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Selfie Mode

Lesson 27 from: iPhone Photography & Mobile Photography

Philip Ebiner

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27. Selfie Mode

Next Lesson: Timelapse Mode


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

Selfie Mode

Selfie mode, pretty explanatory. You just take a picture of yourself on a lot of cameras. There are lenses and camera sensors on the front facing part of your phone. It kind of acts as like a mirror sort of and you'll be able to take a picture of yourself in selfie mode. Pretty self explanatory. What's really cool nowadays is that what Sam talked about portrait mode? They've now applied that on some cameras to be on the front of your phone. So your selfie mode is now turning into a better quality image by blurring the background and putting you in focus. Now you can activate that on some phones. And you know, I think normally if you hold your phone out a little distant from you, you can create that uh sort of image a little bit better and easier with that active in selfie portrait mode. So here I'm in selfie mode. Now you can see it's an automatic portrait, right? The background is blurry, this is in focus. But if I shift over to regular photo mode, everything is in focus. So not only ...

am I using the front facing part of my camera, but if I switch in a portrait mode, now I see a blurry background and you can see how it changes as you go. Pretty cool, right? Selfies and taking photos of yourself and your friends have become such a big thing nowadays, especially in sharing social media. Um A couple of pro tips about this is using selfie mode is so much easier because you're able to see what's on screen versus trying to take a nice photo with the backside of the camera. You can't really tell what's happening if you're using it in selfie mode. Also, a good pro tip is if you're taking a picture of you and your friends go ahead and flip your camera into horizontal mode and you'll still be able to take a picture of you and your friends and you'll have more space to do that. Sometimes it's a little hard because it's hard to push the button. But you can also set the timer for that and use a selfie mode or on some cameras like my phone, you can use the volume button on the side to actuate the, the shutter. So you can actually just push a physical button. Take a photo works real great.

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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