Rob Layton

Lecturer, Author and Smartphone content creator

Rob Layton teaches mobile journalism and smartphone photography at Bond University on the Gold Coast, Australia. He specialises in underwater iPhone photography and filmmaking, which are foundational to his PhD project in which he combines two of his greatest passions – photography and surfing – in a series of video documentaries about Gold Coast surf culture. Rob started in news publishing three decades ago in a career that has spanned newspapers, magazines and digital media. He started as a reporter before moving into editorial production, design and photography. He undertook a master’s degree while still in industry in which he wrote, designed and produced a textbook for Palgrave Macmillan called Editing and News Design: How to Shape the News in Print and Online Journalism. The book became required reading at most universities in Australia and enabled Rob to start a new career as a journalism educator.


See Rob’s work here

My Sessions

Computational Photography. How smartphones are challenging DSLR and Mirrorless cameras.

Bailey Allen Auditorium

In this session we will explore the evolution of smartphones over the last 10 years and how, at this point high end smartphones like the iPhone XS Max, Samsung Galaxy S10, Googel Pixel 2 and Huawei P20Pro are leveraging not just high quality sensors and image processing but computational photography and artificial intelligence to overcome […]


Workshop: Underwater Photography/Videography with Rob Layton

Studio 3 O'Donoghue Arts Building

This hands-on filmmaking and photography workshop will introduce you to the gear, apps and techniques necessary for professional-grade underwater filming. Rob Layton will outline his experiences of filming daily at Burleigh Heads on the Gold Coast, Australia, (the world’s most renowned surfing location) and how to get the shot. Instruction and examples will range from […]