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Using Your Apple iPhone 7/7 Plus for Great Photos

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iPhone 7 Plus Specific Features

Julia Kelleher

Using Your Apple iPhone 7/7 Plus for Great Photos

Julia Kelleher

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Lesson Info

8. iPhone 7 Plus Specific Features

Lesson Info

iPhone 7 Plus Specific Features

So for those of you who are photo aficionados who really like to take images with your iPhone, I want to talk now about the 7 Plus. There are some new features in the 7 Plus camera that make it totally worth upgrading. So if you like to take images with your iPhone and half the reason you buy the iPhone is for the camera, you're going to want to think about upgrading to the iPhone 7 Plus. Why? The main feature is that there's two lenses on this camera now. That's totally new. A 28 millimeter lens and a 56 millimeter lens. Now, it's not really important to know what they do, just know that those focal lengths allow you to make some really artistic things, one of which is zoom. The iPhone 7 Plus has a 10 time magnification zoom capability, and who doesn't love to get zoomier with their zooming zoomy images? We're going to demonstrate how the zoom factor works, and then we're going to talk about how these two lenses create the new feature which is the hot new feature on the camera, that p...

ortrait mode. And we'll talk about that and show you what that does and how that can take your images to the next level as well. So with these two lenses, not only can we have digital zoom but we can also have optical zoom. What does that mean? Here I am in the garage again with Alex, our beautiful girl who's standing in front of this…sitting in front of the gorgeous window, and she's pretty far away from me. Have you ever been in a restaurant or in a situation where someone was far away or you saw a beautiful scene and you couldn't get in close enough? That's where these two lenses on the iPhone 7 Plus come into play. So the first thing we can do is look at the image here and this is without any zoom magnification at all. You can see that Alex is really far away in the camera. We can't really see her expression. It's kind of a cool image. I'll go ahead and take it so we have a shot of it with those cool lines and the windows and everything, but I want to get in closer to see her. So the first way to do it is to just press the 1X button, and that will immediately zoom you in to a closer look. I can focus on her, get my exposure where I want it by sliding up or down, and take the shot. Now, what I can do is use my fingers to zoom. So by using two fingers, I can then zoom in even more to frame more in portrait. Now, keep in mind because I'm zoomed in further, my camera is going to shake a lot because my hands can only be so steady. But if I go ahead and lock my focus and my exposure, then drop down the exposure the way I like the way it looks, go ahead and take the shot. Hold still. And you can see I'm now at 3.7 magnification and I could even go further if I wanted to to create an amazing shot. So let's go ahead and try to zoom in even more. We'll go all the way to her face. And again, I'm going to focus on her face, drop my exposure down. I'm at 10x magnification, and just make sure you're in really good light for this, because obviously, I'm shaking around a lot because I can't handhold this very well because I'm so far zoomed in. Take the shot. I'm in a good lighting situation. We should have a nice sharp image. It's a little noisy because as with any kind of digital zoom like this, you're going to get that kind of granular feature, but it can be a really cool artistic effect. So we've basically gone from shooting at full wide range to twice the zoom to, 3.7 times in, and then to the full 10x magnification to show you how the zoom feature works in the Apple iPhone 7 Plus. Kind of neat, very handy. If something is far away, you see that moment. It's a beautiful shot. You just need to get a little bit closer. That's in the iPhone 7 Plus. The portrait mode is one of the hottest and most talked about new features in the iPhone 7 Plus phone. So what it does is it's almost like a macro-feature, and for those of you who've done photography at all, it's like a close-up feature. All it really does is it uses the benefits of having two lenses to throw the background out of focus. Now, in the professional photography world, we call it bokeh. I know. Random word. But essentially, what that means is we're making the background out of focus, the foreground in focus, to actually bring interest and the subject's eye looking at the image towards what's in the foreground. So that portrait mode is really cool and allows you to do all kinds of cool artistic effects. Now, because it not a true macro-feature and it uses two lenses, you can only do it with foreground background. I can only focus on my foreground, put that in focus and put the background out of focus. I can't go in reverse. I can't make my background in focus and then my foreground out of focus. So keep that in mind, that is one of the limitations. The other limitation is that the phone will complain at you if you don't have the subject within a certain distance of the camera. So you have to have the subject within eight feet. And you don't want it too close either. It'll tell you to move farther away if you're too close. So there are some limitations, but it's a really cool new feature that allows you to do some fun things. So the first thing I want to do is actually show you what it looks like normally. So I'm going to shoot this little scene here with the cute plants, and Lacey, they're reading a book in the background with the normal camera. And then I'm going to switch over to portrait mode and show you the difference. So with a normal camera, I'm going to go in here and you can see that Lacey's in almost full focus. She's sharp. There's Lacey. Give me a smile, girlfriend. There we are. So you can see the image is a beautiful image . It's kind of what we're used to shooting with the iPhone. Now, when I go into the camera and instead switch to portrait mode, oh things are going to get fun. Now, the Apple iPhone 7 Plus calls it the depth effect, and that's really what it is. It's creating depth in the image. In other words putting the background out of focus. So here I am. I'm a good distance away, and you can see I'm focusing on these leaves here, but Lacey now all of a sudden, is completely out of focus. So that allows me to create some really cool and interesting images. I can make those plants look all nice and in focus yet she's out of focus. You can get nice and close on the leaves. I get this as my Christmas ornaments on my Christmas tree, and it meets for some really cool effects. So remember, it's only the background that you can throw out of focus. I can't try to focus on her or tell the phone by touching it on her to focus on her and then keep the foreground out of focus. It works a little bit, but it starts to complain at you and says , "Move further away. The subject must be within eight feet." So the camera will complain at you a bit if you're not doing right which is good because then at least you know you're doing it right. But what a cool effect. Now, all of a sudden, we can use this with portraits. We can use it with still lifes like this. We can use at restaurants. Any situation where we have a foreground, a middle ground, and a background, you can now, all of a sudden, bring the viewers' attention to the front of the image, to the foreground, blowing the background out of focus or giving it bokeh as we call it, and that's in essence why Apple calls it the portrait effect. Put that emphasis on the face and let everything else in the background go out of focus for some really cool artistic images. The portrait effect, honestly, is one of the most talked about features in the new Apple iPhone 7 Plus and probably one of the biggest reasons to upgrade alone.

