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iPhone Photography: Capture Stunning Images With Your Phone

teacher avatar Vince Puccini

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Lessons in This Class

6 Lessons (19m)
    • 1. Intro

    • 2. Lesson 1 - Mobile Camera Setup

    • 3. Lesson 2 - Composing & Capture Stunning Images

    • 4. Lesson 3 & 4 - Editing & Export

    • 5. Outro & Assignment

    • 6. EXTRA - Final Images

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About This Class

Join me as we go outdoors to capture vibrant, sharp, landscape and architecture images. This class will bring you through my entire creative process, from discussing phone camera settings, to helping you compose and edit your sharp mobile photos.

Key lessons include:

  • Mobile camera settings
  • Image composition
  • Capturing properly exposed images
  • Creating and understanding depth
  • Place emphasis on your subject
  • Finding your own creative style

This class is perfect for photographers of ANY level. 

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1. Intro: welcome to my first ever skill share class in this class, we're gonna be doing mobile photography, so I'm gonna pretty much walk you guys around. Primo the wonderful Cameron's gonna be following me around as I take photos with my phone starting off. I'll run you guys through the, um, stuff I use when shooting mode photography. Just need your phone and editing software on your phone, and I'm gonna show you some free APS. I used light room, but we're gonna talk about a free alternative which I'll mention later in the course right now where I'm at its very nice because there's a variety of different things. I could take photos up, so I met a part. Right now there's a lot of nice landscape, a lot of nice nature, some flowers and some architecture. So lesson one is going to be me talking about what I used to shoot with. Obviously, I'm using a phone, but keep in mind, you don't have to have this particular phone when shooting, it's gonna be pretty universal. Second, we're gonna walk around and take photos with the phone, so I'm gonna show you how to compose your shots. Little tips that I used to maximize photo quality when shooting with your phone less than three is going to be about editing. So I'm gonna show you how I read it on my phone and on the go. So in less than four, I'm gonna be talking about export settings and how I get ready to post to my social media. I hope you guys learned something valuable from the course. Let's go ahead and hop into lesson one. 2. Lesson 1 - Mobile Camera Setup: Okay, guys. So let's discuss what I used to shoot with. So I'm using the iPhone X s Max. You can use APS like Adobe Light room. They have integrated camera, but I wanted to keep things simple for maybe people that don't have, like, room. It is free, so you could still do it. But I'm just gonna stick with the stock camera. We're gonna discuss some settings here, As you can notice. Right on my phone. You're gonna see a grid. This is the rule of thirds grid. We're going to turn that on. So to do that, you could just go to your settings. Right here. They go to camera. I'm sure if you're running Android, there's somewhere in the settings you do. You might even do it right from the camera. Were in the camera settings. Apurate. Now you're going to see this toggle you hit. Turn, turn on the grid. This is gonna have the rule of thirds grid. And this is gonna be very important for later. When we composite or shots, make sure it's set toe high efficiency. When it comes to camera capture, it's just below where it says Grady hit formats this is gonna allow you to get the most out of your photos. If you choose most compatible, it's gonna drink the false eyes and you're gonna lose data. From there you can. Optional is you get eternal in smart HDR. So if we open up the camera, operate here, you'll notice in front of us we have to. Exposure is going on. We have the foreground that's dark. And then back here it's over exposed. You can't really tell too much, cause we have HD our own, and what it's doing is mixing the two exposures. Otherwise, you would either get a very bright photo of the sky or in a very dark photo, the foreground or a very bright photo, the foreground and very dark sky. So it is optional. Turn that on. I always just keep it on. That is my preference I want to keep. This is generals. I can so everyone can enjoy taking photos with their phones. 