Corporate Smartphone Photography

Only open to companies


This interactive course, specifically designed for corporate entities, will provide employees with the tools and understanding required to take their smartphone photography and image sharing to the next level and produce high-quality visual material with their phones. This course is taught by the talented Lauren Theunissen.


– In just four weeks you will improve your smartphone photography.
– Learn how to harness the capabilities of your smartphone’s built-in camera.
– Grow your skills in creating and editing photographs that share your personal experience of the world.
– Unlock the full potential of the moments you capture by selecting the appropriate editing applications.
– Discover how to pique interest in your photo or video stories and develop your unique visual language.


Main topics covered: 

  • Optimising your smartphone for Photography
  • Exposure and dealing with Contrast
  • Visual Literacy
  • Composition
  • How to Photograph a portrait
  • How to Photograph an object
  • Editing Images with Snapseed ( free app)
  • Sharing your images
  • Law and Copy right


Included: 15% Discount Voucher for printing from Orms Printlab for the duration of the short course.



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Session 1: 3hrs
Introduction to Smart Phone Photography
Optimising your smartphone for Photography
Exposure and Contrast


Visual Literacy


Session 2: 3hrs
City Walk: 1.5 hr

Critique on city walk images


Editing Your Images

Session 3: 3hrs
Critique on homework task: Image editing
Sharing Images: Facebook/ Instagram


Other Content Creation modes beyond stills:
Working with Panorama
Working with Onboard flash
Working with a tripod:
Time Lapse
Slow Motion

Session 4: 3 hrs 
Characteristics of Light
Visual literacy: Working with Colour


Available Light: Photographing an object  demo
Styling, reflector
Visual literacy
Split into groups to discuss what top bring for next session

Final Exhibition Image Brief

Session 5: 3 hrs
Bring an object to class
Work in groups to tell the story of the object.


Photographing a person
Styling, posing, reflector
Visual literacy


Law and Copyright
Model Release Forms
Location Permits

Split into groups and plan for shoot on location

Session 6: 4hr session
Outing to Sea Point Promenade: 2hrs
Work in Groups of 4 each person to capture their own photos
Lighter clothing options/ Darker Clothing Options
1 Playful portrait
1 Professional portrait

Debrief outing
Each person to present ideas for the exhibition images

Session 7: 2 hr
Critique on Seapoint
Each group presents their portraits and Object Photographs edited
Each person presents their first attempt toward their final exhibition

Session 8: 2hr 
Wrap-up Session.
Students present final images


  • You want to find out exactly what your smartphone camera is capable of for photographs and basic video.
  • You want to gain more creative control over your images and produce interesting content using various apps
  • You want to learn the basics of editing your photos using apps such as Snapseed and understand the basics of Instagram as a network and image capturing tool.


  • Any Smartphone (iPhone or Android)
  • Generic earphones with volume adjustment buttons.
  • If you have a mini tripod for your smartphone bring it along. (optional)
  • Basic stationary i.e. notepad/book, pens, highlighter etc.


“I have learned how to better use my smartphone to take photos. This is particularly useful in situations where i don’t have my DSLR with me or where it’s impractical to use. I have also learned about creative techniques to use in order to make my smartphone photos more interesting.” – Jacques Grobler