The iPhone Photography Boom
The iPhone and smartphones in general have caused a massive boom in photography worldwide. With each new model, Apple raises the bar in smartphone camera features. Thanks to advances smartphone camera technology, an estimated 1.2 trillion photos will be taken in 2017. Over the past 5 years, smartphone cameras have taken a quantum leap in term of image quality.
Apple iPhone X Smart Camera
Apple’s 10th anniversary iPhone X should probably be called a smart camera because of the advances in camera technology. The iPhone X camera features a dual-lens, a 12-megapixel sensor with Optical Image Stabilization (OIS), a fast f/2.4 Telephoto lens, front-facing TrueDepth camera, True Tone Flash with Slow Sync, and Portrait Lighting features.
The TrueDepth camera in the iPhone X includes a infrared camera, flood illuminator, proximity sensor, ambient light sensor, and a dot projector using 30,000 points on face scan. When taking selfies or Face ID scan, scanning data is scanned and processed locally on Apple’s A11 Bionic chip with Neural Engine. Apples Portrait Mode emulates bokeh, the blurred background effect achieved with shallow a depth of field in DSLR cameras.
iPhone User Guides
iPhone users have probably noticed their phones don’t come with printed user manuals or guides. Instead, User Guides for each operating system are available online directly from Apple. Here are links to the IOS 11 User Guide and guides to the previous 3 versions on Apple’s website;
iPhone Instructional Video’s from Apple
Most iPhone users are unaware of the free training videos available from Apple. We were blown away by these 22 short stunning iPhone photography instructional videos. Even though these videos are for the iPhone 7, but a majority of the lessons are applicable to earlier iPhone models and operating systems. Each lesson is approximately 40 seconds.
How to shoot a great portrait
How to play memories
How to customize memories
How to shoot a close-up
How to shoot a vertical Pano
How to share memories
How to shoot without a flash
How to shoot action
How to shoot a selfie with a timer
How to capture a unique angle
How to shoot with zoom
How to a horizon
How to shoot stills while filming
How to shoot with street light
How to shoot a bold and simple image
How to shoot during the golden hour
How to shoot a one-handed selfie
How to shoot a sunset silhouette
How to capture an intimate moment
How to shoot a group portrait
How to a backlit subject
How to convert to black & white
iPhone Photography Courses from
If you’re interested learning more about iPhone photography, we compiled a list of 7 photography courses from Udemy.