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on April 7, 2011
I guess I'm one of those Apple iPhone users who uses the word iPhoneography a lot. I spend well over an hour each morning taking iPhone photos down at our local beach and have been a part of this iPhoneography movement for a few years now. I love my iPhone and I'm sure you know someone who is as fascinated with it as I am.

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.

Sion Fullana recently described his iPhoneography as being "like a diary of moments and emotions" and here Stephanie Roberts explains her own very personal projects and encourages us to do the same through simple introductions to the best apps, and the social media we have available to us. The world of apps is explained, the best tools demonstrated and all with a personal touch.

A wonderful 'Find Your Focus' section introduces us to nine of the most interesting practitioners of the art of the iPhone. All nine are amazing photographers who are very open to sharing their vision. We quickly get to know the different ways that they have taken their private mobile phone snaps into a realm of creativity that is rewarding, inspiring and - thanks to app developers and the buzz around the various social media areas - sociable too.

This book is the perfect gift for anyone who owns an iPhone and an eye for a snap. It is a great introduction to the different ways that you can enhance your cellphone photos, but more than that it is an inspiration to tap into the iPhone's amazing capabilities to create, to experiment, to inspire and to share with others.

The book is also perfect for anyone who has a passion for digital photography in general. The book explains how the iPhone camera can tap into skills you already have, and bring them to bear in an altogether more personal way.

I personally love this inspiring and well-designed book and consider it a perfect little gem!
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on April 7, 2011
Stephanie has created an exciting guide to an exciting new field of photography - iPhoneography. One could argue that it is an entirely new medium in and of itself and Stephanie is indeed one of its christened spellcasters. She explores and elucidates the seeming magic behind creating innovative imagery with your iPhone all in a neat little package that looks like a camera.

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!
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VINE VOICEon November 28, 2011
This is an update a review I wrote in 2011:

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.
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on July 16, 2013
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, and there are many new ones not covered. But still, it gave me the start I needed.

I became interested in the work of a couple of the featured photographers, and that was very inspirational to me.

For folks just starting out who want the same thing, I would definitely recommend this book.
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on April 6, 2011
This book is a wonderful introduction and complete resource into the wonderful world of iPhoneography. Throughout you will learn about many great apps at your disposal and will be introduced to many great iPhoneographers. What Stephanie does so well is give the reader through her own words and photographs so many great insights on how to enjoy taking pictures and how to get better at it. This book will keep you inspired. Join the community, it is well worth it.
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on August 13, 2012
If you just got an Iphone, this book will explain the camera app from A to Z.
if you are familiar with the iphone camera, just skip the first chapters.

This book reviews a some camera apps such as, hipstamatic, photoshop express, lo-mob, photo FX and tiltshiftfocus.
Ihe chapter 5 you can find some inspiring photographers that use wonderful iphone apps.

I would definitely recommend this book because it encourages you to be creative.
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on January 10, 2016
Really dates - some of the apps are no longer made/updated/supported. For the basics - get a used copy!
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on January 8, 2014
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. This is my go to book when I need fresh ideas!
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on March 3, 2013
The author show many interesting photo of her own and other creative folks using the iPhone. She outlines methods to avoid what photographers call shutter freeze. Her suggested topics are a starting point for developing interesting portfolios right in your own backyard.
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on January 25, 2016
purchased as a gift for my husband--he's very happy with this
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