Although DSLR cameras and Adobe Photoshop may be the standard tools for scholastic journalism programs when it comes to photography, these resources can be expensive and access to them is not always guaranteed.
Cue the iPhone. If you’re in a pinch, a great deal of photo editing can be done within the iPhone’s native Photos app, providing a more accessible alternative for any basic photo editing needs.
In This Lesson
iPhone Photo Editing
- Getting started
- Cropping and straightening
- Adjusting brightness and sharpness
- Editing color
- Saving or undoing your edits
Dive Into Your Photo Library
Ask students in possession of an iPhone to take it out. If there are students in the class who do not have an iPhone, pair them up with those that do. Each student or pair should look through their iPhone’s photo library and select an unedited image they have taken in the past. Once they have selected an image, students should begin by duplicating it to save the original. Students should then make a minimum of five edits to the new copy, using photo editing tools that are discussed in the corresponding presentation and built into the native iPhone Photos App.
After each individual or group has completed the editing process, reconvene as a class and ask for volunteers to share the original version of their image, contrasted with the edited version. Have students explain why they made the edits they did, and what effect those have on the image’s overall composition. Project these comparisons onto a larger screen, if possible, for an enhanced viewing experience.