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For the past fifteen years, Allan Hoffman has been the technology columnist for The Star-Ledger, New Jersey's largest daily newspaper, where he writes about Internet culture and trends, the iPhone, and digital photography. His work has appeared in Newsday, the New York Times, Wired.com, and many other magazines and newspapers. He maintains a photoblog at whatiseenow.com and spent much of his teenage years in his high school's darkroom.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: No Starch Press; 1 edition (February 7, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1593272855
  • ISBN-13: 978-1593272852
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 0.6 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #335,158 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Allan Hoffman is a writer whose work has appeared in Newsday, P.O.V., Rutgers Magazine, Wired News, Worth, Yahoo Internet Life, and many other newspapers, magazines, and literary publications. He is the author of CREATE GREAT IPHONE PHOTOS (No Starch Press, 2011), a book about iPhone photography, and runs an iPhoneography blog at http://www.whatiseenow.com. Over the past 25+ years, Allan has written about everything from skateboarding to Frank Sinatra to dotcom startups. He received an award from the Society of Professional Journalists for a story on the Chinese concept of guanxi and a fellowship from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts for fiction writing. He is the author of 50 FUN WAYS TO INTERNET (Career Press, 1995 and 1998), one of the earliest consumer-oriented books about the web, and the personal technology columnist for The Star-Ledger, New Jersey's largest newspaper. He has been interviewed about technology topics on various television and radio programs, including NBC's "Early Today," C-SPAN's "Washington Journal," CNNfn, and NPR's "All Things Considered."

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23 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Mary Jane on March 2, 2011
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It may be great for the photography and iphoneography beginner. This book discusses the best/most loved camera and filters apps. So it is a good guide on what apps to get. But it doesn't discuss in-depth the effects each filter app gives.

The basics on manipulating contrast, saturation, levels, histogram etc are there, but no mention that adjusting the histogram/levels will also increase contrast and create a color shift, so you may want to adjust those as well. No mention of the many things Iris Photo Suite does other than ColorSense and Layers (it does cropping, aligning, color balance, has a basic histogram etc). And even layers are not explained fully (that Multiply darkens, Screen lightens, etc). I understand that the Photo Fx app was only touched briefly, because going into all its effects would require a book on it's own.

The camera apps are explained well. From the filters (or effects) apps however, only Iris, PhotoForge, PhotoGene, Perfect Photo, and Photo Fx are discussed in any depth. The rest are mentioned briefly, and more in the style of which buttons to press to load and save a picture. It's more like a manual for the user interface of each app. For example, Hipstamatic and Swankolab deserved a lot more explanation on what each filter/lens does.

I already have most of the apps mentioned, and know the basics of what they can do, because they are easy to understand. I wanted to learn what each app excels at, like "Hipstamatic's Helga Viking lens accentuates blues and reds, and applies strong contrast and medium grain to the pictures", "Cross Process' Basic setting gives photos a toned down, earthy look". This way, if I was looking for a particular effect, I would know which apps to turn to. This book doesn't do it.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Katie C. Nelson VINE VOICE on September 14, 2011
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This book covers a lot of basic information about using the iPhone camera, but it goes way beyond that. I was a little embarrassed to realize that I didn't know about touching the screen to change the area of camera focus! My favorite part of the book is all the enabling for apps, especially tips for self-timer and burst mode apps. I was also pleased to see links to blogs and websites for creative inspiration.

This book covers a wide range of topics related to iPhone photography:
-Basic information (user manual type of detailing)
-How to customize your iPhone camera with apps and seettings
-Photo editing
-Special effects, filters, creative techniques
-Sharing and storing photos
-Blogging your photos
-Sources for inspiration

Close to 200 pages of good information!
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By My2Cents VINE VOICE on April 10, 2011
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I never thought my iPhone would take the place of my Sony Digital camera...but it has. My iPhone is always with me, and as a result I am constantly snapping pictures of the pets, friends, nature shots....you name it. The quality with the original iPhone was not that great, but with the iPhone 4 it is so much better. I knew there had to still be someway to improve the quality of the pictures taken with the iPhone 4 and this book made ALL the difference.

Create Great iPhone Photos: Apps, Tips, Tricks and Effects, gives the basics about taking pictures with your phone, but in addition, it gave me so much info that I was not aware of about photography APPS (many free too) that can make your pictures looks very professional. I tried Adobe Photoshop Express already and love what I was able to do with this free APP. Color Splash and Photo gene are a few other APPS that look great and I hope to try.

I loved the fact that this book covered so many areas from taking pictures, applying filter, publishing and sharing right from your phone. This is a tell all, well written reference book. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By O. Brown HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on July 20, 2011
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I never knew that the camera in my iPhone was so powerful! This book explores the iPhone camera from a beginner level, but also includes many advanced and professional apps for readers who are more advanced photographers. I just skipped over those as there was more than enough for me as a photography and camera newbie. The book explains the iPhone camera thoroughly, shows which apps do what types of functions, and shows examples of how professionals use them, too, not just amateurs. I

I like the book because it shows you everything you need to know to decide if an app is for you or not. It tells you why someone would want to use it, and who would not be a good candidate for using it. It's great to be able to see how the apps work in advance.

The book covered features of the iPhone camera, how to customize the camera, how to edit photos right on the iPhone, using filters and effects, making photos retro, fun and offbeat effects, sharing your photo's, and photoblogging. It was a fun book to read, too, not dry at all, and got me so excited about using my iPhone camera. I just got a dozen or so apps (which the book showed me how to organize) and I'm off to shoot some pictures!

Highly recommended.
*****
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Philly gal VINE VOICE on April 1, 2011
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Who knew you could do so many interesting things with iphone photos! I have been taking pictures with my iphone since I got it. I never did anything but point and shoot. After reading this book I am excited with all of the interesting things that can be done with the iphone camera. The book goes through the basics of how to use the camera (I also learned a few things here about the cameras ability to compensate for over and under exposures). It covers getting pictures off of the camera and on to your computer and also how to upload them to social networks. There is a section on apps for the camera that I found particularly useful. In clear concise language the author explains what each of these apps does. I particularly liked the You Gotta See This app (bought it right away). There is a section on editing the photos right on the iphone and some of the software that allows this. There are color illustrations on just about every page in the book and I found all of the instructions very easy to follow.
I recommend this book to anyone taking any pictures on the iphone; the book is easy to follow and crammed full of useful information.
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