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Smartphone Photography Club

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Quick background: At Smartphone Photography Training, I have delivered in-person workshops, workplace training and one-on-one consulting. During that whole time, I had a growing Facebook group of passionate photo enthusiasts participating in weekly photo themes. This has by far been the most enjoyable part of my business!

SO, I completely changed the direction of my business. Now, my entire focus is building an online camera club just for smartphone photographers.

The group was initially started to provide ongoing support to training. Now, the training is offered to support the community in the Smartphone Photography Club!


You have found the shortcut to confidently and strategically create WOW images.

Do you find yourself simply snapping the scene in front of you, without knowing how to make it look engaging or creative? You are not alone.

You love taking photos on that convenient camera in your purse or pocket. You now want to extend that passion and really become the photographer you aspire to be.

Imagine feeling empowered to consistently capture and edit stunning images of those precious memories, travels and discover the details and beauty in your world.

Structured courses, regular articles and weekly photo themes in our community

Courses Included with Purchase



Strategically edit WOW images using Snapseed
Discover the when, how and why of photo editing using Snapseed tools
Mike
$99
$67 course - now a FREE video series. Easily improve your smartphone photos in a weekend
Stop simply taking snapshots - start creating WOW photos
Mike
FREE
Latest blog tutorials
Smartphone specific techniques and tips
Mike
Latest video tutorials
Smartphone specific video tutorials
Mike
Weekly photo themes & Facebook community
Check out previous weeks photo collages
Mike
Online One-on-one Training
30 minute call each month as part of your membership
Mike James
Have your image critiqued
One-off photo critique purchase or monthly critique included as part of your ongoing Membership
Mike James
$49

Original Price: $148



As a paid member of the Smartphone Photography Club, you will have access to everything:

  • Five-part video series on hidden camera features, photography principles, photo editing and mobile accessories
  • Structured six-module, thirty-subject photo editing course. Learn the why, when and how to use the tools available in Snapseed and other editing apps
  • EBook: Learn everything about your iPhone camera - hidden features and tips, shooting techniques, apps and accessories
  • Community in a closed Facebook group. Join other photo enthusiasts creating beautiful, impactful images across all types of photography genres: landscape, nature, wildlife, pets, portraits, macro, street, travel, cityscapes and long exposure
  • Participate in weekly photo themes. Each week a collage of the images is compiled and the 'People's Choice' winner is declared along with tips for the next week's theme
  • Photo critiques. This is a great way to expand your creativity. exposed to how other people capture and edit images
  • Direct access to Mike James to continue your learning journey and have your questions answered any time!
  • Membership sponsor discounts on accessories and apps


Do you:

  • Lack direction in photo editing
  • Apply the same 3-4 editing steps
  • Find yourself relying on favourite filters
  • Bounce around editing apps without understanding what is changing
  • Want to get the most out of the photos you capture on your smartphone
  • Struggle to find smartphone specific information in a structured training package


Avoid:

  • Relying on your ‘big’ camera for capturing stunning images
  • Overwhelming subscription desktop photo editing programs
  • The learning curve of experimenting with different app features and what they do
  • Over-editing images to the point that they look fake and unrealistic
  • Downloading countless gimmicky apps that actually destroy the image quality
  • Wasting time. You should be taking photos and enjoying loved one


This Club membership gives you the tools and community to:

  • Feel confident in editing any image – getting the most out of your smartphone
  • Make your photos tell a story and jump off the screen
  • Elevate your images using a quick six-step photo editing process
  • Avoid the steep learning curve and overwhelm of desktop editing programs
  • Edit photos on the go and enthusiastically share the best version instantly
  • And so much more

We live in a wonderful time now, whereas photographers we are no longer defined by the camera we use. The truth is, you don’t need to have exceptional talent or skill in order to create phenomenal photographs. All you need to know is the foundation principles, techniques and a little bit of practice.

Whether you take photographs of nature, travel, business or family, you will be able to make each photo memorable as if it was taken by a professional photographer.


Courses included:


Start with the five-part video series

This video series can be consumed in a weekend, providing you quick tips to truly start transforming your images from snapshots to created memorable images.

Video one: Features hidden on your phone camera and basic capture techniques

Video two: Photography principles - intention, composition structure and lighting

Video three: My popular six-step photo editing process to enhance any image

Video four: Extend the capability of your camera using accessories

Video five: Practical demonstration - flower image from capture to final edit


Main course included: Strategically edit WOW images using Snapseed

Photo editing without the computer, jargon and technical stuff

Who has the time or patience to endure the steep learning curve of a complicated desktop program? Especially when most if not all of your images are captured on your smartphone!

YouTube videos and tutorials at smartphonephotographytraining.com are great for specific information. You cannot find everything you need to know, in the best sequence for your learning journey from beginner to advanced.

This course assumes no prior photography knowledge and is structured in a way to help you 'see' photographically and quickly transition from basic to more advanced photo editing techniques on your smartphone or iPad/tablet device.


Not interested in being a Club member and need this course? It is available to purchase at a standalone price here.

