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9 Lessons (29m)
    • 1. iPhone 11 Pro Photography Intro

    • 2. iPhone 11 Pro Photography Project

    • 3. Intro to the Tri-camera system

    • 4. The Camera App

    • 5. Using Portrait Mode

    • 6. Shooting in Night Mode

    • 7. Long Exposure on a Tripod

    • 8. Shooting with the Superwide Lens

    • 9. Using the Front Facing Camera

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About This Class

There has never been a phone this good for photography before!

This class will introduce you to using the tri-cameras of the iPhone 11 Pro. You can also take this class if you have an iPhone 11, the only difference will be that you will have the dual-camera instead of the tri-camera. In this course we will go through each lens and what it does and how to use it to take a photo. We will use those photos for the class project portfolio.

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Ben Nielsen

Good design is the beginning of learning


I am passionate about good design and good teaching. I believe that anyone can learn simple design principles and tools that can help them create content that is both beautiful and functional.


Background: I am a media designer and librarian. My masters degree is in instructional design with an emphasis on informal learning.


Motto: Good design is the beginning of learning.

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1. iPhone 11 Pro Photography Intro: hi and welcome to this course on using the iPhone 11 and the iPhone 11 pro for photography . So I'll be using this iPhone 11 pro for the photography, But you can use an iPhone 11 or an iPhone 11 pro. There's just really one difference between them, and that is the difference in lenses. So the iPhone 11 pro has three cameras on it, and the iPhone 11 only has two cameras on it. So you really just lose that zoom lens there so you can use either of those phones. And most of these features will be the same across them and even a lot of the other newer phones. You could use an iPhone 10 ass or an iPhone 10. You'll have a lot of the same features that we're going to talk about because some of these air software updates in IOS 13. But you won't have everything because the iPhone 11 in the iPhone 11 approaches come with a much more powerful processor than previous iPhones. But we're gonna be going ahead and learning all about how to use these amazing tools for photography. The really, really exciting thing about the iPhone 11 and especially the iPhone 11 pro is this complete camera set up inside of one tiny little package. The iPhone 11 Pro has three lenses on it. That's three different focal lengths that we can use just by pulling this thing our pocket . We've never had a camera system this compact and this powerful before, and it's just amazing what's been able to be created. That's why I'm so excited to share with you what we're able to do with photography. Now. With these devices, I want you to be able to learn the ins and outs of shooting photography with your iPhone 11 or iPhone 11 pro and really be able to get the kind of pictures that you want out of them by learning how the tools work. His photography is not device specific. This is just teaching you how to get the most out of the device that you have if you're shooting with an iPhone 11 or iPhone 11 pro so that you can make amazing pictures using the amazing tools in front of us. So let's go ahead and get started and diving on learning how to do photography with the iPhone 11 or the iPhone 11 pro 2. iPhone 11 Pro Photography Project : I like all of my creative courses to have practical projects that you as a student can apply to actually develop the skills that we're talking about. Practice is really what helps you to grow your skills. So it's very important that as you watch, you follow along and actually apply the things that we're talking about in this course so that you can do them and then share your project with the whole group in the project section for the course so that everyone can see what everyone else is doing and learn from each other. This is how we're all going to get better at using our iPhones for photography. I'm sure that you are going to be able to do amazing work throughout this course work that's going to look better than my own photos that I'm going to share with you. And so I really want to see those and be able to see what you're accomplishing with these tools and the things that you're learning. So please do take the time to share your project. The project for this course is going to be to produce a photography portfolio of at least six images and that is to showcase the whole breadth of the iPhone 11 and 11 prose. So there's six images that you're going to first is one photo shot using portrait mode. Then you want to one photo shot with your white England's. A landscape would be great for this because you can really capture everything with that wide angle lens. All of the beauty that's in front of you can be captured, so go out and find something wonderful and take a really great picture of it with that wide angle lens. Third, I want to see