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Take Better Pictures With Your iPhone

teacher avatar Oliur, Designer and creator.

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5 Lessons (14m)
    • 1. Intro

    • 2. Setting Up Your iPhone

    • 3. Shot Composition

    • 4. Editing Process

    • 5. Outro & Project

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About This Class

In this class I'll be going through how I take pictures with my iPhone. You'll learn:

  • Setting up your iPhone
  • Why you should shoot in ProRAW
  • Shot composition
  • Editing app
  • How I edit my photos

My lightroom presets - https://oliur.com/lightroom-presets-collection-02/

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Designer and creator.


Hello, I'm Oliur. I'm a designer and internet creator. I do a mix of stuff from designing websites and apps, to making videos and shooting photos. I love anything to do with creativity!

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1. Intro: Hey everyone, all your hips. In this class we'll be going through how to take great pictures with your iPhone. I'll be going through how I take them, how I compose them, how I edit them, and their settings that I used for my iPhone when it comes to taking those pictures. Let's get into it. 2. Setting Up Your iPhone: Let's start with setting up our iPhone using the settings that I use to take great patriots will have a different setup depending on the iPhone that you have at the time of making this class, I'm using the iPhone Pro. This has a 3D camera setup. It has wide, ultra-wide, and telephoto cameras. My personal favorites are the wide and telephoto. I don't actually use the ultra-wide that much at all. The standard wide camera is usually the best camera on the phone. It will have the best lens elements, bigger sensor, and a better aperture. All of this usually leads to better quality pictures. It's the camera I use mice and it's the one that I would recommend you use also, I only usually use the telephoto when I'm outside and there's a lot of light pro-war, so I pretty much exclusively shoot in RAW on my iPhone. You can find the option for pro Rob are going into Settings, camera and then formats. And then you'll see an option for pro-war. Apple says in the settings what Pro is and it's exactly why I use it. Pro-war gives you bigger files that contain more data, making it easier to make adjustments to the images was also giving your images more dynamic range. These files also make it easier to adjust the colors to my liking and edit the picture how I like, which we'll go into later on when in the camera app itself, I pretty much leave everything else on auto. The iPhone is pretty good at figuring things out on its own. All I made sure to do is have the option enabled at the top. 3. Shot Composition: Shot composition is the act of arranging elements as subjects in your photo to your liking. The great thing about this is that there is no right or wrong when it comes to composing a shot. The great thing about taking photos is that composition can be erased however you like. Whatever you think makes a great photo. That's what makes photography unique. Everyone has their own way of composing a shot, but I'll be sharing how I compose shots in this class. First thing is making sure I'm shooting in a scene where there is a lot of light. I find cameras always do a much better job in lots of lights. So shooting in daytime is ideal for the cleanest images. I also like to use natural light as much as possible, shooting indoors or under fluorescent lighting, most of the time doesn't look great, so I avoid it as much as I can. I like having a central subject or element in my shots. You've probably noticed this from looking at my other pictures. There's definitely a sort of focal point of the image. I love to use leading lines when shooting interiors, architecture, and landscapes, which means trying to angle the phone to have whatever is in the center as straight as possible as you can see from the shots of Tower Bridge. I have one of the main arches in the center and straight through the frame. Here's another shot of a sharp interior. I'm stood right in the middle, but all the lines from the shelves to the flooring and the ceiling all lead to a central point in the center of the frame where shooting a product, I also usually have that in the sense of the frame. I try my best to have backgrounds that aren't distracting. Usually clean backgrounds where there are muted colors and tones. If there was something bright colored in the background, it can end up becoming quite distracting. Here's an example of a shot of another iPhone. The background is super clean and muted, only black and white, making the subject really pop out of the frame. Here was another example of a shot of a bottle. If I were to redo this shot, I would actually remove the glass on the left side of the frame as I find it quite distracting, I wanted to show actually what it's like to compose a shot using leading lines and stuff. Everything that I mentioned. We're on a road here. And I just think to myself This is perfect. If I stand in the middle of the road, I can get a nice composition with the buildings on either side and with the O2 at the end. So you can see how nicely complacency as we sort of just in the middle of the road. I'd probably use three times