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The Art of iPhone Photography: Creating Great Photos and Art on Your iPhone [Paperback]

Bob Weil , Nicki Fitz-Gerald
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31 Aug 2013

The Art of iPhone Photography explores how 45 of today's best iPhonegraphers from around the world conceived, composed, and created some of their finest and best-known pieces-all in their own words. Through an understanding of the artists' visions, creative decisions, and techniques, beginning through advanced iPhoneographers will immediately be able to apply what they learn and take their own photographic art to the next level.

Key features of the book include:

  • A wide variety of styles and subjects: Landscapes, street photography, abstracts, architecture, portraits, collages, concept pieces, etc.
  • Detailed tutorials: Example artworks from authors and contributing photographers accompanied by descriptions of how each piece was created from both a creative and technical standpoint
  • Explanations for practical use of nearly 100 apps, including BlurFX, Camera+, Iris Photo Suite (now Laminar), Juxtaposer, Photogene2, Pixlr-o-matic, ScratchCam FX, Snapseed, Superimpose, and TouchRetouch
  • iPhoneography gallery: A stunning showcase of works by notable iPhoneographers

Always on, always at hand, and inconspicuously deployed, today's smartphones empower us to record the world in ever newer and more personal ways. By leveraging the photo-editing applications found on the iPhone, professional and amateur photographers alike are able to create not only editorial imagery, but also creative art.

"Nicki Fitz-Gerald and Bob Weil, at, have built a community dedicated to the burgeoning collaboration between art and technology that is iPhoneography. Their site, and now this book, offer extensive, in-depth tutorials both for budding iPhoneographers looking to advance their craft, and professionals attempting to harness a new toolkit in service of their vision.

What they bring to the table is their belief that 'revealing the man behind the curtain' does not diminish the teacher. Technique does not the artist make, but it does enable the newcomer to find his or her own voice. With thousands of apps available and more flooding the market daily, every new iPhoneographer wonders, What apps should I use? The answer to that question is so complex, with so many variables, that an illustrated tutorial such as this becomes an invaluable tool. There is really nothing like it.

It does not offer the advice of a single artist or showcase images from a small artistic segment. Indeed, it offers up stories, knowledge, tips, and secrets from many of the key players in the formation of this movement, showcasing more than 40 artists and tutorials and 80 pages of iPhonic art."

- Daria Polichetti, Co-Founder of Los Angeles Mobile Arts Festival

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  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Rocky Nook; 1 edition (31 Aug 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1937538184
  • ISBN-13: 978-1937538187
  • Product Dimensions: 20.2 x 25.6 x 2.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 125,580 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Bob Weil leads something of a double life marketing professional by day and covert iPhoneography creative and evangelist by night. Currently, he directs the creative development of websites, video, and online marketing initiatives for high-end real estate clients. Taking and editing pictures with his iPhone consumes most of his free time.

Bob has written a number of feature articles, tutorials, and product reviews for computer graphics, animation, web design, and health information technology magazines, and produced special effects for Virtuosity, a Paramount film. He also co-authored an Internet programming and marketing book called Drag 'n' Drop CGI: Enhance Your Web Site Without Programming. In the mid-1990s, he co-founded an Internet marketing services firm, and later went to work for Disney Studios, developing and overseeing all film, music, DVD, and book websites.

Twelve of Bob's images were invited to the Los Angeles Mobile Arts Festival 2012, the largest exhibition of iPhone art in the world to date. Also in 2012, Bob's work was exhibited at the Orange County Center for Contemporary Art in California and the Darkroom Gallery in Vermont. Four of his images won awards at the 2013 Mobile Photo Awards and were displayed at the Soho Gallery for Digital Art in New York City. Bob was also a featured artist in Dan Marcolina's eBook MobileMasters.

Bob currently co-manages with Nicki Fitz-Gerald and speaks on iPhoneography topics. His online gallery can be seen on Bob describes his approach to narrative vs. documentary iPhoneography in a video on the Mobile Photo Awards site:​with-bob-weil/.

