“Thanks a lot, I thoroughly enjoyed the course and learnt a huge amount of information about my camera and its settings” Ziggy “William really enjoyed and got a lot out of the online tutorial yesterday. He is raring to go with his assignment for this week. I’m also looking forward to seeing the photos he takes with the new skills he learns. Thank you!” Vanessa “I would also like to say a big thank you to you. I think that the course has been very well & professionally run. Jonathan has been very excited, inspired & motivated by it – and has also taught his dad how to use the camera properly!!” Isobel Andrew “Molly really enjoyed the online course and had great fun coming up with ideas each week and then executing them. I’m really proud of her for her efforts and she has produced some really lovely photographs. I think she will have a lifelong passion for photography as a result.” Vicky “An inspirational course that really switched our students on to the possibilities of photography” “Thank you for providing your photography course online. You were so positive and encouraging!” Samantha

Duke of Edinburgh Mobile Phone Photography Course

Sign up for our brand new DofE course! This course focuses on how to take gorgeous photographs solely with your phone. Nowadays, many mobile phones have cameras that rival other traditional digital cameras. So by request, we have introduced the DofE smartphone photography course as a means to prove to people that a large expensive camera is not necessarily needed to take amazing photos!

By signing up for this course, you will learn all of the essential skill and knowledge to take photography to the next level. This will include fundamentals, such as advanced composition, a new outlook on perspective and also photo editing to further enhance your photos.

This Duke of Edinburgh Smartphone Photography course is both online and on-demand, catering for students who wish for flexibility and the ability to start their course when it suits them, rather than adhering to a specific schedule.

Use your smartphone to open up your full creative potential!

This Course Includes:

  • 12 weekly online lesson modules using videos and tutorials as well as access to online resources
  • Tips and tricks on how to edit and enhance photos
  • End of course assessment, DofE skills reporting and sign off
  • How to master composition and storytelling to create a portfolio
  • Access to the “members only” Facebook group to share work to give and gain inspiration and feedback from tutors and also other students
  • Smartphone camera proficiency and a starting block to progress to DSLR photography and qualifications
  • Feedback throughout
  • Highly experienced and knowledgeable tutors
  • Knowledge on how to use different smartphone camera features
  • Flexibility of On-Demand
  • Meets the strict requirements of the Bronze and Silver DofE Award
  • Technical learnings of photography

Mastering the art of camera phone photography

The DofE Smartphone Photography Course is designed to teach you how to compose and capture high-quality photos, and also to enhance and edit them to create a stunning result. Each student will learn how to use different features on their phone cameras in order to create the perfect shot, whether it’s a family photo, landscape photo or even a picture of a pet.

Learn From Professionals

Our online Duke of Edinburgh Smartphone Photography Course is led by Lillian Spibey. Lillian is a professional photographer, Sharp Shots founder and highly experienced photography teacher to teens and young people. Lillian provides patience and expertise, whilst ensuring that tuition is productive and fun!



1. Does it matter what smartphone I use?

Not at all, we welcome any model and type. We use an iPhone on the course, however, the course is created with material applicable to all smartphones.

2. How long is the course?

The course will take place over 12 weeks, with one lesson opening each week. As it is an online on-demand course, the lessons will be readily available to watch online each week as the course progresses.

3. Do I receive feedback on my images during the course?

We have created a closed Facebook group that is only accessible to our DofE online smartphone photography course members. We use this page as a space to share images, and also draw inspiration from others. Feedback will also be offered on the photos, as well as any other help or answers students may require to progress with their knowledge and ability.

4. What is the layout of the course?

There will be a video lesson & course information for each weekly assignment as well as loads of photography tips and tricks!

5. What do I receive at the end when I have completed the course?

Once you’ve sent in your final portfolio of images, we will then complete your DofE skills assessment. You will receive a certificate of completion from us and you will have a portfolio of your work to show off to family and friends. Parents – there will now be a new designated photographer to record all of your family holidays and events!

6. What is the course content?

There will be a video introduction from Lillie, as well as a welcome information providing an introduction to the course. The topics covered in lessons are as follows:

  • Lesson 1: Focus
  • Lesson 2: Light
  • Lesson 3: Close-ups
  • Lesson 4: Sunsets
  • Lesson 5: Action
  • Lesson 6: Black and White
  • Lesson 7: Perspective
  • Lesson 8: Rule of Thirds
  • Lesson 9: Frame Within a Frame
  • Lesson 10: Still Life
  • Lesson 11: Self Portraits
  • Lesson 12: Editing

Get ready to get inspired!