iPhone X: The Quick Guide to Great Photos + Video

Lesson 4/12 - Capturing Action


iPhone X: The Quick Guide to Great Photos + Video


Lesson Info

Capturing Action

One of the things that I'm thinking about when I'm shooting a fast moving action shot on the iPhone, is how can I frame up my action before the action gets there? Where's the most interesting action? Where's it gonna be? And how can I make that image really, really clean with not a lot of messy background? So that's one of the things I'm doing right here is I'm, I've seen Soren riding around, I've been watching where he loves to do some of his tricks, and one of his favorite things is right here, where he hits this ramp and lays his bike really flat and then comes back in, so I'm just gonna go set up there. Make a really clean backdrop against this blue sky, maybe a little bit of this white lattice structure here, just to provide a little context. And just let him go over and over and every time he comes through the frame, I'm just gonna take the picture, just take the picture. Nice, that's perfect! Give me one more just like it whenever you're ready bud. I'm gonna do landscape mode th...

is time, that was in portrait mode, I'm gonna go sideways. Not portrait like the style of shooting, but as in I'm gonna turn the camera 90 degrees. Okay bud, another one when you're ready. Nice. Let's get in a little flow. I'll just work around you. You go ahead and hit a couple of times, okay? Touch for my little focus, right there. Alright man, I'm ready when you are. Sweet. Give me one more of those. What I'm trying to do is I'm just also framing this up real-- I know where he's gonna jump, so I'm kind of composing before he enters the scene, making a nice really simple image here. Nice. One of the other things I'm doing in order to capture the exact moment that I want, is that I'm shooting in Live Photo Mode, which is, as soon as I've taken the picture, I can go in there and just touch Edit, and select the key frame that I want. So this little moment right there. Those are great, I just kind of cropped his head off. I'd like to get it back a little bit further there. I'm gonna say make that key frame. One of the things I love about the iPhone X is that it has a thing called Image Signal Processing, which, in layman's terms, that's basically just a smart camera, so that it senses when fast moving action comes into the frame and it chooses the shutter speed for you, so you really don't have to, you just have to press that button. I'm not changing any settings or anything, I'm just framing up. The real-time processor in the camera just knows there's a fast moving subject in there, shortens up that shutter speed, captures that action right, just perfectly. So that's what's going on right here. I'm not doing anything fancy with the camera, I'm just touching the button. I have it in Live Photo Mode, so I press it one time and it captures a bunch of different versions of the image. It's almost like a high speed, like a high speed camera, you get a bunch of different looks by just pressing the button one time. Alright bud, let's do a couple more here, just a second. And, alright man I'm ready when you are. Nice. That's so good, I'm just checking out to make sure I got what-- Oh, look at that table is nice. That's super clean. I'm gonna try one other thing, you do the same thing, I'm gonna frame up a slightly different shot. Again, this is the best tripod in photography right here. Your ability to move around. I'm not changing much. I am gonna change to the 2x lens on this one to the other, to the telephoto. But generally speaking, these are gonna be your best friends. You can zoom all that stuff, but I like using the base lenses at 1x and 2x. Nice. Gonna look in my camera here, just a quick edit. Nice. So, again, you don't have to choose the key frame when you're in the Live View all the time after you shoot every shot. You can go back and do that at any time. I just do that to make sure I got the shot that I like and he's taking a little bit of rest, so that allows me to just make sure I captured the clean action exactly the way I wanted it. Oh, this is so easy. You make me look good, bud. I'm making you look good, you make me look good. Alright, you've seen me taking all kinds of action photos of Soren here at the skate park. I want to wrap up with just a couple of tips. And these tips will help you wherever you are, and it's just more conceptual how you should think about action photos. I'm gonna give you three things. The first thing is that I think you should be intentional about the action you're trying to stop and to freeze. If you think about it, in almost every motion, there's a peak place where you'd want to try and capture that action, so rather than just letting it happen, why don't you try to be intentional about the action you're trying to stop. Think about where it's gonna look most beautiful as you take the picture. The second thing is try to fill the frame with the action. A lot of people I see taking pictures, they take pictures from a long way away. Now, you have a zoom lens here on the iPhone. You've got what I think is the best way to get around in the world here, you've got two legs. Try and get closer to the action than you otherwise might have in previous pictures and just fill the frame with the action. The phone's gonna do a great job of stopping that fast moving action, because there's plenty of light. And I think you're gonna be more happy with the pictures you get as a result. And the third thing, which is one of the dirtiest secrets in photography, is you gotta take a lot of pictures. Just walking up, seeing action and taking one picture. You might get a great picture, but if you notice, I've shot all kinds of pictures. I shot in portrait, in landscape, vertical and horizontal. I took pictures from below, above, from the side. I just had a lot of fun following Soren around, just taking some pictures. I think if you try that on, you're gonna get a much better result.

Class Description

News flash! What once required a $10,000 pro camera can now be achieved with the camera in your phone...and the best thing about that camera is that it’s always with you! BUT...the reality for most people is that they’re not getting the best results with their phone, primarily because they’re missing just a handful of key tips & tricks. That’s the purpose of this short, but fun and impactful class.

So - you want to take better photos with your phone? This class is for you. Whether you’ve got the new iPhone X or some other camera phone, this class will unlock your potential to create great looking photos and videos with the touch of a button. In particular this class covers:

  • Using natural light to capture indoor and outdoor portraits
  • Simple posing and light considerations for kids, adults, families or group photos
  • Techniques for capturing those fleeting, candid moments
  • Simple tricks for capturing great action photos of fast-moving subjects
  • Tips for capturing gorgeous landscape and cityscape photos in different lighting conditions
  • Utilizing the newest features to capture gorgeous 4k video and Slo-Mo
  • How and when to use different lenses built into your iPhone, optical and digital zoom
  • Making your photos look great with simple post processing tips, filters and tools native to iOS / iPhone
  • A tour of key iPhone X features that will help you make the most of the new technology
  • ...and bonus materials

And who better to teach this class than Chase Jarvis. Chase is widely recognized as one of the most influential photographers of the past decade and has long been a pioneer in mobile photography where he created the world’s first book of mobile photos and popularized the saying “the best camera is the one that’s with you". In his down-to-earth style Chase gives you just the right amount of instruction to help you capture amazing portraits, action photos, landscapes and videos. This class goes through various real-life scenarios that ultimately will get anyone with a mobile phone shooting pictures they are excited to share.


Suze Piat

Awesome class, full of great tips. I don't have the iPhoneX yet, but found the class really useful and cool! Plus, it was nice to see you Chase! (and hearing that phrase again, from the time of "Best Camera", your great app that I used and loved!). Thank you!

JB Minton

This is a fantastic kick start to giving you the fundamentals and inspiration to pick up your phone and start documenting the beauty around you, every day. Taking photos has become my favorite social expression now, given that I can do it without getting into politics or descending into the negative energy that infest social media. Taking photos can be 100% inspirational and positive and this course is a great beginning to makin that happen. Chase is a great instructor and you will walk away with more knowledge than you came in with. Perfect length of course also! Loved it!

Nicole Abate Ducarroz

WOW! Just Wow! This class was not only very informative but also entertaining and kept moving right along. I loved how Chase teaches and would take a class from him any day. It was organized, yet very casual and natural. It was relevant and applied to not only iPhone X users but all iPhones too. I LOVED this class! Thank you!