Class Description

It’s true that the best camera is the one that’s with you, so get creative and make the most out of the one that’s in your pocket! Julia Kelleher is back with an update to her popular iPhone 6s Photography course and is showing you how to maximize the use of your iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus camera. Knowing how to truly work all the new features can help you create great shareable and even printable photos straight from your phone. 

Julia will take you through a variety of situations showing you how to: 

  • Take pictures in low light situations using the f/1.8 aperture lens 
  • Use your flash in specific situations and still get great photos 
  • Capture portraits that pop with color 
  • Catch every movement in focus without worrying about motion blur 
Julia will also cover how to edit using the best feature of the new phones - shooting in RAW. Discover how quickly you can become a respected contributor to the thriving digital photography scene, or the official documentarian of your family and community. 

Your phone is a powerful photographic tool and it's probably sitting right in front of you as you read this. If you're ready to unlock your creative iPhoneography potential, sign on for iPhone 7 and 7 Plus with Julia Kelleher. 



Julia Kelleher does a super great job in this class of relating to her audience. Her information doesn't presume prior knowledge. She breaks down technical information in a way that makes the viewers feel smart. She assumes an intelligent, artistically-minded viewer, which is a great, positive quality. Kelleher's review of the iPhone 7 and 7+ is in depth.. Every point is demonstrated on camera. I had my camera out in order to follow along and feel that I learned a lot, even though I thought I had all this down. This course offers a lot of value, and I highly recommend it to anyone wanting to take better photographs with their Apple iPhone 7 or 7+.

Angenise Rawls

This is awesome! Not only does Julia teach how to use the iPhone 7/7+ to take great pics, but also video (and even a live Facebook Live demo) which is applicable for personal and business! Talk about how to promote yourself! This class makes me feel more equipped to succeed in business! And get my pics off my phone and into my life! Thanks Julia! You've done it again!