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iPhone X: The Quick Guide to Great Photos + Video

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Macro Photo iPhone Photography

Chase Jarvis

iPhone X: The Quick Guide to Great Photos + Video

Chase Jarvis

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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.

Lesson Info

Macro Photo iPhone Photography

There's another interesting element of photography that the IPhone 10 does so well. And that's what it called macro photos. That's another just fancy word in photography for close up. So there's a couple things that you should remember. One. Is that both lenses, whether it's the one x or two X when you're in the photo mode, both of those can get great close ups. I think you should experiment with that thing, too, is this is a really easy way to get a lot of somewhat interesting photographs when the lights not that great when it's even sort of cloudy, overcast. And when you sort of your subjects done and tired and you might want, like in this case soaring at 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 as Viking. There's all this really cool detail. The last thing you should know about macro photography the IPhone is It's so easy. It's literally just touching on the screen in the area that you want to be ...

in that crisp focus and then taking a couple of pictures. It's super easy I recommend you experiment between the one X and two X lands. 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 and one more time. Nice. Just picking up a couple of quick details here. Don't you Look at my friend Jake again. Let's move your bike over here real quick. You can, But there said on your bike. You look right here. It's money. Those miles. Yeah. Nice portrait mood right here, where they bring your chin around a little bit further. There you go. And grab on to your handle There. It's like that. Put your hand on your other grip, too. Nice. And put your foot on the pedal. Here, Get that medal in front of you. There you go. A little bit higher. Little bit higher. Well, there you go. And roll back just a little bit there. Turn your bar sideways a little bit. Awesome. Super good. And any other detail I want to get Have you just put your hands 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 to 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 portrait. I did the same exact thing that I'm doing in the macro part where I'm where I'm looking at his bike tire. I take those same thoughts and I plan to taking a close up picture 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 One X and the two X lands. And incidentally, it's also really good in video mode, so play around that I think you'll really like what you get.

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


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 :)