Fabulous Phone Editing

The In-Depth Smartphone Editing Course for VSCO and Snapseed.

Edit your photos on the go, give them the tender loving aftercare they deserve and take your pics from flat and boring to WOW.

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You love taking photos with your smartphone but somehow your photos miss the WOW effect because:

  • You lack the knowledge and skills to edit your pics and you never seem to get the look you’re after.
  • You go from one editing app to the other not developing any skills in just 1 or 2 editing apps.
  • You don’t know how to go beyond using the same old filters over and over again.
  • You have no clue where to begin and feel overwhelmed by all the possibilities an editing app gives you.
  • You don’t know what all the tools and filters actually do let alone when, why and how you to apply them. So, you rely on the same basic editing steps for every photo.
  • You don’t have a strategic plan for editing your photos so they’re all over the place lacking in consistency.
  • You’re wasting time scouring the internet for editing tutorials trying to figure it out all by yourself. Precious time you could be spending photographing!

What if

  • You could take a look behind the scenes, learn how a pro photographer thinks about editing and be able to apply that to your own images.
  • You discover how small editing adjustments can make a big difference in the end result.
  • You could finally take your shots to the next level with a little editing and create the WOW pics you desire.
  • You know exactly when, why and how to apply the tools and filters you need for your pics.
  • You see instantly what a photo needs to give it that little nudge to greatness.
  • You have more time to photograph because you know the shortcuts to quickly and consistently edit your pics.
  • In just a few days you have the skills and confidence to edit every awesome pic you make and make them jump off the screen.
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Hi, I'm Karin!

I’m a pro photographer with 25+ years of experience in photography.

I deeply believe that it’s not the camera that creates beautiful photos but the person behind the camera. Knowing how to do amazing things with the gear you have is what’s gonna set you apart! What you need to never miss a memorable photo op again is the best smartphone photography training in the world.

That’s why I’m passionate about opening up the world of smartphone photo editing for you! Because knowing how to get the best out of your phone pics with an editing app will take your images to the next level. Every picture needs a little Tender Loving Aftercare as I like to call it. There’s nothing wrong with enhancing your photos as long as you know exactly what you’re doing. 

But, don’t worry….one of my superpowers is showing you how to do that in concise step-by-step tutorials. 

I promise you this editing course is full of aha-moments where you can actually hear yourself thinking: ‘Aha, that’s what I need to do to get the WOW factor’ or ‘Aha, that’s why my pics always turn out fake and unrealistic.’

Welcome to Fabulous Phone Editing!


smartphone editing course, mobile editing course, snapseed before and after | ©Karin van Mierlo, Photography Playground | Photo: Ericeira, Portugal


smartphone editing course, mobile editing course, snapseed before and after | ©Karin van Mierlo, Photography Playground | Photo: Ericeira, Portugal
smartphone photography course, mobile photography course, camera app download, procamera, camera fv-5 | ©Karin van Mierlo, Photography Playground

here’s what you’ll learn


In the VSCO module, you learn to edit your pics using the free editing app VSCO.

Here’s what you’ll learn in the VSCO module:

  • Finding your way around VSCO and knowing exactly where to find what you need to edit your smartphone pictures.
  • The skills to give your images the first basic adjustments like Exposure, Contrast, Saturation, and White Balance.
  • How to edit with a preset in VSCO.
  • Why and how to crop your images plus how to adjust the perspective.
  • Working with Tone, Contrast and Clarity to emphasize details. 


In the Snapseed module, you learn to take your editing further because with the free editing app Snapseed you can get very detailed in your editing.

Here’s what you’ll master in the Snapseed module:

  • Finding your way around Snapseed and knowing exactly where to find what you need to edit your smartphone pictures.
  • How to use Curves, White Balance and Tune Image to make the first basic adjustments in your pics.
  • How to emphasize details using the HDR filter.
  • When and how to use the Selective tool to adjust a smaller part of your photo.
  • How to keep the attention inside the photo.
  • How to use the Brush tool to brighten or darken smaller areas in your pictures.
  • How to create stunning black and white images.


smartphone editing course, mobile editing course, VSCO before and after | ©Karin van Mierlo, Photography Playground | Photo: New York, USA.


smartphone editing course, mobile editing course, VSCO before and after | ©Karin van Mierlo, Photography Playground | Photo: New York, USA.


You love to travel and want to come home with great photos.

You photograph a lot with your smartphone while you’re traveling (and who doesn’t) and you want to have the skills to edit your pics on the go.


You want to be able to edit the beautiful phone photos of your kids, family, and friends and elevate those tangible memories above the ordinary.

You’re a blogger and want to stand out with excellent photography.

You need the tools and skills to quickly and consistently edit the photos you make with your smartphone and be able to share them on your blog, Facebook or Instagram instantly.


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Here’s What’s Included.

Video Lessons

9 practical step-by-step video tutorials where you can see the exacts steps I take plus the thought process behind every editing decision I make.


All tutorials have a step-by-step guide laying down all the editing steps for the specific image. I’ve included the image files I’m working on in the video so you’ll be able to follow along perfectly. The course also comeswith cheat sheets.

Editing Reviews

Getting personal feedback on your edited images for the editing assignments from me is extremely valuable. It accelerates the development of your editing skills and sharpens your vision of where you want to take your pics.