Nicki Fitz-Gerald began her career as an illustrator in London after graduating from Chelsea School of Art in 1990. Her illustration work has been widely published in mainstream and business publications, and has been used on book covers for The Women's Press.

Since 2002, Nicki has been employed as a graphic designer. The purchase of an iPhone 3G caused her to become a "hopelessly addicted iPhoneographer," as it provided an outlet for creative expression outside the constraints of her day job. Her iPhone photos have since been highlighted in a number of online and gallery exhibitions. Several of her images have been featured on Life in LoFi's weekly gallery "FavedonFlickr," and her image Flamin' Amy, shown on the cover of this book, won 4th place in Life in LoFi's Faved of the Year 2011. Five of Nicki's images won awards at the 2013 Mobile Photo Awards, including the top prize in the Appstract Digital Painting category. All five were displayed at the Soho Digital Art gallery in New York City.

In April 2011, after finding no central online resource for learning the art of iPhoneography, Nicki created The website provides a place for both beginners and experts to share tips, techniques, and ideas via step-by-step tutorials.

Nicki now divides her time between her day job, family, the iPC website and iPhoneography. Her online gallery can be seen on at:

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A truly inspiring book 3 Nov 2013
A truly inspiring book. it demonstrates that one can produce great photos and art directly on your smart phone. At first glance the amazingly diverse collection of images from contributors from all over the world looks a little unobtainable but each image comes with a tutorial, 45 in total, that shows the steps and the thought processes behind each one. Instead of buying art for your walls or as gifts you can produce your own images, choose a tutorial follow the steps and soon you will have confidence to branch out and create your own unique images. I highly recommend this book as a resource for artists and photographers and as an introduction to a new hobby.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautifully presented book - great inspiration 9 Dec 2013
The Art Of iPhone Photography is a beautifully presented book of photos, hints and tips and techniques on how to take good photos with your iPhone.

Don't worry though, it's not strictly just for iPhone users; there are many techniques, apps and processes that are available Android users also.

Throughout the books the authors, Bob Weil and Nicki Fitz-Gerald, have brought together some of the most compelling images taken from mobile phones where they proceed to explain the techniques, apps and processes behind these images.

Each image chosen is explored in a mini case study complete with example images. There are detailed step by step instructions on how to apply the same process to get a similar result. The instructions are very clear and the technology is explained well. It's a really easy book to read - helped by a great deal of images.

To accompany each case study there are also a few words from the photographer behind the photo. These help to give the book a really natural personal feel. This helps to make the book more readable and the photos more believable - trust me, some of the photos look out of this world and way beyond the means of a mobile phone camera.

The book is brilliantly laid out - it's a beautiful read (I was reading this in PDF version). Lovely clean and clear images and lots of nice separation of content. It's a really nice book to read.

Overall this is a great book to give you inspiration to take more interesting photos. The step by step instructions should mean you can get similar results to the examples.

Good book for those interested in iPhone photography.
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By Cerys
The emphasis on art in the title of this book is not misplaced. Rather than being a standard `how to' of how to use your iPhone to take photographs and how to use one of the myriad of photographic apps to tidy your photographs up, this book is about how to use your iPhone to create not just photography but art. The book demonstrates techniques and possibilities through the eyes and experience of 45 artists or `iPhoneographers'.

