Carphone Warehouse Photography Workshop for the Samsung S8/S8+ / by Richard Storrow

On the 24th April I ran a photography workshop on behalf of Carphone Warehouse. The brief was to teach the attendees from the blogging community how to consistently take great photographs on a smartphone, using the new S8/S8+ handsets. If you would like to see the presentation on the Rules of Composition please click here firstly and then here. I also talked about Henri Cartier-Bresson's Decisive Moment that states in every scene or frame composed by your camera there is one perfect moment to take the photograph and if you miss it, you miss it.

Big J McNeely photographed by Bob Willoughby, 1951

Big J McNeely photographed by Bob Willoughby, 1951

We talked about colour palettes, and I referenced the classic Zorn palette, which consists of only red, yellow and black:


This was the palette created and used by a swedish painter Anders Zorn and in his self portrait below you can see the huge range of tone and colour generated from this palette. Occasionally Zorn was known to sneak in an auxiliary colour when needed, but the bulk of his painting was done with the Zorn palette as below.

So think about your colour palette and your timing. If there is a huge variety of colour in your viewfinder, maybe consider applying a black and white filter to make the image less confused. If the composition is strong, the photograph should be all the better for it.

We then set our bloggers a challenge. Using the Samsung S8 and S8+ they had to take one photograph using one of the many rules of composition we discussed. The winning photograph, shown below won the photographer a brand new Samsung S8. The S8+ handset will be given to the blogger that writes the best writeup of the workshop.


The limited but beautiful colour palette of green and orange (boosted slightly on the phone editing features) is complemented by the patterns and simple but strong shapes of the extraction fan and the light rigging. The inclusion of 4 separate circular shapes satisfies the fibonacci spiral and are nicely separated by the straight lines of the light rigging.

If you would like to see how our clients reacted to using the S8/S8+ handsets please see the next post on the blog.