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Smartphone Photography (Online)

Course Times & Enrolment

Tuesdays from 21st May 2024 (Code PG010-304) Tuesdays from
21st May 2024 6:30pm - 8:30pm • (3 classes)
Online • Tutor: Cora James B.A.
This course is now closed for enrolments

Course Summary

How to Get the Most Out of Your Smartphone Photography using the Lightroom Photo Editor App!

Within this online workshop, you’ll explore how to get the most out of the ‘everyday’ with your smart phone. Using the free Lightroom Photo Editor App. you will be talked through how to set-up your phone camera for shooting raw images, introduced to a photo walk project and delve into examples of artists work using their phones before focusing on post-production.

Course will be delivered via Blackboard Collaborate and Learn.

Course Details

Pre-requisites for enrolment


Special Information

  • A smartphone (with camera and capable of running the latest Adobe Lightroom Editor App)

  • Lightroom Photo Editor App

Content of Course

Session 1: 2 hrs

Students will learn how to set up camera for shooting on their photo-walk:


- Aspect Ratio

- Aperture

- Shutter Speed

- White Balance

- Shooting in RAW

- Importing and Organising in Lightroom Photo Editor

Session 2: 2hrs

Students will have gone on a photo-walk and produced a series of images to edit in this session

Students will learn how to edit in camera and export:

- Curves

- Levels

- Histograms

- Grade

- Brightness & Contrast

Session 3: 1.5hrs

Students can continue to test and shoot via the app, working with the editing tools from the previous session. We will then focus on:

- Cropping

- Spot Healing

- Exporting

- Composition

- Where to share your images?

Teaching method(s)

Ideally you should have;

An up-to-date web browser (Google Chrome recommended) 

Microphone (ideally headset) and Webcam 

Strong Internet connection

Teaching will be fully online and will typically include a range of practical exercises, introductions to techniques, processes and concepts, and set projects which lead to more focused and personal exploration. Over the course, students’ progress will be monitored and supported by the tutor.  Teaching will include practical demonstrations, one to one tuition, group discussions and critiques.

Learning outcomes

By the end of this taster course, students should be able to:

  • Use your own smartphone with artistic intent using the Lightroom Editor App producing images from a photo walk editing a selection of images for print using a handful of editing and shooting tools.


Core Readings

Web Sources

Class Handouts


If you have questions regarding the course or enrolment, please contact COL Reception at Paterson's Land by email or by phone 0131 650 4400.

Student support

If you have a disability, learning difficulty or health condition which may affect your studies, please let us know by ticking the 'specific support needs' box on your course application form. This will allow us to make appropriate adjustments in advance and in accordance with your rights under the Equality Act 2010. For more information please visit the Student Support section of our website.