Real estate photography on a smartphone

Your phone images do not need to look like phone images!

First impressions are critical. If the property photo does not instantly convey value and desirability – we move on. Poor real estate photography can prevent prospective clients seeking further information in your listing. Prospective tenants are just as discerning as buyers sourcing a home for themselves and their family.


You will learn the limitations of the phone camera and how to easily overcome them. This jargon-free half day real estate photography workshop covers; practical techniques, tips and apps to consistently produce amazing images.

Suitable for:

Real estate agencies, property managers, property valuers, Airbnb hosts and managers, bed and breakfast hosts, property developers, etc

Course Outline:

This tailored, jargon-free real estate photography workshop covers practical techniques, tips and apps to easily produce amazing images on your mobile phone or tablet. There is so much more to creating an image with visual impact than simply the tap of the screen. You will learn the limitations of the phone camera and how to easily overcome them.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Develop a checklist before capturing photos
  • Know which camera replacement and photo editing apps to use
  • Capture photographs in different lighting scenarios
  • Learn practical, quick and easy photo editing techniques using phone apps
  • Identify smartphone accessories that can expand your capability
  • Practice applying the skills and knowledge gained during the session

Various Real Estate Institutes require you to earn Continuous Professional Development points. To accompany your pre-approval application for external points, we can provide the course outline, learning outcomes, session plan and course material.

Not convinced that professional real estate photography can be achieved on a smartphone? Check out our tutorial on capturing the bathroom - the most problematic room.

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What our clients have to say

Using social media for my job I wanted to improve the quality of my photos I post. Mike was a fantastic teacher and I learnt a lot over the two hours. It’s hard to believe what you can do with your Smartphone! I’ve been able to immediately put many of the tips into practice and would highly recommend his courses. Thanks Mike.

Kate Houlgate

City of Melbourne, Visitor Insights

I joined the workshop to learn how to take WOW images, for work reasons and for my own personal images too. The session was great and useful for people with all levels of technology knowledge. I learned some handy information that I will now use on a day to day basis. Mike was friendly and very knowledgeable. Thanks

Elise Getson

Business Events Geelong

Mike's workshop really opened up my eyes on what is achievable with these devices. The workshop format was very flexible and allowed me to ask lots of questions based on the types of photos I take both for work and personally. Mike's knowledge of both camera and editing apps was amazing.

Jurgen Martz


Mike's workshop is clearly presented, well organised and a lot of fun. Mike is very knowledgeable and presents the information in a jargon-free, non-judgmental manner with a lot of positive re-enforcement and tips to improve your photographs. I highly recommend the course to all who want to get more from their smartphone camera.

Jürgen Strauss


The workshop has helped me to move out of my mobile photography 'comfort zone' and start experimenting with other editing apps and more features of my iPhone. The FB group is a great follow up support as the news skills will take time to develop. Thanks Mike for answering all my questions and the great follow up.

Kathryn McCauley

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About the facilitator - Mike James

The 'Mobile Photo Guy'

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.

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