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Mastering Mobile Photography: A Practical Guide

teacher avatar Marshall Rimmer, Filmmaker

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Lessons in This Class

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      Project: Share 3-5 photos or videos


    • 3.

      Overview of the class


    • 4.

      Optimizing traditional media


    • 5.

      Sharing on social media


    • 6.

      Understanding photography mediums


    • 7.

      Advantages of the smartphone camera


    • 8.

      Using photography apps


    • 9.

      Make Money with Mobile Photography


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About This Class

The smartphone camera is now the most widely-used camera in the world, and this class will guide you through simple & transformative tips for getting the most out of its features. Filmmaker and photographer Marshall Rimmer shares essential tips for shooting your best photos and short videos on a phone, optimizing how and what you share on social media, and some basic apps you can use while shooting.

You'll assess your style and hone in on a personal brand for your social media account as a tool to refine your style, and gain more followers.

You'll learn everything from working with video exposure & sound to universal best practices like landscape framing and ditching the digital zoom feature. This class is essential for the amateur and professional photographer or filmmaker who wants to get more comfortable using the extensive features on their phone. After finishing this class, you will undoubtedly prefer a mobile device for capturing the world around you exactly as you see it.

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Marshall Rimmer



Marshall Rimmer is a video production professional who has had his work featured on CNN, WIRED, G4TV, and IGN. Additionally, his short films have played at  Academy Award qualifying festivals including South by Southwest, Palm Springs, Austin Film Festival, Los Angeles Film Festival, and Chicago International Children's.