an interior shot, something inside of a building with the wide angle lens, because the wide angle lens is what is so great about these new cameras. We've never had wide angle lenses on an iPhone before, and so now we're able to get things that we never could before. So things like real estate photography actually become possible with Justin iPhone. So get one interior shot of building inside of a room, perhaps in your house or another building. Get one of those with a wide angle shot that you want to share with us. Fourth, get one shot while night mode is active. That's one of the amazing new features in IOS 13 with the iPhone 11th and so used that feature to captures Amazing Shot When Night, What is active sometime where it's dark and you normally wouldn't be able to get a great shot. But the iPhone enables you to be able to get that amazing shot share that with us. Fifth, I want you to do one selfie shot with the front facing camera. Of course, we always make fun of selfies, but sometimes that's the only way to get the shot that you want. And for the first time with the iPhone 11 Siri's, we can actually get good photos from that front facing camera because it's been bumped up to have the same specs as the other cameras. And it's been calibrated in sync with the other cameras and thats incredible. So I want to see one selfie shot with that front facing camera, and then you're six shots should be your own creative choice, something that you want to take a photo of with your iPhone. Go ahead, take that picture, share it with us, show us how you've expressed your creativity with it, so put together that portfolio of six photos and share them with us in the project gallery For this course, I'm really looking forward to seeing what you are able to share with us. So let's go ahead and we're going to dive in and we're going to start off talking about the three camera system on the iPhone 11 pro and the two camera system on the iPhone 11. 3. Intro to the Tri-camera system: Oh, okay, So let's learn a little bit about this camera system that we have here so you can see that it's nice and bright and shiny and beautiful, and you can even see some of my reflection here in it. But let's just talk about what we have here. So on the iPhone 11th Pro, we have three cameras on the iPhone. 11. There's just the two cameras, but we'll talk about that in a second. So on the iPhone 11 pro, we actually have the regular wide angle lens at the top. So this is very much like the camera that you're used to from all of the other iPhones. This is a 12 megapixel sensor, as are all the cameras in this iPhone, and it is through the lens that will let you get just that normal range of view. So that's that one Appear. It's good to know where each lenses at, so that you can kind of position your phone to get the best shot. Okay, the next lens down is this one, and it's actually the super wide lens, so the super wide lens will allow you to get really big ranges. This is great for landscape shots or when you're very close to a building or inside of a room works excellent for that. And then the third lens is actually the zoom lens so that one will get you much closer. It will get you twice as close as the regular lens and is excellent for taking Portrait's with You can see there's a couple other things in the camera module. First of all, there is a flash. We really won't be using the flash. I don't really like flashes on phones or even the built in flashes on cameras, so we won't be using that too much. And then you have this new microphone, which is much better than the old microphones. Of course, we won't be shooting video, so we won't be doing really anything with the microphone. Okay, so if you've done a lot for trophy before, it's kind of useful to know what these correlate to with other Glenn's is. They're all 12 megapixel sensors, and the first lens is a 26 millimeter equivalent to. So that's this one right here and then the wide angle is actually a 13 millimeter equivalent, so it gets you way way out there and then the zoom is actually a 52 millimeter equivalent, so it's really excellent range. They're going all the way from 26 to 52. Millimeters is really great way for us to be able to get them most out of wherever we are without having to carry Ah whole bunch of lenses like we would if we were shooting with a camera. So that's an introduction to the camera system on the iPhone 11 pro. If you're shooting on iPhone 11 you will just have the regular wide angle and then the super wide angle lens. But they will be lined up vertically across the left hand side, so that's how you're set up will be. And so we're going. Go ahead, we're going jump in, and we're going to start talking about the camera interface on iPhone 11 and iPhone, 11 pro 4. The Camera App: Okay, so let's take a look at the camera app itself. If you've used the camera app on iPhone before, this should be familiar to you. They're only a couple new features in the new version of the software IOS 13 which is what we're currently using. There are, of course, loads of other camera APS that are available for iPhone that you can use that have added features to