Fabulous Phone Photography

The Essential Smartphone Photography Course for Beginning Smartphone Photographers.

Turn the beautiful and captivating moments of your life into stunning photos with the only camera that fits in your back pocket.

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You’d love to make fabulous phone photos and be super proud of them but instead:

  • You’re settling for snapshots because you lack the knowledge of photography to rise above the point and shoot level.
  • You’ve barely used your phone camera because the pics you take never live up to your expectations.
  • You’re frustrated by pictures that turn out crummy even though you think you did everything right.
  • You’ve heard the rumors about shooting with camera apps but you have no clue as to what app to download let alone how to photograph with it.
  • You feel overwhelmed by all the technical tips, tricks, and gimmicks out there when you want to improve your phone photography skills. 
  • You love to shoot with your DSLR and you assume a mobile phone camera can’t give you the options you’re used to. You’re missing moments because you don’t even bother to take out your phone. 

What if

  • You had someone to help you to connect all the dots that go into making great phone photos without the technical overwhelm.
  • You gain the knowledge of photography that is guaranteed to help you to create smartphone pics that are so much more than your usual auto snaps.
  • You discover how small adjustments can make a big difference in the end result (aka your soon to be amazing pics).
  • You could take a look behind the scenes, learn how a pro photographer thinks and be able to apply that to your own shots.
  • You find the encouragement and inspiration you need to make the kind of photos you confidently share with your friends and family.
  • You could capture life’s fleeting moments as they unfold in front of you and turn them into captivating images.
  • Just a few weeks from today your camera roll is full of pics that make you happy and proud.
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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 mobile photography for you! To become a great mobile phone photographer you need to become best friends with your phone camera. You also want to develop your skills and creativity to make the truly fabulous phone photos you’d love to make.

But, don’t worry….one of my superpowers is explaining the photography stuff in plain and simple English. We’re gonna build you a solid phone photography house. Let me help you connect the dots and show you the way.

I promise you this course is full of aha-moments where you can actually hear yourself thinking: ‘Aha, that’s how I fix that issue’ or ‘Aha, that’s why my pics always turn out crummy.’

Welcome to Fabulous Phone Photography!

The best camera is the one in your back pocket!

Maybe you’re wondering why I invested the time to learn to photograph with such a ‘simple’ camera when I have professional gear?

Years ago I went to New York with my daughter. And what do you do in New York? You walk ……… a lot.

Of course, I brought my professional gear with me. But I can’t walk around with a heavy camera bag all day and every day (my back has very strict rules on that one). What I can do is carry around my phone all day and every day!

That’s why I invested in my phone photography skills.

So I could enjoy walking the streets of New York free of heavy gear and still make the pictures that became a lifelong memory of that trip.

The beauty is you can do the same because we’re all photographers now!

Smartphone cameras have been a photography game changer. Placing a very capable camera in the back pockets of millions of people and encouraging us to capture images in a quantity unprecedented in human history.

But what about the quality? Is that at the same level? No, it’s not.

Most people don’t feel like learning the basics of smartphone photography. And that’s fine.

But because you’re on this page and you came this far I’m asking you: ‘Are you most people?’

No, I didn’t think so! Let’s make sure you gain the skill and the confidence to make smartphone pics that stand out from the crowd!

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Learning the language of smartphone photography is what’s gonna set you apart from the millions of other smartphone photographers! 

fabulous phone photography

the timeless & holistic approach to phone photography

Fabulous Phone Photography cuts through all the bullshit, goes straight into the heart of the problems most beginning smartphone photograpers experience and offers solutions for each and everyone of them.

The course reveals the timeless principles behind all great photography including smartphone photography. It goes beyond teaching you a couple of soon to be outdated gimmicks and tricks like so many other smartphone photography courses. 

It uncovers specific techniques and processes used by pro photographers so you have the foundation to create interesting smartphone photos in almost any situation. 

It provides you with the knowledge, tools, and skills to finally make the best smartphone pics of your life. From there you can expand your toolbox because you have the confidence to start experimenting and improving yourself.

And the good news is it doesn’t matter what kind of smartphone you own. This smartphone photography course is for you whether you’re into iPhone photography or you’re an Android shooter. 

Instead of overloading you with the technical aspects of photography first you will learn about all the elements that go into great smartphone photography from the start. That’s why the smartphone photography course is divided into 4 levels. Every level builds on the previous one and with every level you’ll deepen your knowledge and skills.

Because smartphone photography has so many different moving parts that need to fall into place in a split second I’m sure you’re going to benefit from the holistic approach of Fabulous Phone Photography. 

here’s what you’ll master


In Level 1 you’ll get the basics on exposure, light, and composition.

Here’s what you’ll learn in Level 1: 

  • The inside scoop on the exposure triangle and how the phone camera triangle is different from DSLR cameras.
  • How to set your camera up for the best quality output
  • Getting to know your new best friend (the ProCamera or FV-5 Camera app)
  • Why light is critical and what it can do in your photos.
  • How composition is vital in telling the stories of the people and the places of your life.
  • Inspiration to go out and shoot beautiful landscapes and close-ups, both very suited for your mobile phone camera.


In Level 2 your foundation for making great shots with your phone expands.