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Cinematography Sample

Angry Birds Movie Trailer

Facebook vs. Google+ Sketch

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1. Introduction: Hello and welcome to this class about smartphone photography. Before you jump in anything, I just want to give you a quick overview. But who I am, what this class is and why we all need it. First off, my name is Marshall Rimmer. I'm a shooter on director out here in L. A. Or for clients such as Active, You Purina, Microsoft, Yamaha, a slew of others doing Brandon content Web commercials and things like that. Um, and I love all things video. In fact, the other day I was online was looking around. I saw this article about Flicker the giant photo hosting site, and Flicka was saying that the most popular camera on their site was not a cannon was not a Nikon. In fact, it was an apple. The iPhone is now the most popular camera in the entire world. It's been really interesting to watch that transition in the past 10 years of everything being more analog, mawr traditional and shifting into this new medium where everyone could just pull out their phone, take a picture and be on their way. So that's why I'm teaching this class. I really wanted to jump in and analyze the differences between this traditional medium and where things were headed and how to take those differences and make beautiful photos really interesting video and just really kind of capturing audiences. I So that's what we'll be doing. We'll be looking at photo techniques. We look at video techniques both for the traditional medium and new mediums on. And, um, you know, we'll just jump into it, have a lot of fun. And this class is not necessarily about photo basics, things that you know, aperture shutter speed just kind of, you know, based level stuff. It's really more about the differences between where things were, where things are gonna be and how to take those differences and make something great. 2. Project: Share 3-5 photos or videos: So what is the project for this class up front? I just want to let you know it's very, very difficult project that's gonna take months, if not years to complete. It's gonna be very, very tough task to Dio. Um, here it is. Air. You ready? It's upload something to social media. Now, For those of you who don't know what social media is, it's It's the new thing that all the kids are doing these days, things like a Facebook, the Twitter vine. And in an instant graph instagram. Sorry, Anyway, just upload something to Social Media, something that you've done hundreds, if not thousands of times before. But this time, we're gonna do it with a critical eye. Hopefully, after learning all these skills are gonna be able to take that picture, gonna be able to take that video on it's gonna be it's gonna be unique. It's gonna be eye catching, and it's really gonna draw your audiences attention 3. Overview of the class: So this class is basically divided into two working units. The 1st 1 is gonna be your tips. It's gonna be photo and video tips taking into consideration traditional medium versus new medium on. Then the second unit is going to be actually why he would choose an iPhone over another camera, really talking about those differences. So if you had access to a $10,000 camera or an iPhone, what are the actuals situations where you would choose the iPhone over the expensive camera s? That's basically it. Let's jump into it. 4. Optimizing traditional media: Okay, so this first section is all about using smartphone photography with traditional mediums. Now, what I mean by that is not necessarily television. It's either you know, Facebook or YouTube, something that really, you know, goes to the traditional 16 by nine rectangle. It's possibly even footage that is cut with other cameras. Could be a short film music video. It's not a stand alone thing. It's not an instagram revived. It's not something that shortened. Poppy and Mento really hook someone within that very limited time. This is more of the, you know, traditional, just a basic shot as part of a scene. So this is for the people that maybe maybe you're not ready to jump into the knoll. The new hole, you know, scary world of the social media. Eso really have four huge tips for people that are shooting with their smartphone and want to use it in this traditional way. The 1st 1 is very obvious is Please, please, please shoot landscape, hold your phone rectangle not up and down. That's very frustrating when you you know, you go into edit your footage with with everything else and when you're trying to cut it together you have toe zoom way in so you don't have those big, nasty black bars on the side. Now, again, you know, just a reminder That's okay if you're you know, if you're shooting for other purposes, but, you know, you really need to know what medium your your final product is gonna be when you start shooting. So the 1st 1 shoot landscape Otherwise, Like I said, you have to punch in. You lose Aton of resolution. Smartphones are also you know, they shoot HD, which, as things were moving forward, HD is getting less and less popular. Strangely enough, um, resolutions are getting bigger and bigger. And if you shoot HD, but it's it's portrait. When you punch in, it's gonna be essentially the resolution that that YouTube was when I very first started off on the Internet was really slow, and it was very, very bad resolution. So shoot, landscape. Um, the second tip that I have is stabilize. Whether that means using a tripod, some kind of glide cam or even shooting slo mo. If you're shooting some kind of still life image, something where there's no people, there's no cars, there's there's nothing to really, you know, there's no wind blowing. There's nothing to see the speed of the footage. One trick that I love to use is just slow it down. It suddenly makes your shaky hand feel really smooth, and the iPhones have incredible slow motion, and we'll get to that a little bit later. But that's my second tip for you. Stabilize. You put it on a tripod, do something unless you're going for some kind of look. But But do keep in mind that smartphones air so light? Um, that any kind of shake really, really, really shows up. Um, that's why, you know, in the production world, when we use huge, expensive cameras, if we do those hand held, they usually seem a little bit more stable because the camera weighs £20. But if you've ever seen footage of a GoPro