iPhone Camera Photography Workshop

The Original Creative iPhone Camera Photography Workshop - Sydney.

Don’t have a DSLR or compact camera but have an Apple iPhone (or iPad)? This practical workshop will show you how to capture good photos on the iPhone with tips on controlling focus and exposure control, basic photography composition techniques (close-up, blur, cropping, focus, exposure) and lighting, as well as how to easily transform average phone-camera photos into creative, artistic images at the touch of a button using specific iPhone photo apps. Capturing moving subjects on the iPhone is not so easy - you will be shown a couple of settings and tips.
Photo apps with their quick and easy editing options can take photography on the iphone to a whole new level - a great way to improve those food and landscape photos - all with a touch of a screen! There are also more artistic photo apps than just using the popular Instagram apps that are great fun (and addictive), because you’re never quite sure what the end result will be as the image ‘develops’ on your phone before your eyes. It’s hard to take a bad photo even if you’re not an aspiring photographer! Once you’ve taken your photos you can save them to your photo library, upload them to your Facebook or Instagram account direct from the iPhone app, or email them to your friends to impress them with your cool shots.


During this informal, hands-on 3 hour workshop we capture a variety of subjects including quirky close-ups (ideal practice for taking good food photos) and street photography as we walk through the architectural laneways of inner city Sydney suburbs of Darlinghurst and Paddington. You will get to learn how to create different effects at the time of taking a photo with your iPhone and also how to edit images on your iPhone in interesting and creative ways.

Photography Level / course suitable for: Whether you are a competent DSLR or compact camera user or have no photography knowledge whatsoever, this is a fun workshop for all iPhone or iPad users and ages! Also popular for food and travel bloggers! Check out TripAdvisor (and below) for reviews by past clients who have attended SignaturePhoto iPhone Photography workshops.

Course duration: 3 hours
Cost: $85 incl coffee/tea
Group size: small groups - max 10 persons

Next course dates: Sun 19 November, Sun 3 December

Time: 1.30pm - 4.30pm

Customised private iphone photography workshops for 6-10 people can be arranged to suit your needs. Please email for cost.

Workshop outline: For those who snub the iPhone camera resolution, remember the talent lies with the photographer and not the camera. An image can come from any camera even a mobile phone - it’s about the eye and not the gear! Capturing good photos on the iPhone still requires however an understanding of focus and exposure control, composition and the best lighting - we will show how!

The iPhone camera is simple - it has few buttons. Using the iPhone camera you don’t get bogged down with technical photography issues and overload of buttons and menus that is the case with all current DSLR cameras. This enables you to just be creative and experiment with the various effects that can be achieved with the apps. Iphone images are not about the number of pixels - its being able to be artistic using a creative eye and a touch of a screen. The simplicity of it makes taking pictures fun.

Digital photography never looked so analog. The ability with a simple swipe of the finger to swap simulated lenses, filters and film apps to your iphone camera and bring back the look and feel of old camera style photos of the past with their own unique character and mood is fantastic. A phone camera isn’t going to match the quality of a DSLR image in low light but using it in this way lets you look at photography in a whole new light!
View ‘iphone photos’ gallery and SignaturePhoto Facebook page for examples of photos taken around Sydney with iPhone camera.

We begin the workshop in one of the nearby cafes with an explanation of how to use the simple 2 recommended photography apps you have already downloaded onto your iPhone and that we will be using during the workshop. (You will be emailed prior to workshop as to which iphone apps (total cost $9.45) are required for you to download to your iphone from itunes prior to the workshop. We’ve tried and tested the best ones!) After a quick overview on making the most of the camera’s autofocus selection button and key points for strong image composition - we hit the streets, allowing you to explore your photographic skills and creativity using your iphone camera. There is plenty of good photo material along the way for capturing interesting images. You will also be given other recommended iPhone photo apps to check out yourself later.

Meeting point: Under Coca Cola sign at Kings Cross, Corner William Street and Darlinghurst Road, Sydney. The workshop ends in Paddington.

How to book workshop: Book this workshop now via the booking page or email us via the contact form if any questions.

"Thanks so much for a wonderful iPhone photography course. My family and I got so much out of it and thoroughly enjoyed it." S. Binetter (mum, dad & 2 teenage sons)

"The iPhone photography workshop run by Sarah from SignaturePhoto Photography Courses was fantastic. Within the first 30 minutes I was taking better photos! Sarah gave clear explanations and demonstrations about composition, focussing, exposure, filters and settings for the native iPhone camera and apps. The techniques I learnt in one afternoon have transformed the images I am posting to my businesses social media pages! The group was small and Sarah was able to ensure that everyone received personal instruction and support. A really practical, informative and lovely way to spend an afternoon roaming around the back streets and lanes of Kings Cross, Darlinghurst and Paddington. I highly recommend it." S O Rourke

"On a rainy Sunday, my wife and I enrolled in an iphone photography course. I expected a few useful hints. Instead, we were given a clear and fast track lesson on some basic functions and useful Apps, before launching into the streets. Sarah was a brilliant, energetic and thoughtful teacher. But even more importantly, she taught us to see the world through new eyes. Strolling around Kings Cross, seeing the Coke sign in imaginative ways, finding beauty in a church door, using grafitti as a wonderful experiment in street portraiture, composing unique views of ordinary parks and gardens... so much fun in 3 hours! We all surprised ourselves, learned so much and became quite good (in our opinion?) Highly reccomended - you get far more than what is in the brochure. You get to look at the world in different ways and be delighted with your work!" I Moore

"Marshall and I thoroughly enjoyed the afternoon and we’ll be putting it all into practice when we go overseas next week. We showed the photos we took to my other son when we got back and I think you can take it as given that he’ll be on the iPhone workshop once we get back." E Downs and 14yr old son.

"I recently attended this half day iPhone photography course run by Sarah Jenkins in Sydney. I thoroughly enjoy taking photos but don't want to carry a camera so this course was perfect for me. A bonus was walking around some enchanting areas in my own City that I had never taken the time to see. Highly recommended as it was so practical and you gets lots of personal assistance as they are small classes and Sarah takes time with everyone." Review on TripAdvisor by D Macpherson

"Thank you Sarah for a fantastic afternoon at the iPhone Photography Workshop. We had such a great time exploring parts of the city which we had never seen before and highly recommend Sarah if you are wanting to complete a beginner's photography course and learn simple ways to drastically improve your iPhone photos. Sarah had a lot of helpful tips and tools to improve photos quickly taken on the go, and took the time to help each of us in the group. Really fun afternoon and definitely recommend to anyone looking to improve their photography skills" Review on TripAdvisor by Sophie B


Course instructor: Sarah Jenkins - photographer & graphic designer.
What to bring:Your fully charged iPhone iPhone iPhone 5, 5s, 6, 6s, 7, 7s or iPad using iOS 8.0.2 or later. Ensure the recommended 3 iphone apps are already downloaded onto your iPhone (iPad) from itunes. (You will be emailed prior to workshop as to which 2 iphone apps (total cost $9.45) are required for you to download to your iphone from itunes prior to the workshop. Make sure you are using the lastest version of iTunes for your iPhone or iPad version). Wear comfortable walking shoes.