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iPhone X: The Quick Guide to Great Photos + Video

Lesson 9 of 12

Editing Photos on iPhone


iPhone X: The Quick Guide to Great Photos + Video

Lesson 9 of 12

Editing Photos on iPhone


Lesson Info

Editing Photos on iPhone

It's really important to know that photography, the capturing of the image, that's just one part of photography. There's a whole nother world in post-processing. So I don't think we can cover everything there is to know, but I did wanna touch base with a handful of photographs that we'd already made and show you a little bit about my thought process and walk you through some ways that'll help you process your images on the Iphone 10. All right, I'm gonna go in here into the Photo section. I've created a little album down here called My Iphone 10 edits. Let's click in there. You can see I've got nine photos in there. A couple have already been edited. This is one of the ones from my shoot with Ryan from earlier, here's another one. I think those just look great. But let's go back and I can show you a little bit maybe using this photograph of Miss Indigo Blue a couple of tips that I know about processing my pictures. So I'm gonna start off by just going in the upper right hand corner and...

touching Edit. That opens up this editing pane where I see a handful of tools. Every once in a while I like to go up here and just tap that magic wand in the upper right hand corner. That's the auto-enhance feature, and sometimes just touching that button one time creates a really nice effect. In this case I'm going for a black and white image, so it's not gonna work, so I'll turn it off. There's a couple of tools across the bottom there. You'll see the crop and rotate. I don't need to do that. You can see the colors. These are just presets. I'm not gonna mess with those. In this case I'm gonna go to the tool that looks like a little dial there. I open that up and I see a handful of panes. There's Light, Color, and Black and White. If I open the Light menu you can see a handful of different selections here. I know that in this situation I'm just gonna change the exposure a little bit, gotta brighten that up a little bit, and I like to increase the contrast just a skosh. I'm gonna go back in here now and I'm gonna close the light pane and if you look under Color, there's a handful of settings. There's Saturation, Contrast, and Cast, but ultimately I know that I want this image to be black and white, so I'm just gonna open up the Black and White pane. In there, you'll see Intensity, Neutrals, Tone, and Grain. I know that I'm gonna to right into Intensity and as soon as I start moving this, the image changes to black and white. I'm just gonna find a place that looks nice in there. Then I'm gonna open that back up. Neutrals and Tone, I know I can use these as well. This is a really powerful tool. You can see the Neutral right down there in her dress. I wanna find a nice place where I can see a little bit of that detail. I'm gonna leave that right there. And lastly, I'm gonna go in here and click Tone. You'll see also, this is a really powerful tool. You can see that it's almost like a Contrast slider except in Black and White. It creates a little bit of a silver feel. In this case this is exactly where I want it right there. If I look in here and I see Grain, I don't really wanna apply Grain. That's not the look that I have in the CI 100, so there's no need for me to touch that. I'm gonna close that and all I do now is hit Done. And there you have it. With just a couple of taps and a couple of swipes, I'm able to create a really, really stunning black and white image. I may go in and touch that up a little bit more and play around, but for right now, I think that looks great. So now let's go edit that action photograph of Soren on his bike. I'm just gonna tap on there and hit the Edit tab and then we're off. And now I want to introduce a feature we haven't talked much about which is the Live feature. In this case when you tap the button one time, it creates a bunch of different photographs. It's sort of like a auto-drive or a speed drive when the camera's taking pictures, even though you press the button one time. What you can do here is you can see as I swoop this little square around, I can stop on any one of these frames and edit that particular frame. In this case we're gonna go with the one with the little white dot there. That's the exact moment that I really wanna focus on. From there, of course I could go into the color and adjust any of these preset filters. But I know I don't need to do much to this photo. I really like the natural colors so I'm gonna open that other tool with the little dial and go in and just a little bit I'm gonna adjust the brilliance just a little brighter. And then there's one other thing that I'm hunting for here, and that's the shadows. I wanna adjust the shadows just a little bit up from where I played with it before, and I wanna make sure I can see his face inside the helmet. Nothing else I really wanna mess with here. I'm gonna go in here and I'm gonna bump the saturation just a tad just to highlight what a beautiful day it was. And then I'm gonna call that good. All I had to do was press the Done button and then I'm back into the album. Such a cool photograph. We can zoom in there and see closeups of Soren. You can see the clarity of his face, all the little detail on his