Digital Photography with the iPhone

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Course Description

Having a good phone right in your pocket doesn't make you a photographer anymore than having a cat makes you a zookeeper. The iPhone has one of the best smartphone cameras on the market with a bright lens and a wide range of photo apps--but a great camera doesn't guarantee great photos every time.

While the iPhone is one of the most widely used cameras, getting the best results takes a bit of practice, patience and the right techniques. Simply pulling your phone out of your pocket for a quick snapshot isn't going to stand out from among the millions of other photos taken with the iPhone every day.

It doesn't matter if you simply want to take better pictures of your kids or if you want to use the iPhone camera professionally--if you want to take better pictures with the iPhone, this class is for you. Over the course of 15 lessons, we'll discuss how to take pictures with the iPhone, how to troubleshoot the most common issues, and the best photo apps available.

But simply learning how to operate a camera doesn't make you a photographer--besides learning how to use the iPhone camera and apps, you'll learn techniques that can be used to create amazing images no matter what device you use. You'll learn the art of composition, how to find great lighting, advanced techniques like long exposure and more.

Ready to take great photos with the camera that's inside your pocket? Good, now let's get snapping.

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  • Self-Paced
  • 6 Months to Complete
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  • Start Anytime
  • PC & Mac Compatible
  • Android & iOS Friendly
  • Accredited CEUs
Universal Class is an IACET Accredited Provider

Course Lessons

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Lesson 1: Introduction to iPhone Photography

Like any camera, the iPhone is simply a tool-it's the creativity of the person behind the iPhone that creates a great image, not the smartphone itself. 10 Total Points
  • Review Article: iPhone Photography
  • Take Survey: Reasons for Taking this Course
  • Complete: Exam 1

Lesson 2: Controlling the iPhone Camera

Understanding what the features are and how to access them helps you take more than just simple snapshots. 10 Total Points
  • Review 2 Articles: 9 iPhone Camera Features Every Photographer Should Know; How to use Camera for iPhone and iPad: The ultimate guide
  • Complete: Exam 2

Lesson 3: Exposure 101

In this lesson, we'll go over the basics of exposure. Exposure is the general term used to describe how much light enters the camera for a single photo. 10 Total Points
  • Review 2 Articles: Understanding Exposure; How to Understand Camera Exposure
  • Complete: Exam 3

Lesson 4: Advanced Exposure Techniques on the iPhone

Exposure is a basic concept that photographers need to grasp in order to take full control over their images. 11 Total Points
  • Review 3 Articles: How To Use The New iOS 8 Manual Camera Controls; Phone Photography: Advanced Exposure and Focus Techniques; Digital Camera Basics: Understanding Exposure
  • Complete: Lesson 4 Assignment
  • Complete: Exam 4

Lesson 5: Composition

What you decide to include in the picture and what you decide to leave out plays a big role in the success of an image. Essentially, composition is everything. 12 Total Points
  • Review 2 Articles: 10 Composition Tips For Taking Better iPhone Photos; Numerous Composition Articles
  • Complete: Lesson 5 Assignment
  • Complete: Exam 5

Lesson 6: Understanding Light

A seasoned photographer will look not just for interesting objects to photograph, but interesting light. 12 Total Points
  • Review 2 Articles: Better iPhone Photos: Understanding the Impact of Light; Photo Gallery: Tips for Better iPhone Photography
  • Complete: Lesson 6 Assignment
  • Complete: Exam 6

Lesson 7: High Dynamic Range (HDR) Photography on the iPhone

HDR is a tool that's used when the photographer (or even the camera) recognizes that the light is too extreme to capture all in one frame. 12 Total Points
  • Review 3 Articles: How To Take Stunning HDR Photos With Your iPhone; What is HDR and When Should I Use It In My Photos?; How to shoot HDR photos on your iPhone
  • Complete: Lesson 7 Assignment
  • Complete: Exam 7

Lesson 8: Panoramas

The iPhone includes a great feature for capturing wide, sweeping vistas with the Pano, or panorama mode. 12 Total Points
  • Review 3 Articles: How to Take Panorama Photos with an iPhone; How To Take Amazing Panoramic Photos With Your iPhone; Best Panoramic Photo Apps
  • Complete: Lesson 8 Assignment
  • Complete: Exam 8

