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This website is about one thing: helping you take better pictures with your smart phone, Iphone, Ipad, compact camera, Gopro or whatever you have, because regardless of the camera, the principles of Lightism remain the same.



If you want confirmation that camera and mega pixels doesn’t really matter – checkout Instagram:
It’s a smartphone and Iphone app that lets you take picture, apply filters and share your work. In May 2010, it exceeded 50 MILLION users worldwide…..it’s a brave new world!


So, Lightism is about getting you to think and see the light differently, equipping you with tools and techniques to take your photography to the next level.



The good news is that it’s not complex & it certainly isn’t expensive.

So, join thousands of people all over the world just like yourself and start taking better pictures today for free:



As for me, my name is Simon Ellingworth;  I’m a Professional Photographer, educator and all round creative based in London, England.

In 2013, I was a finalist in the International iPhone Photography Awards, Mobile Photography Awards & Professional Photographer of the Year, last year I was runner up in Professional Photographer of the Year and
Sony World Photography Awards. [selected from over 121,000 images from 171 countries]

Some months ago I started a photography education blog based upon the premise ‘buying a better camera won’t make you a better photographer’ aimed at smart phone, tablet, GoPro and traditional photographers called Lightism.  My tutorials have been published by a number of blogs including Lifehacker, DIY Photography.net, Life in Lofi, SLR Lounge, etc…so I guess I must be doing something right!

Amazingly, I’ve been approached by a British book publisher who’d visited Lightism, they are currently hammering out a book deal for me in the USA. In short, I’m living the dream!


 Cheesy Mouse


Without My Medicine

See my photography at SimonEllingworth.com
Wedding photography at Photoality.co.uk
& insightful stories at JourneyofOne.co.uk


So, introductions over, if you’re up for learning some cool stuff…
Step this way:



4 comments to “Welcome”

  • Diane Cashion, January 16, 2013 at 5:20 pm

    Great tips/info whether you’re a “seasoned” digital photographer or new at it. Thanks for putting all these tidbits out there !

  • Peter Bryenton, March 9, 2013 at 9:14 am

    Very pleasing to see a Pro embracing this new technology so positively & successfully. Thank you Simon.

    • lightism, March 9, 2013 at 9:54 am

      Why thank you. Si

  • John Iversen, March 10, 2013 at 1:50 am

    Recently entered the iPhonography universe via my 4s, having been an (Olympus) SLR/DSLR shooter since 1972; cal me a passionate amateur.

    All I can say – and I’m giving away my age here – is that iPhonography is to conventional SLR work as long hair, bellbottoms and rock posters were to buzzcuts, buttondowns and Army recruiting posters in the dread ‘sixties of the last century. And you might likely guess which end I was on . . .

    That said, I’ve been looking for a site/forum that enjoys the leading/bleeding edge of the new ‘ography, and this one looks promising.

    Keep on truckin’