Step One: Teacher will introduce students to examples of photography created with smartphones, including examples from popular internet sources.
Step Two: For a quick warm-up, teacher will ask students to either take a new photo of themselves or use a previously taken photo of themselves on their phones to do a quick self-portrait sketch (allow 10 minutes for sketching). After 10 minutes, ask students what issues they had with working from a reference photo on the phone. Issues might include screen timing out, bad photo quality, trouble seeing reference, or trouble translating photo into drawing.
Step Three: Teacher will ask students to identify some photo subjects they might like to turn into artwork. Examples might include people, places they visit, animals, flowers, sunsets, cloudscapes, or other visually interesting subjects. Teacher will post examples of phone photography with strong compositional elements and point out how students can achieve such compositions. Examples of compositional types may include directional photos (vertical or horizontal objects), macro (close-up) photography, portrait photography, and landscape photos.
Tips for taking each type of photo:
Directional or Pattern Photos
Fill the screen with either a lot of vertical, horizontal, or diagonal objects, making sure the focus is on the overall pattern of the objects (bunches of flowers, plants, trees, power poles, rocks, and walls make good subjects for this category)
If phone camera has a menu for focus settings, adjust it to zoom or macro setting. Hold the camera 6-12 inches from object, making it the focus of the photo (flowers are great for this setting)