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Create Great iPhone Photos: Apps, Tips, Tricks, and Effects Paperback – February 7, 2011
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About the Author
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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Top Customer Reviews
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.
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.
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
-Special effects, filters, creative techniques
-Sharing and storing photos
-Blogging your photos
-Sources for inspiration
Close to 200 pages of good information!
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!
I recommend this book to anyone taking any pictures on the iphone; the book is easy to follow and crammed full of useful information.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is a great book and is easy to read, It has good information and tips and I would differently recommend itPublished on April 19, 2014 by Gai McFadden
I bought this book as a birthday gift for my son, as he really enjoys iPhone photography. With all the photo apps out there, this book makes it easy to choose what apps you need... Read morePublished on September 8, 2013 by David J.
I really loved this book. I have an iPhone 3GS and had not been using it for taking pictures, but I never wanted to carry around my bulky digital SLR. Read morePublished on April 29, 2011 by Caroline
This is a wonderful book for iPhone users. It showcases what you can and can't do with your iPhone camera and there are loads of sample pics in color to gawk at. Read morePublished on April 24, 2011 by Therabbitssing
I had no idea my little iPhone could do so much! After I bought the Hipstamatic app and downloaded Instragram, I became really interested in photo-editing possibilities. Read morePublished on April 21, 2011 by jennifer
Wow! If you think taking photos with your iPhone is limited or boring this book will pleasantly prove you wrong! Read morePublished on April 11, 2011 by Andrew Kavanagh
In my younger years I was into photography and even had an in-home dark room for some time using traditional film and chemical processing. Read morePublished on April 2, 2011 by Caliaha
This books includes great tips for different iPhone camera apps and how to use them. One issue however is that the apps are constantly evolving via updates and new apps are always... Read morePublished on March 30, 2011 by PHOTOTRISTAN