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!

DofE Smartphone Course

Content and Modules:

  • Welcome and Introduction
  • Assessor Information
  • Facebook group information and how to join
  • Modules –
    • Week 1 – Mastering Focus
    • Week 2 – Light & photography
    • Week 3 – Close-up photography
    • Week 4 – Photographing Sunsets
    • Week 5 – Photographing Action
    • Week 6 – Black & White photography
    • Week 7 – Perspective & photography
    • Week 8 – Rule of Thirds
    • Week 9 – Frame within a frame
    • Week 10 – Still life photography
    • Week 11 – Self Portrait photography
    • Week 12 – Photo Editing
  • How to get your DofE Assessment done
  • Any Questions

DofE Smartphone Part 2 (Follow-on) Course

Content and Modules:

  • Welcome and Introduction
  • Assessor Information
  • Facebook group information and how to join
  • Modules –
    • Week 13 – Exposure
    • Week 14 – Rule of Thirds
    • Week 15 – Leading lines
    • Week 16 – Panoramic images
    • Week 17 – Using Filters
    • Week 18 – Night photography
    • Week 19 – Flash photography
    • Week 20 – Storytelling
    • Week 21 – Photographing water
    • Week 22 – Texture photography
    • Week 23 – Shapes and letters
    • Week 24 – Photo Editing
  • How to get your DofE Assessment done
  • Any Questions

Our DofE Smartphone Courses include – 

  • 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 with other students and show progression to adhere to the DofE requirments.
  • Smartphone camera proficiency and a starting block to progress to DSLR photography and qualifications
  • Highly experienced and knowledgeable tutors
  • Knowledge on how to use different smartphone camera features
  • Flexibility of On-Demand
  • Meets the strict skill requirements of the Bronze and Silver DofE Award
  • Technical learnings of photography

Learn From Professionals

Our online Duke of Edinburgh Photography Courses are 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. Can I share 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 to show weekly progression to adhere to the DofE requirments and as a space to share images, and also draw inspiration from others.

Our members only Facebook group for the DofE skills course is full of students interacting, making new friends and gaining their feedback. We have many students photography work that can be browsed for inspiration!

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, file and report this with the DofE. 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!

7. Tutor feedback for DofE skills?

The course is very explanatory and detailed, however, occasional feedback is given on DofE on-demand & Smartphone course if the tutor feels the weekly photos provided need some guidance.

8. DofE Smartphone course support?

Sharp Shots are more than happy to provide support – DofE photography support will be given by emailing dofe@sharpshotsphotoclub.co.uk . Support or questions are unlikley to be answered through any other channel including social media (Facebook messaging, Instagram, etc) or any other Sharp Shots email address

9. Do I have to provide evidence of weekly progression?

In short, yes you do. Sharp Shots have created this course so that it’s super easy for you to adhere to the mandatory DofE requirements – 

  • Online DofE students need to use the Facebook members only group to show their work to the tutor
  • The tutor will assess and ‘like’ the page to show that the photos have been assessed for that week. 

10. The Final DofE Skills assessment:

Sharp Shots have created a seamless assessment process for your DofE Skills course, keep your photo posting up to date and follow the course assignments and we’ll take care of the final assessment –

  • The final DofE assessment is made at the end of the 12 week course.
  • Sharp Shots will carry out the assessment and file with the DofE direct as we are an Approved Activity Provider.
  • We require each online DofE student to send in 24 photos (2 for each weekly assignment) via WeTransfer 
  • Wetransfer instructions are given within the online course.
  • Sharp Shots can only accept the photographs via Wetransfer.