Phone Photography: Composition is Still the Key

Hand taking photo on a phone camera in front of train tracks - Continuing Education at Seattle Central College

Class Overview

You can stop apologizing that your photos are just from your phone camera. The key to good photography is mostly due to rather straightforward principles of composition, and you can easily learn them! It’s also important to know how to apply these principles, when to apply them, and, believe it or not, when not to.  

In this class, explore the powerful principles of composition while looking at many photographs, including your own, with the guidance of a professional photographer.  

By the time the class is over, we assure you that your phone photographs will be more compelling, evocative, and memorable. Whether your subjects are family and friends, pets and wildlife, nearby or far away, you will be able to capture better images of what you see in front of your lens.

The class will meet online via Zoom. Everyone will complete three photo assignments of subjects we all agree on, shooting new images and/or harvesting from existing work. Then we will share our results on for feedback in and outside of our Zooms.  

This course is part of our Senior Series, classes designed for older students, offered during the daytime on diverse topics, though students of all ages are welcome.


Learning Objectives

  • Know and understand the core principles of composition used in all visual art mediums, including photography with any camera, as well as painting
  • Decide when to apply those principles, but also when not to
  • Better evaluate any photograph for what makes it compelling
  • Make photographs like you never have before 
  • Compose your own photographs that will turn your friends and family’s heads


Who Might Enjoy This Class?

  • Anyone using a phone camera for photos
  • Everyone who likes photographing family, friends, grandkids, and more
  • Practiced photographers or a complete newbie, everyone is welcome


Class Details