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Mobile Photography Inspiration

How to Become Creative and Inspired in Just Five Days

by | Mar 12, 2018 | photography inspiration, smartphone photography

Smartphone Photography Challenge

Have you ever wondered what you and your smartphone camera can create together if you just knew your camera a little bit better?

Last week 189 people found out!

The Photography Playground was hosting its very first Smartphone Photography Challenge and we had a wonderful, inspiring and most of all creative experience together. All the magic happened in the Facebook Group. That’s where all the creativity and inspiration was floating around!

It was five days full of tips, valuable information and photo prompts! People were challenged to push their creative boundaries, they were motivated to try out something different and in some cases to step out of their comfort zone.

Making Room for Beauty

I actually don’t have a lot more to say so I’m going to step back and make room for some of the beauties that were created during the challenge.

Stepping Out

The first prompt was to make a Self-portrait with Phone. For some people, this was a big step out of their comfort zone. Taking a selfie doesn’t come naturally to all of us. But it was so great to see that they did it anyway!

 

Smartphone Photography Challenge | Have you ever wondered what you and your smartphone camera can create together if you just knew your camera a little bit better? Last week 189 people found out! The Photography Playground was hosting its very first Smartphone Photography Challenge and we had a wonderful, inspiring and most of all creative experience together. All the magic happened in the Facebook Group. That's where all the creativity and inspiration was floating around! It was five days full of tips, valuable information and photo prompts! People were challenged to push their creative boundaries, they were motivated to try out something different and in some cases to step out of their comfort zone.

Iris Peelen

Smartphone Photography Challenge - Have you ever wondered what you and your smartphone camera can create together if you just knew your camera a little bit better? Last week 189 people found out! The Photography Playground was hosting its very first Smartphone Photography Challenge and we had a wonderful, inspiring and most of all creative experience together. All the magic happened in the Facebook Group. That's where all the creativity and inspiration was floating around! It was five days full of tips, valuable information and photo prompts! People were challenged to push their creative boundaries, they were motivated to try out something different and in some cases to step out of their comfort zone.

Keith Lyn Honeycut

Smartphone Photography Challenge - Have you ever wondered what you and your smartphone camera can create together if you just knew your camera a little bit better? Last week 189 people found out! The Photography Playground was hosting its very first Smartphone Photography Challenge and we had a wonderful, inspiring and most of all creative experience together. All the magic happened in the Facebook Group. That's where all the creativity and inspiration was floating around! It was five days full of tips, valuable information and photo prompts! People were challenged to push their creative boundaries, they were motivated to try out something different and in some cases to step out of their comfort zone.

Jessica van Kooten

Looking for a View

Day two people were looking for A Window with a View to make a frame in a frame. It was so great to see the diversity and inventive creativity that can come out such a seemingly simple prompt.

 

Smartphone Photography Challenge | Have you ever wondered what you and your smartphone camera can create together if you just knew your camera a little bit better? Last week 189 people found out! The Photography Playground was hosting its very first Smartphone Photography Challenge and we had a wonderful, inspiring and most of all creative experience together. All the magic happened in the Facebook Group. That's where all the creativity and inspiration was floating around! It was five days full of tips, valuable information and photo prompts! People were challenged to push their creative boundaries, they were motivated to try out something different and in some cases to step out of their comfort zone.

Rebecca David

Smartphone Photography Challenge | Have you ever wondered what you and your smartphone camera can create together if you just knew your camera a little bit better? Last week 189 people found out! The Photography Playground was hosting its very first Smartphone Photography Challenge and we had a wonderful, inspiring and most of all creative experience together. All the magic happened in the Facebook Group. That's where all the creativity and inspiration was floating around! It was five days full of tips, valuable information and photo prompts! People were challenged to push their creative boundaries, they were motivated to try out something different and in some cases to step out of their comfort zone.

Hina Liang

Smartphone Photography Challenge | Have you ever wondered what you and your smartphone camera can create together if you just knew your camera a little bit better? Last week 189 people found out! The Photography Playground was hosting its very first Smartphone Photography Challenge and we had a wonderful, inspiring and most of all creative experience together. All the magic happened in the Facebook Group. That's where all the creativity and inspiration was floating around! It was five days full of tips, valuable information and photo prompts! People were challenged to push their creative boundaries, they were motivated to try out something different and in some cases to step out of their comfort zone.

Jessica van Kooten

 Small Beauty

Day three was about finding beauty in the smallest of things by Getting as Close as you Can. We walk past the little things so often without noticing them. But there is touching beauty to find in the details of life!

 

Smartphone Photography Challenge | Have you ever wondered what you and your smartphone camera can create together if you just knew your camera a little bit better? Last week 189 people found out! The Photography Playground was hosting its very first Smartphone Photography Challenge and we had a wonderful, inspiring and most of all creative experience together. All the magic happened in the Facebook Group. That's where all the creativity and inspiration was floating around! It was five days full of tips, valuable information and photo prompts! People were challenged to push their creative boundaries, they were motivated to try out something different and in some cases to step out of their comfort zone.

Robbin Dee

Smartphone Photography Challenge | Have you ever wondered what you and your smartphone camera can create together if you just knew your camera a little bit better? Last week 189 people found out! The Photography Playground was hosting its very first Smartphone Photography Challenge and we had a wonderful, inspiring and most of all creative experience together. All the magic happened in the Facebook Group. That's where all the creativity and inspiration was floating around! It was five days full of tips, valuable information and photo prompts! People were challenged to push their creative boundaries, they were motivated to try out something different and in some cases to step out of their comfort zone.