here. There we go. Take the shot. I'm just trying to think of another shot that we can get now. I'm trying to think of good focal point for the image. Like I said, I like to have a sort of central focal point when it comes to my images. So yeah, we're pretty much by the water. I've got the buildings on the right, I've got the cable car thing on the left. And then there's a part below. You can see down below I have the stairs. I'm trying to get the stairs in the middle in a way. Like so. And now we have our shop. Like I said earlier, when it comes to composing a shot, it really does come down to what you like, what you like, the look of. I would highly recommend looking at other photographers, seeing what types of shots they take and then try and replicate them trying to, trying to do your own version of them. Then over time, you're going to end up learning how to compose a shot. 4. Editing Process: So now that we have our pictures, it's time to edit them. And I added all of my pictures on my iPhone. While I said Hold my pictures, all of my iPhone pictures, I edit them on my iPhone. And the app that I use is Lightroom. Lightroom for mobile. You can use the free version. You don't need to use the paid version. The paid version that obviously has a few extra features here and there. But most of what we're going to be doing can be done in the free version. The main reason I use Lightroom is because I feel like it's actually a good sort of app for beginners and professionals. If you're someone who's new to photography, need to photo editing. I don't think it's too daunting. I think it can be quite easy to understand and use. But if you're someone who wants to become a professional and really get deep into photo editing. Lightroom is definitely one of the apps to go with. Now, we don't have to go with Lightroom. Of course. A lot of the stuff that we're going to be doing can be done in other apps. Most fighter editing apps are very similar these days. They all pretty much do the same thing. But a few of the reasons as to why I use Lightroom is because my photos are synched between my phone and my computer, my presets as well, our sync between my phone and my computer, my presets you can find on my website and no pressure or anything. But the presets just make it easy for me to apply self-consistent looks across different images. Lightroom is also constantly being updated with new features and functionality because obviously there is the paid version behind it is going to be a surface that's going to keep going, keep being updated, having new features and stuff in the future. So I'm willing to invest in this platform, have my photos on there. And yeah, just makes it easy to use Lightroom because of how integrated it is with my phone and my computer. I'm going to be editing some of the pictures that you saw me take. And I'm also going to be editing some other pictures that I've taken in the past. So let's start with one of the first pictures that I took of the I2 down the road. As you can see in this image already looks very good, but I'm going to make a few adjustments here in there. Let's go into my presets. And you have a bunch of p sets here. We can try a bunch of different ones, see what we like. The look of I quite like that one actually. I think that one looks pretty nice. Now that we've applied that preset, Let's change the lighting and exposure and stuff so you can see the highlights are already quite low. The shadows are quite high and these are most of the adjustments that I would make when it comes to the lighting. Exposure contrast highlights shadows, whites and blacks. I usually adjust exposure contrast highlights and shadows the most. I don't touch whites and blacks that often. I might do sometimes, but it's mainly exposure contrast, highlights and shadows. And I'm hoping most people understand what they do, but we'll quickly run through them so you can get a good idea. Exposure brings up the overall brightness of the image as you can see, as I'm sliding, really makes the image very bright. As I slide it down, it makes the image darker. But we'll leave that where it is. Just double tapping to lever is contrast. I think a lot of people understand what contrast does increases the difference between the whites and the blacks. If we got it all the way down, you can see there isn't much contrast in the image. And then all the way up just a bit too much contrast and then Highlights, highlights in particular targets, the bright parts of the image, as the name suggests. You can see if we bring up the highlights, it really makes the whites very bright and sort of almost gets rid of them anyway, so blends them together. But we don't want that. Because I've found that pro-war images on the iPhone always seem to have very bright highlights. I'm not sure exactly why, but luckily, because it's a pro-war image, we can bring down the highlights and bring a lot of that data back. And that's the benefit of pro-war. There's a lot of data when it comes to the bike parts and the dark parts of the image. Same with the shadows here. We can bring up the shadows just to bring a bit more detail back. Like so, There we are. I think I'm actually very happy with that image. As you can see when it comes to these edits do go for very limited edits when it comes to my pictures. I'm not looking to make anything super drastic. I'm not