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iPhone X: The Quick Guide to Great Photos + Video

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iPhone X Photography Features

Chase Jarvis

iPhone X: The Quick Guide to Great Photos + Video

Chase Jarvis

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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.

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iPhone X Photography Features

all right. We've taken you through so many different use cases and all kinds of different photo shooting scenarios that 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 O. L E D screen. That means organic light emitting Daio don't need to worry about the fancy language. I think what that means to you is that this 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 the screen. Because the Benzel it's almost non existent screen almost goes edge to edge. The second thing is this new contrast ratio. It's it's a 1,000,000 toe. One previous versions of the IPhone. It was like to 1. Now it's a 1,000,000 so that just means you're your photos. Your videos of the screen in general just look so much crisper than any of its predecessors, And the third of these things is Apple's true color without going any of...

the details. All you need to know is that Apple's on a great job of managing the color on the device that has to do with brightness with color temperature with you so that your photos and videos look exactly like you want 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 feeds and feeds and features of the phone itself. And so we talk about the camera in that world. I want to touch base here because I think it actually has an application. Four. Photography Now what's going on? Is this front facing cameras, shooting 30,000 infrared dots at your face, and it allows it to recognize your face from more than a 1,000,000. The distinction is one in a 1,000,000. I tried to fool this thing. I put a hat on, put sunglasses on and it's still red. My face in, I would say 1/ of a second. That's one of things that I was so impressed by us. How accurate and how fast it is. Of course, there's all kinds of, you know, 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 like 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 how having a 21 hour battery life now I don't want to go on record here. But just generally I found the battery to be, ah, lot better. Of course, your results may vary based on if you're recording four K video or if it's really cold outside. But I think the take away here is it 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 in this version launched with IOS 11 Massive improvement, a lot more control than you've had in any other 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 go in. If you've captured the photo in portrait mode and you had live view photos on a live photo on, you can go back after the fact in portrait mode and changed the look of the photo. You can toggle between a natural life 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 going to 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 a 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 charging, you could just set your phone on it and walk away. I invested in a couple I've got one but my bedside one on my desk and one in the kitchen. That way, if I'm not using my phone, I just said it on there, and that really maintains a high battery charge. Um, there's simply put there, just like it looks like a coffee coaster. Mo fee makes them. I do anticipate Apple will probably come out with one in the near future, but I invested in a couple of movies and I couldn't be happier, all right. Another feature that I wanted to spend a second on is the an emoji. All that means is the animated emoji. You know what emojis are those air pictures that are available in your phone and you know people smiling and all kinds of different sports, and we're communicating and pictures now more than ever before. The cool thing that Apple introduced in the announcement here for IPhone 10 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 and it's an emoji feature is really cool. It doesn't one thing so well that I want to share with you, and that is entertained kids. So whether you're just trying to provide some entertainment for your Tyler or somebody else or, in the case of photography, is an ice breaker, if you want to record your face and then play for the kids, it's a fantastic way to connect with your photo subject. And maybe they don't have to be five or six. I've made a couple of adults laughed, too. So anyway, check out the an emoji 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'll be really happy with the results thing to is experiment in the same way I was talking about walking around and take a lot of photographs. Play with the light. Look at light. You want to take some with life falling on the subjects, 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 there about stories in 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 want to see your photographs on creative life. 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 wayto 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 to.

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.

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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 :)