Smart Phone Photography in the Outdoors

A one day course delivered on request to help you get the best photographs from your smart phone.

Who is it for

This course is designed for anyone who has a smartphone with a camera and who wants to learn how to improve their photography, make the most of their phone camera and take better photographs.

Course Overview

We start the day with tea and coffee and after introductions we will look at setting up your phone for effective photography. We will look at basic techniques and ideas including composition, framing as well as picking and approaching subjects. We will also look at what apps are available and discuss the popular options including Instagram and Lightroom. We will then head out to an outdoor venue take to some photographs before returning to get feedback, look at editing your photos and the options for letting the world see your photographic creations.

Beyond the Edge are one of the UKs most experienced providers of rock climbing, mountaineering and adventure training courses and they are both highly informative and run by hugely experienced trainers and instructors. Importantly in our opinion, they are also fun and run in a friendly manner. We take great pride in the very high percentage of individuals who return for further courses.

The courses will be run by Alex Ekins a qualified photojournalist and a Mountaineering and Rock Climbing instructor with over 25 years experience of photography and rock climbing throughout the world. Alex has been published in the mainstream media including The Financial Times, The Guardian, The Independent, The Economist, Le Monde and National Geographic as well as in climbing magazines throughout the world. Some of Alex’s magazine covers are shown here –

Smart Phone Photography – Course Format

We start with a chat over a cuppa in our training room, watch a presentation covering some theory and techniques before heading outside. During the course we will cover:

  • Setting up your smart phone camera
  • Apps and social media
  • Composition and framing
  • How to choose a subject
  • Portraits and photographing people
  • Editing your photographs
  • Legalities
  • Options for displaying and sharing your photographs

Course Details

  • Location: Peak District
  • Cost: from £235 per group
  • Duration: 1 day
  • Ratio: 1:8
  • Level: Introduction+
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More Information

  • Bespoke Dates and Locations

    I phone photography courses are delivered on request only. Please contact the office and we will arrange some dates and a location to suit your diary.

  • Meeting Point

    The course will meet at The Sir William Hotel at 0900 in the village of Grindleford. The village has good bus and train links with Sheffield and good train links to Manchester.

    The hotel has ample free parking.

  • Equipment Required

    A full kit list with recommendations as to what works best is contained in the Joining Instructions. Any smart phone with a camera will enable you to fully participate in the course and the photograph evaluation process.

    Outdoor clothing including waterproofs will enable you to enjoy your time outside.

  • Fitness Level

    You don’t have to be super fit to enjoy this photography course. Average fitness is all that is required and the ability to spend most of the day in an outdoor environment.

  • Accommodation Options

    This Beyond the Edge course is non-residential to allow you to select between a thermarest or 5 star hotel as you require. There is lots of accommodation in the Hope Valley and we recommend The Sir William which offers BtE clients a discounted rate and most courses start from here.

    Further details and other options are listed on our Accommodation page.


  • How do I book ?

    Get in touch by either calling the office on 01142 631 155 or emailing us.

  • Does the course include accommodation ?

    Not usually! We prefer to let you choose where you will be most comfortable. This may be in a tent or in a luxury hotel.

    In the Peak District we work out of the The Sir William hotel. This is a comfortable Inn with stunning views over the Hope valley and it also serves great food (try the game pie if it’s on!). We recommend that you stay here as they are well versed in looking after walkers and climbers and it’s a 30 second commute from the breakfast table to our meeting room.

    Further details and other options are listed on our Accommodation page.


  • Children, Dogs, Parking, COVID and everything else...

    You will find all of the most frequently asked questions and their answers on our FAQ webpage

Course Details

  • Location: Peak District
  • Cost: from £235 per group
  • Duration: 1 day
  • Ratio: 1:8
  • Level: Introduction+
Enquire now

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