handheld, it's frantic and crazy because the thing you know weighs less than a pound. Same thing with smartphones. So used tripod. There's their glide cams, which are really cool. There's also even these things that have come out recently with Gimbels. It's the same technology that people using their drones flying, you know, with with, um with iPhones and and with go pros, it uses some kind of technology that basically keeps the camera steady so you could be holding the base and doing this whole motion going crazy and the camera stays steady is really phenomenal. It's really beautiful. I've seen one for about $300 so that might be a little too pricey for you. But it's crazy. The production world, that $300 device is replacing these, you know, $3000 devices. So that's really cool as well as looking to that. So stabilize. The next note is audio. If this is something that you're making into a short film and you are cutting with other footage, it's not a standalone clipped by itself. You probably want it to sound good. Um, the audio, the microphone in, in in actual phones is garbage, you know, if you just think of what someone's voice sounds like on the other phone on the other line . Half of that is, you know, the signal coming through, and half of that is actually the recording quality. Even great 5000 cameras have terrible microphones. This is something that's always frustrated me, working in this field. I don't know why they can't slap ah, $100 microphone on that thing and make it a little bit more sensitive. But so I always gil out and buy, you know, a small you can buy a microphone for $100. That's actually what I'm recording this on. It's $100 microphone on. And if you are, you know, if you are doing it for a short film a music video, I guess Music video, You don't need the audio necessarily. But if you're doing for a bigger project, you know, you do you do want to sink a little bit more money into it, making it look really good. Um, so make sure the audio is good. Um, And then lastly, you want full manual controls. Um, you don't want to get into a situation where you're trying to, you know, come around something. And rack focus. Um, and the focus is off for the exposure. The exposes really bad, you know, in a dark place. And then suddenly it gets really light. You want things to you want to be able to manually control them on. And there's a lot of really, really good abs for that. That will jump into a day later point. Um, but manual controls. I can't emphasize how amateur something looks when you walk in from a dark area to a light area and all of a sudden you're hit with, you know, the you can see the exposure kind of adjusting itself before it settles. You know, if anything, you want to be able to walk through that and on and basically with your finger, you know, change the exposure as it's happening. Um, so that's it. So those were basically the huge tips that I have. If you're working with traditional formats again. YouTube, Facebook, traditional TV, always shoot landscape, always stabilize somehow, even if it's handheld, you want some weight on it? Um, you want full manual controls. You want to be able to adjust the exposure. The focus, however you want to be fit, not not some kind of guessed by the the phone and then good audio, even though it's ah, video photo. Of course, we don't want to neglect audio. You don't want everything in your in your short film to be perfect. And then the sound is just terrible. So that the tips I have for traditional mediums and the next unit will jump into what it looks like when you're shooting for vine, for instagram, for some kind of social media. 5. Sharing on social media: So this section is really intended for photos and video that are gonna be posted specifically to social media. Instagram, vine, Pinterest, Adam, whatever. Whatever social realm you livin on, its not necessarily about, um, were not necessarily about photo and video that we're trying to match to other footage, each other collections or anything like that. So when we first look at these photos, the one thing that really jumps out at us is that they're square. Traditionally, photos have been, you know, six by four. Video has been 16 by nine. We've been looking at rectangles for the past 50 years or so at least, um, And now things are shifting into a square image. So what? What exactly does that mean for your composition? What does that mean for your photography? What does that mean when you, ah, approach a subject? Well, thankfully, way, way back in the day, they actually did use to use square photos as well, Which is, I think, part of that kind of retro feel that instagram first had when it came out, putting all the cool filters and everything. Um, you know, kind of a call back to those times. So we do have research on what makes a good composition. This isn't completely new stuff, which is great. Um, the first thing that I would say is with square photos, what's really interesting is that you're able to put your subject in the middle of the frame on. It looks really nice. Before it was seen as a very amateur move. If you're subject was I guess, like this video right in the center, there wasn't much else going on. Um, that's definitely changed with square photography. And basically the the way that the lines are designed kind of draws you to the center a little bit easier than with a rectangle It's not, you know, it's not a symmetrical on dso putting something, you know, getting close to a subject and focusing in on just a single subject and putting them right in the center is actually a good strategy for photos like this. Um, also, you know, going off that single subjects squares because of you know, the seemingly smaller space. It really does lend itself to a single subject mawr than, you know, multiple subjects with a rectangle photo. Now, when I say single subject, I don't necessarily mean, you know, like a shot of, you know, two twins. Or, you know, something like that, like that still works. I guess what I mean is more. I guess the ideas in square photos are more streamlined. I wouldn't say simpler, because that maybe has a negative connotation, but yeah, simpler. I mean, you know, there's one idea. There's one point of focus. The image is about one thing standing out. Um, obviously, you know, you can break these rules and you can have more going on. But that is something that I've noticed where, you know, square photos really have one point of interest. Um