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iPhone X: The Quick Guide to Great Photos + Video

Lesson 4 of 12

Capturing Live Photo on iPhone


iPhone X: The Quick Guide to Great Photos + Video

Lesson 4 of 12

Capturing Live Photo on iPhone


Lesson Info

Capturing Live Photo on iPhone

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


  • Know which lighting option to use to get the best image—studio light, natural light, low light, stage light, or studio mono.
  • Use the dual optical image stabilization for taking an image when you’re in motion.
  • Capture macro images such as flowers and details on clothing.
  • Take a great selfie.
  • Know how and when to use the different lenses built into your iPhone, including optical, wide angle, telephoto lens, and digital zoom.
  • Make your photos look great in post-processing using lighting effects, filters, tone, brightness, color, saturation, cropping, and more.


If you’ve got a new iPhone X or another type of advanced smartphone, you’ve got a powerful, professional-grade camera able to achieve the same kind of results that used to require a $10,000 investment. The problem is, most people aren’t familiar enough with their phone’s features to take full advantage of its photographic capabilities.

This short, impactful course on Apple iPhone photography is designed to change the way you take pictures with your phone and give you the knowledge you need to use your camera to its full potential. You’ll be amazed at how a few key tips and tricks can revolutionize the way you shoot and result in gorgeous photos that will make people think you’re a real pro.

This class will help you:

  • Learn simple portrait mode posing techniques for kids, adults, families, and groups.
  • Capture those fleeting, candid moments, including action shots of fast-moving subjects.
  • Get tips for shooting gorgeous landscapes and cityscapes.
  • Use natural light to create both indoor and outdoor portraits.
  • Utilize the newest Apple iPhone X camera features to capture gorgeous 4K and slo-mo video.
  • Go on a tour of key iPhone X camera features that will help you make the most of the new technology.

Photographer, entrepreneur, and CreativeLive founder and CEO Chase Jarvis is the ideal instructor for this course. Chase is a pioneer in mobile photography, having 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 will take you through various real-life scenarios that help you shoot pictures that you’re excited to share.


  • People who want to take better photos with their phones and know more about the new features of their device.
  • Those who want to learn about new and undiscovered features of their iPhone X camera app to take great photos.
  • People who want to learn the basics of photo composition and lighting so they can take the best shots.

Apple iPhone X


  1. iPhone X Photography Class Introduction

    Chase gives a rundown of everything he’ll be covering in this iPhone X photography course, and how to use the features of this new camera.

  2. iPhone X Portrait Lighting

    Learn about iPhone X portrait lighting, including the best modes to use for portraits as well as the key tools to help you manage different lighting conditions including low-light.

  3. Edit Photos on iPhone

    Use adjustments, preset filters and other tools to edit photos on iPhone X and do some super quick post-processing before posting online.

  4. Capturing Live Photo on iPhone

    Chase will show you how to use live photo on iPhone to get that perfect image.

  5. Shooting 4K Video iPhone X

    Learn how to shoot 4K video iPhone X.

  6. Taking Portrait Photos on iPhone

    Here you’ll learn how to create the perfect soft focus background and the classic ways to frame a portrait.

  7. Macro Photo iPhone Photography

    When your light isn’t great and your subject is tired, go into macro photo iPhone mode to capture close-ups, deal with low-light performance, discover cool details, and textures.

  8. How to Take Aerial Shots

    If you’ve got an iPhone X, you’ll be able to shoot sharp images because of its optical image stabilization technology. Here’s a great lesson on how to take aerial shots with your iPhone X.

  9. Editing Photos on iPhone

    Chase will teach you about editing photos on iPhone to optimize your light, color, contrast and more.

  10. iPhone X Photography Features

    Chase shows off a few game-changing iPhone X photography features, including the edge-to-edge screen, amazing contrast ratio, and facial recognition.

  11. *BONUS LESSON* Get an iPhone X Tour

    Take a quick iPhone X camera review.

  12. *BONUS LESSON* Taking Great Photos with iPhone

    If you’ve got an iPhone X, you’re always ready to take an awesome shot when the opportunity arises. Here’s a lesson on taking great photos with iPhone X.


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!

Hannes Schiebel

Yes, you can find many if not all of the that stuff shown here somewhere else - probably for free. But in my opinion, this is a great class. Chase Jarvis does a really great job of sending the most important message of photography: The best camera is the one you have with you - and he shows me that the iPhone X camera is a very good camera. Take this class, be inspired - I think I will take better photos now :)