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iPhone Obsessed: Photo editing experiments with Apps

iPhone Obsessed: Photo editing experiments with Apps [Kindle Edition]

Dan Marcolina
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"Some incredible images and very inventive processes. This book is full of useful and unexpected creative solutions. It inspired me to download some of the apps and use Dan’s tips and techniques!"
–Russell Brown, Adobe Systems

"...this is without doubt the best iPhoneography book I have read as part of my book review series, and with its learning and interactive approach, in my opinion is a must have book for any iPhoneographer, new or seasoned."

"...very interesting is an understatement. "
–iPhone Life Magazine

Conversation and mention of the book on The Grid show:
"Dan Marcolina takes iPhone Photography to the next level."

Sound bite from audio review:

"...this book is well worth it and you won't be sorry you added it to your library."

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This is the eBook version of the printed book.

Obsessed with the instant gratification of taking pictures with his iPhone, designer-photographer Dan Marcolina dedicated an entire year to a series of mobile image experiments. His amazing results and the post-processing steps on the iPhone to achieve them can be found in this gorgeous four-color photography guide.

Part inspiration and part how-to, iPhone Obsessed is filled with eye-popping images and coverage of 47 of the best iPhone photo applications. Without ever leaving your iPhone, you learn to create artistic effects such as blurs and vignettes, high dynamic range, film looks, black and white, and more. Marcolina takes you through the construction of his images, explaining which apps he used and why. You’ll not only be inspired to create hang-on-the-wall art with your iPhone, but you’ll know exactly what apps to use and where to get them.

iPhone Obsessed also interacts with your iPhone. In the introduction, the author explains how to scan one of the 75 custom Microsoft Reader Tags in the book using a free iPhone tag reader ( These tags uncover another virtual layer of information, including four hours of bonus video tutorials, app developer Web sites, and links to the iTunes Store for app purchase along with inspirational image galleries to swipe through. He also includes several bonus textures that he created for you to download and use on your images.

For Apple iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4G, and iPod touch 4 users, this guide will raise the standard of iPhone photography and show how the combination of picture choice and multiple app processing can turn an ordinary image into a work of art.

Readers of IPhone Obsessed can also join the iPhone Obsessed flickr group to share their works of art as they go through the apps in the book:

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 9805 KB
  • Print Length: 192 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Up to 5 simultaneous devices, per publisher limits
  • Publisher: Peachpit Press; 1 edition (8 Mar 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004NSVHI4
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #260,711 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars brilliant 10 Jan 2012
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I bought this book having been given an ipod for christmas because I wanted the camera facility on it , this book is soooo good , I've downloaded apps I would never have discovered on my own and by each picture it tells you exactly which apps and the process he went through to achieve the end result. One of the apps in there is no longer avaliable ( FotoMuse ) but a really inspiring book , my teenage son and I will use it a lot .
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent! 7 July 2014
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book on taking iPhone images farther 12 Mar 2014
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If you buy just one book on editing/tweaking iPhone images, make it this one. The author's style is crisp and clear, and the apps used clearly documented. More than that, however, the author relays a number of "aesthetic capabilities" that you can take/leave as you like. (Think recipe book.) Great for thinking more creatively about creating images, not just with an iPhone.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent! 16 Oct 2011
Forse al momento è la migliore pubblicazione del genere. Spunti, suggerimenti, trucchi, making-of, ispirazione: ci sono tutti gli ingredienti per farci innamorare del nostro Iphone e spingerci ad uscire di casa e iniziare a scattare, modificare e condividere foto dei momenti speciali della nostra vita. L'interattività è spinta ai massimi livelli e include anche una pubblicazione dedicata ad Ipad che completa e integra tutti gli argomenti (e le app) trattati nel libro. Consigliatissimo!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very Inspiring! (from an app developer) 16 Mar 2011
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I've read the book all the way through several times. Great info, very INSPIRING, even for an app developer like myself!

As the developer of the LensFlare app, I've spent many hours playing with different iPhone apps before getting this book. Now that I've read it, I'm even more inspired to try new techniques. This isn't just a gallery of photos, it delves into numerous examples discussing how and WHY techniques are done.
I'm especially impressed by the use of multiple LAYERS. I'm used to thinking in terms of a single photo with processing applied to it, but this book really opened my mind to the use of layers. There's lots of great techniques and examples on adding different layers, with each serving a different purpose.

Finally, this isn't just a book. It's more like a portal that leads to more information, videos and examples online or directly on your iPhone with the scan tags.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Explore the possibilities 16 Mar 2011
By Alina Wheeler - Published on
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WOW. Finally, a book that feels like the future. Even the paperback is interactive. Dan's extraodinary images are showcased in a resource that demonstrate how to transform an iPhone snapshot into an iconic statement and a piece of art. Not only has Dan identified the top 45 low-cost photo apps, you can access 4 hours of tutorials on your smartphone.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Never knew what my iPhone could do! 16 Mar 2011
By Sam Smith - Published on
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A great tool to make the most out of your iPhone photo apps. Plus I love that you can scan bar tags and get more info. The images and writing are a real inspiration. Highly recommended.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Must-Have for the iPhoneographer!!! 8 Jan 2012
By Sue Hall - Published on
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I got the Kindle version of this "book" and it's so cool! It has a ton of "how to" videos embedded, and I think watching a video about how to use a variety of apps to edit photos is a much easier way to learn than reading steps in a book and trying to duplicate on your phone. In fact I have the book on my phone and I go back and forth between the book, the videos, and the apps, practicing with each one after reading about/seeing it. The author covers a huge variety of excellent photo-editing apps, and the book is well worth the price. I am enjoying it greatly, and surprisingly found out a lot of new details about how to use apps I'd had for a while. Highly recommended!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wow - Tags, et al 9 Dec 2011
By Roger R. Raepple - Published on
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I rarely write reviews but do so when something is really outstanding and this volume easily fits in that category. I am a new user of the iPhone and purchased it primarily for use of the camera and its many apps. This book is written in a wonderful, casual style. It includes a staggering array of diverse images with general instructions on how he achieved the effects (specific app names are always included in the order they were applied). If you are comfortable learning and navigating new apps, you'll be off quickly and experimenting with his many recommended apps which he details by categories/purposes. If you are not adept at learning apps and all their symbols, etc. (that's me) the tags in this book (there are many of them) let you view brief demonstration tutorials which the author has developed. This feature alone, for me, is worth the price of the book and then some; in just a few minutes I am using apps which would have taken mean a long time to fully understand. Be you knew to the iPhone and slow to learn apps or a long-time user who wants to see and learn how to combine apps into wonderful, evocative images, this is the volume for you.
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