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iPhone Filmmaking: From Shoot Through Edit

Lesson 16 of 19

Color Grading and Fixing


iPhone Filmmaking: From Shoot Through Edit

Lesson 16 of 19

Color Grading and Fixing


Lesson Info

Color Grading and Fixing

So then I mentioned it earlier, but I When I shot the footage, it was shot in log. And so then I had to go into the different things. The different clips that we put in the time line and color agreed them. So we'll talk about how do you fix your footage? So remember how I had part of the gimbal that was in the shot? You know, how do you take that out? Um so fix the footage and then how to add back in the color because it was in log. Um, and I think that's it. So let's go to the IPhone and let's go into the grated. Um, so here, let's I think these ones don't have the color grading here, so you can see it's a little bit washed out. The way to add color is by going tapping on the clip itself, and I'm gonna go to the suitcase and then click edit, and then you see to the right, so I have color and effects selected on the bottom. So I have that selected there. So that gives you this menu here on the right. So I have, um so Lou effusion has different settings of ways. You could change the col...

or of your footage. But there's also this part where I think I was talking about Phil make has a D log. So in this film, it d log V to, um So what you could do is add that in. So if I tap that, you see if you could see that it added some color to it, and then you can say how much of it you want applied. Do you see the difference? So this is kind of adding the that's not showing updating. Did that get darker? Um, but yes. So you can choose how much of it you want to put in or apply to that footage. Um, So what I've done here, though, is I've downloaded other other lutz or look up tables. Um, so think of it as you know, how instagram has filters, basically, just adding filters in. And there's different looks, right, depending on the look and feel that you want for your film. So what I had here is, um oh, I deleted. So I have here. I think I applied, uh, me Go scrolls girl. I applied this, um X to 70 log, so we can see it's a little crazy. Um, it's a little too much. So I am going to dial that down a little bit to something that makes more sense. Right? Um, so that's how you add color back in. And then also, if I tap on that pallet on the top left, um, you can see that, um, there's this thing called original. So if I tap on that, this is where you can fix things that are too dark or to contrast the not enough contrast. You can make all those modifications here so you can make a brighter, darker kind of like when you're I didn't get photo. You know, this is where all of those basic edits are saturation. Um, and all of that. You can make all those corrections here, so that's always really cool to be able to control that. Yes. Just step back a second. Yellow. And can you explain again what log is for those who aren't familiar with that? Yeah, and the let long and look yeah, so log is like I mentioned earlier. It's a way to shoot in a, um in a in a mode that you're capturing mawr. Uh, more information. I guess that's the way to put it, Um, your so that you you when something's too bright, for example, you've lost that information of like of pixels or something's too dark. You can't recover that cause you don't have that information. So when you shoot in log, um, you're capturing more of that information on and then what a lot is or look up table. It's just a way to color grade. It's It's adding back in, um, the color that you took away because you shot in that way, if that makes sense, Um, yeah, I think that's the safest way to put it. So if you're a photographer, perhaps you would in photography. That might be like shooting and raw. Yeah, yeah, exactly. Yeah, yes, yes. So that exactly it's shooting in raw, and then you could make more modifications to it. And really, you'll have the blacks and the data of the like the dark, dark and the light lights. Anything you can manipulated as much difficult. Thank you. Yeah, it's a confusing topic. Um, and, um, it's tricky because so you'll see in a second. If I come out of this screen. You see, I have Here is the part that gets a little bit tedious because I have all of these clips that now need to be colored color, graded or corrected. Even I'm gonna have to go into each individual one and add the same thing in. Luckily, there's a short cut so I can copy and paste whatever it is that I apply to this one. So the way to do that is you tap on clip over here. Um, so clip and then you can say copy groups. Which parts of that clip do you want to copy? So these icons, this means, um I don't want to copy the position or the sound. I want to just copy these two. What? I made changes to the original and also to the filter. So I'm gonna uncheck those and then make sure those are still selected. I'm gonna hit copy and then say I want to put it on here, and then we go to clip, and I'm only gonna pace those two things. I'm gonna uncheck those, and they wanna hit paste and see it changes the color of that. So that's a little bit of ah, shortcut so that you're not, like going to set exact gets tedious. So that's one quick way to do it. Um, yes. So then I just went into each one of these, and I changed the colors. So, um, I'll turn things on and off so you can see the difference. So we go coloring effects so that I will show you, um, without with So, um and that's how you change the colors or fix things that are too dark or too bright. So let's say you've got stuff on your own. Currently that you ah, taped videoed, um, without the filmic app. So can you still do that stuff like in the native? Yeah. You can take even if you didn't shoot. Log, I think is what you're asking, right? And you just have regular footage that you shot with your phone. You can still apply some of those things to it. You can apply there like filters, you know, and then you can choose the amount. How? How much of that filter that you want apply? Yeah. You can totally still do that

