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The iPhone has become one of the most popular cameras in the world, and the iPhone 5s offers the best image quality of any iPhone to date. It is also filled with advanced features: two flashes, built-in high dynamic range (HDR) imaging, a burst mode, and a video mode that shoots 120 frames per second slow motion.
In this course, photographer, author, and educator Ben Long explores the iPhone 5s as a serious photographic instrument, using its built-in features as well as a hand-selected collection of accessories and apps that will extend your iPhone power. He details the basics of shooting with the iPhone, and then delves into more advanced camera capabilities such as panoramas, HDR, and video. Ben also explores workflow issues, including editing, sharing, and printing photos and transferring them to a computer.
Over the years I've bought a lot of cameras. Some people might say I have a problem. I say, I'm very good at rationalizing how to buy a new camera that I want. But over the last couple of years, my bevy of cameras has seen less use because of this, the iPhone. Over the last few versions of the iPhone, the camera has gotten better and better and with the 5s it has really hit its stride. In this course, we're going to take a look at how you can use your iPhone as a serious photographic instrument.
We're going to start by looking at the built-in features, which give you a very capable snapshot camera. One that delivers very nice image quality and is great in a variety of different shooting situations. From there we're going to build. We're going to add some hardware to get back some of the lens flexibility, that you might have on your regular camera. And then we're going to start adding software. To get back some of the control. That you have on your regular camera. As well as some of the image editing capability. That you have on your computer. I have chosen a suite of software that I keep on my phone that gives me just about all of the functionality that I'm used to from my regular camera and my desktop image editing system.
With all of that I have right here in this box, a camera that I pretty much have with me all the time, that gives me a full, start-to-finish, photographic process from shooting. With a fair amount of control to sophisticated image editing, retouching, tone, and color adjustments, as well as the ability to output directly from the phone. So if you just got an iPhone, or if you've been using one for a while and just curious about how to push its camera a little bit further. Stick with me through this course as we explore hardware and software options that will take you from being a snapshot shooter to a serious iPhoneographer.
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