them or do things in a different way. But since I want this course to be usable by as many people as possible, I am just going to be using the stock camera app for this course. Many of the features that you'll see here are available in the other absence. Well, they just often come with a few extra features, So let's take a look first off in the middle of the right side or the bottom of the screen . If you're holding it in portrait mode, you'll see the big white button. This button activates whatever shooting mode you're in. So right now we're in photo, so if we press it, it will go ahead and it will take a photo. Of course, if we were in video mode that, but in turns red and that will start to record a video. We're not going to be focusing on video in this course, so let me just go ahead and go back to photo moat. If you are in photo mode and you want to take a video, if you tap and hold on the shutter button and then slide to the right, it will begin taking a video. A change in hours 13 is how you take burst photos, which is the opposite of taking on video. Now, if you tap and slide to the left will begin taking photos you saw it went up very quickly because it was just going burst, burst, burst. Also on the right hand screen or the bottom of the screen in portrait mode is the reversal arrows. So if you tap that, you will actually go switch to the front. Facing camera will primarily be using the rear camera for this course because most of the photography won't be of ourselves. But there will be one video on using the selfie camera to take your own picture just to the left of the shutter button. When you're in horizontal orientation are the photo modes. These would be at the bottom of the screen just above the shutter by. And if you were in vertical mode, so you can see we can switch between portrait Pano. They're six modes, three video, most starting with time lapse at the very bottom going to Slobo video and then the photo modes, photo portrait and panel at the very bottom right hand corner. When we are in a horizontal view, we can see our photos that we've taken that would be in the bottom left hand corner if we were in portrait mode. There are a few other controls on the left hand side or at the top of the screen. If you're shooting in vertical mode, this yellow one on the top left is actually live photo. We can tap that to turn it off or turn it on. Then you can see that we currently have two other options. One is the night mode. We'll talk about that in a separate video than the other one is the flash you can turn out in a flash auto. We're off. We won't really be using the flash in this course because the flash on iPhones is not particularly great and doesn't normally help us out in the situations that we're filming it . Sometimes when you're shooting video, you might want to use it if you are in a particularly dark scene that you have to capture. But for the most part, we don't really want to use the flash on iPhone, and then in the very middle, it's kind of hard to see. There is a little Chevron arrow that you can tap that will close out the extra features so that closes it and opens it so you can see different options. Things like your aspect. Ratio to contain from square four by 3 16 by nine four by threes, the normal. This is where you find your self timer so you can turn on a three second or a 12th timer generally will want that off. And then you felt their modes, which we generally wouldn't want to use a filter mode when we're shooting because we want to capture the most information possible and then add our filters later in post production . Then you see the other options that we already saw along the top of the screen, so That's the basics of the camera app in IOS 13 on the iPhone 11 and the iPhone 11 pro. We're going to go from here and just start shooting in the first shooting mode that we're going talk about is going to be 40 0! 5. Using Portrait Mode: next, we're going to start often. Talk about portrait mode on the iPhone 11 pro and the iPhone 11. The introduction of portrait mode was a really a watershed moment in iPhone photography because before that, you've never been able to get really high quality looking portrait out of a phone before, and now you really can. And that's what's amazing is that because there are two lenses, you can separate the foreground from the background, and then you can give the background that blur. That's so nice and so many portrait's that air taken with something like a DSLR camera or a mere list camera. And so this really up the game in what we could achieve using our iPhones. So that was, of course, first introduced with the iPhone seven and seven plus and had that's continued with the two lenses. And of course, now we have the iPhone 11 pro that actually has three lenses, which enables an even wider range of portrait style shots and one of the big things that has happened with the introduction of Iowa's 13. It's actually the ability to use portrait mode on subjects that are not humans, and so one of the problems with portrait mode for a long time has just been that when a subject moves, it can mess up That background blur because