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Lesson 8 from: iPhone Photography & Mobile Photography

Philip Ebiner

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8. Lighting

Next Lesson: Flash


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


Lighting contrasts and dynamic range are really key elements to understand as a photographer, lighting is really what we're doing as photographers, we're capturing light contrast is more or less the range of bright highlights in an image to the darkest shadows in the image. So how much contrast is there in the image by having a lot of light, there might be very little because everything has the same amount of light on it by having more light on my face, but less light in the corner over there that creates contrast. And it's a really important tool that can be used creatively to evoke different things. But we'll talk about that later. Dynamic range is really your camera's ability to capture that contrast. And how much contrast can you have while still having information in a really bright spot in a really dark spot? So you know, our eyes are amazing cameras in a sense because we're able to have great dynamic range, we can see details in dark shadows while it's still being bright outside...

a camera can't do that. So knowing your camera's limits will help you take better photos. And when we talk about dynamic range. It's important to understand that we're talking about your camera's ability to capture that contrast. How much contrast can your camera uh capture while still looking like a good photo for? Now, the important thing to understand when it comes to lighting contrast and dynamic range is that it's all about knowing what your camera is capable of. What is the best lighting to achieve this look, how much contrast can you have in your image? So when looking at where you want to take a photo? Oh, well, there's a bright spot there that's gonna look bad for this image. Instead, I'm going to move over here. And ultimately, when you get into editing, you'll understand what your camera's dynamic range is capable of because you'll see that certain information is lost or that you've exposed it really well. And you have a nice looking image with information in both the highlights and the shadows.

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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