Lesson 9: Long Exposures & Time Lapse Photography

While a long exposure creates an image, time lapse photography creates a video of several still images together. 12 Total Points
  • Review 3 Articles: How To Take Stunning Long Exposure Photos With iPhone; iPhone photography tips: How to take great long exposure photos; How to shoot brilliant time-lapse videos on iPhone: Essential advice for iPhone photographers
  • Complete: Lesson 9 Assignment
  • Complete: Exam 9

Lesson 10: Advanced iPhone Photography by Genre

Once you've mastered the big ideas like exposure, composition and light, it's time to fine-tune. 12 Total Points
  • Review 6 Articles: 10 Tips For Taking The Best iPhone Photos In Different Types Of Light; 13 Creative iPhone Photography Projects For A Rainy Day; 45 Striking Landscape Photos Shot With An iPhone; 7 tips for taking landscape photos with the iPhone; How to Take High Action Shots on the iPhone in Burst Mode; Best apps for action shots
  • Complete: Lesson 10 Assignment
  • Complete: Exam 10

Lesson 11: Troubleshooting Tricky Shots

Over the course of this lesson, we'll touch on some of the most common problems that pop up in photography and the steps you an take to correct them. 12 Total Points
  • Review 4 Articles: 10 Weirdly Clever iPhone camera tricks; 10 Tips For Getting Perfect Focus In Your iPhone Photos; How to Create Depth of Field In iPhone Photography; How to control focus and depth of field on your iPhone camera
  • Complete: Lesson 11 Assignment
  • Complete: Exam 11

Lesson 12: iPhone Accessories

We're going to focus on the iPhone photography accessories that will help you get photographs that you can't achieve with the iPhone alone: Lenses, flashes and tripods. 10 Total Points
  • Review 3 Articles: Olloclip lenses; The Best Lenses for iPhone Photography; Our six favorite tripods currently available for the iPhone
  • Complete: Exam 12

Lesson 13: Editing Images with the iPhone

Both the iPhone's native app and the wide variety of editing apps available from third parties spell out immeasurable options when it comes to perfecting your photo. 12 Total Points
  • Complete: Lesson 13 Assignment
  • Complete: Exam 13

Lesson 14: Recording Video on the iPhone

Recording video over several minutes is much different from taking a still photo. 10 Total Points
  • Review 2 Articles: Shooting Video with the iPhone; 10 iPhone Video Recording Tips From the Pros
  • Complete: Exam 14

Lesson 15: Managing Photos & Videos

In this lesson, we'll discuss managing the photos and videos on your iPhone, uploading them to your computer and the iCloud, long term image storage solutions and printing photos. 87 Total Points
  • Take Poll: End of Course Poll
  • Take Survey: Course Comments
  • Complete: Final Assignment
  • Complete: Exam 15
  • Complete: The Final Exam
Total Course Points

Learning Outcomes

By successfully completing this course, students will be able to:
  • Determine what iPhone photography can and can't do.
  • Describe exposure.
  • Describe composition.
  • Summarize the use of light and how it affect iPhone photography.
  • Describe high dynamic range (HDR) photography on the iPhone.
  • Describe long exposures and time lapse photography.
  • Summarize editing images with the iphone, and
  • Demonstrate mastery of lesson content at levels of 70% or higher.

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Course Title: Digital Photography with the iPhone
Course Number: 9770429
Lessons Rating: 4.9 / 5 Stars (548 votes)
Languages: English - United States, Canada and other English speaking countries
Course Type: How To (Self-Paced, Online Class)
CEU Value: 0.5 IACET CEUs (Continuing Education Units)
CE Accreditation: Universal Class, Inc. has been accredited as an Authorized Provider by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET).
Grading Policy: Earn a final grade of 70% or higher to receive an online/downloadable CEU Certification documenting CEUs earned.
Assessment Method: Lesson assignments and review exams
Instructor: Eric Thomas
Syllabus: View Syllabus
Duration: Continuous: Enroll anytime!
Course Fee: $50.00 (no CEU Certification) || with Online CEU Certification: $75.00

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