3. Lesson 2 - Composing & Capture Stunning Images: guys, come along with me. We're gonna walk around this nice part. As I mentioned before, it is nice for all different types of photos. We have a lot of nature around us and some cool architecture. Let's check out these long straight here. We're gonna pop open the camera app. Let's think about maybe how we can composite the shot. As you could see right here we have the rule of thirds good that I mentioned earlier. Um, what I like to do is try to set up the photo to keeping centered and even on each side. This looks pretty good right here. We have it right in the middle of the square. Take the photo. Try to get the this load just angled like this again. Keep in mind the box. Try to get it in the in the senate. Have fun with it. Don't worry about sticking the like rules. I like down here because you'll notice that it's not so much symmetrical, but we're up on the hill and we have a long path that goes down down the hill and there's some trees on the side. So we're gonna try to capture a nice landscape of that with phone. As you can see right here with the HDR that we had on, it's going to show both exposures of the sky and all. But let's turn the camera this way because we're shooting a landscape and rule of thirds here. I like to keep things centered rate around here. Now, once you take that photo, some people like taking the top line and lining it up with the horizon like that. If I'm shooting something like water, anything like that, I might try to line up the horizon line with that top line. So we're gonna go on head down to this, uh, the pine trees. We can also grab a landscape one personally for social media. I shoot vertical. Um, it's not good to limit yourself, so always keep an open mind without taking photos. Don't just shoot verticals for instagram and that's it. Try doing some landscape stuff, too. So at this pine tree and we're going to try to get close here to get some detail of these pine needles were gonna tap to grab focus, snap a photo line things up in this square right here. I like to try to make this subject hit the point right there. Alright, guys. So this pole caught my attention. Um, what I'm gonna do is line up our shot here. You'll notice that the bottom is a little under exposed. We can tap with the iPhone and you can adjust the exposure right here. Get it just right. I'm also lining up this little shed right here on this intersection. Notice the beautiful details in the sky That is, from that wonderful HDR going to try and capture this rough texture right here. Try to do 1/2 of it. So I got my shot lined up. I'm gonna try to do half of the structure and half of the, um, grassland over there. One thing that's kind of odd to me when I do have this set up like this is that I'm getting If I want to keep it even I'm gonna have to cut off that window. And I don't want to have anything cut off. So maybe take a step back. I'm keeping this beam right here, lined up right in the middle. We're gonna keep things symmetrical because we're walking back. I grabbed the phone of this poll earlier, but I didn't notice the beautiful texture of this grass. I'm just gonna get down here and try to capture some of this texture tab right in the middle. Snap a couple photos. We're walking down here towards this cool architecture and right behind us eyes this nice tria here with this nice shadow casting. So I'm gonna have a foot of that. I'm lining up the tree on this left cider. Got some people over there in the distance. I wouldn't mind getting them in it, But notice the shadow is running all way down into the corner and all way down into this corner. So, guys, we're at this building right here. We just shot some stuff right there. Feel free to experiment with these architecture shots. I'm gonna go ahead and in line this up. This be right here, right with the center. One thing I try to do is try to avoid some of the sky. It's kind of hard, especially when shooting portrait. But our main focus is this structure. When shooting detail shots, it kind of takes your eyes away. Another thing to keep in mind is the small things. So I'm up here right now. I'm taking a photo of this. You can see it's right in that reflection. So one thing I like, I'm gonna try to do a quick cause. The sun's out is we have that light shooting across rate from here Kind of divides that window, kick a few steps forward here. What I'm doing is lining up this square inside these lines. Make sure that when I do these photos, I like to make sure that there's even amount of spaces on each side anytime I do anything symmetrical. Alright, guys. So we are on this side, Um, looks pretty beautiful, doesn't it? I love the architecture here. I love the plants up front. Nice little sitting area. I want to grab the photo of this, uh, these windows. Line them up one right here, One right here. Get that chimney center. It's pretty cool. Now something, For instance, with this that kind of bothers me is when the foreground kind of blends in with the background. So keep that in mind when taking photos of yourself. Jack, just try to make her when shooting with your phone That the subject is evident whether that be through contrast of the foreground background guys, I like this area. A lot of symmetrical architecture. Um, we have this nice red brick pathway here. We have these nice beams