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Introduction to Smartphone Photography



Prior Knowledge

Please familiarise yourself with the basics of your own model of smartphone. You will need to have access to the internet.

What will I learn?

By the end of the 5 week course you will:
Master the features of your smartphone
Broaden your editing and filtering skills by exploring apps like Lightroom and Mextures
Express your creativity through strong images

Subject Contents/Topics to be covered

•Different genres of photography and popular styles
•Enhance your own style
•Explore composition, such as rule of thirds, leading lines and angle of view
•Difference between digital and optical zooming – lens attachments
•How to use available and artificial light
•Best practice options for black and white
•Look at some of the best photo editing apps on the market, both free and paid
•Practical exercises and mini-projects to include still-life, portrait and landscape

Teaching/Learning methods

Classroom presentations. Demonstrations and individual practical exercises. Talks covering photographic genres in contemporary and Instagram photography. Group discussions of images. Completing creative and technical briefs to upload online each week for feedback from tutor.

What examinations will I be able to take?

No exams

Assessment Pattern

Your progress and achievement will be recognised and recorded in writing throughout.
Initial assessments of your abilities and interests will be made to help plan learning and to set personal objectives.
You will learn to evaluate your own work and recognise areas for improvement.
At the end of the course, you and your tutor will discuss and record what you have achieved and what you still need or want to learn.
Ongoing assessment of your mini-projects.

Additional Costs to Students

None. Do not buy any equipment or apps in advance of the course. Laptops are provided for classroom use if needed. Tutor will give advice on the course about which apps can be purchased and where.

What extra work do I need to do outside the classroom?

To continue with mini-projects each week, and to read extra online resources.

Equipment materials to be brought to first meeting

Bring your smartphone and charger.
Any personal learning objectives. Bring pen and paper or laptop to make notes.

Progression Opportunities

Further photography courses at CALAT such as NCFE Level 1

Joining Instructions

Enrolment online. Tutor will contact each student individually to check if a complete beginner or has some experience.


Creative Arts: Introduction to Smartphone Photography

  • Reference CTP510-21
  • Location: CALAT Central Croydon Centre
  • Start Date: 22 Feb 2022
  • End Date: 22 Mar 2022
  • Course Duration: 5 weeks
  • Time: Tues 18.30 - 21.00
  • 9 places available
Fee BandAmount
Full Fee103.75
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