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The Best Camera Is The One That's With You: iPhone Photography by Chase Jarvis (Voices That Matter) [Paperback]

by Chase Jarvis
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September 25, 2009 0321684788 978-0321684783 1
A beacon of creativity with boundless energy, Chase Jarvis is well known as a visionary photographer, director, and social artist. In The Best Camera Is The One That’s With You, Chase reimagines, examines, and redefines the intersection of art and popular culture through images shot with his iPhone.

The pictures in the book, all taken with Chase’s iPhone, make up a visual notebook—a photographic journal—from the past year of his life. The book is full of visually-rich iPhone photos and peppered with inspiring anecdotes.

Two megapixels at a time, these images have been gathered and bound into a book that represents a stake in the ground. With it, Chase underscores the idea that an image can come from any camera, even a mobile phone. As Chase writes, “Inherently, we all know that an image isn’t measured by its resolution, dynamic range, or anything technical. It’s measured by the simple—sometimes profound, other times absurd or humorous or whimsical—effect that it can have upon us. If you can see it, it can move you.”

This book is geared to inspire everyone, regardless of their level of photography knowledge, that you can capture moments and share them with our friends, families, loved ones, or the world at the press of a button.

Readers of The Best Camera Is The One That’s With You will also enjoy the iPhone application Chase Jarvis created in conjunction with this book, appropriately named Best Camera. Best Camera has a unique set of filters and effects that can be applied at the touch of a button. Stack them. Mix them. Remix them. Best Camera also allows you to share directly to a host of social marketing sites via www.thebestcamera.com, a new online community that allows you to contribution to a living, breathing gallery of the best iPhone photography from around the globe.

Together, the book, app, and website, represent a first-of-its-kind ecosystem dedicated to encouraging creativity through picture taking with the camera that you already have. The Best Camera Is The One That’s With You—shoot!

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About the Author

Chase Jarvis is well known as a visionary photographer, director, and social artist. He is widely recognized for re-imagining, examining, and redefining the intersection of art and popular culture through still and moving pictures. While commercial work for brands like Nike, Pepsi, Volvo, Reebok, Apple, and Red Bull have earned him recognition from the International Photography Awards, The Advertising Photographers of America, Prix de la Photographie Paris, and numerous other industry buzz centers, his recent push into personal work and fine art has rapidly gained the attention of curators and art critics, mainstream audiences, and celebrity circles worldwide. The online hub for Jarvis and his work is at http://www.chasejarvis.com

Product Details

  • Series: Voices That Matter
  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: New Riders; 1 edition (September 25, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0321684788
  • ISBN-13: 978-0321684783
  • Product Dimensions: 2.3 x 2.4 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (60 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #251,568 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Chase Jarvis is well known as a visionary photographer, director, and social artist. He is widely recognized for re-imagining, examining, and redefining the intersection of art and popular culture through still and moving pictures. While commercial work for brands like Nike, Pepsi, Volvo, Reebok, Apple, and Red Bull have earned him recognition from the International Photography Awards, The Advertising Photographers of America, Prix de la Photographie Paris, and numerous other industry buzz centers, his recent push into personal work and fine art has rapidly gained the attention of curators and art critics, mainstream audiences, and celebrity circles worldwide. The online hub for Jarvis and his work is at http://www.chasejarvis.com.

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33 of 40 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful and inspiring September 30, 2009
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This book is a brilliant demonstration of what a talented and creative artist can do with the most basic tools. Chase Jarvis gives us 200+ photos taken with his iPhone and processed only using iPhone-based tools (no Photoshop!). In a way, this is comparable to the kinds of exercises that are sometimes done in other artistic fields, such as painting a picture using only two primary colors or writing a novel without the letter E (both of which have been done) -- a conscious device to spur experimentation to discover ways of working with or around the limitation one has chosen to adopt. But there is a crucial difference here: the use of the iPhone is itself a solution to the problem of not always having a camera in hand and ready to shoot whenever a photographic opportunity presents itself. And this is the point of the book: that there are always such opportunities around us, and that you don't necessarily need an expensive camera rig to catch them. Jarvis writes, "There are at least ten great pictures waiting to be taken within ten meters of where you are standing right now." This book is his proof.

