• Instructors

    Sam Elkins
  • Skill Level

    Level 2

    You’re new(ish) to photography but your friends think you're great at taking photos. You've been learning the fundamentals and now want a little more direction.

  • What You Get

    80 minutes of learning

    + 10 segments

    + 3 Mobile Presets

    + 10% Moment discount

  • Learn

    How to shoot pro level photos with your iPhone

    + How to read the light for better phone photos
    + How to shoot in harsh light
    + How to compose amazing portraits
    + Essential apps for amazing mobile photography
    + How to shoot beautiful landscapes
    + How to edit phone photos on mobile

What You'll Learn

Sam will teach you how to take incredible photos on your phone. He runs through the technical aspects of shooting on an iPhone as well as his process for setting up and shooting amazing images.

Intro to Phone Photography

1/10 (2:48)

Welcome! Let's get started. We're in Central California, which will serve as our backdrop for all our shots: portrait, lifestyle, landscapes, and shooting in harsh light. First though, you'll meet Sam and learn why he loves shooting on his phone.

iPhone Walkthrough

2/10 (5:46)

A major component to great photos is understanding your gear. This section dives into the technical aspects of apps and gear for shooting. First, you'll learn the ins and outs of your native camera app, then Sam will show you the manual controls available in the Moment Pro Camera app. You'll also learn what gear Sam uses to shoot on his phone and why.

Shooting in Harsh Light

3/10 (12:24)

You hear a lot about golden hour, but what about high noon? Sam walks us through why shooting in harsh light looks better on a phone than a DSLR. Some of the topics in this section include: how to read the light, how to embrace harsh shadows, and how to direct and pose a model in these specific lighting conditions.

Shooting Landscapes

4/10 (25:36)

The camera that fits in your pocket packs a punch when it comes to capturing stunning landscapes. Sam will walk you through the best focal lengths for specific phones, how to compose a landscape on your phone, and tips for reading the light for landscape photography.

Essential Apps

5/10 (8:44)

When shooting on mobile, stepping your app game up is essential. Sam will run through the best apps for editing, location scouting and reframing your final images. He'll cover the best apps for mobile editing as well as best apps for posting to social media.

Shooting Portraits

6/10 (16:18)

Most often, you’ll be capturing photos of people. This section goes into the best practices for capturing beautiful portraits. Sam will cover how to get the most out of portrait mode and how to read the light for photos. You'll also learn how to direct and pose a male model and how to best capture flattering portraits

Shooting Lifestyle

7/10 (18:37)

Join us on the sand in Pismo Beach where Sam takes a commercial approach to shooting on his phone. Sam will take you through his process from beginning to end, including how to capture a story through imagery, how to compose lifestyle portraits, how to subframe an image, and most importantly, his dos and don'ts for directing.

Mobile Editing

8/10 (18:43)

Now that the shoot is over, Sam is ready to show you how he edits. Using three of his favorite images from the trip as examples, he'll walk you through Lightroom CC and VSCO so you can learn to edit how he edits. Some of the topics covered include learning the tone curve and why HSL is important.


9/10 (0:39)

Wow. What a ride. We summarize the techniques taught and how you can apply them to your mobile photography. Thanks for watching, now go do...

BONUS: Photography with the iPhone 12


With the launch of the iPhone 12 series, Sam gives us some insight into what he thinks of the new phones and some of his favorite features. He breaks down the differences and reveals which phone he thinks is the best mobile camera on the market. Afterwards, we head outdoors, and he shows us what the iPhone 12 Pro and 12 Pro Max are capable of.

Sam Elkins

Explorer and creator, based in LA.
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