Centre for Continuing Education

Smartphone Photography and Social Exhibition Course

Photography. Focus your creativity.

Learn Photography the smart way with Photography courses at CCE, the University of Sydney.

Whilst the software demonstrated in apps like Facebook, Instagram and Prisma is intuitive, the sensibilities around genre and the etiquette of sharing images online requires knowledge and skills to reach the expected audience. Aimed at all age groups but will appeal to people new to digital ecosystems looking to adapt and change their creative practice. Participants might be looking to build a digital portfolio, connect with creative business audiences, or promote products or services online.


To provide participants with the skills to explore genre photography like portraiture (self and others), to shoot digital images using mobile devices, and also explores the use of imagery via social networking platforms.


  1. Identify and engage with key contemporary digital photography delivery platforms.
  2. Shoot digital images using mobile devices whilst learning about composition, focussing, exposure and colour grading.
  3. Practice creating social networking using images and contemporary digital connection processes.
  4. Construct and design a digital persona using images and photographic projects exhibited online.


Session one:

  • Introducing digital photography, social connectivity and networking. It’s not the phone, it’s the apps on the phone that matter.
  • What platforms work best for my purpose? Facebook? Instagram? Prisma?
  • Downloading and updating apps.
  • Which apps do I need?
  • Updating your profile picture.

Session two:

  • Going beyond taking photographs.
  • Who can see my images online?
  • Taking Pictures
  • Focusing
  • Exposure
  • Composition
  • Cropping with Instagram.
  • Colour balance with Instagram. Choosing a filter.

Session three:

  • Tagging a friend
  • Using hashtags
  • Geo tagging
  • Syncing Instagram with Facebook
  • Using Prisma to stylise images before Instagram Why combine apps? What are the benefits?

Session four:

  • Building a persona online.
  • Creating a consistent style.
  • Starting your own photo study.
  • Portraiture photo study session.

Intended Audience

Suitable for anyone wanting to improve their photography and social media skills using their smartphone.

Delivery Style

Workshop, focused on language and pace suited to late adapters to technology, who are experienced and educated learners. Knowledge will be provided via presentations, collective discussion and exercises tasks. Tasks will be scaffolded to enable independence in stages and will be facilitated rather than taught, to enable participatory learning and skill development.


  • Expert trainers
  • Central locations
  • Small class sizes
  • Free, expert advice
  • Student materials – yours to keep
  • Statement of completion