also shapes, shapes are really important again. The square kind of limits, you know, our space. And so going back to these, you know, making ideas simple. If we have a lot of circles in an image or a lot of squares, a lot of triangles, if we keep, you know, some kind of a repetition of pattern throughout the image, it's more interesting and draws us in a little bit. And in addition of shapes, there's something to be known about symmetry as well. Symmetry is more difficult to achieve with a you know, elongated frame with but with the squares you cut something in half on, make it look really interesting. And keep again. Keep that simple concept once someone sees a photo and it's been split in half perfectly on two sides, Uh, you know, there's something to be said there. There's there's a point of interest that immediately people are engaged with that. On top of that, one of the main rules of photography that every photographer knows how, you know, regardless of how advanced or how basic, is the rule of thirds. And I always despise creative rules when they're cold rules. I wish it was a suggestion of thirds or something like that because there's no rules and creativity. But the rule. Third, you know, put something in 1/3 of your images. Basically, the idea on and with squares that's a lot. That's what different then rectangles. You know, when you watch a TV show and someone's talking to someone else, they're gonna be on the right side of the frame talking to the person on the left, and it looks just a little bit more pleasing. You know, um, it's easier to do that over the shoulder coverage. But with squares, it's it's different, You know, if you have someone's shoulder in the frame, suddenly there's a lot less room, you know, for that person to be, uh, and and still be be captured. So the rule of thirds is a little bit different with square formats. The way that I like to think about it is instead of putting your subject on those intersections, you know the eyes, the I should be 2/3 up and then 1/3 above instead of instead of putting the points of interest on those intersections with square photography. What I like to do is basically, you know, going back to the rule of thirds. If we cut it. Three horizontal, three vertical basically have nine frames, Right when I like to do is I like to put a subject within the frame. What that basically does. Is it is it? It either creates a lot of negative space that makes it really interesting for us to look at our subject or puts our subject in the context of his world and allows us to kind of see everything around him. Um, so basically, the reason I do that. The reason I put it in a frame instead of an intersection of those points is just how you know. Just how the format is laid out is a little bit more pleasing to my eye. When I do have that space, one of that person or, you know, still object or whatever is kind of putting a corner putting, you know, even in the center. But but kind of isolated, with a lot of you know, the image around them just a little bit more pleasing than trying to put them on an intersection. And it just doesn't with a square image. There's not just not just not enough re room to breathe for the subject, so those are basically my framing tips, and obviously you guys can do a little bit of research. But it's just really interesting to note that there is a huge difference between square format and traditional rectangles, so that something be very aware of and make the best use of it, you know. So on top of framing, the next point is filters. Social media is all about the filters, whether it's trying to do something, you know, retro old school vintage whatever word you use or just trying to make something look really unique, an abstract and bizarre with the with social media, the point is really to, you know, grab some of the tension really quickly on the way to do this is to create an image that doesn't necessarily exist in real life, which is which is bizarre, You know, that's with with our traditional mediums with, you know, YouTube and television, you know, we want we want something that looks natural, right, But with social media, we want something that grabs people's attention. We want something that people stop and they look at, and they say, Well, this is, you know, something I have not seen before And there's a reason for that. It's because people skin isn't green. You know, eso applying filters is very, very important to social media. You know, unless you're trying to do some kind of, you know, food photography, your fashion something or you know something that you do have a product essentially, you need to present in its normal light, but with filters. The one thing that I love about instagram on and you know every other photo app out there is the filters air so easy. You know, there's there is a list of 20 that you just scroll through and you just try one out and you try the next one out and you try the next night when you find which one fits. Filters are crazy. Crazy, easy, but don't really know what more to say about filters other than definitely use them. Unless again you're going back some kind of food fashion, some kind of product that you need to show off. And even then, you know, depending on the situation, you can use a filter. Um, but I have No, I have no real tips for filters. Ah, you know, maybe look at the contrast you know, is is the image something that's very light in one area, very dark in one area. Does that need to be accentuated somehow? Look at the colors. You know, if if and no color relationships, um, you know, if something is very green in your image, is it gonna look more interesting to put some kind of magenta filter on it? That way, the green really pops out. So no color relationships, no opposites. Basically, green is opposite magenta. And again, this is like this is not pigment. Um, Scion is opposite. Red and blue is opposite yellow. So if you have an image that has one of those colors very prevalent, Um, play with those relations, you know, play with throwing a filter that has the opposite effect on it and see how that feels. See if that gives you the look you desire. One of my favorite things online is this thing that it goes by a bunch of different names. One of the population's is cinema Graham. It's basically ah, cinematic Jif or GIF where, however you pronounce it that G i f. Um, and it's basically taking that principle of the Web on and creating a beautiful