it takes a moment, really just a tiny moment. But even a moment can be too much sometimes. But it takes a moment for the computer inside the phone to separate the background from the foreground and decide which lends its using for which one. And so when the subject moves, that can really mess that up. So it's gotten fast. Now that we can take pictures of subjects that aren't human, We can actually take pictures of things that aren't moving as well. Which of course, is great for me and my wife. As we run the yellow van travels blawg. We take a lot of pictures of the yellow van, and today I'm using the purple van, not the L one, but it's same thing. It's great to be able to get that really nice background blur, which we always struggled with before when we were shooting with our phones, which was why we did, ah, lot of our photography with a DSLR. Let's go ahead and we'll look at what portrait mode looks like on the iPhone. 11 pro. Okay, so we get to portrait mode by swiping to the right, and that will open up portrait mode and portrait mode always chooses the zoomed in camera by default, so you can see we can't really see the van in this picture, but we have in the bottom right hand corner of the viewfinder. We actually have our zoom, but and we compress that to zoom out because I'm on the iPhone 11 pro. I have two levels of zoom in portrait mode because I can use two of the cameras, either the zoomed in camera where the regular camera as the main camera. And then I can use the other camera that's not being used, either the regular camera or the super wide to create the background blur in the background . So we have our portrait mode settings. These two options. Right now I'm using the one X camera, the normal one, and I have to be able to show it my subject, and you can see, as do begins to blur out the background. If I get too close to my subject, it will tell me to move farther away. You can see that at the top of the screen. And if I get too far away from my subject, it will tell me that I need to get closer. So we want to get in just the right space there. And then one thing that we can dio is we can actually change the f stop. And the F stop is what determines how blurry the background is. That is really about aperture when you're using a real like DSLR muralist camera, and here we can't actually change. The aperture aperture is set, but it's allowing us to mimic the change in aperture by choosing how fuzzy the background camera is making it. So if we hit F in the top left corner, then down on the right side of the bottom. If you're using this in portrait orientation, we then get an F slider so we can determine how blurry we want that background. And, of course, if we make it to blurry are subject will start to get blurry as well. So we want to be careful there about how blurry we want that to be, really what we're going for. It's just a nice separation so that the focus sits on our subject and not on background or the entire image. But one thing that I think it's really amazing about the iPhone does this import promoted actually can show you this live preview of what it's doing with each of the cameras, which just takes a tremendous amount of processing power. So it's incredible that it's just doing that on the fly like that. It gives you a very accurate representation of the picture that you're actually going to get after you hit the shutter. Just like normal, we can set our focus point by tapping on the screen. So if I tap here, you can see that it actually changes. And it makes that the focus and brings that part of the plane into focus. Of course, I want my focus to be on the van, so we're gonna go ahead and tap that, and now I'm very blurry. So I'm going to go ahead and I'm going physically move that back a little bit, try and reset it here. Remember that it's just using the computer to figure this out, so it's not completely perfect what does? But it's much better than anything we've ever had before, so we can take a picture just by hitting the shutter button. And then if we go look at it, we can see that we have this nice background blur around it, and the front of our subject is in focus. Been blurs out as it goes out, which is pretty amazing. One other point on portrait mode is you can adjust these lighting effects along the right hand side of the viewfinder so you could make it look like you got studio lighting, contour lighting, stage light mono So you can do all these different nine effects, which pretty cool that they can happen in real time. But you can also add those all in later. I were you when I'm taking a picture, I wouldn't worry about adjusting those effects. And even the F stop can be adjust the post production on the iPhone, so that's what I would do. I would adjust those things probably later, rather than to do it and missing the shot. But that is the basics of portrait mode. It will work on humans. Like I said, that's what it was designed for originally, and it will not work on animals as well, although animals are difficult because they move a lot, so it can be hard for it to do it. But the algorithms have gotten better at detecting animals and being