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Consumer Guide to iOS® Apps for Great Photographs: Plus How to Create Painterly Masterpieces [Kindle Edition]

Nancy L. Hendrickson
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Book Description

Consumer Guide - Get Great Photos with Your iPhone

Newly rewritten and enlarged for 2015.

Discover three dozen of the best apps for taking and making wow-factor photos.

Tired of the same old Instagram filters?

Everyone gets tired of pictures with the same old look. LOMO-this, Lo-Fi that. Boring.

Fortunately, with hundreds and hundreds of awesome free and inexpensive iOS apps, you can turn dull, boring photos to works-of-art that any pro would be proud to claim.

Not sure how difficult getting great iPhone pix can be?

No worries. All but a handful of the "do-everything" apps work with only a tap or two. With a single tap you can create an image that looks like it was taken 150 years ago, or 150 years in the future. If you can tap an iPhone or iPad, you can get amazing images without the addition of special lenses or add-on external filters.

This guide walks you through the best features of each app

Written in an easy-to-understand conversational style, this guide is heavily illustrated with iPhone photo apps; some are perfect as shot, others are run through a post-processing app to bring out color, detail, saturation, or brightness. Even if you have no photography experience, you'll quickly learn how to be shooting amazing photos.

Did you know you iDevice could do so much?

  • be a tool for photoblogging
  • add tons more filters if you're an Instagram junkie
  • turn basic controls into high-end digital editing software
  • create an artist's masterpiece
  • remove blemishes and wrinkles
  • make a today's photo look like it was taken a hundred years ago
  • emulate the look of the popular instant cameras
  • take quick action shots
  • turn a nature scene into a breath-taking high-density image
  • and so much more

Bonus Tutorials


  1. How to Create a Flower Masterpiece
  2. How to Create a Textured Painting
  3. How to Create a Watercolor

Let's go shooting!

Scroll up to the top, click the Buy button, then take this manual along with your iPhone or iPad and get out and start shooting!


*Portions of this book were originally published under the title: 35 Must-Have iPhone/iPad Apps for Awesome Pictures. Since initial publication this book has been rewritten, updated, and enlarged.


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  • File Size: 8849 KB
  • Print Length: 99 pages
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0099SJZS2
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #578 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Pleasent Surprise and Great Resource November 9, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
I have to say that, I'm pleasantly surprised by this book. I had no idea of the breathe and depth of photo tools available through the app store.

I stopped carrying a dedicated camera, now that my iPhone has more megapixels, then my old camera has. I found the transferring and photoshopping of the images to my computer, tiresome to get the images to look how I want. This book showed me multiple options for not only taking photos, but manipulating them as well. Nancy's catalogue was extensive, and gives me a lot of different tools to play with.

The writing is clear and concise, with lots of descriptions and photos, that should really help me narrow down the tools I need to keep on my iDevices. It's good to see photos, and examples of what the apps can do; that way I won't have to waste time and money on apps I won't use.

I highly recommend this book if you're a photo-junkie and love to use the camera app on your iDevice; this will give you some serious options on how to handle the photos, before you share them with family, friends and the world.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
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I'll admit that my mobile photos are pretty boring. So lately, I've checked out different apps to help me improve their image quality. The problem? There are literally HUNDREDS of apps in the iTunes store. So it's hard to know which "image editor app" to pick. That's why I found a ton of value from Nancy's book!

Basically, this book is a review of the different apps you can use to edit and add a bit of style to your photos. I found it especially useful since it's geared towards people of different skill levels.

What I liked best is how Nancy detailed the special features that each app offers. Plus, she provides sample photographs of how to use this feature. This small detail really helped me decide which app is right for me. For instance, she listed the "My Sketch" app which turns your apps into eye-catching illustrations. Now I can create lots of images that people will love!

