Do you get caught by those Facebook Ads? Most of the time I resist, but sometimes I get suckered in. Sometimes it’s a good deal, sometimes I really wish I hadn’t clicked through.
I had seen ads for the Iphone Photography Academy ( henceforth IPA, not to be confused with beer) for a long time, but for some reason I decided to lay down my cold hard cash for it at the end of 2021.
IPA is not a course for bloggers. There will be no selfie instructions. It will familiarize you with your Iphone’s Camera app, but it will do so much more. I don’t know what it’s selling for right now, but I paid $49 US and spoiler alert, yes, I think it was money well spent.
Who is IPA for?
Anyone who has a iphone and would like to know about its camera app and also improve their photography.
What do you need for IPA?
The course is taught using an iphone 11 Pro, which obviously isn’t the latest and greatest. It is noted where there are differences between the iphone 11 Pro and older model iphones. I think one of the reasons I finally decided to buy this course was that I had recently moved from an iphone 6 to an iphone 11.
One of the things I really like about this course is that under each lesson there is a “Notes” section. That will often point you towards articles of interest if you have a newer iphone or an older iphone.
The notes also have an almost minute by minute breakdown of the lesson, so you can easily go back to exactly the part you want to review without having to watch the entire video again — although I have watched several videos multiple times.
What will I learn from IPA?
The camera app will be covered in great detail in the first module (there are five, along with some bonuses), although the course actually starts off with some pointers on composition. You will be taught a specific way to hold your iphone, along with things like how to choose the correct lens, different ways to use the shutter button, and all the ways you can open the camera app.
If you know the camera app inside and out, this might be too basic for you. I learned a lot. The same points are covered in multiple videos, so you can learn by repetition. The principles of composition are always covered multiple times.
Module 2 will help you with burst mode, live photos, long exposure, panoramic photos, and more. I had actually never used the panorama function before taking this course, but it’s cool. All of these features will be taught while also showing you how to compose a photo using that specific feature.
Module 3 gets into the the principles of great photography. As an artist and the wife of a talented photographer, I had heard most of these principles before — but refreshers never hurt. I started to look at taking photos differently after this module.
Module 4 is about creative techniques: sunset/sunrise photos, using shadows, silhouette photos, and getting good photos at night I kind of skimmed this module so far, because in Winter I’m rarely outside at sunset, sunrise, or in the dark.
Module 5 covers specific types of photos, like flowers, portraits, architecture, travel, landscape.
There are three bonus modules that were not quite as helpful because they were made using an older iphone, and really need to be updated (as multiple comments pointed out), but I still gleaned some tips from them: preserving the quality of your photos, managing your photo library, and an analysis of several photos. The analysis ones were actually quite long and I still haven’t watched them. I assume they’re analyzing a specific photo but I really don’t know.
How is the course set up?
There are five modules and three bonus module. There is an introduction video for each module, and although I watched them, for the most part I think you’ll do just fine diving right into the content. Each module is broken down into between 8-10 videos which are generally between 10 to 20 minutes.
There are assignments for a lot of the different techniques you’ll be learning, and you can join a private FB group (I haven’t, at least not yet) and get feedback on the photos you take for those assignments.
There is space for both comments and notes under the videos. People do comment, and there’s a team that answers in a very timely fashion. Equipment used (other than the iphone, obviously) is linked up under the notes section, as well as notes on differences in newer iphone models.
The course is yours for life (or however long the Iphone Photography School or the Internet are around), so you can revisit videos as often as you’d like.
- Affordable Price
- Easy to Understand
- The videos are really well done (I’ve taken a lot of video courses!)
- In depth instructions on the Iphone camera app
- In depth instructions on lighting and framing photos
- In depth instructions on a variety of different photos you’ll probably want to take
- Self paced
- 30 day money back guarantee
- Some outdated information, but generally pointing your towards articles with updates
- A lot of repetition — I actually think of that as a Pro, but some could be turned off by it
- Not specifically for bloggers — again, that’s not really a con in my book, but if you’re looking for a course on how to take great selfies this probably isn’t the course for you
Final Thoughts: Do I recommend IPA?
A resounding yes! I learned a lot. It got me to experiment more with photos and my iphone. The videos are short enough that it’s easy to watch one or two at a time, but be warned you might get sucked in and do the entire course in a few days (cough, cough). Remember you can get your money back in the first 30 days if you’re dissatisfied!
Ready to sign up? Click here (I make no money from this link!). Look around for deals on Facebook; they seem to run specials fairly often.
This week I am also joining up with the new Runners’ Roundup linkup.