looking to change the colors too much. I do try and go for sort of natural muted look when it comes to my images. If we look at the before, you can see this is what it looked like before. There is a bit more color. There's also a bit more contrast. But then if we look at the after, we can see a bit brighter, a bit more sort of minimalists looking, you could say muted looking, as I mentioned. But I like it. We might actually adjust the temperature a little bit, maybe make it a bit colder. Like so because I like my images having a sort of cold and cool look to them. If we do the next image, we do this one here. Go through my presets. Maybe we will try a different preset this time. Let's have a look. Let's see what we've got. We just use the same. Let's go through them very quickly. Let's have a look. This one, yeah, we use this one. What we'll do is we'll bring down the exposure like say, There we are. The highlights are already quite low, shadows are quite high. And you know what, I don't think I would do much else. And maybe we'll lower the contrast, bring it down to minus ten. Maybe we will also adjust the color later but make it a bit cooler again, like so. And you know what? I'm actually pretty happy with that image already. You can see again, array metered look to it. If we look at the before, that's what it looks like. And then the after, before, after. Quite a big difference to the image. I quite like it. Let's do another image. We'll do this one here because I think this one does a very good job of demonstrating what pro-war is capable of. This image, to me is too dark. I need to make it brighter. What we can do is we'll first add one of my presets will add, glad this one. We've brightened up the image, but the shadows themselves to lack detail. What we'll do is we'll first bring down the highlights because the highlights, I think are a bit too strong. Maybe we will bring down the exposure as well like so. Then we'll bring up the shadows. As you can see. Bringing up the shadows really brings back the detail of the black parts of the image. If we set it, you can see the bag itself, the top kit in the middle, just looked a bit too dark. There wasn't much detail there, but bringing up the shadows were brings that detail back and just makes it look much better. I would say I think this image is a bit too warm, so we'll bring down the color, maybe make it a bit cooler. Not too much like so. Very minimal editing. Like I said, I don't want to move the sliders too much in either direction because then it just looks a bit too, I guess tacky tacky is the best way to explain it. Like I said, I like to go for minimal adjustments. There. We already have our final image. If we look at the before, we can see quite a dark, it doesn't look very clean image. And then after we can see a much brighter image with the shadows adding more detail as well. We'll do one more of my living room. This is my liver, him at home. We'll apply one of my presets again. Let's go through them very quickly, like that one. Oh sorry, six already looked for a good will bring up the exponentially. Now you weren't being able to exploit you. I think their exposure was fine. Bringing down the highlights quite a bit. Maybe bring up the shadows a little bit, make the image a bit brighter in that way. I liked the warmness of this image, so I'm not going to adjust the color temperature. But yeah, I already really like to look at this. It's really brought out the richness of the walnut, the shelving and the coffee table. If we look at the before, we can see the walnut just looks a bit dreary. I'm not gonna lie and it's not really representative of what it looked like when I actually took the picture. But then if we look at the after, just looks a lot better, a lot nicer in my living room looks a lot brighter and a little more homely, you could say. Um, but yeah, that's it when it comes to my editing process. Very simple, very clean. I'm just trying to go for simple edits. And I don't want to make too many crazy adjustments. But I think it does a really good job of highlighting what Pro is capable of shooting and protocol, which just gives me so much more flexibility when it comes to their changing colors. Adjusting exposure contrast highlights, shadows, all that sort of stuff. So you don't always have to worry about having your picture looking completely perfect when he actually take it. You can't bring it into Lightroom, adjust it and make it look the way you like. 5. Outro & Project: That's it for this class. Hopefully you've learned something when it comes to iPhone photography, taking better pictures with your iPhone. For the class project. Please take pictures with your iPhone. Please take roll pitches with her iPhone, edit them, and then share them with me. I'd love to see what other people come up with, how they edit their pictures, the other types of images that other people come up with, That's the great thing about photography is such a broad landscape when it comes to Stalin and imagery and just artistic choices. I just have my one-star when it comes to photography. But I really liked seeing other styles when it comes to photography, I like seeing what other people can come up with. So please submit your own photos. I'd love to see them. I love to see what you can take with your iPhone. Hopefully you guys enjoyed this class. Thanks for watching.