The Art of iPhone Photography
by Bob Weil, Nicki Fitz-Gerald
Publisher: O’Reilly Media
This book goes way beyond snapping photos with your phone. In a simple and easy-to-follow manner, you can see how to create art with your iPhone*.
1. Tutorials – Part 1: Photography and 2. Tutorials – Part 2: Illustration and Fine Art
Each of the two sections of the book contain several subsections. Each subsection covers a category, such as Landscape or People & Portraits. 45 different “iPhoneographers” contribute a study. Each of the studies is by a particular photographer, based on a specific photo and covers: What You’ll Learn, What You’ll Need, Back Story, The Process, My Favorite Apps, and a Summary. A photo is shown in each study and the details of how it was created, including the photographers decisions in setup and editing, are discussed.
The studies make it easy to follow along, as well as skipping around the book to the photographs that interest you. The book is great if nothing else than for the many iPhone app suggestions. After reading just a couple of the studies, I downloaded a couple of apps and tried out some of the suggested techniques. I was very happy with the resulting photo. The cases go way beyond the usual concepts of framing and cropping and go much farther into the art aspect with saturation, and blurring, and artistic additions of light (via editing) and dark.
While I am a huge fan of photography, I could never get into the deeply technical aspects of F stops and apertures. That’s one of the many reasons I like smartphone photography. This book is for people like me, looking to get the most out of their iPhone photos without delving into technical jargon.
*The authors do admit that many of the techniques and applications used to take and edit photos are not strictly limited to iPhones.
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