Posts from the ‘smartphone / iPhone photography’ category

Return of in-person training

After almost two years of purely online teaching I have finally returned to true, in person teaching. I am now offering 1 to 1 or group teaching on site or, if convenient a central Bath training space. I currently offer on-site training to clients across the UK and EU and I have delivered online training to customers around the globe.

Popular in-person workshops include;

  • smartphone photography  (for iPhone and Android)
  • editing images on a smartphone  (for iPhone and Android)
  • smartphone videography.  (for iPhone and Android)
  • iPhone photography
  • iPhone videography

Online training

There is still a huge demand for online training which I will continue to deliver to both individuals and groups.

My training can be ‘off the shelf’ or I can tailor the training to the learners requirements. For more information or a quote, drop me an email at

Training session - in person

Smartphone videography workshop Image courtesy Dave Webb

Thanks to Dave Webb for the workshop images.


Online smartphone photography and videography workshops for individuals or groups from £20

Thanks for a great tutorial on video photography. One of the best online events I have attended during lockdown. Yvonne Rogers, RAC, London

I have taught smartphone photography to hundreds of groups both online and face to face. These workshops are practical and fun and cover all of the main controls of a smartphone camera and reveal some of the hidden features that can improve the quality of your pictures or video. I also cover editing images or video on your smartphone using free or very cheap smartphone apps. I encourage a friendly and supportive learning environment where students can share their work and learn from each other.

Workshop - photograph, video and audio recording with smartphones

Workshop – photograph, video and audio recording with smartphones

I am normally hired by organisations to deliver this course to their employees or members but I recognise that there is a demand from individuals. To run a group session all  I need to run a six hour workshop is 10 attendees paying £30 per person.

The two workshops I am currently offering to individuals is smartphone photography and editing and Smartphone videography and editing.

The smartphone photography and editing workshop is 3 x 2 hour sessions at £30 for the whole course

The smartphone videography and editing workshop is 1 x 3 hour workshop at £20 for the session

This is an online workshop and open to attendees from anywhere.

Payment is via Paypal and I try to plan sessions at a time that is convenient to all. If you are interested in attending a smartphone photography or videography course with me, please email me telling me which course you are interested in, what time or day is most convenient? If and when I have enough attendees to run a course, I will notify those on the list and request payment.

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Online smartphone photography training

Since the start of the Pandemic, all of my training has moved online.  By far the most popular subject is smartphone photography. I have delivered online training to individuals and to groups of over 300. Smartphone photography courses make great staff training activities, link well with social media training as well as being purely for pleasure. Training is tailored to suit the needs of the client but typically involves the hidden features of the smartphone camera, taking control of your smartphone camera, getting better pictures and editing on your smartphone using Snapseed. I can also deliver courses on smartphone videography.

Nigel put together an excellent three hour online presentation on the use of smartphone cameras.  The content was well thought out, timed to perfection, presented seamlessly and so in demand that we ran a further 5 sessions for groups of 12 participants.  He adapted it to suit all camera models and covered most of their technical capabilities aswell as looking at the editing software.   His knowledge and presentation skills were appreciated by beginners as well as the more experienced photographers in our group. Gillian Tiplady, Royal Automobile Club

Workshop - photograph, video and audio recording with smartphones

Workshop – photograph, video and audio recording with smartphones

Clients for my smartphone photography training courses include; Microsoft, the Royal Photographic Society, the Royal Automobile Club, Zurich Insurance and numerous individuals and camera clubs both in the UK and abroad.

The sessions also make enjoyable yet practical staff development and team building activities.

Talks and workshops are tailored for each audience or group but typical sessions include;

  • smartphone photography (the missing manual),
  • smartphone videography and editing,
  • apps for taking editing and sharing your pictures.

Email me for more information or for a quote.


All photography and Photoshop training now available online

Due to popular demand, over the next few months I am moving all of my training and consultancy services online. You can now learn Photoshop, Lightroom Classic, smartphone photography and videography as 1:1 or 1:2 sessions via Skype, Zoom, or Google Hangouts.

For ‘off the shelf’ teaching sessions, the price is £30 for 40 minutes. If you would like bespoke training tailored to your needs, prices start at £35/hour. As there is no charge for travel, this training is available to you wherever you are in the world. I should be able to offer sessions at a time that suits you.