photo that has some kind of element of motion in it. And the reason why it's interesting and alluring and fascinating is that their infinite loops, one that I really, really like is just It's a head shop, and it's a girl looking at the camera and everything is frozen. But her hair kind of slowly moves in the wind, and it's just really kind of I don't know. It's It's really kind of ghost like or something like There's really something. There's a really interesting quality to it, one very, very easy way to achieve something similar by a tripod and then having some kind of element of motion. So, like I said, those were one of my favorite things on the Web. Just sit and look at their really, really interesting and unusual. Andi. Some of them are a little off putting, but just those infinite loops again, kind of going back to the idea behind social media give people something that they can't see in reality, something that makes them stop and really look at. And these infinite loops are a great way to do that. So really good tip for the social media section is to really analyze. What purpose do you want to make better photos For what purpose do you wanna make better videos for? Are you trying to learn a trade? Are you trying to grow an audience? Are you trying to just have a hobby? Um, if you analyze exactly what you're trying to do, it will really help. You kind of pick certain things on really run with them. What I mean by that is, if you're trying to build an audience. It's really, really important to find a niche. Um, you know, people are, you know, lifestyle bloggers. So they do food. They do fashion. They do travel, you know, So finding a small niche that people can really latched onto so fighting. And it's just really important, you know? I mean, I would be a fool to think you guys were taking this class because you just want to hang out with me during the afternoons or whatever. You know, you guys are here to learn a trade. You gotta here for photo for video on. That is my niche. You know, this is what I love doing, and it's a great match, but it's it's It's a thing that people already interested eso think, think of your interests and and what can you do that is your own niche. You know, maybe you love skiing and you want to take pictures, you know, on the slopes. You know, maybe you love surfing and you want to take surfing pictures, think of what you love and figure out how to make it a niche and focus all your photos. Focus all your videos around this and that will be a very easy way to grow on audience because it's a thing that people are already interested. 6. Understanding photography mediums: Okay, so this section is just a few very basic tips that apply to everything. This is both traditional media. This is new media, thes air, just kind of some basic tips. And this is not again. This is not how to use a camera tips, but just some smartphone tips. Um, that are completely ubiquitous. So first off, when you're shooting something, um, put it on airplane mode. That's that's all it takes. Three seconds on. It totally sucks. When you're in the middle of something amazing on, then you get a call, especially if it's like a six second thing. It's a small window, but it's happened to me before. Eso don't let that happen. You put it on airplane mode. Just remember to take it off afterwards. Andan second is you want to get a lot of light. Um, all cameras, regardless of its $100 camera or $100,000 camera, need a lot of light to work. Um, and the basic rule of thumb that applies to 99% of cameras is the more light, the better the image. So if you are doing something more social media oriented where you don't necessarily need to look like a studio or whatever. Shoot it outside if you can, you know, do take into consideration audio. Don't shoot by highway. But if you shoot outside, especially in the shade, you know there will be no harsh shadows. There's a ton of light outside much more than there is inside trying to shoot something inside. With no studio lights to help you out, you're gonna get a very nasty image. It's gonna be very grainy, and it's not gonna look very good if you've ever noticed. When you're taking a selfie of yourself when you're doing it outside at night, the image looks really terrible. But if you do it outside during the day, it looks really great. That is all because of the amount of light used. So rule thumb, use more light. Uh, you know, the more light to better. And then finally, this is not a super hard and fast rule, but I wish it would be. Please don't use digital zoom the zoom on your phone, you know, pinching and pinching out whatever Zoom to get a closer shot, you are always going to lose resolution. Um, I don't know how to explain it better than that. You're gonna get a worser image just by punching in. It's always something that you can do after the fact. If it is a traditional thing that you're gonna throw in, you know, some kind of video editor or something like that. Zoom in. That program is gonna be better than doing it on your phone. If it is something for Instagram Irvine, You know, I guess you could do the zoom. You're just gonna lose quality. If it's possible to get closer to the subject, then do that. If it's something in the sky, if it's something far away and you just have to do it make sure you know that the more you do it, the more resolution are gonna lose. So please do it sparingly. Um, those are basically the tips that I have for everything, and now we're going to move into the unit. That is really about the differences between shooting with a smartphone and shooting with the camera. This second half of the class is something you're really gonna be able to sink your teeth into on learn a whole lot from 7. Advantages of the smartphone camera: So just the other day, I was on a huge set. There were 20 people running around moving lies, tweaking the camera, doing all this stuff. We got all our shots, but one final one on at the very, very end. The guy who, sitting on the big, expensive Dolly shooting with the $50,000 camera, gets off and pulls out his phone. And then he grabbed this one little shot with his iPhone. So he left, You know, the hundreds of thousands of dollars of equipment on came over and shot the what he needed with his iPhone. It was not a selfie for himself. It was something for the project. So my question is, what situation is someone going to do? That what situation is a professional going to leave all this