Apple teaches photo editing with over-the-phone classes

Half an hour could boost your photography skills.


Many device makers give you the tools to capture and edit great photos, but they seldom teach you how to make the most of those tools. Apple thinks it can -- and unlike in the past, you don't need to show up in person to develop your skills. The company has launched an over-the-phone training program that teaches you how to edit with Photos (both iOS and macOS) in a 30-minute one-on-one session with a specialist. It'll both show how to use simple adjustments like Auto Enhance as well as deeper edits like color balance and exposure. If you have Live Photos or Portrait mode pictures from your mobile devices, you'll learn how to edit those as well.

You aren't about to become the next Ansel Adams or Annie Leibovitz after a session like this, and your results will no doubt vary based on the kind of photos you've taken. Apple doesn't appear to be aiming for photographic excellence, though. This is more about encouraging you to make edits in the first place, and that could make the difference between having to live with a so-so shot and refining it into a picture you'd be comfortable sharing with friends.