Overall this is a great guide if you're looking to use iPad/iPhone apps to create awesome images!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Aps Thanks November 1, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
25 Must Have iPad Apps for Digital Photogrpahy

I've been a long-time PhotoShop user (starting way back with v. 3!), so when I got my iPad I never saw it as a way to do meaningful digital editing. I played around with some photo apps (like Instagram and Skitch) but I never got into much more than that. When I read this book I realized just how much I could do with the iPad and my digital images. Some of the suggested apps really are just for fun, but I was surprised at the ones that were close to PhotoShop-like features like layers and other high-end adjustments. I also discovered a few apps that create off-the-wall looks that I would have spent a lot of time in PhotoShop creating. What's also great is a bunch of the apps are free - and the complex ones only cost a few bucks.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars THE iPhone app for photos guide November 12, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
Even though I take a lot of iPhone pictures I was surprised to see how sophisticated digital editing has become. For example, I didn't know there were apps that created layers and masks for iPhone photos - I thought this was more in the realm of Photoshop. I liked the layout of this book, the categories, and the photos that were used to illustrate how to use an app or features that were almost hidden from the top view.

I may end up using some of the more advanced editing tools, but I also liked learning about the one-tap apps that could instantly transform a photo into a pop image or a picture that looked like it was painted by a true artist. There's a wide range to choose from - and this book will save me buying a lot of apps that I may never use.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Your photo's don't have to be boring April 16, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
iPhone and iPad photography is a must have if you want to learn more about apps that help you make the best of your photographing experience with your iphone or ipad. I don't have an iphone but use my ipad regularly to make pictures. My favorite app to post them online has always been Instagram. Bu now I am fully aware that I have been selling myself short.
I'll be off to the app store soon to add some new gems to my collection.
The book is filled with useful pictures and descriptions. No more boring photos for me thanks to author Nancy Hendrickson.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
By Carol M
Format:Kindle Edition
I would consider myself a novice when it comes to photography, and as there are so many different apps to choose from that could help to improve the photos I take, I found this book to be a very helpful guide. I have already explored some of the ones that the author has suggested, including Painteresque, which is an app that is easy to use but produces great results. I liked the way the author presented her material, and I found the information that she presented to be thorough and factual, although she did share her personal opinions on quite a few of the various apps, giving the book that personal touch. A highly recommended resource.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome Collection of Apps for Great Pictures November 12, 2012
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You will learn and appreciate the different applications that you can use on your iPhone and other apple gadgets. In fact, you will be surprised to see this collection because all the listed applications are unique.

The details are presented well. Applications are divided according to their categories which makes it easier for you to browse and see. Each application has its own description and the prices are listed.

This book is also filled with images to showcase the function of each application. The description helps a lot in knowing how each application is different from the others.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
1.0 out of 5 stars One Star
Removed after use.
Published 3 months ago by Richard W
5.0 out of 5 stars Well worth the price
Apps increase like rabbits in spring. A book such as this one is a great help in deciding which ones are worth putting to the test. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Paul Q. Fuqua
4.0 out of 5 stars FOUND SOME USEFUL APPS
After reading this book i discovered a couple of useful apps. As with any book of this nature they do date quickly, but for under $3 i am not complaining. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Kevin casey
4.0 out of 5 stars Well written. informative.
Great book with very informative tutorials. A good place for any beginner iphoneographer to start, but not really recommended for the experienced iphoneographer.
Published 13 months ago by bradsbrandy
3.0 out of 5 stars informative
I found some apps I have tried some and I have not tried as of yet. A quick read, enjoy.
Published 16 months ago by BC Clemmons
5.0 out of 5 stars a big help!
The book is very useful and informative. I learned a lot. The only problem is I want all of the apps now. Yikes!
Published 19 months ago by Bibliophilic Voyager
5.0 out of 5 stars Great App Resource for your iPhone and iPad
Thanks to Nancy Hendrickson for putting together such a great resource book for those of us who use iPhones and/or iPads. Read more
Published 20 months ago by KMB13
5.0 out of 5 stars Nice Collection
Good tips and advice. Leads the way in digging through the maze of Apps and filters for what's actually useful.
Published 22 months ago by P. Klinger
4.0 out of 5 stars Worth the price.
Brief but informative and worth the price. I am glad I ordered it. Looking forward to using some of the apps recommended.
Published 23 months ago by Hank
4.0 out of 5 stars A useful evaluation of 35 Apps
If you limit your photography to the iPhone or iPad, this App will help you find may ways to refine and embellish your photos. Read more
Published 24 months ago by Dennis E. Gallus
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