equipment to shoot something with an iPhone? Something that a ton of people have that is not by any means that you know, high end professional video camera. Or so we think, Um, what's absolutely crazy about the iPhone in particular on a lot of other smartphones do this. But the iPhone six, especially the slow motion in the iPhone, believe it or not, the slow motion that the iPhone can achieve. Can Onley be achieved by a $40,000 camera? So if you want to get this 240 frames a second, that's 10% slow motion A to the, you know, the the iPhone debut video. I think they showed people jumping rope and the rope is just going, you know, so slowly. Um, if you want to achieve this without an iPhone, it's gonna cost you $40,000. Uh, that's phenomenal. That's crazy. That's bizarre. And that's really something that kind of makes you stop and say, Okay, wait, you know, people know this, you know, it can Can you believe that? You know, $500 phone conduce something this incredible and so sinking your teeth into slow motion is a really, really interesting thing right now. It's, you know, it could be seen as a niche like I was talking about earlier. Some people shoot food, you know, some people shoot fashion, you could be the slow mo guy, and all you need is an iPhone. The slow motion is so good on the iPhone that there are programs out there that can actually take the pixels and kind of extrapolated and make it even slower on because it's at this 10% level. It's such a slow speed that you can take that, run it through a software, and if you want to percent you could make it 2%. If you want one present, you could make it 1% which basically looks like a photo at that point. But the slow motion is one of the huge, huge advantages of shooting on a smartphone. The camera that I'm using right now shoots at 60 frames a second is the slowest. It can dio eso that is 40% which is, You know, it's slow, but like something like that is like that. So it's not. It's not. Night and day of the slow motion on smartphones are amazing. Really sink your teeth into it, really see what beautiful images that you can get with this. An incredible slow motion and the second huge tip that I have a special again, especially on iPhone. But any smartphone really, um, is the depth of field and kind of macro photography with incredible about an iPhone is that you can really get close to a subject a really small subject, you know, a blade of grass 1/4. You know, you get really close to something and have that thing and focus and everything else out of focus. One of the huge tells of you know what a cheap phone or sorry, a cheap camera or something that looks very digital. Is is what we say in the biz, something looks very digital. Everything is in focus. Um, you think of you know, the your very first digital camera that you got in the nineties. Everything was in focus. It looked really bad. Um, it didn't have kind of nice soft edges, contours and things like that, Um, the iPhone and really other smartphones as well. A lot of droids are doing this now. The the the Galaxy is really good as well, but they can do astonishing depth of field. And one huge tip that I have about that is it's really with the smart phones with with nice DSL large, another cameras. You can get that depth of field a little further on, you know, um, right now I'm in focus, and even though it's black behind me, it's out of focus with a phone. I wouldn't be able to do that. So the huge tip that have to achieve this beautiful depth of field is to get really, really, really close to your subject, put them and focus and everything else behind it out of focus. Because it's crazy, Because when you see some of these images, you think, OK, this was probably shot with, you know, a canon DSLR or something like that. But all this footage is with the iPhone. The iPhone has incredible depth of field if you get up really close on your subject. So, like I was saying, slow motion is amazing, I guess you take me. You know, you could call this macro photography. You are within, you know, two inches of the subject. Um, so the slow motion of the macro are two huge advantages that smartphone photography has over professional cameras. Eso those are two things to really take note of and to try to use in your photography. You know, if you're a food you know if you want, If you decide you want to do food, photography is your niche. Get really, really close on your subject and get everything else out of focus. You know, even if you know if you're going to instagram divine you to whatever the format is, these macro photos are really beautiful, especially for a very cheap camera. 8. Using photography apps: so real quick. I want to go over some APS you guys can download, and this is not necessarily the, you know, the social media app I'm not talking about. Go out and download Instagram and Vine and all that stuff. I'm talking about APS that take your photos to the next level APs that give you really, really good manual controls. Because to be frank, you know, the built in controls on 99% of smartphones out there are just really lacking. Okay, so this is pro camera eight. This is actually the app that I used while shooting all the test footage for this class. Pro Camera eight. It's interesting, it's not. You don't have as many controls as something like filmic pro, and you definitely don't have, you know, as many post options as movie pro. But Pro Camera eight is is if you're looking to do still photos as well. It's kind of the best of both worlds. It allows you high control over still photos, um, and then allows you know, all the manual video settings for video as well. Um, so it also one thing that also does is it is it slightly grade your footage in a way that makes it a little bit more pleasing. Naturally, it doesn't do anything super extreme, but it just it just you know it. Just boost the contrast a little bit. Makes the colors pop. Just just just a hair. It definitely looks nicer than then. Gesture. Normal iPhone recording. That's another thing about it that I really like. But you have, you know, adjustments. Your basic manual focus. Ah, I eso exposure color. Um, so very, very basic. But this one, Like I said, if you guys like doing still photos as well, this is definitely the one to get if you're doing that. So one of its pretty popular out there is called Movie Pro. Um, it's one. It's important to note that with any of these APS that you know, they're all pretty important