s what I’ll talk about in detail.
Module 1 – The Purpose & Communication Through Photography
This module focuses on introduction of photography.
Here, you will learn what is its importance and how it can be a means to convey your message to other people. You will also be introduced to one of the most commonly used mobile editing tool – Snapseed.
The entire module is divided into 7 main parts.
Part 1: Self Assessment Activity
Part 2: Making Your Photos Speak for You
Part 3: 6 Fool-Proof Steps to Creating Eye-Catching Photos
Part 4: Introduction to Snapseed
Part 5: Playing with Perspective Tool
Part 6: Photo Cropping
Part 7: Invitation to Join Facebook Community
As expected, in this module you’ll be introduced to the basics such as composition, depth, background, manipulating colors to your advantage and how to use different shooting techniques to get great results.
Module 2 – Beginner’s Guide to Mobile Photo Editing
This is the part of the lesson where it gets pretty serious. If you want to really be on top of your game, you have to learn this lesson by heart. It’s the beginning that’s always the hardest.
It is divided into 6 parts:
Part 1: Fine Tuning Images
Part 2: Healing Tool
Part 3: Producing Tack Sharp Images
Part 4: Experimenting with Aspects of Light (Contrast, Colors, Etc)
Part 5: Blur Effects
Part 6: Free Live One-on-One Session with the Coach (3o mins)
After you learn the things you need here, more advanced editing tricks will be easier for you to handle.
Module 3 – Intermediate Photo Editing
Now that you have learned the basics of mobile photo editing, you’re ready for the intermediate editing.
Here, you will discover more techniques to make your photos look alive and pop.
It contains 6 parts of video and text-based course resources.
Part 1: The 6-step photo editing process for any image
Part 2: Selective and Brush Tool
Part 3: Snapseed app tips and hacks
Part 4: White Balance to correct colour cast issues
Part 5: When and how to create black and white images
Part 6: Activity
This will let you see how he does the photo editing on mobile and you can follow through.
Module 4 – Advanced Editing Techniques
This is the biggest hurdle yet most fulfilling lesson in this course.
Once you complete this, you are ready to step outside and boast your photographic skills.
Part 1: Versatile Curves tool explained
Part 2: Stacks (layers) and Masking
Part 3: Advanced Snapseed filters
Part 4: Style/Look + QR Code
Part 5: Colour grading/colour toning
Part 6: Double exposure in Snapseed, SuperImpose and Adobe Mix
Module 4 also contains a 30-minute live one-on-one session with your instructor. Through this, you can ask him some questions that will help you better understand what you are doing.
Bonus Tutorials and Workshops
On top of it all, there are bonus resources and tutorials waiting for you.
Example edits, Adobe Lightroom mobile app, HDR Scape filter etc.
You can download the edits and use it as reference for your future photography opportunities. You also get to see sample edits by the instructor himself. You can either follow his presets or make your own.
Right now, they are offering a free class for all of you. This is supposed to be a $67 online course, but this time you can access it for free. This should give you enough idea what they teach and how they do it.
This course contains lessons about basic phone capture techniques, camera settings, and phone cam features.
I know it sounds pretty basic, but there are still a lot of hidden features not known to unsuspecting users. In addition to those things I mentioned, you will also learn the basic editing techniques.
This will make your photos more fantastic.
If you want to really uncover the secrets behind your Smartphones and shoot like a pro, you should check this lesson out. After all, it’s offered free for now.
Oh, did I mention that they also offer a 30-day money-back guarantee for their paid courses?
If in case you ever enroll in one of the classes and find it not helpful (which I doubt will ever be the case TBH), you can get a full refund if you ask them for it. However, you should do it within 30 days from the date of purchase. Otherwise, this privilege will be forfeited.
These tutorials are for those who want to go beyond just snapshots. It’s for those who want to start their photography journey but with what they have now – smartphones.
Actually, this is a good training ground for beginners and enthusiasts. If you nail smartphone photography, then mastering big cameras will be easier.
That’s because by the time you step up your game, you will be equipped with the fundamentals of this art.
And the rest of your journey will be smoother than not knowing anything at all.
It’s also for advanced folks who want to leave their DSLRs at home and take stunning images with iOS/Android cameras instead. Believe it or not, but often times even pro photographers aren’t as ‘fluent’ in mobile photography.
DSLR vs Smartphone Photography
Let’s face it:
Are cell phones are a significant part of our lives, which is not really surprising since there is just so much you can do with it. And these days, the cameras have become SO good that it would be a shame not to take advantage of those.
Now, many aspiring photographers start small.
As a beginner, you are not expected to buy the latest and most advanced DSLR on the market. In fact, most professionals would advise you to get a simple camera to practice on. You can even use your mobile phones to learn more about photography.
You might be wondering: Wouldn’t that make my photos look so much inferior compared to those taken with professional cameras?
Even if you have the best DSLR, it will not guarantee excellent photos. Although your camera affects the quality of images, it does not necessarily mean you can’t snap great shots with a device of lower specs, right? In the end, it all boils down to your abilities in creating stunning images.
Your phone/camera is just a tool, what matters is HOW you use it.
Going back to the topic…
Smartphones make good substitutes for digital cameras. There are even some mobile phones with better specs than most average point and shoot devices.
The online courses offered at Smartphone Photography Training will help you appreciate the wonderful features most phones have.
You’ll learn about all the hidden features that will definitely change the way you look at your smartphones. Mike also covers photo editing which will have a great impact on your photography journey.
This is quite a good source of information for beginners and aspiring photographers.
The lessons are direct to the point and they are easily consumable. And the best thing about it? You won’t be pressured to learn everything in one go. The modules are well divided into daily tasks which will help you take in the lessons not only in mind but also at heart.
Plus, Mike even offers one-on-one coaching for those who want to really crush it with smartphone photography.
All in all, this training is a good way to start your photography journey.