Share the compelling stories of your work and your impact through simple and powerful photography techniques.

Powerful photography feeds minds, stirs hearts and inspires action. This is a practical guide to learning photography skills that will enable you to capture, edit and share powerful photos and connect people with your work. You’ll leave this session with a deep understanding of how to shoot using inexpensive equipment, principles around the do’s and don’ts with social impact photography, and simple techniques to edit your shots like a pro. You’ll be able to capture powerful imagery that will enable your audiences to better connect with you, your beneficiaries and their stories.

What you'll learn

  • Social impact photography using your smartphone and inexpensive equipment

  • How to light your photos to best convey your message

  • Composition and framing, including the rule of thirds

  • Photographic features on your smartphone you probably didn’t know about

  • Things to consider when using photography for social impact, including how to keep the identity of your beneficiaries anonymous

  • Different styles of photography, including portraits, landscape, documentary

  • Simple in-phone editing techniques using tools at your fingertips

Additional Resources & Articles

Creative Reference Guide for Still Photography
A creative reference guide developed by Dean Golja and the team at Image United in Melbourne who work extensively within the Non-Profit sector capturing authentic situations with video and still photography.

Skillshare - Fundamentals of Photo Editing
This webinar will help you discover how you can transform your photos with just a few key editing techniques. Perfect for photography enthusiasts of all levels, this class unlocks next level photos though the art of editing.

Nonprofit Photography: Ethics and Approaches
This article outlines best practices and tips on ethics and approaches in humanitarian photography for social impact.

10 iPhone Photography Tips To Quickly Improve Your Photos
Check out these simple iPhone photography tips, you can learn how to take better pictures with your iPhone right now! 

Shoot for the Light – Improve Your Composition
Photography is all about light, and if there is a good light, then there is a good photo. This photographer explores how light can be used to frame your pictures and what to look for when capturing interesting shots of people.

Top Ten Photography Composition Rules
This guide will walk you through a number of established composition guidelines which can be applied in almost any situation, to enhance the impact of a scene.


Collaboration Partner

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Damien Baumgart
Producer & Teacher - Youthworx

Damien is a photographer, media producer, illustrator, designer, and teacher. With experience across Australia and the UK, Damien is an experienced photographer and teacher. He is now training young people who are homeless or at risk of homelessness in creative and commercial media production at Melbourne-based social enterprise Youthworx. Damien is passionate about the power of photography in storytelling. He believes that everybody deserves the chance to learn and achieve their goals.

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