Rebecca David

Smartphone Photography Challenge | Have you ever wondered what you and your smartphone camera can create together if you just knew your camera a little bit better? Last week 189 people found out! The Photography Playground was hosting its very first Smartphone Photography Challenge and we had a wonderful, inspiring and most of all creative experience together. All the magic happened in the Facebook Group. That's where all the creativity and inspiration was floating around! It was five days full of tips, valuable information and photo prompts! People were challenged to push their creative boundaries, they were motivated to try out something different and in some cases to step out of their comfort zone.

Christy Cates

 The Biggest Challenge

Day four turned out to be the most challenging prompt of them all: Still life in the Dark. But it resulted in some great photos. Of course, photography is all about light. But it doesn’t need that much to make an interesting photo once you’ve learned how to work with the light that is available to you.

 

Smartphone Photography Challenge - Have you ever wondered what you and your smartphone camera can create together if you just knew your camera a little bit better? Last week 189 people found out! The Photography Playground was hosting its very first Smartphone Photography Challenge and we had a wonderful, inspiring and most of all creative experience together. All the magic happened in the Facebook Group. That's where all the creativity and inspiration was floating around! It was five days full of tips, valuable information and photo prompts! People were challenged to push their creative boundaries, they were motivated to try out something different and in some cases to step out of their comfort zone.

Cindy Lyon

Smartphone Photography Challenge - Have you ever wondered what you and your smartphone camera can create together if you just knew your camera a little bit better? Last week 189 people found out! The Photography Playground was hosting its very first Smartphone Photography Challenge and we had a wonderful, inspiring and most of all creative experience together. All the magic happened in the Facebook Group. That's where all the creativity and inspiration was floating around! It was five days full of tips, valuable information and photo prompts! People were challenged to push their creative boundaries, they were motivated to try out something different and in some cases to step out of their comfort zone.

Monique Paano

Smartphone Photography Challenge - Have you ever wondered what you and your smartphone camera can create together if you just knew your camera a little bit better? Last week 189 people found out! The Photography Playground was hosting its very first Smartphone Photography Challenge and we had a wonderful, inspiring and most of all creative experience together. All the magic happened in the Facebook Group. That's where all the creativity and inspiration was floating around! It was five days full of tips, valuable information and photo prompts! People were challenged to push their creative boundaries, they were motivated to try out something different and in some cases to step out of their comfort zone.

Caroline Smith

 Who Do You Love

Our last day was all about Who or What Do You Love and it was a very joyful day.

Although I was a little sad that the challenge was over. It was an amazing experience and an inspiration for me as well!

I want to thank everybody who participated!

 

Smartphone Photography Challenge - Have you ever wondered what you and your smartphone camera can create together if you just knew your camera a little bit better? Last week 189 people found out! The Photography Playground was hosting its very first Smartphone Photography Challenge and we had a wonderful, inspiring and most of all creative experience together. All the magic happened in the Facebook Group. That's where all the creativity and inspiration was floating around! It was five days full of tips, valuable information and photo prompts! People were challenged to push their creative boundaries, they were motivated to try out something different and in some cases to step out of their comfort zone.

Noor van Manen

Smartphone Photography Challenge - Have you ever wondered what you and your smartphone camera can create together if you just knew your camera a little bit better? Last week 189 people found out! The Photography Playground was hosting its very first Smartphone Photography Challenge and we had a wonderful, inspiring and most of all creative experience together. All the magic happened in the Facebook Group. That's where all the creativity and inspiration was floating around! It was five days full of tips, valuable information and photo prompts! People were challenged to push their creative boundaries, they were motivated to try out something different and in some cases to step out of their comfort zone.

Angel Guadamuz

Smartphone Photography Challenge - Have you ever wondered what you and your smartphone camera can create together if you just knew your camera a little bit better? Last week 189 people found out! The Photography Playground was hosting its very first Smartphone Photography Challenge and we had a wonderful, inspiring and most of all creative experience together. All the magic happened in the Facebook Group. That's where all the creativity and inspiration was floating around! It was five days full of tips, valuable information and photo prompts! People were challenged to push their creative boundaries, they were motivated to try out something different and in some cases to step out of their comfort zone.

Emma Hazeleger

Creative Community

Every day I was amazed by the inspiring, supportive and creative community that grew over those five days. It confirmed my belief that there is creativity in everyone. It just needs some motivation and inspiration to manifest itself! That is what the Photography Playground is all about! It was an inspiration for me as well to be surrounded by this wonderful community!

During those five days, hundreds of photos were posted in de Facebook Group. It is impossible to show them all. I Picked out a few to show you what you can achieve in only five days. To show what you and your smartphone camera could create together! To motivate you to see that beauty is everywhere!

💡Learn More: Check out Fabulous Phone Photography or Travel iPhoneography for Instagram!

A selection of the photos participants took during the 5-day smartphone photography challenge at Photography Playground. Read this post and get creative and inspired yourself when you see what can be done with just a smartphone! #smartphonephotography #smartphonephotographyinspiration #smartphonephotographychallenge

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3 Comments

  1. joleisa

    it does sound like a fun challenge! I would like to check out the course. Who knew that a smart phone could produce all these awesome pics?

    Reply
    • Karin van Mierlo

      I know! It’s amazing, isn’t it! The link to the course is in the blog post if you want to check it out 🙂

      Reply
  2. Casey the College Celiac

    There were some amazing pictures in this bunch!!! I take all my photos using my iPhone so this is great inspiration for me!

    Reply

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