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iPhone X: The Quick Guide to Great Photos + Video

Lesson 10 of 12

iPhone X Photography Features


iPhone X: The Quick Guide to Great Photos + Video

Lesson 10 of 12

iPhone X Photography Features


Lesson Info

iPhone X Photography Features

All right, we've taken you through so many different uses cases and all kinds of different photo shooting scenarios, but we wanted to take just a second and highlight a handful of the other features that you might find useful or just fun. First of those is the OLED screen. That means Organic Light Emitting Diode. You don't need to worry about the fancy language. I think what that means to you is the screen is awesome. There are three things I love about it. First is it feels like you're actually holding your photos and videos when you're looking at this screen because the bezel is almost non-existent and the screen almost goes edge-to-edge. The second thing is this new contrast ratio. It's a million to one. Previous versions of the Iphone, it was like 1400 to one, now it's a million. So that just means your photos, your videos, the screen in general just looks so much crisper than any of its predecessors. And the third of these things is Apple's true color. Without going into any detai...

ls, all you need to know is that Apple's done a great job of managing the color on the device. That has to do with brightness, with color temperature, with hues, so that your photos and videos look exactly like you want them to. Now another game-changing feature for the Iphone 10 that I wanted to cover in this segment is facial recognition. Now during the bonus material section of this class, we talked about all the individual beads and feeds and features of the phone itself, and so we talked about the camera in that world. I wanted to touch base here, because I think it actually has an application for photography. Now what's going on is this front-facing camera is shooting 30,000 infrared dots at your face, and it allows it to recognize your face from more than a million, the distinction is one in a million. I tried to fool this thing, I put a hat on, put sunglasses on, and it still read my face in I would say a quarter of a second. That's one of the things I was so impressed by is how accurate and how fast it is. Of course there's all kinds of positive implications on the security side, but let's think about this just for a second. Your phone is able to turn itself on just by looking at it, which does make you a lot faster for getting those in the moment photos. Yet another major improvement for the Iphone 10 is the battery life. Now in the details and the specs of the phone they talk about having a 21-hour battery life. Now I don't wanna go on record here, but just generally, I found the battery to be a lot better. Of course, your results may vary, based on if you're recording 4K video, or if it's really cold outside, but I think the takeaway here is just the battery life, if you've ever lamented that before, it's super improved in this version of the phone. Now we couldn't really do a photo class without touching base about the photo software available, and in this version launched with IOS 11. Massive improvement, a lot more control than you've had in any version of the software. I find also that the adjustments, they create less damage in the photograph, and remember that portrait mode? Where we're in portrait mode, you can go in if you've captured the photo in portrait mode and you had live view photos on or live photo on, you can go back after the fact in portrait mode and change the look of the photo. You can toggle between say natural light, studio light, studio mono, all kinds of different variations that can happen after the fact. So the photo software is getting so much more powerful in this version and we'll just look for it to get better and better over time. Another feature worth talking about, it's probably not gonna change your life, but it's worth noting and I can kind of see where Apple's going with this, and I like it. That is high speed charging. This Iphone, the Iphone 10, charges faster than any of its predecessors, and that is both, if you're plugging it in, or if you're using the wireless charging option. Now with respect to wireless charging, again, not a game changer, but a huge point of convenience. I don't mind plugging stuff in, but once you've had a wireless charger and you can just set your phone on it and walk away. I invested in a couple, I've got one by my bedside, one on my desk, and one in the kitchen. That way, if I'm not using my phone, I just set it one there, and that really maintains a high battery charge. They're, simply put, they're just like a, it looks like a coffee coaster. Mofi makes them, I do anticipate Apple will probably come out with one in the near future, but I invested in a couple of the Mofis, and I couldn't be happier. All right, another feature that I wanted to spend a second on is the animoji. All that means is the animated emoji. You know what emojis are, those are pictures that are available in your phone, and people smiling and all kinds of different sports, and we're communicating in pictures now more than ever before. The cool thing that Apple introduced in the announcement here for Iphone is the animated version of those emojis. What it does is it uses that facial recognition camera, all those 30,000 dots, and it can capture your animations and put it into emojis. Now this has all kinds of future-forward, you know, you can tell where Apple's going on this stuff, it's gonna have a lot to do with augmented reality, but for now this animoji feature is really cool. It does one thing so well that I wanna share with you, and that is entertain kids. So whether you're just trying to provide some entertainment for your toddler or somebody else, or in the case of photography, as an ice breaker, if you wanna record your face and then play it for the kids, it's a fantastic way to connect with your photo subject and hey, maybe they don't even have to be five or six. I've made of couple adults laugh too. So anyway check out the animoji feature, super awesome. A few final tips before we go. One is take a lot of photographs. This is one thing that professionals do that I rarely see amateurs do, and you can start doing this tomorrow with basically no hassle. Where you normally would just take one photograph, why don't you take five or six or 10? Walk around, get a couple of different angles, I think you'd be really happy with the results. Thing two is experiment, and the same way I was talking about walking around and take a lot of photographs, play with the light, look at light. You wanna take some with the light falling on the subject, some with the light behind the subject. Goof around, the cost for mistakes is almost zero, and you're gonna learn a ton in the process. Thing three, remember: technology is always advancing, so whether you have the Iphone 10 or something else, don't worry about it. The technology isn't at the center of our universe with photography. What's at the center of photography is photos, and photos aren't about dynamic range or megapixels, they're about stories and about moments, and you can capture that regardless whatever phone you have. Remember: the best camera is the one that's with you. Now lastly, all this info should help you take better pictures. I wanna see your photographs on Creative Live. The way that you can do that is pretty easy. Go to the student gallery on the class page for this class, there's a way to upload your photos there. I'm gonna bounce in and out of that gallery every once in a while, take a look at your photographs and leave some comments. There's also a thriving community there, so I encourage you to go check it out. And last but not least, thanks for tuning in. I've had a great time, and I hope you have too.

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 :)