able to blur out the background around them. So it's pretty impressive. Feature is one of the main features, and it works on iPhone 11 and iPhone, 11 pro and, of course, previous models that have two cameras and even some models that have one camera using just computational photography and not two lenses. But it's estan iPhone 11 pro because you have the three lenses, and so you have the most range that you can deal with as far as zooming in and zooming out with portrait mode. So that's how we use portrait mode. And in the next video, we're going talk about a mode that's completely new in this latest generation of phones, and that is night mode 6. Shooting in Night Mode: a lot, right? So we're going go ahead and work. Talk about night boat now. Night mode is one of the huge, huge improvements in the iPhone 11 and the iPhone 11 pro, and I was 13. So let's go ahead and let's just see what it does. If we want to take a picture of these postcards here, we go ahead and we're just going to hit the currently at night mode, forced to off, and you can see what that looks like. There you can see almost nothing. Let's go ahead and let's go. Intern night mode on. It's this little moon icon with this shading on it so you won't always see on the left here . If you don't have the tools opened, go ahead and close those and but you will always see it in the top right corner if you're in landscape and the top left corner if you're in portrait orientation. So let's go ahead when I tap. That gives me the option to turn it on, and you won't always have that option. You only have the option if you are in a place that's dark enough for it, but when we do that we get this slider and we can choose either auto or weaken. Set it to the max amount of time that it will allow us to. And the iPhone will determine what it thinks it wants to dio, which is a three second exposure in this case. But I'm going to force it all the way up to five just so you can see a dramatic difference . And the way that this works is it's going to take a bunch of shots over the next five seconds and combine them together, using the light from each of them to simulate a long exposure. So on a regular camera, we would just open up the shoulder longer to get more light onto the sensor. But here we can't really do that. So it's just going to take a bunch of photos and then put them all together. So let's see how that works. It's basically simulating a long exposure. Tell you to hold still and then let's take a look and see what we got. Wow, look at the difference there. So that's it without night mode, and that's it with night mode on five seconds. Let's try it with the auto setting because that's what you'll normally take it when it's just whatever it autos, too, because you can't turn on night mode just because you want to you. The iPhone will use its ambient light sensors to determine if it's dark enough to use it. So when it comes on, you'll often just be using the dark mode and you won't even have to be thinking about it. There we go. That's three seconds supposed to five seconds. It's a little bit brighter on five seconds, but the iPhone pretty much knows what it's doing, of course, with no night mode on it. Basically, you're getting nothing out of that. And so it's really amazing. I love this new feature makes it so much easier. There's really, like, almost no light in this room right now, and it's able to collect all of that detail now. It won't let you go any higher than five seconds, and normally it won't let you go higher than three seconds asked me really dark for you to go up to five seconds. But if you have a tripod, it will let you go as highest 30 seconds. And so in the next video we're going talk about using a tripod with this instead of just shooting hand held, and then we'll be able to see what it can really do, even with, like stars and stuff like that. So we'll see you in the next video. 7. Long Exposure on a Tripod: we owe about night move with a track. So if I go ahead and turn night mode off, you can see how dark this image of my street is. That's not using night mode at all. Since we have our phone on Tripod, we can actually go all the way up to 30 seconds. Japan. How dark. It thinks that's seen it. Because there is some light in this scene for coming from the lights of the garages. It will only let's go up to about 20 seconds. Right now. Let's go ahead and take this picture and see how it turns out. You just take a while because it's got to go through that hole 22 seconds, and it's taking multiple frames of the same thing. And then it's stacking that light together to give the look of a photo that gets multiple its voters. So this is just what we were doing in darkness before, only with a lot more frames over a lot longer period of time because we're on a tripod. So once it takes that photo, it'll take a second for to process that all together, and then we can go ahead and look at it and you see, that's amazing. It is really dark out here, and we're getting a whole bunch of detail in this trike in the van. It's incredible what we can do with this. Okay, so the other thing that we want, try and do is a little bit