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iPhone X: The Quick Guide to Great Photos + Video

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Capturing Live Photo on iPhone

Chase Jarvis

iPhone X: The Quick Guide to Great Photos + Video

Chase Jarvis

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

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 is it going to be? And how can I make that image really, really clean with not a lot of Messi background. So that's one of things I'm doing right here is I'm I've seen soaring riding around and watching where he loves to do some of his tricks and in 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 it 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. But I'm gonna dio landscape mode this tim...

e that was in portrait mode. I'm gonna go sideways, not portrait like the style of shooting, but isn't. I'm gonna turn the camera 90 degrees. OK, But another one when you're ready. Nice. It's getting a little flow. I'll just work around you. You go ahead and hit a couple times. Okay? Touch with my little focus right there. All right, man, I'm ready when you are sweet. Give me one more of those. When I'm trying to do is I'm just also frank framing this up. Really? I know where he's going to 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 wanted. I'm shooting in live photo mode, which is as soon as I have 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, there's a great I just kind of crop his head off. Like to get it back a little bit further there. I'm gonna say it. Make that key frame. One of the things I love about the IPhone 10 is that has a thing called image signal processing, which in layman's terms, that's basically just it's a smart cameras 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 use 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 their 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 a live photo mode, so I press at one time and it captures a bunch of different versions of the image. It's almost like a high speed, Um, like a high speed camera. You get a bunch of different looks by just pressing a button one time. All right, but let's do a couple more here. Just a second and all right, man, I'm ready when you are nice. That's so good. I'm just checking out to make sure I got uh 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. Oppa. Slutty. Different shot again. This is This is the best tripod in photography right here. Your ability to move around. I'm not changing much. I'm gonna change the two the two x lens on this one to the other to the telephoto. But generally speaking like these are going to be your best friend. You can zoom all that stuff, but I like using the base lenses at one X and two X. Nice looking in. My camera here is too quick at it. Nice. So again, you don't have to choose the key frame when you're in the live you all the time. After you shoot every shot, you can go back and do that any time. I just do that to make sure I got the shot that I like and and what he's given taking a little bit. Arrests allows me toe. Just make sure I captured the clean action exactly the way I wanted it. Oh, so easy. You make me look good, but I'm making you look good. You make me look good all right, you've seen me taking all kinds of action photos of soaring 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 just it's more conceptual. House should think about action photos going to give you three things. The first thing is that I think you should be intentional about the action. You're trying t o stop and to freeze. If you think about it in almost every motion, there's 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 and 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 trying to fill the frame with the action, a lot of people, etc. Taking pictures. They take pictures from a long way away. Now you have a zoom lens here on the IPhone, you got what I think is the best way to get around in the world here. Got two legs, try and get closer to the action than you otherwise might have in previous pictures and just filled 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 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 and photography is you got to take a lot of pictures just walking up, seeing action and taking one picture. You might get a great picture, but if you noticed, I show all kinds of pictures I shot, you know, portrait and landscape, vertical and horizontal. I took pictures from below, above from the side. I just had a lot of fun following soaring 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


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 :)