Brandeis Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (BOLLI)

How to Take and Edit Awesome iPhone Photos!

Course Number


Study Group Leader (SGL)

Ellen Foust


This course will take place virtually on Zoom. Participation requires a device (ideally a computer or tablet, rather than a cell phone) with a camera and microphone in good working order and basic familiarity with using Zoom and accessing email.

5-Week Course

Feb 29 - March 28.


Are you disappointed with your iPhone photos? Are they out of focus or uninteresting? Would you like to create stunning pictures of children, pets, sunsets, flowers, reflections, and more using only your iPhone? If so, this course is for you! Learn to take photos no one will believe were taken with your phone! Each lively, interactive session will be divided into two sections: presentation of new concepts and lively, interactive feedback on your own photos. You will become familiar with the technical features of your iPhone camera, including its built-in photo editing software. You will learn the artistic elements of a good photograph to hone your “seeing skills.” And you will share your homework photos and learn how to improve them. Note: iPhone users only. All models welcome, although camera features differ on the various models. This is a beginner course, but you should be comfortable experimenting with technology.

Group Leadership Style

Roughly the same amount of lecture and discussion

Course Materials

Optional text. The iPhone Photography Book" (paperback, 272 pages) by Scott Kelby. Rocky Nook ISBN: 9781681986913+/- $25 USD. Other optional materials (links to other books, Youtube videos, PDFs) will be posted on a Google Site.

Preparation Time

Up to an hour (taking and editing photos)/week.


Ellen Foust is an award-winning visual artist/photographer with a passion for teaching. Her experience spans darkroom to digital, portraiture to landscapes. She holds an MA in art history, an MEd in education and has studied at the New England School of Photography. Her award-winning photos can be seen throughout the Boston area, most recently at LexArt, the Allen Center, the Newton Fence Art Project and the Fountain Street Gallery in SoWa. Her photos have been featured on websites, in literary magazines and newspaper articles.

Visit her website or Instagram site.