of star photography. So we're going try and point up at the night sky here. So we're gonna go ahead and address the tripod so that were pointing up at the night sky. And because it's very dark, it should let us go all the way up to 30 seconds. We're going to see what we can get of the stars here. You impressed this, and in about half a minute we'll see what kind of an image we can get out of here. It's not gonna be perfect Astro photography, because we don't have a huge lens with a really, really wide aperture. But it is probably going to be crazy for what? We're able to get out of this small sensor with this small lens. So let's see what we get here. We're almost done. It's kind of process. All those photos together. Then let's look at her image. Wow, look at that. You can see those stars there. Whereas if we took this normally we'd seen nothing but black sky. So just so you can see that let's go ahead and we will turn night mode off entirely. Reorient the phone back and we'll take a photo with nothing. We go look at that photo. You can see there's no information there. It'll gathering anything on the stars. So it's pretty incredible what we're able to get with this new night moat and going all the way up to a 32nd exposure there. So and that's it for night motor. 8. Shooting with the Superwide Lens: a lot, right, folks, Hopefully you are able to hear me over the waterfall here, but I want to talk to you about the super wide lens. And what better place to do that, then, here at a waterfall. Super wide lens is one of the huge advantages of the iPhone 11 line, and it has really changed the way that we're able to do phone photography we haven't had on the iPhone before. There used to be waste what you were trained like by an external ends and attach that to the camera so that you could take white shots and they could work. But they were never super easy, and this is really easy. So both the iPhone 11 and the iPhone 11 pro have this super white lens on them, and they really allow you to capture everything around you like the majesty of a landscape or the interior of home. And here we were looking at landscape. Obviously when we working with this waterfall here, and basically it's just going to double the amount of area that you are able to pick up with your camera. So if I just go ahead and I just hit 0.5 here, so you can see when I'm at one. I really couldn't see the waterfall, and you can kind of see it on the screen here because the iPhone likes to hint at the stuff that could be seen with super white. But the strike itself couldn't see it. But once I hit the five, it goes all out and I can easily see the entire waterfall. Now I might want to reframe my shot a little bit here, and you can see that I am just getting so much more than I was before. So let's go ahead and take a look at these shots. This is without the super wide, and that's with the super white. So taking shots with the super wide is easy, but you do want to think about where you're standing, where your position is. You don't want to just be like, Oh, I have the super wide and I can just hit this and then I can catch everything. If you really want, take a good picture. You want to get that framed up right so that it looks good. So, for example, I probably want to get off the ground here in this and I capturing everything, but I don't want the ground. I want the whole river and everything. And then I will take that picture. Beautiful. So now let's go ahead and let's try this in landscape mode so you can see what it looks like there. It just really enables you to do so much more than you ever could before. So I'm just going to rotate this and go ahead and see what we've got. So if I'm in normal mode, this is what I have. If I'm in 0.5, that's what I get so way different, way better shots here with the wide angle lens. So in the next studio, we're going to actually talk about the wider angle lens on the front facing camera. So let's talk about that. 9. Using the Front Facing Camera: Okay, so now what we're talking about is the lens on the front of the camera. And so this lens has always been not super great on most of the cameras, but it's recently been changed to a 12 megapixel lens. So Samos, the back camera saying way that they work. And now it's a little bit wider. So there's this button on the screen with the double arrows, and if we hit that, it'll actually bounce it out. And normally it will do that. When you switch Teoh horizontal mode, it will do that so you can see I couldn't see the waterfall with me before it all when I was zoomed in, but now I can see it behind me. So this is really going to make it easier to take selfies and to get better shots like that because you can get further away, get a better shot so that yourself is don't look horrible. Let's go ahead, prints. Frame this up, there's my shot. And if I didn't have this, it would be this shot. So let's take a look at that. So that one versus that one close in far out. So when you actually get more pixels when you take it further out. So that's how you use thief front facing wide lens to capture the scene around you when you're trying to capture yourself.