In this video, I discuss the transformation you will experience and what to expect in the 6 modules


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How much time do I need to allocate to each module?

  • Module one: is predominantly text-based, totally a 30-minute read
  • Module two: 39 minutes of video and an approximately 30-minute reading
  • Module three: 49 minutes of video and an approximately 27-minute reading
  • Module four: 66 minutes of video and an approximately 39-minute reading
  • Module five: 23 minutes of video and an approximately 24-minute reading
  • Module six: 66 minutes of video and an approximately 21-minute reading

The average weekly time commitment is between 60 to 90 minutes. You can increase the speed of the video playback to save you time or download the audio to listen to on your commute or walk!


Over 4 hours of video tutorials and 173 page downloadable PDF including all the lessons. All learning styles covered from visual, auditory, reading/writing and kinaesthetic participating in module assignments.

Unlike a group workshop, you can participate in this course at your pace and still have your questions answered by Mike directly. You also have a community to involve yourself for the interpersonal social learner (like me).

Note: At enrolment, you will receive immediate access to module 1. Each module will then be emailed to you weekly to ensure enough time to watch the videos, take in the information and participate in the end of module activity.



In just a few weeks, you will be able to:

  • Feel confident in editing any image – getting the most out of your smartphone
  • Make your photos tell a story and jump off the screen
  • Elevate your images using a quick six-step photo editing process
  • Avoid the steep learning curve and overwhelm of desktop editing programs
  • Edit photos on the go and enthusiastically share the best version instantly
  • And so much more…


EBook included in your Club membership: Learn everything about your iPhone camera

Over 1000 people have already discovered all the hidden secret features already available on their iPhone!

You too can be confident that you are using your iPhone camera to its full potential.

This eBook also includes:

  • Low light photography tips and techniques
  • Tips to achieve sharp focussed photos every time
  • Latest features explained jargon-free without technical stuff
  • Recommended camera replacement and image editing apps
  • Accessories to extend the iPhone camera capabilities

As you can see above, much of the content in the eBook is just as relevant to the Android photographer.

P.S. As an Android user, there are also lots of techniques and tips relevant to you too.


Benefits of being an ongoing Club member


Continued access to Mike James

You will not feel abandoned during or most importantly after the course. Unlike other courses, I will be there to answer all your comments within the course lessons. I do not have a community manager for the Facebook group. It is me, and I am in their daily to answer your questions and share your successes. My passion for training comes from the opportunity to become your coach and mentor as you continue to develop your passion for smartphone photography.


Resource page

All the tutorial videos, audio and printable PDFs of each lesson can be downloaded to watch and read offline at any time. The resource page is available after the release of module six.


Private Facebook group access

The private Facebook group is open to all past course and in-person workshop attendees. You are part of a special group that I hold dear. I want to support you in any way that I can to develop our shared passion for smartphone photography. You will see me in there every day answering any questions and supporting others.

I am so proud of the encouraging culture in our community and really look forward to having you in there with us.


Weekly photo themes

To help you practise your new skills, connect and be inspired with other mobile photographers participating in weekly challenges. These are a mixture of fun photo topics and new techniques to continue your learning.

Each week, a collage is created of images shared during the week in the Facebook Group and two/three Peoples Choice winners are selected based on the number of likes and comments.


Want to access just one or two modules?

Instead of subscribing yearly or monthly to access the entire structured course, bonuses and the weekly photo themes you can enrol in individual modules.

  1. Photography intention and visual language - enrol here
  2. Basic editing - enrol here
  3. Intermediate editing - enrol here
  4. Advanced editing - enrol here
  5. Looks and styles (filters) - enrol here
  6. Editing workflow examples - enrol here

If you already know the basics, then the condensed version of the course may suit you the best - enrol here

"I took Smartphone Photography Training's Snapseed photo editing course to gain proficiency and some ideas for the social media for our business. I had no idea that I would get so much out of it on a personal level. This course gave me the skills to create the image I imagined from the one I initially captured, and the confidence to keep trying and experimenting. Thanks very much, Mike for your simple, insightful and easy to follow instructions."

- Eva van der Vlies

"Really loved this course, the videos are quick and easy to watch, which I think is important. I also like that the information was kept simple. I picked up a few tips too, like the grid lines. I love the fact that my mobile phone camera can help me take great photos. Highly Recommended"

- Carole Walker

Your Instructor


Mike James
Mike James

Mike James has combined 20 years of experience in photography and mentoring to become a sought after smartphone photography training specialist – delivering extraordinary value, in an engaged and intelligent way. Sorry no PowerPoint!

Mike’s passion comes from being on a mission to help you become more photography literate, priding himself on avoiding any technical jargon – leaving you and your staff educated, inspired and ready to create stunning images.

Starting at the basics, you will soon be empowered to save time and money, capturing, creating and sharing images well beyond the limits of the standard phone or tablet. The phone camera technology, combined with Mike’s jargon-free techniques, tips and recommended apps have made the smartphone a viable tool for professional photography.

