Macro and Detail Photography


iPhone X: The Quick Guide to Great Photos + Video


Lesson Info

Macro and Detail Photography

There's another interesting element of photography that the iPhone 10 does so well and that's what are called macro photos. That's another just fancy word in photography for closeup. So there's a couple things that you should remember. One is that both lenses, whether it's the 1x or 2x when you're in the photo mode, both of those can get great closeups. I think you should experiment with that. Thing two is this is a really easy way to get a lot of somewhat interesting photographs when the light is not that great, when it's even sort of cloudy or overcast and when your subject is done and tired and you might wanna like, in this case Soren, it's the end of the day, he's been working super hard, but I was just dying to get a handful more photographs. And I started looking at his bike and there's all this really cool detail. The last thing you should know about macro photography on the iPhone is it's so easy. It's literally just touching on the screen in the area that you want to be in tha...

t crisp focus and then taking a couple of pictures. It's super easy. I recommend you experiment between the 1x and the 2x lens. And other than that, just play. Find some really interesting textures. I'm gonna go look for some stuff on his bike right now and demonstrate what I mean. Smile at me one more time. Nice. Just picking up a couple of quick details here. Why don't you look at my friend Jake again. Let's move your bike over here real quick, if we can bud. Right there, sit on your bike. I want you to look right here. Oh, that's money. A little smile. There you go, nice. Portrait mode. Right here. Bring your chin around a little bit further. There ya go. And grab onto your handle there, just like that. Put your hand on your other grip too. Nice. And put your foot on this pedal here. Let's get that pedal out in front of you. There ya go, a little bit higher, little bit higher. Little higher, there ya go. And roll back just a little bit, there ya go. Turn your bars sideways a little bit. Awesome. Super good. Is there any other detail I wanna get? Yeah, just put your hands down on your side. So that was awesome, super easy. As you could see, I was just touching on the areas on the screen that I wanted to be in sharp focus. That also adjusted the exposure. If I wanted a different exposure than the phone was giving me automatically, I could just touch and hold and then slide up and down and you could see it get brighter and darker. That's just super easy way to get a lot of really cool photos that you wouldn't otherwise think of. I also, I think it's worth remarking that as I was shooting those details, I did look up and see a little rim of light on his face and so I moved in and got a couple, I wouldn't consider those macro shots because they're not totally close up, but just a couple of really close, intimate portraits. And I did the same exact thing that I'm doing in the macro part, where I'm looking at his bike tire. I take those same thoughts and I apply them to taking a closeup picture of his face. I just touch on the area that I want to be in sharp focus and then I slide my finger up and down to get a great exposure, hit the shutter a couple times and I ended up with a handful of good shots. So in conclusion, don't forget about the macro element of taking pictures with the iPhone 10. It's so good at that with both the 1x and the 2x lens and incidentally, it's also really good in video mode. So play around with that, I think you'll really like what you get.

Class Description

News flash! What once required a $10,000 pro camera can now be achieved with the camera in your phone...and the best thing about that camera is that it’s always with you! BUT...the reality for most people is that they’re not getting the best results with their phone, primarily because they’re missing just a handful of key tips & tricks. That’s the purpose of this short, but fun and impactful class.

So - you want to take better photos with your phone? This class is for you. Whether you’ve got the new iPhone X or some other camera phone, this class will unlock your potential to create great looking photos and videos with the touch of a button. In particular this class covers:

  • Using natural light to capture indoor and outdoor portraits
  • Simple posing and light considerations for kids, adults, families or group photos
  • Techniques for capturing those fleeting, candid moments
  • Simple tricks for capturing great action photos of fast-moving subjects
  • Tips for capturing gorgeous landscape and cityscape photos in different lighting conditions
  • Utilizing the newest features to capture gorgeous 4k video and Slo-Mo
  • How and when to use different lenses built into your iPhone, optical and digital zoom
  • Making your photos look great with simple post processing tips, filters and tools native to iOS / iPhone
  • A tour of key iPhone X features that will help you make the most of the new technology
  • ...and bonus materials

And who better to teach this class than Chase Jarvis. Chase is widely recognized as one of the most influential photographers of the past decade and has long been a pioneer in mobile photography where he 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 goes through various real-life scenarios that ultimately will get anyone with a mobile phone shooting pictures they are excited to share.


Suze Piat

Awesome class, full of great tips. I don't have the iPhoneX yet, but found the class really useful and cool! Plus, it was nice to see you Chase! (and hearing that phrase again, from the time of "Best Camera", your great app that I used and loved!). Thank you!

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!