Outdoor Photography for Smartphone: Getting a Professional Look

Chris Burkard, Staff Photographer, Surfer Magazine

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9 Videos (47m)
    • Introduction

    • Approach + Scouting

    • Gear + Lenses

    • Shooting at Pismo Beach

    • Shooting at Pismo Beach II

    • Selecting Photos to Edit

    • Editing in Adobe Lightroom Mobile I

    • Editing in Adobe Lightroom Mobile II

    • Closing


About This Class

Are you ready to take professional images with your smartphone?

Join adventure photographer Chris Burkard for an insightful, 45-minute class on capturing incredible images — vistas, mountains, and extreme experiences — with the smartphone you carry every day.

With a few secret pocket lenses, Chris has grown his Instagram following to over 2 million fans — and now he's teaching you how to do the same.

You'll learn to create and share exceptional images that look professional and feel immersive, including:

  • Inspiration: Every lesson is filled with behind-the-scenes stories of his real-life adventures, from surfing in Northern Russia to camping beneath the Northern Lights.
  • Shooting Tactics for Mobile: Learn how to capture timeless photography styles on your mobile device, from silhouettes to leading lines and more.
  • Pro Editing on Mobile: Level up your smartphone editing with Chris's step-by-step workflow using Adobe Lightroom Mobile, available for both iOS and Android.

By the end, Chris asks every student to share photos of their own — from their adventures, hometown, and daily sunrise. Get ready for a true photo adventure!


Enroll in the class and submit a project in the Project Gallery by January 1st, 2017 for a chance to win some awesome prizes from olloclip, Artifact Uprising and Skillshare:

Grand Prize (1 winner)

Runner Ups (4 winners)


Ready for more? Check out Chris's photo trip to Joshua Tree in Outdoor Photography: Shooting at Sunset, Sunrise, and Night!

olloclip creates a line of ground-breaking lenses and accessories for the mobile photographer.

86 of 91 students recommendSee All

Never considered my phone a "real" camera until I took this class. Thanks for the info!
Love this guy's style, great presentation great feel videography, Very practical, particularly love the editing tips
Amazing class!
Débora Faria






Chris Burkard

Staff Photographer, Surfer Magazine

Chris Burkard is a self-taught photographer and artist, based in Central Coast California, whose work is layered by surf, outdoor, lifestyle and travel subjects. Burkard’s images are punctuated by energized landscapes and moments of bliss, by adventure seeking and the lifestyle that ensues, by movement and intuitive light-working capabilities. With the ocean as his main muse, Burkard has consistently captured this subject in timeless and expansive photographic impressions, utilizing the tool of surfing to approach the ocean’s intricate personality and then extending out to include the human personalities that draw meaning from this same source.

Searching for wild, remote destinations and offbeat landscapes, Burkard portrays the humble placement of the human in contrast to nature. At the age of 28, Burkard has established himself as a known name in the surf and outdoor industries, accomplished a deep body of work, held staff and senior photographer positions and has been recognized continually for his distinct creative compositions.