Learn more about Mike's story here

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Frequently Asked Questions


Do I need to have a later model iPhone or Android phone?
Short answer No. The benefit of a modern smartphone is the low light advancements in the photo capture stage. If you have that blotchy, typical early model low resolution images – we cover that in the course too.
Do I need to a basic understanding of photography first?
This course is designed without the assumption of any prior knowledge. We start at the basics and support you along the way to the more advanced techniques and tools. You can post a question to Mike directly or to our private Facebook group, where you can help others with the answer.
What if have an older phone, iPad or Tablet?
That’s ok. The editing apps will work on any device. If you find that your device does not support the recommended apps – you will receive a full refund. You do not need to wait until that flash new phone to take full advantage of this course. It is not about the camera. The apps selected will work on the iPad and Tablet. Remember, it is not about the camera. You will actually be at a distinct advantage being able to see your progress on a larger screen!
Which apps do you use?
The main app we will be using is Snapseed as well as a small number of other apps that are also available on both iPhone and Android.
What is the format of the course?
The course is broken down into six modules, containing five lessons in each. The total of thirty videos range from five minutes to 20 minutes in length. Each week, a new module is released and made available to progress between the basic, intermediate and more advanced techniques. At the end of each module, there is an activity for you to participate and share your results in our private Facebook group.
What if I am not good with technology?
The platform chosen to deliver the course was selected for the ease of use for you in mind. The interface is clutter free and easier to follow than most delivery websites. If you have any trouble at any time, you can reach out to receive prompt support.
How long will the course take?
That is up to you. One module a week will take a relaxed, sustainable time frame of six weeks to complete. If you are a Netflix binge watcher, then you let them bank up and get it done in a weekend!
Can I download the videos?
Yes, you can watch them directly in the course on your smartphone or desktop. I have made them available in the Resource module to download and watch offline. You can also download the audio version. I know sounds funny – listening to a photography course instead of watching. We are busy people and personally, I love podcasts and prefer to listen to courses when that option is made available.
Why is this a course membership?
I am not one of those course providers that disappear after people buy a course. The subscription allows me to be there long after you finish the course and provide an amazing community participating in photo themes, new content and only an email away to answer any questions. Instead of buying a course that sits unwatched in a folder - the ongoing subscription is a great motivator to finish the course. Then the choice is there to continue or unsubscribe. If you can finish it in two months, then you have an absolute bargain of a course that was priced at $999. The monthly ongoing subscription also allows me to make it more accessible for everyone and continually build and improve the content.
Can I cancel the membership myself and how difficult is it?
It is hugely important to me that you are able to cancel your membership whenever you need to without having to jump through hoops (don’t you hate that??!) If you ever decide to leave for whatever reason you can simply navigate to Edit my profile > manage my subscriptions > and press ‘cancel’. How’s that for easy?
Will new content be added regularly?
Absolutely! There will not be a month that goes by where new content is not added to the membership. The weekly Facebook photo theme has been going for over 3-years without missing a single week.
Why should I join today instead of waiting?
So, here’s the thing. As we get more members and add more content, the monthly price will continue to go up. The only way to lock in your price is to join today.

10 big reasons to start today
  1. Be proud of the images that you are creating and sharing
  2. Be confident you can enhance the most precious photos you already have
  3. Dramatically improve the look of your photos - iPhone and Android
  4. Discover how visual language creates strong, engaging images
  5. Practical, jargon-free techniques and tips to develop your photography eye
  6. Quick, easy to follow photo editing process to enhance any image
  7. More advanced image editing workflows to engage the viewer
  8. Avoid the steep learning curve of desktop editing programs
  9. Tell stories and evoke emotion in your images
  10. Advance from over-edited filters and create your own editing style or consistent look


You want a guarantee? How about 3 different guarantees?

Money Back Guarantee

I know you'll love this course, because previous participants send me lovely emails telling me exactly that every day. Still, just in case, I am more than confident in offering a 30 day money back guarantee. Simply send an email to [email protected] within 30 days of receipt, and your entire purchase price will be promptly refunded. All emails replied within 24 hours Mon-Fri.

Lifetime Guarantee

I have personally purchased courses and attempted to access it later to find it deleted! Even though they offered lifetime access was no longer there. This course will be updated as different elements need refreshing or the tools change. Your access will not change. If you have any issues logging in, tap the forgot my password in the original log in page. Any further issues, please make contact. This course is also designed to be also be a resource for you to return to on an as needed basis.

Freshness Guarantee

This course comes with an "always updated" guarantee. Every month the course is checked for outdated lessons. If something has changed or become outdated, a fresh lesson is recorded to keep it up to date. When you purchase with Smartphone Photography Training, you'll never be left with incomplete or old information again.

Where else can you find these kind of guarantees?

"Just binge watched them Mike... Well planned, everything flowed, simple and easy to understand. You speak in a clear friendly manner. I certainly learned things.. right from the beginning. Oops I've never cleaned my lens."

- Cheryle Abbey Matthew

"Fantastic introduction to Snapseed, each module gave me great info to get the most out of the app and improve my photos. Easy to follow and understand.Thanks Mike excellent course."

- Sally Todd

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