Earn your Phone Photography Badge in a Weekend!

To earn the Phone Photography Badge, you will read about the history of photography and tips for taking photos on your mobile phone. You will also plan and go on a photo walk with friends or family. We’ve outlined how to complete the badge in a weekend below.

But first, here is a quick rundown of how earning a badge works. We use “Badge Guides” to lay out what it takes to earn the badge.

Badge Guides are printable “recipes” or ideas for learning something new and sharing it with friends. Do something to satisfy each of the three steps to earn the badge:

Step 1. Research
Step 2. Learn from others
Step 3. Take Action and Share your knowledge

The steps in the Badge Guide are designed to be flexible, so if you want to watch different YouTube videos or read different websites, feel free! Just make sure they are fairly equivalent in length and information shared. You can use our worksheets to take notes, plan how you’ll complete each step, and record your reflections on earning the badge.


Complete Step 1: Research

Research the history of photography and some tips on how to take great photos on your phone. Be sure to grab a notebook and take some notes, or use this worksheet!

Learn about the History of Photography

Visit the websites and watch the video below to learn about the history of photography.

  • Read over the history of photography timeline posted on The Spruce Crafts
  • Read about the history of mobile phone photography on Digital Trends‘ and Android Authority‘s websites
  • Watch the documentary below to learn about the influence photography has had on American society since its invention

Research tips for Phone Photography

Pinterest is bursting at the seams with pins that link to posts containing photography tips. We found it useful to look at some general photography tips as well as smart phone or iPhone specific tips. We’ve linked a few of our favorite resources below. Take a look at these and then do some searching on your own.

  • This article containing beginner tips on Hubspot
  • This Youtube video on magic hour, editing software, the rule of thirds, and more
  • Check out the photography tips and tricks articles we’ve been collecting on Pinterest here: Phone Photography Badge Board
  • The Youtube video embedded below containing little known tricks for taking incredible photos


Complete Step 2: Learn How to Take Great Photos

Find a Friend to Teach you a few Tips

Is there is a particular type of photo you want to learn to take? Do you have a friend you know takes great pictures? Ask around and find someone in your life who has some photography skills. Invite them to share a meal and go take some photos together!

Take a Class at a Community Center or Apple Store

Apple Stores offer free photography and editing classes daily that are great for all ages and abilities. You can find your local Apple Store here. You can also search Facebook for events near you that include the word “photography.” Write a list of your lingering questions and topics you want more information about. Be sure to follow up with your teacher and ask your questions!


Complete Step 3: Host a Photo Walk in Your Community

Step 3 is all about taking action and sharing your knowledge with others.

Read these great tips offered by Canva on making the most of a photo walk, First, bring only what you need. The article also suggests capturing anything that catches your eye and trying high and low angles for different shot perspectives.

Pick a Good Location

Good locations for photo walks include places with beautiful nature or interesting shapes and art. Remember that beauty is in the eye of the beholder, so pick a place that interests you!

Gather Supplies and Make a Plan

Consider any props you might need for your photos. You could bring lenses for your phone camera or a tripod.

Make intentional choices about the time of day, weather forecast, and stops along your walk. Read about taking photos in bright light if it is a sunny day or tips for taking photos when the sky is overcast if it is going to be cloudy.

If you plan to include people in your photos, think about what clothing colors might stand out from your backgrounds or coordinating outfits for multiple people.

Host the Photo Walk!

The final step is to host your photo walk. Invite a few friends, family members, or even a group of kids along and take photos! Be sure to tell your fellow photographers about the tips you’ve learned in your research.

After the walk share your photos with one another on a large monitor or TV screen or make a Google Photos album to share access.

Compare some of your old and new photos to see how your new knowledge and practice has improved your photography!

Tell us about your experience earning this badge!

We want to hear from you. How was your photo walk? Fill out the Phone Photograph Badge Guide Worksheet. Send us some pictures (tag us on Instagram or Facebook) and your notes and we’ll send you something in return. 

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