Class Description


  • Create a video entirely on the iPhone, from shoot to edit
  • Master advanced video apps on the iPhone
  • Learn how to use iPhone video accessories like gimbals and mics
  • Build a story arch and shot list for your film
  • Capture pro-level audio in an interview
  • Shoot supporting b-roll
  • Master iPhone video editing using apps
  • Record and add a voice over
  • Export and share your video


Who says you need expensive video gear to create movie magic? In this course, Cielo de la Paz breaks down capturing effective and high-quality films with gear that can fit in your pocket -- the iPhone. She’ll walk through the importance of pre-production and crafting your story ahead of your shoot. Learn how to use a variety of iPhone video accessories and apps while exploring the technical side on how to get the best shots.

By going in the field with Cielo, you'll learn to navigate real-world scenarios, from problem-solving to prioritizing your shot list. While the iPhone may be a smartphone, she'll walk through every element of capturing pro-quality video from a simple device, from recording audio to using add-on lenses. Capture shots that make the videographers with the bulky cameras jealous by using the iPhone's small form factor to your advantage.

But the iPhone isn't just a video camera -- it's a powerful tool for editing videos anywhere. Cielo will then take you back in the studio and walk through one of the best video editing apps for iPhone and iPad out there while explaining how to piece together your story into a cinematic success. Add your own editing style to raw footage to create a story worth sharing. There is a lot of magic and ability in the camera that is always with you -- learn to use its capabilities to capture and create great video.


  • Beginner to intermediate mobile filmmakers
  • Beginner filmmakers
  • Social media influencers
  • IGTV producers
  • Beginner to intermediate vloggers
  • Anyone interested in making videos with their phones


iOS apps LumaFusion 2019, FiLMiC Pro, and Hyperlapse


San Francisco-based mobile filmmaker and photographer Cielo de la Paz first found success with a Shot on an iPhone billboard. Since then, Cielo has been teaching others to find the same success using just a smartphone. The founder of, Cielo teaches iPhone film and video classes at Stanford, as well as sharing techniques at conferences, private events, and even with government agencies. Over the course of her online and in-person courses, she's helped thousands to capture their own stories using the simplest video gear. Along with those Shot on an iPhone billboards and commercials, you can also find her work in Business Insider, USA Today, National Geographic, and House Beautiful. Her creative approach to iPhone filmmaking helped her earn the Gold Cannes Lions Award, as well as honors from the Mobile Photography Awards and iPhone Photography Awards (IPPA).


  1. Introduction

    Meet your instructor and gain an overview of the course. Learn why the iPhone is a good storytelling tool. Pick up the pros and cons of shooting iPhone video.

  2. Your Story Arch

    Set yourself up for success from the start with the pre-production process. Build a story arch, a shot list, and prep your gear before the shoot. Brainstorm a simple storyline to keep your project on track.

  3. Creating a Shot List

    What footage will you need to capture in order to tell your story? What shots do you need to have enough to stitch everything together inside a video editor? Walk through the process of brainstorming potential shots, for both short videos and longer content such as interviews. With variety in mind, categorize your shot list to capture context and tell the whole story.

  4. Gear List

    When working with an iPhone, the gear you use tends to be smaller too -- but that doesn't mean you need to bring all your mobile video tools with you. Learn how to determine what to pack and what to leave home based on your story arch and shot list. Then, go through the different smartphone video accessories to find what you need and what you can skip to suit your shooting style.

  5. Introduction to Location Shoot

    Go behind the scenes for Cielo's iPhone video project capturing a promotional video for an industrial design company. Gain background and context on the project in this short lesson.

  6. Mobile Filmmaking Gear

    Continuing the behind-the-scenes video, learn what gear Cielo brings with her. Look at different options for support rigs from tripods to gimbals. Capture better audio using lavalier mics, shotgun mics, and Bluetooth-enabled mics. Explore different lens options as well as lighting choices.