right up here. So what I'm gonna do is I'm going to again lineup for the inside of these beams with these lines. Make sure we're straight on snap a photo. So one more thing. I want to show you guys how good the focus is on this camera. If you'll notice this right here, we have just the subject right here. And we're going to try to get in with the camera here with our phone. Scoot in and tap. You'll see it. It grabs focused. Snap a photo. It's grabbing folks. Even that's moving. We're going to grab it. Nice photo here of it. Focus with background. So that just gives you idea of how how powerful these phones are. How can grab focus so quick? And how you could kind of get that background a little blurred? One other thing I want to mention when it comes to taking photos of greenery, taking photos of flowers as you wanna make sure that there is some sort of depth because you don't want to just be the flower, and then it looks like its laying on the background. You don't mean so try to find like a taller flower when it comes to taking photos. That way, there's more of a distance between foreground and the background. 4. Lesson 3 & 4 - Editing & Export : so, guys, we're gonna happen to the editing portion if you'll notice. Here. I got several APS for editing. Um, one. We're going to stick with his Visco vsc. Oh, it's his icon right here. It's on the iPhone store APP store end the enjoyed store. So we're gonna stick with Visco because it's free, and it's easier to use than light room. Light room is free, but there you're limited on the tools that you use. We're gonna go ahead and hop of open Visco with Visco. It's editing software, but there's also a social media side. Um, so you can post on there if you wanted to. Right now, we're in our gallery. So this is a collection of all the photos that we imported. I obviously already imported them is about 54 photos to import. You just get this plus icon in the top, right? And you just select the food as you want. Quick note. You might have to sign up for account, but it is free. I don't think you have to do that. Just opposed. So we have our photos here. We're not gonna sit here and edit all 54 but I want to show you some of the basics and how they can affect photos and how you could get, uh, clean photos that are colorful and work well with each other. So as we scroll through, we have a lot of these architecture ones. Let's go ahead and click this one of this building from the side here. Now, as we're looking at it, you could see right here we have all these different presets right here, these air different ones that you can add to add color defects. So we're gonna get out here and click this icon right here and you'll notice we have a nice arsenal of tools. We have exposure which adjust the brightness and darkness of the photo. How exposed it is. We talked about exposure earlier today when it came Teoh the sky in the foreground with hdr . But here you can adjust it so we can decide Here. Do we want to be brighter? I think personally, it's it's good with exposure. We might touch it up by 0.5. If you get it up to a point and you decided you wanted to go back to zero, you can double tap on the icon. It'll go right back to the middle. We're gonna put it up to me 0.5. Get the check. Mark. Contrast. This is going to show you, um, the difference in the shadows and highlights. So a good example is noticed. This crevice right here, credit and this crevice along this side over here watch When I just the contrast, you'll notice the highlights and shadows, Uh, stand out more because you're seeing that difference in color or contrast. That's why I talk addressed now, as I'm editing this, one thing I notice is that I don't know that I really like having this left chimney here because of keeping it like nice and dark. You go from all of this bright colored building to like this dark spot over here. Next tool is our crop. And this what would use to get rid of that chimney over on the left side? We can just drag this corner in and populate there. I like right here how there's a bunch down in this corner Also, what we could do is you could drag this to straighten it. I think for the most part, it's pretty street next to the crop tool you have sharpened. It's pretty self explanatory. It's just gonna sharpen the edges of the photo fringes around this tree right here. You could see I might touch up the sharpness just a little bit. There's a lot of details going on. If you put too much sharpness, it's gonna look weird. Clarity. This is good for skin, but it's hard to explain what it does. But you can notice that pretty much brings detail to the shadows and makes the highlights pop more. We're gonna not really do. Too much of that is you'll notice on the shingles on the roof here. You could really tell there, so I'm not even gonna touch that. I don't want that to be a distraction. Saturation is how colorful the colors are, how much the