Another inspiring aspect of the book is the way Jarvis sometimes takes advantage of the iPhone's limitations. It is not a high-resolution camera, nor are its optics any match for the better compact point-and-shoots on the market today (let alone any SLR), but Jarvis shows that this can be useful. Some of his pictures actually benefit from imperfect focus, digital noise, and limited dynamic range. In a few cases, I found solutions in his work to failed pictures that I have taken. I can see now that those pictures failed, at least in part, because the images were technically too precise. I played by the usual rules of photography (correct focus and exposure, etc.) when I should have broken them.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It's All About The Idea And The Execution February 24, 2010
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This book is great for one reason. It's simplicity is inspiring. Everyone takes pictures with their camera phones, but most people just brush them off as "not good enough." This book is proof-positive that "not good enough" can be "good enough to publish a book with." On top of this, add what other reviews have called The Best Camera "Trifecta" and you get an ecosystem that is both creative and technically genius. Great work, Chase.
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13 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Inspiring September 30, 2009
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Chase has done it again. The Best Camera is like visual proof that Jarvis' manifesto (the best camera is the one that's with you, and it doesn't have to be fancy) is right on the money. His images, and the way they've been curated into this mini-exhibit, are inspiring. It's not a how-to book, in fact it claims to be nothing more than what it is - a collection of images that re-examine the intersection of art and pop-culture. If you're looking for technique, move along. If you're looking for inspiration, this is a great reminder that the brand wars (Canon vs. Nikon) are irrelevant and that the camera really has so little to do with this art. I love this book and will pick it up time and time again just to stir the paint and poke the muse a little. Well done, Chase.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars This is art? June 30, 2013
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I agree with the idea that people can take excellent pictures with any camera--the skill is in the photographer and not the camera. However if I had to depend on the pictures in this book to convince me, I would remain unconvinced. Many of the pictures in this book are over-exposed, under-exposed or blurry. Some of the pictures are make no sense (who wants a picture of an empty toilet paper roll?)
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21 of 29 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars chase rocks September 25, 2009
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chase is the walking embodiment of the digital tsunami we are in the midst of. cool thing is he blends traditional ink on paper with an app that extends the reach and enjoyment of all this to lots and lots of folks, more than would just get a book, or just get an app. he puts himself at the middle of the wonderfully frenetic intersection where imagery meets and is augmented by technology with his talents and his generous nature....this book is just like chase...cool, in the moment, and visually smart.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars My thoughts November 24, 2009
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I reviewed this book on my blog (and provided a few samples with permission from the author). Here's what I wrote:

Chase Jarvis is an award winning, internationally renowned photographer based in Seattle, WA. While Chase is well known for his innovative commercial work, he has also gained a large following through online forums due to his willingness to share advice / tips on his blog, his inspiring collection of personal photography and his advocacy of social networking.

"The Best Camera is the one that's with you" is his latest initiative, a 256 page photography book featuring only images taken with his iPhone. The book was released in 2009, and also coincides with his online iPhone photo ecosystem via the website [...]. I purchased my copy through Amazon a couple of weeks ago and just managed to get around to reviewing it.

The book itself comes in a minimalist, small format (6 x 6 x 0.7 inches). There is little in the way of written work, consisting mostly of images and titles, with a few of Chase's personal inspirational quotes scattered throughout. The photos are clearly the focus of the book, with each one attempting to underscore the statement that it's "the photographer that matters". Chase cover a wide range of both subjects and locations with images shot from plane windows, around the streets of Seattle, in bars and restaurants and by hotel pools. It's clear that Jarvis' iPhone goes pretty much everywhere he does. Many get a heavy dose of post processing, using a variety of filters. Several shots are black and white, others highly saturated mimicking a Holga or Lomo like effect. Others receive a lensbaby like finishing. The effects are wide and varied and it keeps things fresh. The quality of the shots themselves vary.
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1.0 out of 5 stars love chase, not impressed in any way with this book - looks like...
love chase, not impressed in any way with this book - looks like something my 4th grader did..
and did not do very well.
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Published 2 months ago by Keith Winn
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book, Chase!
Love Chase Jarvis and his book is inspiring. You can feel the inspiration as you open up each page of this book. He makes me want to go out and take more photos.
Published 5 months ago by sketchalot
1.0 out of 5 stars Only a picture book
95% photos, 5% text. I wanted to learn something. Anything. But no, this is simply one man's photo log. Atrocious.
Published 5 months ago by Vlatte
5.0 out of 5 stars have this on my coffee table and pick it up all the time.
I have watch Chase Jarvis on his podcast and youtube channel. I really enjoy having some of his work in print form in my home.
Published 9 months ago by Thomas
3.0 out of 5 stars Low Quality Print, but great photos.
The book is kind of low quality, versus some other photographers books out there. I am a big fan of the artist, so this was a let down. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Bradley
4.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful Little Photo Book!
This book is a phenomenal example of doing more with less and proof that a great photographer can make amazing photos no matter what camera they use. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Daniel Simonson
4.0 out of 5 stars It's better than okay.
Not to say that it was great. But it's a basic topic and the author did a very good job.
Published 14 months ago by Neil
2.0 out of 5 stars A compilation of overhyped snapshots
It beats me trying to fathom where these good reviews about "wonderful and inspiring" pictures are coming from. Read more
Published 16 months ago by asarkar
5.0 out of 5 stars Extremely Helpful Book
For those looking for help to take better photos with their iPhone, this is the resource for you. Great price and quickly delivered to my iPad. Read more
Published 17 months ago by James R DeGraw
3.0 out of 5 stars Not that impressive
I agree iphone camera is good, but people often use all kinds of filters and make them pop out. I don't say this is not good, but let us not just glorify that iphone is the... Read more
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