Nigel gave me technical and video shooting tips that will take me to the next step of filming my own business video. He is a knowledgeable and generous teacher.  N.P. Athens, Greece

My regular courses, include; introduction to Photoshop, Intermediate Photoshop, Introduction to Lightroom Classic, smartphone photography, smartphone video and sound recording.

Iphone photography workshop

Iphone photography workshop

I can also offer bespoke training on most aspects of digital and analogue photography, lighting and even pinhole camera making and photography.

I have delivered courses and small group training at; University of Bristol, University of Bath, Coventry University, to Zurich Insurance, Microsoft, National Trust, BBC, among others.

If you would like to know more, please let me know.

Shooting a training video with smartphone ( iPhone SE ) using Filmic Pro

Shooting a training video with smartphone ( iPhone SE ) using Filmic Pro



Panoramic photography with android and iOS smartphones

The panoramic (Pano) feature in the standard iPhone Camera app is a great way to record wide and imersive scenes that you wouldn’t normally be able to capture in a single shot. Panoramic photography, just like any other type of image capture needs to be planned. What is the main subject, where should it appear in the composition? The stretched shape of the panoramic image is an unfamiliar format to most viewers so careful thought needs to be given to how you will lead their eyes through the picture.

Taken with an iPhone 7 using the 'Pano' option in the standard camera app. panoramic photography

Panoramic image of Pickering Station, North Yorkshire

Consider where the image will start and where it will finish. Are there any any distracting elements in the shot? If people or objects are moving through the scene, you could let them pass, if the distracting element is permanent you may need to choose a different composition or even remove it later in Photoshop. Check to see where the sun or other main lights are in the scene and prepare your exposure accordingly. The normal AE/AF lock (touch on a chosen area of screen for a couple of seconds) still works with the Pano option. In the shots of the station above, I locked the exposure on the station entrance to avoid this area overexposing.

Most smartphone photographers enjoy the portability of their camera and don’t want to be restricted by tripods or other accessories. For this reason, most smartphone photographs are taken ‘hand held’. The serious panoramic photographer would use a tripod and possibly a special panoramic tripod head designed for this type of work. The Pano feature in the camera app does provide some guidance for the smartphone photographer. The built in accelerometer detects when the camera is tilted away from its starting position and guides the user to make corrections. In the image below, the large white arrow is the current position of the camera, the yellow line is the level which you should try to keep the white angle on as you rotate.

Guidance arrow, Pano option of iOS Camera app

Guidance arrow, Pano option of iOS Camera app

In the screen shot from the camera app (above), the panoramic image will start on the left and pan right, this is the default but if you want to pan the other way, click on the large white arrow to swap.

You should practice the shot a couple of times to check if the composition works and how you rotate the phone and your body. You should check the shot carefully as some problems are hard to see on a small screen. Parallax is a major issue with panoramic photographs, particularly with subjects with a lot of straight lines such as the examples in this post. This is one of the main advantages in a dedicated tripod head. If possible, try to rotate the phone close to the body rather than at arms length.

Detail from panoramic shot showing distortion to track due to camera shake. panoramic photography

Detail from panoramic shot showing distortion to track due to parallax and some camera movement.


Detail of panoramic shot showing subject movement. panoramic photography

Detail of panoramic shot showing subject movement.

As the panoramic picture is recording an extreme wide angle image (up to 360 degrees) on to a flat 2D image it will often show extreme distortion (two images below).

Panoramic image from below a foot bridge. panoramic photography

Panoramic image from below a foot bridge. Taken with iPhone 7 and Moment Superfish lens.

Extreme wide angle image of station platform, Pickering Station. panoramic photography

Extreme wide angle image of station platform, Pickering Station

While it doesn’t quite fall into a post on panoramic photography, I thought I would test the TinType app on one of the pictures.  As a passionate film (analogue?) photographer I should have a real issue with apps like TinType but perhaps, it could be a ‘gateway’ app which opens people’s minds to the wonderful world of early photographic techniques?

Panoramic picture of Pickering Station taken with iPhone and processed with TinType. Panoramic photography

Panoramic picture of Pickering Station taken with iPhone and processed with TinType

All images taken in this post were shot on an iPhone 7, some were captured using the Superfish V1 Moment Lens.

All images taken at Pickering Station on North Yorkshire Moors Railway.

Panoramic photography is just one of the topics I cover in my ‘Selfie Help Workshop’ to help people take better pictures or video with their smartphones. Please contact me if you would like more information.