The introduction to the book provides a brief history of photography leading to the current domination of the iPhone as an accessible platform for photography and the vibrant iPhone photography community. The artists tutorials is the main meat of the book, and is divided into two sections, with the first section focusing on creation of photography, whilst the much longer second second focusing on illustration and fine art. For each artist there is an example of their work created using the iPhone together with information about what you will learn from that image including artist and image styles and techniques, what apps you will need to reproduce such an image, some background to the artist, the step by step process of creation of the image using the iPhone from selecting, setting up, and framing of the shot, through all the post-processing steps to create the final image together with screen captures illustrating the procedure and settings. For many artists there is also a discussion about their personal favourite app providing an excellent way to get a review about an app and it's use from someone who knows what they are talking about! The two appendices are useful brief reference guides to the 100 or so apps mentioned in the book and the various techniques, filters, and effects discussed in the tutorials.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The art of iPhone photography 6 May 2014
By laurie
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An excellent book with lots of insights and illustrations which take you through some of the most popular apps out there. Definitely a must if you want to learn more about this genre of photography
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5.0 out of 5 stars Intense 26 Aug 2013
By Daniel G. Lebryk - Published on
The iPhone camera, who would ever imagine that after thought on a cell phone, could produce amazing art. The Art of iPhone Photography not only dispels that myth, it then goes on to describe the techniques used to create that art. It is an impressive book.

Where to start? For the photography alone, as a coffee table book, this book is worth the purchase price. Never mind this is one of most intense photography books I have ever read. The Art of iPhone Photography does something I have never seen in any art form, it describes in illustarted step by step detail how the masters created an incredible image.

In a rare twist for photography books, the writing is perfection. The authors edited this book down to perfection.

The first step in creating this book was to find excellent photography. The authors have found work that ranges from masterpieces to good images. Because this is a compilation of 45 different photographers, there are styles I loved and others I didn't care for. In the end, all are technical masterpieces and amazed me that they were shot with the iPhone camera.

The over 350 page book is organized around tutorials, with a gallery intermission in the middle. Each tutorial starts with a single page reproduction of the final image. On the next pages there is a description of what the tutorial is about, the kinds of things that will be learned. Then the photographer describes their thought process, creative inspiration, and why they chose the apps or steps they did. Then the tutorial starts with which apps were used followed by descriptions of the step and pictures illustrating what was done. I particularly loved the starting raw image. Sometimes I would look at that image and think; this was the inspiration for that finished image? Wow, that person is incredibly creative. The tutorial ends with a summary and more words from the photographer about their philosophy. There is a short biography and sometimes a side bar of something the photographer wants to emphasize.

The last few pages include a list of all the apps referenced in the tutorials, and on which page they are mentioned. There is a dizzying list of apps. Each app listed has a short description of why somebody would want to use it.

Given that 45 different people contributed to this production, I have no idea how the authors managed to get such crystal clear tutorials and instructions. There were a few photographers that glossed a long ways over what they do, but by and large the detail was amazing. I particularly disliked the portrait photographer in the early chapters that said, focus for the eyes and expose for the face, unclutter the background, and then don't do anything else to the picture. Yeah, that is really easy to say after 30 years of professional experience; doing it is another matter altogether.

These tutorials are intense. I was exhausted after my first read through this book. The key to this book is to understanding a technique, applying filters or learning how to use a few new apps. And then applying that to the style of photography you love. The authors covered virtually every genre of photography - there is something for everybody to learn.

The other use of the book is pure inspiration. The book contains an amazing gallery of photographs with only one thing in common that they were all shot with an iPhone. Somehow the images manage to feel coherent as if they belong together.

Is the iPhone camera the greatest photography invention? Well, I don't necessarily believe that. As Henry Ford didn't invent the car and Eastman Kodak didn't invent the camera; they both made their products accessible to everybody. The iPhone camera has made photography accessible to everybody, and as the authors say so perfectly, it has added spontaneity to photography. Yes spontaneity is an incredible invention.

