Dive into this course and get to know your iPhone and its camera like you never thought possible. We will dive into every nook and cranny of your phones camera features and demonstrate how to use each one. We'll undoubtedly fill in some blanks you have with regards to how to use your mobile camera, and also teach you some new tricks along the way. Then, you'll received weekly photography lessons to keep you inspired and challenged for weeks to come.
Weekly iPhone Photography Lessons!
After you've completed your basic training, you'll begin to receive individual technique lessons, one each week for 10 weeks. These lessons will serve as "missions" that will inspire you to go out, capture images and share them within our private Facebook group for comment and critique.
When creating photography, your images should always have a story behind them. What are you telling your viewer? What do you want the viewer to see? For example, an image showing a bunch of colorful balloons uses color itself as the theme as well as an element of composition.
Watch for distracting elements in your scenery, and scan your screen for unwanted objects BEFORE pressing the shutter button. Don’t be afraid to shift your position, or that of your subject in order to simplify the composition.
Compose your image so that it draws attention to a single subject or point-of-interest. Fill your iPhone camera screen with your subject. Use leading lines – they guide the viewer’s eye to your subject.
Shoot your subject from many different angles, try different compositions, and even at different times of day or seasons. Don’t forget to get shots both vertically and horizontally. You stand a better chance at getting a winner! Try getting on the same level with low subjects, or shoot downwards for more interesting angles.
The iPhone’s HDR feature produces very subtle results and is not appropriate in every situation. Also, it may be less than ideal when photographing action shots. But in certain conditions HDR can yield impressive results.
Use your iPhone’s digital zoom only when you absolutely have to get that shot and just can’t get any closer. Realize that with digital zoom, you’re cutting down on resolution and sharpness. Also, you stand a better chance of introducing camera shake. Use a some sort of support if you can.
Follow the Rule of Thirds in composition. Imagine a tic-tac-toe grid on-screen onto which you place your subject or horizons – off-center along any of the grid lines. Break the Rule of Thirds, see what you get. Symmetrical subjects and compositions as well as certain reflections frequently work better when centering them in the frame rather than placing them off-center.
Print your most cherished images to make them endure over time. However, use fine quality acid-free paper and storage containers. Watch humidity and temperature.
Enable your iPhone’s camera grid. It is similar to a tic-tac-toe grid of lines, and it will help your composition. It’s actually called the Rule-of-Thirds and it helps you keep your subject and scenery aligned straight. Go to Preferences > Photos & Camera > Camera Grid.
Always be at the ready for that special shot. Don’t forget that you have a quick way to bring up the iPhone Camera app right from the Lock Screen. See the little camera icon on the bottom-right? Flick it up to quickly get you to the camera.
In addition to learning how to take great iPhone photos, you’ll also get walk-thru videos showing some of the most powerful photography apps, and how to use them to create stunning imagery on the fly.
In addition to the videos, you will get exclusiveaccess to the PocketShooters Facebook group where you can share your progress and photography with other PocketShooters.
And to make this course completely irresistible, you will be invited to our super-secret group video call, where you can join us and ask questions LIVE and watch us demonstrate on some of the hottest iPhone photography software and techniques. The replay’s of these calls will also be added to your account for later on-demand viewing.
Frederick is host of the This Week in Photo, also known as TWiP — the flagship show on the TWiP Network and TWiP Talks. Each week he talks with a few photographers about what’s been happening over the past week in the world of photography.