glove there. You can see, wow! There's a little airplane flying behind him in the sky, how about that? But again, what a really cool photograph. With that one complete, let's go back to the album. Now since we're on the topic Soren, I'm gonna go to this cool I shot of him. Real natural lit, you can see sort of side, back three quarters, that nice little rim light on his nose, cheeks, chin there. Let's go ahead and edit this one. Again, I just go into the Edit section and you'll see there I shot this in Portrait mode, so I have at my disposal all these different preselects. I'm gonna leave this preselect. You should play around with this and see if there's things that you like. In this case, I'm gonna keep on the naturally lit portrait feature. But I do want to crop this photo in a way I haven't cropped any of the other ones before. Let's crop this one and in this case, you can see it did an auto-rotate to level that. That's a pretty cool feature. I like how that turned out. The only thing I'm gonna do here is I'm gonna add a square crop. So I just that little button in the corner there, and this brings up a bunch of different preset formats. I'm gonna tap square, it's gonna bring that right into the square. If I want to change how it's cropped, all I do is drag that corner around. In this case, I love that framing right there. So I can hit Done there, but I also wanna play around a little bit more with this photo. I'm gonna go to the next tool over, and again you can see here all of these presets. From the far right here, the black and white, a couple different versions of that. I love this vivid shot. I think that's just a simple one-touch filter. Makes him look great. Again, underscores and highlights what a beautiful day it was. Great kid, great smile on a great day. I'm gonna call that good. So just hit Done and there you go. One thing that's really important to cover in this section right here is the Share button, which is in the lower left-hand corner, that little box with the arrow coming out of it. If I tap on that, what that does is it brings up a variety of ways that I can share it, from texting to email, you can share to Icloud photos or any of these other applications. It's very easy to share. All you would do is touch one of those, in this case text, and you can put in the number of where you wanna text it to, and the photo's just gonna go there. To hit cancel to get out of it and I'm gonna hit back arrow one more time to get back to our album. Now let's get this macro shot of the bike tire on Soren's bike. So you can zoom in, you can see all of that detail there, that is just incredible. I love seeing that close-up. In this case I don't wanna do too much to this photograph, but I do wanna tweak it a little bit. So I'm gonna go up and hit the Edit tab. Again, this is a live photo, so I can work on any one of these versions. I'm gonna keep it to the one that was preselected for me, and I'm just gonna go in now into that dial tool where the Light, Color, and Black and White panes live. I'm gonna open the Light one, I'm gonna brighten this up in the exposure just a little bit so we can see a little bit more detail. It was a little bit heavy. Again, you could play around with this stuff for a long time, or you can just do one or two quick touches and then share it. In this case I feel good about about that. That's right where I want it. I'm gonna call that one done. All right, lastly, I wanna go in. We've got two different images from our helicopter photo shoot. I do like that one with my legs hanging off, 'cause it looks like I'm being kind of risky there, and that'd be a cool one to share on social. But let's go over here, 'cause I think this one, I see something I wanna do on this particular image. So again, I'm just gonna go in here and tap the Edit tab, it's gonna bring up again this live photo. I'm gonna scroll through these to make sure one is not better than others. I'm looking at the Space Needle there. I kind of, I like it where it's, basically it's centered right in that little slot of water there. That looks perfect. In this case, I'm gonna go, I'm gonna skip the colored one here, 'cause I don't need any of these presets. I'm gonna go right into the dial again that shows these three different panes, the Light, Color, and Black and White. In this case I know I wanna pop the brilliance just a little bit. I also know that I wanna increase the contrast on this image just a skosh. Lastly, to underscore what a gorgeous day it is, I'm gonna go in here and give it a little bump in the saturation to highlight that sunset that we see there in the background. And voila, I'm gonna hit Done. I'm gonna turn this one sideways, make sure I like it. Zoom in just a little bit. Aw, that's awesome. You can see Mount Ranier in the background there. That looks great. All right, so that wraps up this little segment that we've got on post-production. You know there's a lot more that you can do to really create a lot of nuance in the images. But what you need to know is that this is just another layer of creativity on top of the image that you've already captured. The only thing you can do wrong is not experiment, is not play. You can always hit the Revert button in the Photo app there and go back to the original image, but if you're never experimenting, you're not gonna see what's possible. So get out there and play.

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 :)