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iPhone X: The Quick Guide to Great Photos + Video

Lesson 3 of 12

Edit Photos on iPhone


iPhone X: The Quick Guide to Great Photos + Video

Lesson 3 of 12

Edit Photos on iPhone


Lesson Info

Edit Photos on iPhone

Now what I'd like to do is I like to spin through, just make a couple of selects. I'll probably do this again and with a little bit more scrutiny, but there's a handful of photos that I know I love, I'm gonna go in there and mark them. So again, this is stuff that I ended up with the portrait here. I really like that close-up look. I'm just gonna heart that. I'm gonna scroll through here. That's actually a pretty good one too. Glasses are a little bit crooked, but we'll evaluate that later. Going to go back out here and look a little bit wide. I like this scene where's he's grabbing his glasses. I think that one is probably legit, there. I like that head tilt, but I don't like where his hand is, I cut his hand off a little bit. That's legit, here. It's a nice, the head down look's pretty good there. I don't like the glare on his glasses in some of the other one. Let's go back there, that's a good one. I'm gonna select that one. Again, when I'm zooming in here every once in a while just...

to make sure that his eyes are tack. I'll go in here and like, yeah, that is sharp. I'm looking at individual little eyelashes in there. I know that that's crisp and that's kind of one of the things that I'm doing here. And again, I'll just show you one of the things with live, what we're doing here is you hold on that, there you go, you can actually see the whole, look, it took a lot of pictures in there. I think that's nice. I really love moments that are between moments. Yeah, that's what this is. The scarf is not seated and he's not set. That was a characteristic of the book, of the Seattle 100 book that I'm sort of redoing right now. So to me this is actually an interesting photograph because he's sort of, it's the moment in between moments, so I'm gonna heart that one. Let's go back to some of these closeups. This is the one that I was, ooh, that's, let's go in there, look at the detail there. That is incredible. I'm gonna select that one. I want this full-on. Yeah, that's a great one. That mimics a earlier photograph I have of Ryan from 10 years ago. All right, I got a couple hundred good pictures there. And probably a handful that I'd like to go in and retouch. I'm gonna pixel-peep this in preparation for the next book or wherever these photos go, but for here what I wanna do is I wanna just get in and get the look, get a black and white look, which is the look I'm going for for the Seattle 100 sort of redux that I'm working on right now. And it's super easy to do that on the phone, so we're gonna do that now with just a couple of the photographs that I've taken over the last couple of minutes. All right, as I'm scrolling around, again, I've got hearts marked on a handful of photographs, I'm just gonna go in on one of the photographs here. This is a heart and we'll just get the look that we're going for here. You will notice that when I hit edit, I can touch color down here, and there's all these sort of presets. You can see what that looks like. This is called dramatic. This is called dramatic warm. These are some of the black and whites. Now again, this is a super quick way to get in there and say, mmm, I can tell that's gonna be a beautiful black and white photograph. I could just hit done. And again, whether or not this is the final output, I'll probably go in there and manage it a little bit more. That's in a professional capacity, but here again, I could send that out on social right now, or Ryan could, and he'd get a pretty, I think a good response to that photograph 'cause he looks like a boss and it's beautifully processed. What I'd like to do here is just really quickly show you how I would do it if I were to process that. So I'm gonna back in, I'm gonna take the color off, gonna go back here to original. I don't feel like I need to rotate this at all. I already showed you what some of the pre-filled filters look like. I'm gonna click in here to some of the dials. I'm gonna open up the light one. And one of the good ways to see what each of these do is just to sort of move them back and forth a little bit. You can see the outcome. What's important for you to think about is these are designed to be worked through from the top down and that has to do with how the processing algorithm is used. It's not required, but it's just a really good habit to get in as a part of your workflow. Exposure looks good. I'm just gonna play around some of the highlights here. That looks solid. All right, there's a number of ways to get in to black and white. There's a black and white tab here that I can go and just press black and white, mess with the intensity of that black and white here. So let's leave it on color for a second. So another thing I can do is I can just go in here to saturation and take all the saturation out. That moves it into a black and white look. And then I can go back here and start messing around with some of the contrast. I think finding out what you're most comfortable with and where you get the best results, based on what you wanna do, that's up to you. But again, just off the cuff, this is taking me just a few seconds here, and I think we're in a really, really cool look. Say done. We're gonna zoom in and just such a good look. I can see all the detail down to his eyeball there. I like the language. You can see I haven't really blown out any of the highlights, and I haven't mashed any of the darks. And I can start to see how that's gonna look in the finished product. Another one I liked that I'd marked with a heart earlier is a super closeup. Again, this was shot with portrait mode. You can see that really soft background out of focus. I think that's great, and yet his eyes are crisp. I can see individual eyelashes there really clearly. So let's go in here and I'm gonna hit the edit. And rather than doing the pre-selected filters, let's look here again just at these, at the individual modes. You can see what studio lighting mode does really up close. Contour, you can see what that did. That added some shadows. You can see that, the difference there between studio and contour here in portrait mode. So that's just to give you a little bit of a flavor. I'm gonna go back in and process in a similar fashion to how I processed the other one. So I'm gonna go in here. And I know I wanted to bump the exposure just a little bit. Go in here, take the highlights down just a skosh 'cause his forehead's a little bit hot. Open up the shadows a little bit. Let's go in here and I'm gonna take all of the saturation out. Get down to that black and white. It's a nice silvery tone there. I'm gonna go back in, add some contrast. Ooh, that's starting to look good. Brighten that up just a little bit. I don't mind that I'm blowing out his forehead too much there. I'm gonna bring that back with the highlights. I think overall that's a really, really interesting, let's see if we got the black point, make his tie go away a little bit. Super cool. So that's one way of doing that. I can say done here and I'll also go back really quick, I'm gonna go back into edit, I'm gonna hit revert. Revert to the original and then show you a different way of going about creating that same thing. We'll hit edit. I'm just gonna go in here. Let's go into the black and white settings. Kick it over to black and white. Intensity, let's go down into the neutrals and you can scale out of the neutrals there. That's kind of an interesting look. Let's keep the grain down to a minimum. And again, to me there's a little bit more control when I'm using the other set of controls, rather than just hitting the black and white. Again, that's a post-processing lesson. We'll get into that a little bit later.

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 :)