to get. But at same time they're all pretty similar. It's just kind of, ah, matter of preference movie pro. Um, one thing that I I don't really care too much for it is it's pretty busy. As you can see on the screen. You have your why balance. You know, your focus, your exposure. You have audio meters. You know, it's nice that you have all these controls, but, you know, real time Zoom. I wouldn't touch those. It's nice that you have all these controls, but at same time, like your screen is pretty cluttered. So it might be difficult, You know, if you have things in the bottom of the frame or, you know, appear might be difficult, actually see exactly what you're trying to shoot. But, you know, that being said, it's a very powerful app, so it allows you to edit as well. So if you know, if you don't have an editing software, I don't know if I if I'd recommend editing you know, your movie on iPhone. You know, an iPad might be a little easier. Um, but it is. It is very diverse in that way. A lot of these other after just, you know, shooting APS. But it's nice that, you know, you have all these. He's added benefits as well. But, you know, just like any other app, you can you know, just the white balance. You're gonna just the I s. So that's pretty good, you know, especially like I said, especially if you're looking to do more than just shoot movie pro, you know, for for the price, it does a whole heck of a lot. Okay, so this is filmic pro. This one is very good. It's very in depth. Very similar to the other ones, of course. I mean, obviously you can see you have white balance controls. You have focused controlled aperture controls on this one. You can get in there and change the I s so as well, which is really nice. Um, see, one thing that's cool about it that I really like is you can actually change. Ah, the saturation and the color and the contrast. You can kind of add filters, you know, on your own here. You know, I wouldn't recommend that if you are going out and shooting something for some kind of short film or music video or something that's gonna be edited together with other things or even itself. You just have a lot more controls. Ah, color controls in post anyways with final cut, pro or premier, or you know, any kind of other editing software. You have better color control. So I wouldn't I wouldn't wouldn't really do this if that's the case. But if you're just trying to get the best image you can straight out of the camera, that it's great. Ah, one really nice thing about filmic pro as well is you can actually change the dimensions that you're shooting eso if you're shooting. If you're trying to emulate some kind of old school 70 millimeter really, really wide screen 2.35 aspect ratio. You can do that on film Akpro. It also does, you know, squares. So it's very easy to switch over toe social media posting s. That's a nice thing about it. Also, one thing you can you actually change the bit rates of of the image, which essentially means you can change the quality, Um, straight from the app and by quality. I'm not talking about resolution. I'm not saying that, you know, make the image bigger, smaller, but the actual the bit rate, the higher the bit rate, the better quality image you're going to get. Um, and you can actually go in there and change the bit rate in this, which is very nice. I really like that, um, aspect of this ab. So there are dozens of those types of maps out there. These air, the three that I really thought were the best. Really? When you're looking at these, you're looking. You're trying to get manual exposure. Manual focus as many manual controls you can possibly get because you don't want anything left up the chance. You don't want the phone to be the one making the decisions and not you. I want to put together a list of some other APS that I would recommend, so definitely check that out in the additional resource is. 9. Make Money with Mobile Photography: So a while back, I was out hiking and I came across a sign for rattlesnakes and if that was kind of interesting, so I took a picture of it with my thumb, that picture turned out terrible. Sign was a bit high up, so it's poorly framed. It doesn't tell a story and it's just objectively a bad picture. But I was like, what the heck. So I uploaded you have stock photography site and within a couple of months I made $4 off this picture and look for dollars is not a ton of money. But it got me thinking if a picture this bad can make real money on stock photography, there's gotta be an economical supply and demand type of approach to making passive income off stock photography with little or no photography skills. So over the past year to I've created a very pragmatic approaches, stock photography that at this point makes me about $500 a month. And look, I'm not making fine art here. Okay? I'm taking very basic pictures of things that are in demand that people pay real money for. So if you're looking for a source of passive income that doesn't require a lot of time learning a new skill set. It doesn't require a lot of money and startup capital. Stock photography is the way to go. And in this course, I will show you my very straightforward approach to making real money off stock photography that you can use with your iPhone or any camera in full auto settings. So if you're ready for some easy passive income, let's get started. 10. Closing: so that's basically it. Thank you guys again for taking this class. I hope you really, you know, learn to latch onto the differences between smartphone photography and traditional photography. Find these differences and just run with them. Experiment with slow motion. Experiment with macro. With that beautiful depth of field, make sure all your controls or manual if you can help it, find your niche and just go for it. So again, the project for this class is not a difficult one. Just upload something to social media and the social media of your choice. You know, instagram, twitter, whatever you love that you want to run with and and show that you've really taken this class to heart. You know, show some fluid, slow motion. So show some beautiful depth of field show that you've properly learn how toe, you know, compose the square frame eso take these and run with them again. I hope you guys have have learned. Um, you know the differences between the two mediums, um and and really taking those differences running with them and being able to improve your photos and your video