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing what a phone can do 10 Oct 2013
By Thomas Crouse - Published on
Format:Kindle Edition
Let me say upfront that I'm not a cell phone photographer - I use the SLR & Photoshop method. But a number of my friends are achieving amazing results on a cell phone so I read this book to see what it is all about. I was impressed. The book consists of 45 images taken & processed on an iPhone with detailed instructions on the often complex process & apps used. All images are very good & show a great deal of creativity. It's amazing what they accomplish on a phone.
This book is not for the casual vacation shooter - it's for more serious photographers who are interested in making art. While all images were taken & processed on an iPhone, they say that most of the nearly 100 apps used are available on Android phones. I don't think I'll be giving up my SLR anytime soon, but this book opens the door to a whole new school of creative photography.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fabulous helpful book 7 Sep 2013
By M. Braun - Published on
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I liked this book so much that I returned my Kindle version and ordered a book book so I could flip pages, turn down pages, ponder, savor, try out,underline, make notes, etc. This is the perfect book for learning how to work with your photographs on the iPhone. Other books are very helpful and worth having, i.e. Dan Burkholder, but they only tell you about how that person works with apps. This book tells you how MANY photographers work on their photographs. The photos cover a wide range. To me, some are brilliant and some just good and interesting, but the instructions are detailed and, sometimes, the photographer gives you instructions on using a particular app, not just how it was used in the photo but how to use it generally. This is definitely the best book out on how to work with the iPhone (and I didn't get a review copy) and I have several other books.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A beautifully illustrated and well organized guide to creating artistic photography with your iPhone and apps 9 Oct 2013
By Nathan Andersen - Published on
I've read lots of books on creating nice photographs, that usually presume you have a fancy DSLR and Photoshop. Of course, where most people take photographs now is on their phones and if they do anything to "sweeten" the image it's usually just a quick adjustment applied in one of the easy apps that are available for free. It turns out a lot more is possible, and there are really next to no limits for the creative iPhone photographer, willing to try new things. This book is an attempt to show some of the possibilities.

I should make clear up front that this is not a quick guide to taking better basic photographs on the iPhone. It's really designed as an introduction to and source of inspiration for using a variety of apps on the phone to capturing and refining artistic photographs and for turning photographic elements into digital artworks. The first part is focused on artistic photography and the second part on illustration and fine art. Each part consists of a series of tutorials, each focused on key works created by established artists who have been inspired by the possibilities of the iPhone and its various photographic and artistic apps.

What's really fantastic about the book is that we don't just see their photographs, but they walk us through the process whereby they were created. They talk about their aims in each photograph, what they did to prepare, and the steps they followed to complete them. They identify the apps they used, they talk about how they captured their original images, and then how they used apps to refine them. Each of these tutorials is very clear and nicely illustrated.

The authors of the book did a great job organizing the information, and especially in capturing a bit of the distinctive voice of each artist, while at the same time giving the whole book a common feel and tone. Most notably, they are written not only to describe the specific things they accomplished in their photos but to suggest how the reader might accomplish their own thing in a similar vein. That's a difficult task and they managed it beautifully.

The illustrations are excellent - they've chosen strong photographs and designs in a range of styles, and they also provide illustrations of the applications they used to create them and how to finesse their controls. There's an appendix at the end that lists the various apps mentioned in the book and another that points the reader to places in the book where various techniques are described. It's a really fascinating book, that would look nice on the copy table, but would do even better inspiring readers to create fascinating photography and digital artworks. I know I was inspired.

(Note: I was given a copy of this book by the publishers, who requested that I post an honest review.)
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very good indeed. 2 Nov 2013
By Amazon Customer - Published on
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I have this book and I am super pleased with it !

Not least because that cover photo is just so joyful and I get a huge smile every time I see that image on the cover.

The book is exactly what I wanted, its a ton of walk-throughs showing how respected artists in this field made pictures that really typify those images we all think of as 'iPhoneography'. Its great if you come from 'conventional photography' or other visual arts background, as I do, and want a concise & practical entry to this different medium. Its all info and no fluff, and well suited to reading in smaller chunks.

If you read the Photoshop or Illustrator 'Wow' type books or the many Scott Kelby tomes (Dirty Tricks etc.) to get up to speed on contemporary techniques, this is the equivalent book for this space IMO.
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