Lesson 2

Let’s look at taking your phone camera game to the next level! 

In this lesson we will contuinue to explore some uses of our phone for portrait photography.

We will also investigate the manual functions of our phone’s camera.

In addition, we will use Photoshop to learn some editing techniques that can be used in your portfolio.


Success Criteria:

By the end of these lessons, you will have used your phone in manual mode to capture images.

Photoshop will have been used to edit images.

Answer’s to questions and image files will be uploaded to OneDrive and Shared with your teacher.




“Don’t be afraid of being different.  Be afraid of being the same as everybody else”. 






When you see this icon with the question mark a response from you is required. These responses need to be uploaded to OneDrive and shared with me.

Don’t forget our deal with Adobe so that you can get Photoshop on your home computer for only a handful or two of dollars!




Watch the video above and choose three different techniques.  Experiment with them to give them your own twist.  Write a reflection on things that you found easy and things that were difficult.  A sample reflection is given below.

Remember to investigate your phone’s  Manual mode. These are not supposed to be great works of art just yet – you are just exploring and trial and error shooting.  Cool shots will be a bonus! 

Sample Reflection

These are my experiments.  I used a glass oven dish with water in it. The glass tray was resting on two books to create a gap underneath. In the gap I put my computer tablet with some bright images on full screen display.  I then added detergent and gave it a swish to create the bubbles.  I then got close with my phone and shot the bubbles to create these cool abstract images. 

I found getting the point of focus to be challenging.  My phone kept wanting to focus on the bright screen beneath the bubbles instead of the bubbles themselves.  I ended up stacking some books and putting my phone on it so that it was steady.  Using the manual focus, I tapped a prominent bubble so that the focus point stayed with it.


For the other two images I replaced the dish washing liquid with oil and added a few drops of water in the same glass dish.  


Editing Task

Download the image by clicking on the blue button.  Play along with the video below. Submit your file.

Choose a portrait technique from the introduction video and reproduce it.  Format it ready for Instagram 1080 x 1080 pixels at 72dpi. Upload to OneDrive and Share.