30-Day Money Back Guarantee

Enrolling is basically risk-free. If you don’t like the course just send me an email within 30 days and you’ll get a full refund. No questions asked, no hard feelings, but I will miss you!

this is what some of my students are saying


“I was so new to phone photography that the whole course was an Aha moment! It taught me to understand the advantages and limitations of phone photography. This was the first real course I’ve taken –I only just “graduated” (at 76!) to a smartphone. I’m so happy that this was the first course I took because Karin’s style is so very clear and encouraging. The presentation of each module was really clear, so none was overly difficult. In addition to the course itself, the prompts were a great way to “get out and do it!” -Lynn, Alumnus Fabulous Phone Photography


“This was one of the best courses I have taken. My biggest take away was how simple it is to take pictures with your phone when you know the basics learned in this course. When you’re still on the fence……jump over it, you will not regret it.” -Juan, Alumnus Fabulous Phone Photography


“I really liked the camera app suggested and the ability to easily set the shutter speed and iso. It was super helpful to run through the app setup and manual exposure.”

-Wendy, Alumnus Fabulous Phone Photography


“The lessons Karin gave to me were very pleasant. She taught me how the camera works and showed me there isn’t just one right way of using it. She has a lot of beautiful examples to inspire you. She has a playful approach and a warm personality. And you learn how to put your own perspective into the image. I would recommend her as a teacher to everyone that’s willing to really know what photos are about.” -Fleur, One-on-One Mentoring


“You have exceeded my expectations, thank you. I feel way more confident and ready to experiment with my smartphone now, this was very, very long overdue.  Too many to mention, although just getting to see what the capabilities of the smartphone are was an aha moment for sure. The other was the reality that the smartphone only has a large DOF, finally, the other wow moment was seeing how Snapseed works. Just to say thank you, you certainly exceeded my expectations and that I am sure is what you want to hear. Bravo on a job well done, I feel inspired and ready to go out and photograph everything I have ignored for such a long time.” -Herman, Alumnus Fabulous Phone Photography


“I learned a lot with this course and increased my confidence in taking pictures with my phone. My biggest aha-moments were that depth of field was “fixed” and there are apps available to give you more control with the camera on my phone. Great course! Thank you.” -Jan, Alumnus Fabulous Phone Photography


“I wanted to thank you for the excellent smartphone photography course. It was more than helpful, I felt, it quickly helped me to look closer at the technicalities and technology involved. I liked your examples, and I loved the sense of passion for your chosen job, which was tangible through your spoken comments, choices and text. All modules were good, well paced, short yet sufficient and enlightening.” -Claudia, Alumnus Fabulous Phone Photography


“Your course is really good and a lot of fun!” -Ronja, Alumnus Fabulous Phone Photography

 Frequently Asked Questions

I need to learn to make great photos with my smartphone first. Do you offer a phone photography course as well?

Glad you asked! If you want to become a smartphone photography wizzard you can enroll in Fabulous Phone Photography, the essential smartphone photography course for beginning smartphone photographers. It’s full of video tutorials, cheat sheets, step-by-step guides, photo assignments and reviews. This course will give you the tools you need to turn the beautiful and captivating moments of your life into stunning photos with the only camera that fits in your back pocket. You can check out the course here Fabulous Phone Photography.

The price for Fabulous Phone Photography is €79 but ……….. you can buy Fabulous Phone Photography and Fabulous Phone Editing in a bundle and receive a nice discount.

How is this course different from other smartphone editing courses?

Fabulous Phone Editing goes way beyond teaching you a few tricks and gimmicks like so many other mobile editing courses. It gives you a deeper understanding of editing your pictures and the tools you need to develop your own editing style. 

Is it worth spending the money on a smartphone editing course? Maybe I should spend it on desktop editing software like Lightroom?

Of course Lightroom is awesome and I edit my smartphone photos in Lightroom as well. But nothing can beat the speed of editing on your smartphone. You can spend the time you’re waiting or traveling to edit your pics on the go! I think that’s a big plus of smartphone editing apps like Snapseed and VSCO.

Isn't all this information available for free on the internet?

There’s a lot of free information out there and that’s a wonderful thing. But searching for the information you think you need and relying on the bits and pieces the free information gives you is not gonna turn you into a smartphone editing superstar. In a course, you are given all the steps of editing your pics in the order you need to take them.

One of the biggest advantages of taking an online course is that you have a  support system. I’m just a message away. Also, the course is kept up-to-date regularly. You can be sure the information you get is still valid. Last but not least, the course and all its materials will always be there for you when you need to freshen up your memory.

What kind of smartphone do I need for the course?

Any kind of smartphone will do as long as you can download the editing apps. Both VSCO and Snapseed are free!

I'm a busy person. How much time does it take to take the course?

There are 9 videos between 3 and 8 minutes long. It will take you less then an hour to go through all of them. But I’m sure you understand that it also takes practice to develop the necessary skills. To get results you will have to spend some time to practice. How much time you are willing and/or able to put in is entirely up to you.

How long do I have access to the course?

Once you enroll in Fabulous Phone Editing you have lifetime access to the course. A big plus of online courses is that it’s easy to stay up-to-date. All updates are included! The last update of the course was in January 2020.

Is it safe to pay with my credit card?

Yes, your payment information is fully protected and secure. If you prefer you can also pay with your Paypal Account. When you decide to enroll in the course you’ll be taken to a secure page where you enter your email address and payment information. Once the payment is approved you’ll go straight to the course where you can make a start with improving your phone editing skills.

Okay, I'm convinced! When does the course start?

You can enroll anytime and make a start with improving your smartphone editing skills right now! You’ll receive all videos, practice sheets, and practice files today. You can binge-watch the videos or take your time.

What if I am unhappy with the course?

I would never want you to be unhappy! If you are unsatisfied with the course, just send an email to karin[at]photography-playground.com within 30 days of your purchase and I will give you a full refund.

are you ready to give your pics the love they deserve?