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The Art of Iphoneography: A Guide to Mobile Creativity Paperback – 5 Apr 2011

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The Art of iPhoneography This fully up-to-date Second Edition will help iPhone owners get the best photos possible from their equipment. Including the iPhone 4S, this book explains how to choose, load, and use the newest and most useful apps. It also focuses on the specific techniques and skills iPhotographers need to develop their creative "i." This is a must-have for all iPhone users! Full description

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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful
A wonderful and inspiring overview of a growing photography movement 8 April 2011
By A. Royston - Published on
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I guess I'm one of those Apple iPhone users who uses the word iPhoneography a lot. I spend well over an hour each morning taking iPhone photos down at our local beach and have been a part of this iPhoneography movement for a few years now. I love my iPhone and I'm sure you know someone who is as fascinated with it as I am.

iPhoneography grew out of the iPhone's ability to process and organize our snaps, and to share these photos via social media. Cell-friendly internet sites such as Twitter, Flickr, Posterous, Tumblr and now Instagram are all a part of this growing social photography phenomenon. The word has emerged from a growing global community who - to use a phrase coined by Sion Fullana - share a common language. That of the Apple iPhone.

The inspirational qualities of this book came as a delightful surprise. I ordered the book because it looked cool, covered a subject I feel passionate about and was written by one of the most respected and talented photographers in the iPhoneography movement. I've been a regular visitor to Stephanie Roberts' Posterous blog and have long loved her ability to share her travel photography whilst on the move around the globe. Her stories and photographs are always compelling and she's one of the reasons I started to really use my iPhone to create. It's so good to find that her communicative skills are in full effect here in this marvelous state-of-the-union address!

I've long held that the heart of iPhoneography is the shoot-and-share element. I love to be able to take a photograph literally in the field and share it with folks across the globe. Why I'm delighted with this perfect little book is that it is focused on personal creativity. It makes me want to try something new. Again.

Sion Fullana recently described his iPhoneography as being "like a diary of moments and emotions" and here Stephanie Roberts explains her own very personal projects and encourages us to do the same through simple introductions to the best apps, and the social media we have available to us. The world of apps is explained, the best tools demonstrated and all with a personal touch.

A wonderful 'Find Your Focus' section introduces us to nine of the most interesting practitioners of the art of the iPhone. All nine are amazing photographers who are very open to sharing their vision. We quickly get to know the different ways that they have taken their private mobile phone snaps into a realm of creativity that is rewarding, inspiring and - thanks to app developers and the buzz around the various social media areas - sociable too.

This book is the perfect gift for anyone who owns an iPhone and an eye for a snap. It is a great introduction to the different ways that you can enhance your cellphone photos, but more than that it is an inspiration to tap into the iPhone's amazing capabilities to create, to experiment, to inspire and to share with others.

The book is also perfect for anyone who has a passion for digital photography in general. The book explains how the iPhone camera can tap into skills you already have, and bring them to bear in an altogether more personal way.

I personally love this inspiring and well-designed book and consider it a perfect little gem!
22 of 26 people found the following review helpful
good info. bad presentation 28 Dec. 2011
By D. Freed - Published on
Format: Paperback
Okay, I may be getting to be an old geezer, but the type size and layout style leave much to be desired in this book--regardless of how good the information is.

I see this all too often: form (how the book "looks") winning out over content (how well it conveys information). In this case, some of the type is so painfully small that it is difficult to read. The book also goes between black type on white page, interspersed with white type on black page, which is also maddening to try and read. Besides this, the font style is itself not all that readable--again, it proably looks 'cool' to some 20-something graphic artists, which is why it was selected.

Finally they could have offered a few less, but large photos in the examples, which would have gone much further in conveying the ideas in this book.

Pubishers and graphic artists are supposed to know better, but unfortunately, form is all that seems to matter these days. Too bad, especially for a book that is about creating visual images.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
A Creative Guide to a New Revolution in Photography 7 April 2011
By Rudy N. Vogel - Published on
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Stephanie has created an exciting guide to an exciting new field of photography - iPhoneography. One could argue that it is an entirely new medium in and of itself and Stephanie is indeed one of its christened spellcasters. She explores and elucidates the seeming magic behind creating innovative imagery with your iPhone all in a neat little package that looks like a camera.

