Smartphone Photography | iPhone, Android, Instagram & more!
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Smartphone Photography | iPhone, Android, Instagram & more!

Your ultimate online course on how to master your camera, improve your photography, and build your social media audience
4.7 (36 ratings)
Course Ratings are calculated from individual students’ ratings and a variety of other signals, like age of rating and reliability, to ensure that they reflect course quality fairly and accurately.
120 students enrolled
Created by Omid Scheybani
Last updated 9/2019
English
Current price: $34.99 Original price: $49.99 Discount: 30% off
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This course includes
  • 1.5 hours on-demand video
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
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What you'll learn
  • How to replicate professional photography with your iPhone or Android camera
  • How to take stunning photos by with thoughtful and creative composition techniques
  • How to optimize your phone settings for taking the best photos
  • How to take more impactful photos of people (portrait or street), architecture, landscapes and more
  • How to professionally edit photos with VSCO (free) on your phone
  • How to utilize props and surrounding conditions like light and shadows to highlight your subjects
  • How to build an audience and "stoytell" your pictures to them
Requirements
  • Have a smartphone (any phone works) with a camera
  • A photo editing app like VSCO or Snapseed, and maybe an app for high exposure photography like Cortex Cam
  • Curiosity to learn and patience to practice :)
Description

All of us carry around smartphones, but only very few people are truly capable to make good use of the camera. Too often I see people taking pictures on their smartphone that are just boring, uncreative, and at best, meh.

This is why I have created this smartphone photography class in which I want to share with you the skills that allowed me to build an audience of 30,000+ followers and get to license my photographs to brands like Apple, AirBnB, or UPS, or publish photography books and host photo exhibitions. I want you to truly step up your smartphone photography game, to the point that people won't believe that you took those pictures on a smartphone.

Over the course of this course, which has been recorded in real world settings, I will teach you all you need to know to become an skilled smartphone photographer and take and edit pictures that are not only beautiful to look at, but also tell a story that reaches and touches your audience.

The course consists of the following 6 chapters:

  1. Introduction: I will share some of my philosophies and thoughts on how to think about smartphone photography and how to develop your own style. I want to help you be more thoughtful about what makes your pictures uniquely yours.

  2. Your camera: You won't be able to master your smartphone camera if you don't fully understand it. Let me walk you through some of its most important features. Yes, some of those features are basic, but mastering those is what can help set you apart.

  3. Composition: This is where I will teach you specific techniques on how to make your pictures more visually appealing. Basically how your pictures can stand out creatively. This is what will allow your pictures to move from "oh, nice" to "oh, wow"!

  4. Street Photography: Do you always need permission to take pictures of people? I will teach you the ins and outs of street photography and how to capture the hustle and bustle of life on the streets. It takes time to get a handle for this, but I'll share my secrets with you.

  5. Editing: Taking a picture is half the rent. Editing it is the other half. Watch me edit pictures and share my thought process with you as I do. I will walk you through my edits step-by-step. You will see how some digital touches can really elevate a picture.

  6. Audience Engagement: I will share my thoughts and experience on how to engage with your audience and how to be a great visual storyteller. After all, each picture has a story to be told, and you want to be thoughtful of how you share those stories.

Again, I am very excited to welcome you to this class! 

Who this course is for:
  • Beginner photographers who want to understand how to make the most out of their smartphone camera
  • More advanced photographers who want to learn more about composition and visual storytelling
  • Generally anyone with a smartphone camera and the desire to take better pictures
Course content
Expand all 14 lectures 01:38:26
+ Introduction & FAQs
7 lectures 04:00

Welcome to my smartphone photography class. My name is Omid and I am a World Culture Storyteller.

Thanks for joining my class where you will learn everything about shooting great photos with your smartphone!

This course has 6 in-depth chapters, each of which is taught in a practical manner. Please visit and review the FAQs to learn more about who this course is for and what the content is that we cover in it.

Preview 00:14

A brief summary of who I am, where I am from, and how I ended up learning (and now teaching) smartphone photography!

Preview 00:34

Many topics in this class evolve around the question of "what's your style?" I have worked on my own style over the course of many years, and a lot of what I am teaching in this class is based on the style that I have developed (spoiler alert: it's not fashion photography!).

Preview 00:38

It does not matter if you just got started or have been doing photography for a while now. This course is for anyone who is looking to take their smartphone photography to the next level.

Preview 00:42

Curious about what we will cover? Let me give you a broad overview of the topics we will touch on during the course of this smartphone photography class. It's a lot! 

Preview 00:53

This course has a total of six big chapters. Let me tell you what I want you to learn from this smartphone photography class.

Preview 00:30

The smartphone camera is a camera you will ALWAYS have with you. So why not learn to master it and make the most out of those 95% of situations when a smartphone camera is actually perfectly fine?

Preview 00:29
+ Introduction & General Advice
1 lecture 10:56

In this first chapter of my smartphone photography class we sit down in one of my favorite Shanghai Cafés to talk about my overall approach towards photography. I want to give you a guideline for developing your own philosophy, I answer some questions about my general approach to photography, and share with you how I shape my own vision.

In this lecture we talk about:

  • What is photography?

  • Who do YOU follow?

  • How to find good photographers?

  • What is your style?

  • How to envision a picture.

  • The idea of being rather sorry than safe!

Overall philosophy & general approach to photography
10:56
+ Technical Tips
1 lecture 12:40

Before going out to shoot great pictures – no matter what camera you have – you need to know your gear and how to handle its strengths and weaknesses. Let me guide you through my technical tips on how to get the most out of your smartphone camera and warn you of those common mistakes that can ruin a great shot.

In this episode we talk about:

  • Lens, smears, and the number one reason why pictures get ruined

  • Learning how to use manual and automatic focus

  • Adjusting and correcting exposure

  • How to use HDR for high contrast pictures

  • "Portrait Mode" and how to use it best

  • and so much more

Technical tips and common mistakes
12:40
+ Composition
2 lectures 26:27

Composition is one of the most important things when it comes to making a good photograph. So let's talk about all the aspects that you need to think about when taking great smartphone pictures. I will discuss and explain a lot of different ideas and concepts that will help you create more appealing and interesting photographs.

Composition A
15:17

Composition is one of the most important things when it comes to making a good photograph. So let's talk about all the aspects that you need to think about when taking great smartphone pictures. I will discuss and explain a lot of different ideas and concepts that will help you create more appealing and interesting photographs.

Composition B
11:10
+ Street Photography in Action
1 lecture 11:31

Follow me onto the streets of Shanghai to see how I approach people and do street photography. Do I ask for permission or not? And what are the best techniques to capture that one perfect moment? Watch me wander through the streets, engaging with my surroundings and even get pulled into a card game with complete strangers. I want to help you become more comfortable with the idea of taking pictures of people on the street. That's where photography is the most authentic and rawest.

Street Photography
11:31
+ Editing Pictures with your Smartphone
1 lecture 23:07

Taking great pictures is only one side of being a great smartphone photographer. In the post-production we can elevate your pictures to the next level. In this chapter I will walk you through how I edit pictures and explain my steps to you one-by-one. You can follow along since I capture and share every step detailed on the screen.




Editing Pictures
23:07
+ Building an Audience
1 lecture 09:45

Taking great photos is not enough to build an audience. You also have to engage your audience. Here I'd like to share with you some of my thoughts on how to build an audience over time.


Build an audience
09:45