color is. Stand out. We could turn all way down. It's going to be almost black and white. You'll notice there's still some greens. In this case, there's enough color as is. I might touch it up just a teeny bit to give them green some nice color highlights and shadows. This is gonna allow you to adjust individually the highlights and the shadows So we have 0.0 R highlights and we drag it up. It's going to take away or kind of doll, the highlights and the shadows. It's going to fade the shadows. I might do a little bit with the highlights and flatten up up here because it kind of brings a little bit of detail to the clouds. But if you do it too much, it just looks really weird. Do we have our white balance here? This where we can adjust the temperature, which is, uh, if you want to achieve a cooler look, you'll slides left to the blue. If you wanted to achieve a warmer look like on a warm summer day, you'll slide to the right. Obviously not that much, but I like it right here. It is a cooler day out, and I think the blue goes well with the cobblestone. You could bring a purple tent in or green. I'm just gonna leave it right in the middle skin tone. This is for people. Obviously, you can adjust their skin color, vigna or been Yet, however you say it as you turn it up, you'll notice around the corners. It's going to get darker. This is good for achieving a focal point, or this is good for achieving a center point of your subject. It's good for dragging your eyes into the, uh, subject. If we drag it up right here, you'll see the black come in. And that's gonna bring us two more towards the subject. But I'm actually gonna leave it down something that's actually darkening the photo. Just team. But and I just don't like that with this grain. Some people like to turn the grain up some parts, and I do. When shooting my DSLR. I like, do it too cheap, achieve a film. Look, I'm I'm not even gonna touch it cause I'm not going for that fade again. People use that with a film. Look, I'm not using it with this particular photo because I want to capture as much detail of this compass soon as I can and splits. Owning is very intricate, but they make it really easy on here. So you have your shadow tent and your highlights. If you click on shadows, you have these different colors here, and you can incorporate them into the shadows. The higher you drag it. So Sally going some reds into the shadows, Drag it all way up, You're gonna get red. And it's pretty self explanatory with orange, yellow and green. We're not even gonna mess with that. We're not. We're just not gonna bother with it. Over here you have the highlights. Similar concept except with the highlights, the brighter areas you can add, like pink to it Or that supposed to be orange, but looks pink to me. You add like a creamy color to some people, like doing that with Portrait's. But I'm not messing with split tuning in this one. Once you've done this, you could hit next up here and you could toggle the saved camera roll or just posed to Visco, too. But we're just gonna hit save the camera and it's safe. So say, like, I'm getting ready to post to Instagram and we have a photo that might not fit the size. Now remind you you're gonna have to make a sacrifice here because if you wanna have that foot uploaded, there might be a border of some sort. But it's ultimately making it able to post. Let's go to our album here, re essence and will select the photo. This is the photo we just edited right here. Automatically fits it to where he could be posted to instagram. This app called Square Ready. They're similar ones. If you're on Android, there's probably should still have square ready. Um well, what you could do is you could toggle different sizes here and all of them fit to Instagram . One thing I like to do is drop it into hit the check mark. And then what you can do is toggle this border on so cleans up and gives you a nice border around the edge ahead. Instagram. It's gonna pop it right open in the instagram. Get it feed. Hit this button. It's going to be automatically sized ready for instagram. 5. Outro & Assignment: Now that the class is over, I have an assignment for you guys. Head out and takes an awesome photos with your phone. Try using different subjects. So, for instance, you can take photos, architecture, some landscapes, nature shots similar to what I did throughout this class and just post them below. I would love to see some of the stuff you guys take with just your phones. I sure hope you learned something valuable from this. I hope that you realize that you don't need some expensive deal. Salar to take real nice photos. You could do it with just the phone that's in your pocket. Thanks for tuning in, guys. I'm looking forward to seeing your images. 6. EXTRA - Final Images: So now I just want to show you guys some of the edited images. I had a lot of fun editing them, and I did these all in the mobile visco app.