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The Art of iPhoneography: A Guide to Mobile Creativity 2nd Updated ed. Edition
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iPhoneography grew out of the iPhone's ability to process and organize our snaps, and to share these photos via social media. Cell-friendly internet sites such as Twitter, Flickr, Posterous, Tumblr and now Instagram are all a part of this growing social photography phenomenon. The word has emerged from a growing global community who - to use a phrase coined by Sion Fullana - share a common language. That of the Apple iPhone.
The inspirational qualities of this book came as a delightful surprise. I ordered the book because it looked cool, covered a subject I feel passionate about and was written by one of the most respected and talented photographers in the iPhoneography movement. I've been a regular visitor to Stephanie Roberts' Posterous blog and have long loved her ability to share her travel photography whilst on the move around the globe. Her stories and photographs are always compelling and she's one of the reasons I started to really use my iPhone to create. It's so good to find that her communicative skills are in full effect here in this marvelous state-of-the-union address!
I've long held that the heart of iPhoneography is the shoot-and-share element. I love to be able to take a photograph literally in the field and share it with folks across the globe. Why I'm delighted with this perfect little book is that it is focused on personal creativity. It makes me want to try something new. Again.Read more ›
I see this all too often: form (how the book "looks") winning out over content (how well it conveys information). In this case, some of the type is so painfully small that it is difficult to read. The book also goes between black type on white page, interspersed with white type on black page, which is also maddening to try and read. Besides this, the font style is itself not all that readable--again, it proably looks 'cool' to some 20-something graphic artists, which is why it was selected.
Finally they could have offered a few less, but large photos in the examples, which would have gone much further in conveying the ideas in this book.
Pubishers and graphic artists are supposed to know better, but unfortunately, form is all that seems to matter these days. Too bad, especially for a book that is about creating visual images.
The best camera is the one you have with you. For this reason iPhone photography is the future of image capture for the average person, and it will only get better as phone cameras improve and more apps appear. This book is very well designed, nicely laid out and produced with good reproductions on high quality paper and cool typography, as one would expect for an art book. Stephanie Roberts is an excellent writer and book designer who explains the steps of iPhone image capture with many screen shots and brings in a number of third party photo apps for special effects such as a vintage look. There is a chapter of examples by a dozen iPhone photographers, amateur and pro. The orientation of the book is art rather than technology; how to see.
Unfortunately, the book was an incredibly shortsighted project for the author and the publisher. How could anyone write a paper book about the iPhone? The first edition was based on the iPhone 4S. A half hearted Second Edition of the book was put out in 2012. Of course today (Spring 2016) we are on the 6S and the 7 will come out in September. Half the apps referenced in the book, even in the Second Edition, have been abandoned and the other half, upgraded beyond recognition. What a poor investment of time for the author and cost for the publisher to put out a hardcopy book on such a rapidly evolving subject? If Ms Roberts had set up a website instead, it would still be a viable resource.
The book leads you through some of the image manipulation apps for the iPhone; it gives you tips and tricks for creating your own Mona Lisa by Ansel; she invites you to jostle your brain into thinking more creatively and seeing the world around you in new and alternate ways, offering ideas and your own checklist for projects of your own; and, she has assmbled a resource guide to some of the leading web sites, image outlets, such as the premiere virtual gallery Pixels At An Exhibition, blogs, and app review sites; all laid out in a concise, creative and snappy manner. With this book in hand, anyone with an iPhone, an eye for the visual and some of the leading apps like Hipstamatic, Iris, Autostitch, Camera+, Juxtaposer, PhotoStudio and others will at the very least be able to bump-up your creative output with the iPhone camera a few notches.
As a fellow iPhoneographer and new media artist I can only applaud Stephanie's ability to take what to some may be arcane and deliver it in a thought-provoking, clever, rather expansive and creative manner. For the price of three cups of Starbucks you will learn a good amount of information on this new form of image creation and, unlike drinking your coffee to the bottom of the cup, after a few snaps of the camera button you'll have some masterful imagery that lasts forever!
If you have an iPhone, take pictures and want to excel at the craft then this book is for you! If not, buy it anyway - it's shape is cute enough!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Really dates - some of the apps are no longer made/updated/supported. For the basics - get a used copy!Published 6 months ago by Tom M
I ordered this book for my sister. She likes it. It was a successful gift. I would order it again.Published on April 27, 2014 by Amazon Customer
Very interesting book and reference guide. I highly recommend it as a compliment to other resources on the market today.Published on March 4, 2014 by Ron
This book is an excellent resource to those wanting to take up iPhonography. It is well laid out, with ideas and examples from the author, and other leading iPhoneographers. Read morePublished on January 8, 2014 by J. A. Thomas
I hoped to learn something I hadn't figured out for myself as a matter of course, but this is more a beginner's workbook and, for me, a bore. Read morePublished on December 18, 2013 by Cinemaphile
love this little book...
lots inspiration, ideas...it did bring up the Apps, but, the whole book is more like brainstorming...
I wanted to find out about what apps to seek out first. Some of this book's information in that regard is outdated - some apps have disappeared, some changed and changed names,... Read morePublished on July 16, 2013 by gloworm