The book leads you through some of the image manipulation apps for the iPhone; it gives you tips and tricks for creating your own Mona Lisa by Ansel; she invites you to jostle your brain into thinking more creatively and seeing the world around you in new and alternate ways, offering ideas and your own checklist for projects of your own; and, she has assmbled a resource guide to some of the leading web sites, image outlets, such as the premiere virtual gallery Pixels At An Exhibition, blogs, and app review sites; all laid out in a concise, creative and snappy manner. With this book in hand, anyone with an iPhone, an eye for the visual and some of the leading apps like Hipstamatic, Iris, Autostitch, Camera+, Juxtaposer, PhotoStudio and others will at the very least be able to bump-up your creative output with the iPhone camera a few notches.

As a fellow iPhoneographer and new media artist I can only applaud Stephanie's ability to take what to some may be arcane and deliver it in a thought-provoking, clever, rather expansive and creative manner. For the price of three cups of Starbucks you will learn a good amount of information on this new form of image creation and, unlike drinking your coffee to the bottom of the cup, after a few snaps of the camera button you'll have some masterful imagery that lasts forever!

If you have an iPhone, take pictures and want to excel at the craft then this book is for you! If not, buy it anyway - it's shape is cute enough!
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Cool book - but works better as a website 29 Nov. 2011
By Doctor.Generosity - Published on
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The best camera is the one you have with you. For this reason iPhone photography is the future of image capture for the average person, and it will only get better as phone cameras improve and more apps appear. The book is a guide to picture taking with the iPhone. As a book it is well designed, nicely laid out and produced with good reproductions on high quality paper and cool typography, as one would expect for an art book. Stephanie Roberts explains the steps of iPhone image capture with many screen shots and brings in a number of third party photo apps for special effects such as a vintage look. There is a chapter of examples by a dozen iPhone photographers, amateur and pro. The orientation of the book is art rather than technology; how to see.

The book reminds me of another, "Plastic Cameras" by Michelle Bates, which is about the world of cheap Holga, Lomo, Diana cameras. Plastic Cameras: Toying with Creativity, Second Edition Both books belong to what could be called the "low fidelity" movement in art photography. Instead of fancier cameras with higher fidelity, sharper, more detailed images, the low fi approach goes for quick, low cost, evocative snaps which may be fuzzy but capture a moment. Defects such as distortions, light leaks, shadowed perimeters are not resisted but welcomed for the sense of mood and memory they convey. iPhone images are like this also. No one expects them to be museum quality images, but rather to possess an ephemeral quality. Of the two books, the "Plastic Cameras" book is more sophisticated in artistic vision and has more startling, beautiful examples. But "Plastic Cameras" is about film photography, with all its effort and expense. These days, if one likes the look of Holgas and Lomos with their streaks and bad lenses, such effects can easily be simulated with digital processing through apps on the iPhone. It is interesting that many of the photos in the iPhone book do make use of these digital "vintage" effects.

The only problem with the iPhoneography book is that it is a snapshot (sorry) in time of a rapidly changing field. Since the book was published a few months ago, the iPhone 4S has already come out with a new 8 megapixel sensor, which creates a different photographic feeling and contradicts some of the lessons in the book. And while the author's introductions to a half dozen photo processing apps are appreciated (she must have reviewed a large number to select these few), the universe of apps changes every week - some are never updated, other new ones appear. So, while the book is a gem of publishing craft and has many good ideas and lessons, the detailed information here will be outdated quickly. The subject would be better served by a website instead, one that could be kept updated and continue to display the best examples. In the meantime, both books are highly recommended and would make a great community college first course in photography.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Excellent 6 April 2011
By Greg Louderman - Published on
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This book is a wonderful introduction and complete resource into the wonderful world of iPhoneography. Throughout you will learn about many great apps at your disposal and will be introduced to many great iPhoneographers. What Stephanie does so well is give the reader through her own words and photographs so many great insights on how to enjoy taking pictures and how to get better at it. This book will keep you inspired. Join the community, it is well worth it.
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