Here’s what you’ll discover:

  • Understanding of the different exposure modes.
  • How the exposure triangle and exposure value work together to get the best exposure.
  • The biggest mistakes most smartphone photographers make and what to do instead.
  • How to recognize ‘good’ light, what to do if there’s no ‘good’ light and how to make the most of the light.
  • How color temperature works and why your photos can have a nasty colorcast.
  • How different points of view tell different stories in travel & street photography.


Level 3 deepens your knowledge and builds further on the different aspects of great smartphone photography.

After Level 3 you’ve gained insights in:

  • When and why you need to under- or overexpose
  • How to shoot in Shutter Speed- and ISO Priority Mode and when to use them.
  • How to set your camera app to get realistic colors.
  • The composition tools that work especially well in smartphone photography.
  • Why mobile phones are great for reportage photography and what to do when you’re shooting a reportage. 


After Level 4 you’re ready to take full control of your smartphone camera. 

Here’s what you’ll master:

  • How to shoot in manual mode and when to use it. 
  • The in-depth exposure strategies for different light situations pro photographers use.
  • The specific settings to shoot in low light situations.
  • The exact strategies to overcome the number 1 limitation of your smartphone camera and how to make it work for your pics. 
  • The game plan on how to capture the right moment.
  • How to photograph personal projects with storytelling photography.
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You’ll love fabulous phone photography if:

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

Whether you own a DSLR or not investing in your smartphone photography skills is time well spent. Because there will always be moments when all you have is your smartphone camera.

You want to discover the magic of the everyday moments of your life.

You want to be able to capture genuine phone photos of your kids, family, and friends and create tangible memories of life as it unfolds in front of you.

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

You’re not ready to invest in a DSLR camera and are tired of boring stock photos. You want the tools and skills to make great pics with your smartphone camera for your travel or lifestyle blog and social media.


This is not the best course for you if you think all it takes is a camera app download. You need to be willing to put in the work to finally be able make the photos you dream of making and to look at your pics with a sense of pride.

Here’s What’s Included.

Video Lessons

Around 120 minutes of in-depth video lessons where you’ll go from your first baby steps as a serious smartphone photographer to rocking it like a pro. They’re full of examples, loads of smartphone photography wisdom, and step-by-step tutorials.

Photo Assignments

The assignments are designed to practice what you’ve just learned. Also very important they’ll fit right in your daily life so there’s nothing holding you back to take your smartphone camera out and start shooting like a pro.

Photo Reviews

The course comes with photo reviews. You can upload your pics for the assignments and I will give you personal feedback on the photos inside the lessons.


The course is packed with Cheat Sheets with the key takeaways plus full transcripts of every lesson. To retain the information you can test your progress in lesson tests and level tests.


When you’ve completed all the lessons and your scores for all the tests are adequate you’ll receive a certificate of completion.

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 noticed you don't offer any lessons on editing. Why's that?

Glad you asked! If you want to become a smartphone editing wizzard you can enroll in Fabulous Phone Editing, the in-depth mobile editing course for VSCO & Snapseed. Learn how to edit your photos on the go, give them the tender loving aftercare they deserve and take your pics from flat and boring to WOW. The course is full of video tutorials, cheat sheets, practice files, step-by-step guides, editing assignments and reviews. You can find more information about course here Fabulous Phone Editing

The price for Fabulous Phone Editing is €39 but ……….. you can buy Fabulous Phone Photography and Fabulous Phone Editing in a bundle and receive a nice discount.

Is it really possible to make great images with your phone?

If you have the tools, knowledge, skills, and creativity it is definitely possible to make fabulous phone photos! Luckily this course provides you with all of that!

Is it worth spending the money on a smartphone photography course? Maybe I should save for a better camera?

Honestly, there is no better camera than the one you have with you all……the…….time! Investing in the training you need to get better photos out of that little thingie is money very well spent. Besides, a smartphone camera is the perfect tool to practice a lot. It is a wonderful stepping stone to a DSLR camera.

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 photography superstar. In a course, you are given all the pieces of the photography puzzle in the order you need to learn them. You will also learn how to put all those pieces together because in photography everything is connected. 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.

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

The videos are between 3 and 8 minutes long and the photo assignments can be easily fitted into your daily life. 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 per level on learning and practicing. How much time you are willing and/or able to put in is entirely up to you.

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

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

What kind of smartphone do I need for the course?

Any kind of smartphone will do as long as it has a camera. iPhone and Android shooters are both welcome!

Do I need to buy expensive smartphone photography gear?

All you need is your smartphone and your eyes! You just need to invest a few euros for the camera app that’s going to transform your ‘point and shoot’ phone camera into a manual controllable camera.

I don't know the first thing about photography. Will I be able to understand the technical stuff?

In the course, each level builds on the previous one. We’ll start at the very base of photography and work our way up from there so you’ll never feel overwhelmed. I’m convinced that learning all the steps in the right order will turn you into a confident and creative phone photographer. And finally, if something is not clear to you there are several ways to connect with me to help you along the way!

I prefer shooting with my DSLR, what's the point of learning smartphone photography?

If you prefer photographing with a ‘serious’ camera like a DSLR and you’re frustrated by the lack of possibilities to control your smartphone camera this course is gonna be a real eye opener for you. You’ll find out that it’s possible to control a smartphone camera when you shoot with a camera app. When you learn the language of smartphone photography your smartphone camera will become an essential and valuable addition to your DSLR for the many moments the DSLR is not with you.

How long do I have access to the course?

Once you enroll in Fabulous Phone Photography 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 photography skills.

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 for the best phone photos of your life?