  7. Assessing the Location

    Don't start shooting right away -- scouting the location is an important part of the process. Go behind the scenes to explore the location and see potential angles for the video. Learn to adapt your shooting plans based on what you see on location, and use the pre-planning to stay focused on the project.

  8. Setting Up the Interview

    Interviews are part of many video projects. Learn how to set up for an interview, from considering the lighting and the background to lenses, composition, and audio. Get creative with video hacks, like using a rolling office chair as a make-shift video dolly. Learn to navigate the app FiLMiC Pro for advanced shooting features.

  9. Capturing the Interview

    With the audio prepped, the background cleared and the composition selected, go behind the scenes for the actual interview shoot. Navigate shooting options in the FiLMiC Pro app, like 4K video quality and frame rates, then see the full interview.

  10. Capturing B Roll

    With the interview finished, work to capture supporting footage, called B-Roll. In this lesson, you'll learn how to add more visual interest to your shot by recording extra B-Roll during the shoot. Cielo also demonstrates how to use a gimbal to add stabilized camera motion video effects.

  11. Shooting Creatively

    The iPhone is so small, that you can put the camera in tiny places for a unique perspective and special effects. In this lesson, beef up your creativity by learning iPhone video tricks, from using gaffers tape to keep the iPhone in place to using the Apple Watch as a remote trigger. Work with time-lapse in the Hyperlapse app and other creative iPhone filming techniques.

  12. Organizing Your Footage

    The iPhone is so small, that you can put the camera in tiny places for a unique perspective and special effects. In this lesson, beef up your creativity by learning iPhone video tricks, from using gaffers tape to keep the iPhone in place to using the Apple Watch as a remote trigger. Work with time-lapse in the Hyperlapse app and other creative iPhone filming techniques.

  13. Culling Footage

    All your shots won't make it into the final version. Jump into video editing with the LumaFusion app, one of the best video editors in the iOS App Store. Learn how to import the files to the LumaFusion app to edit videos, as well as how to choose the best video clips for the project.

  14. Shaping the Story

    With the parts selected, arrange those clips into a storyline. Work with the video app to build a timeline. Learn to build a story arch, to arrange video clips inside the editing software, and more.

  15. Adding B Roll to the Edit

    With the story in place, supplement the main video with that creative B-Roll. Learn how to determine where to place B-Roll and how to use those iPhone video clips strategically.

  16. Color Grading and Fixing

    Color grading helps establish your editing style -- and it's a must if you shoot in the raw N-Log format. Master the editing tools for color inside LumaFusion, including shortcuts for color grading multiple video clips.

  17. Music

    Sound effects help determine the mood of the movie. In this lesson, Cielo shares tips for finding the right music, as well as sharing how to add music to the video using LumaFusion. Work with adding music from a Storyblocks subscription and searching the music library, a quick method that doesn't require messing with iTunes.

  18. Voice Over

    Adding voice can help tie the story together. Learn how to record a voice over from iOS devices, from simple tricks like recording in a closet when you don't have a sound room, to using a mic. Then, learn how to add the voice over to the video inside the video editing software.

  19. Exporting and Uploading

    With the video editing finished, now what? Learn how to export and share video, including using cloud storage, and how to save space on your iPhone without losing the entire project file. Finally, see the final video Ciel worked on assembling throughout the course.


Chrystelle Hadjikakou

Being a beginner in all things video, watching this live class left me excited to try out a lot of things on my iPhone, not to mention I learned loads. Cielo showed us the full process from shot listing to gear to preparing the shoot and then shooting and editing, which was very enlightening, also I want to thank the people who were on the chat, because sharing tips and tricks was great too! Thank you for the awesome work!


This class was great! Cielo offered really good information. It was probably more than I needed since I am a beginner, but it inspired me to try and use it for the simple reasons I took the course. But it also showed me what is possible and how I can eventually upgrade what I am doing. It's good for people who are really into photography and telling the story of entrepreneurs (which is so important these days) can use their photography skills to help business owners stand out whether it's your side hustle or main career.

Greg Bird

I just finished the class and I enjoyed it quite a bit. It is perfect for someone like me just starting out and I recommend this class to anyone interested in making mobile videos. I look forward to diving into the more extensive editing course next. Thank you!