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Lesson 1 from: How To Take Amazing Photos With Your iPhone

Jared Platt

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1. Settings

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Hey, if you're new to your IPhone and you want to take some great pictures, we want to help you with that, and all it takes is just a couple of quick tips. So let's start with the settings. We're just gonna go into our settings panel here, and there's a couple settings you should be aware of. First, you're gonna want to save as much batteries you possibly can so wanted to let you know in the battery section of your IPhone, right at the top, you'll find a battery section. Just click on that, and you can use the low power mode. Secondly, we're going to go into our photo and camera settings inside the photo and camera settings. There's a lot of different options here, and I want to explain what they are. First off is the ICloud Photo Library. Now the ICloud Photo Library is the new version of synchronizing all your photos everywhere you happen to be, whether it's on your IPad, your IPhone or on your computer, by clicking that on every time you take a photo that will be then uploaded to th...

e cloud, and then that cloud is going to disperse it all of your phones, all of your ipads, all of your different computers so that you have it available everywhere you happen to be logged into your apple account. So that's the first thing that you wanna have on. Secondly, there's two options. You can either optimize your IPhone storage, so if you have a small IPhone that just doesn't have a lot of space on it, go ahead and click that one. But I happen to have the biggest IPhone, and so I have lots of space on mine. And so I keep the originals on there. It's really up to you how you want to operate. If you use the optimized IPhone storage settings than all your photos will be stored in the cloud and your phone will just keep a small version of those photos until you actually need to use them and then we'll pull them down from the cloud. Now this is a relic from past generations. It's called upload to my photo stream. If you turn that on than any device you happen to be on, that's not a newer version or a newer device. It will be able to see these images so It's a different older version of the ICloud photo library. So I keep on just so that if I have an older device and that device isn't necessarily on the same IOS, it can also upload. And those images could be shared amongst the older versions of Apple Things. The next setting you should be aware of is called upload. Burst photos, now inside of our camera and as we're shooting, will tell you a little bit more about this. But there's something called photo bursts, and it's a string of photos, and sometimes you're going to shoot 30 photos all at one time. You're only gonna pick one of them. If you want to save all of those to the cloud, make sure you turn on upload burst photos. If you have that off, it will Onley choose one of the 30 photos that you took. Also, the ICloud photo sharing. That's important if you want to share photos in albums two different people around the globe. So if, like for instance, I want to share something with my wife or my mother or my kids on their devices, I need to make sure that that ICloud photo sharing is on. Also, there's something called summarizing photos. And as you're looking at your photos inside of your IPhone, you can either see all of the photos or your IPhone consumer rise it for you so that you see a small subset of those photos that represent a day or a location or something like that. It just makes it easier to scroll through all your photos. Also, you can see holiday events so your IPhone knows what holidays you happen to be celebrating and because it knows that it can congregate photos that were taken on a specific holiday into a very grouped set of photos. Also inside of the camera settings. There are a lot of different settings you should be aware of, and one of those is to preserve settings. When you go in there, there's a number of options for preserving. One of those options is to preserve your camera mode settings. For instance, you could be in panoramic mode. You could be in portrait mode or just photo mode. The problem is, is that if you turn off your camera and you go back to the camera, if this button is not turned on, then it will go back to the standard camera mode, and you'll have to flip through the modes again until you get to the one you were last in. But if you have the camera mode on, then your camera will always return back to the setting that it was last in. That's really, really useful when you're out shooting. The 2nd 1 is the photo filter. I leave that off because I like to choose a photo filter if I'm going to use it. But if you like to keep it on a specific photo filter like black and white or kind of, ah, softer color tone, make sure you turn that on and then the photo filter will stay active, even if you turn your camera off. When you come back to it, it'll be available again. And then, of course, the live photo mode. And we'll talk a little bit about live photo. But it's kind of a mixture of video and still, and if you have that checked on here, it will preserve that mode, which I prefer, because that means if I turn live photo off, then the next time I come to my camera, it will still be off. So those are a really important settings. Then, of course, I always have inside of cameras sections here I always have. The grid on the grid helps you to do composition will talk about that soon, so that's important to have on. And then there's the video modes recording in four K. That kind of stuff, and we'll talk more about that in these lessons. When we talk about video, the next two segments have to do with portrait mode and HDR mode. And when you take those photos in HDR and portrait mode, it's actually using multiple photos to create the effect that you're seeing. So what we want to do is make sure that we keep all of the photos rather than just the final photo. That way, if we like one better than the other, we can always go back to it. Those are all the settings that you need to know about when you're starting taking pictures with your IPhone. Now let's go in and talk about making great photos

Ratings and Reviews

a Creativelive Student

This is a fast and very effective course. The teacher is excellent with his great teaching skills. Really recommended!


This course was quick and full of very specific ways to use the iPhone 7 Plus and its abilities. I only own an iPhone 6 and still found this class useful. Even though I've taken thousands of images with my phone I STILL learned a couple things I didn't know. If you have questions about your iPhone camera I would absolutely recommend this course. Well worth the money.

Vincent SMINK

Great class, with all the basics you need to take good photo's. Some interesting extra's that I wasn't aware off! Just start here and then move on!

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