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Improve Your Photos with Story

Lesson 15 from: iPhone Photography & Mobile Photography

Philip Ebiner

Improve Your Photos with Story

Lesson 15 from: iPhone Photography & Mobile Photography

Philip Ebiner

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15. Improve Your Photos with Story


Class Trailer

Course Introduction


Welcome to Class


Why Are Smartphone Cameras Awesome?


The Course Challenge: Capture Your Day in 5 Photos


Camera Basics for Mobile & Smartphone Photography


Intro to Camera Basics




Focal Length


Lesson Info

Improve Your Photos with Story

So now we've talked about composition and lighting. The third key is sharing a story. Now, photography and photographs are sharing stories, right? They're saying something, they bring something to the viewer as art, as expression. And the greatest thing about having a camera with you at all times on your mobile phone is that you're not limited by bringing along a big bulky camera or equipment or technical things. And when something happens in the moment life, when life happens in the moment, you're able to capture it, not only are you able to capture it well and tell that story, but using all the abilities of a camera and the technical aspects, you're able to tell it well, right? You're able to expose correctly, you're able to be artistic, use your composition, capture the light and tell the story. So taking in the composition and lighting is really where telling a story is the most important part, right? You could do it technically, but now you're in the moment, the cool thing that I ...

love about my camera phone is that I don't have to think about, you know what I'm gonna take all my equipment and my photo camera out on this walk, I can just take my phone and I can be in the moment I can be there. I can be present. But when something happens, like a thing happens in the street or you see a nice flower or the lighting is wonderful at sunset, I can capture that. Now with the camera that I have in my pocket, taking your phone out of your pocket does not disrupt the scene. This is allowing you to really capture an emotion. Imagine being with your family and the kids are doing something fun or your partner's doing something fun and you take your phone out to get that image, it's not gonna disrupt life and you'll be able to really get that image that you want. So here are some images, some examples of times where we've had our mobile phones out and I just don't think we would have been able to capture them without using a mobile phone.

Ratings and Reviews


Definitely geared to beginners, but the class has a lot of good information. As an advanced camera photographer still trying to get to know my phone camera better, I learned a few things I didn't know (like you can use portrait mode for selfies, what hyper lapse is and the VSCO app). Nice job!


Good course for everyone starting out and needed to have some more basic info beyond the common snap shot. I had wished for more info on using mobile in the more professional field like when switching from camera to mobile. Additional lenses and flashes and things like that. But this course was obviously not targeted at this. So overall still a nice brush up.


Great class. Well organized and clearly presented. Would be very good for beginners and mid level users. highly recommend.

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