The Art of iPhone Photography: Creating Great Photos and Art on Your iPhone

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The Art of iPhone Photography explores how 45 of today's best iPhonegraphers from around the world conceived, composed, and created some of their finest and best-known pieces-all in their own words. Through an understanding of the artists' visions, creative decisions, and techniques, beginning through advanced iPhoneographers will immediately be able to apply what they learn and take their own photographic art to the next level.

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Overview

The Art of iPhone Photography explores how 45 of today's best iPhonegraphers from around the world conceived, composed, and created some of their finest and best-known pieces-all in their own words. Through an understanding of the artists' visions, creative decisions, and techniques, beginning through advanced iPhoneographers will immediately be able to apply what they learn and take their own photographic art to the next level.

Key features of the book include:

  • A wide variety of styles and subjects: Landscapes, street photography, abstracts, architecture, portraits, collages, concept pieces, etc.
  • Detailed tutorials: Example artworks from authors and contributing photographers accompanied by descriptions of how each piece was created from both a creative and technical standpoint
  • Explanations for practical use of nearly 100 apps, including BlurFX, Camera+, Iris Photo Suite (now Laminar), Juxtaposer, Photogene2, Pixlr-o-matic, ScratchCam FX, Snapseed, Superimpose, and TouchRetouch
  • iPhoneography gallery: A stunning showcase of works by notable iPhoneographers

Always on, always at hand, and inconspicuously deployed, today's smartphones empower us to record the world in ever newer and more personal ways. By leveraging the photo-editing applications found on the iPhone, professional and amateur photographers alike are able to create not only editorial imagery, but also creative art.

"Nicki Fitz-Gerald and Bob Weil, at iPhoneographyCentral.com, have built a community dedicated to the burgeoning collaboration between art and technology that is iPhoneography. Their site, and now this book, offer extensive, in-depth tutorials both for budding iPhoneographers looking to advance their craft, and professionals attempting to harness a new toolkit in service of their vision.

What they bring to the table is their belief that 'revealing the man behind the curtain' does not diminish the teacher. Technique does not the artist make, but it does enable the newcomer to find his or her own voice. With thousands of apps available and more flooding the market daily, every new iPhoneographer wonders, What apps should I use? The answer to that question is so complex, with so many variables, that an illustrated tutorial such as this becomes an invaluable tool. There is really nothing like it.

It does not offer the advice of a single artist or showcase images from a small artistic segment. Indeed, it offers up stories, knowledge, tips, and secrets from many of the key players in the formation of this movement, showcasing more than 40 artists and tutorials and 80 pages of iPhonic art."

- Daria Polichetti, Co-Founder of Los Angeles Mobile Arts Festival

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781937538187
  • Publisher: Rocky Nook
  • Publication date: 8/28/2013
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 352
  • Sales rank: 244,444
  • Product dimensions: 9.80 (w) x 7.90 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Bob Weil leads something of a double life marketing professional by day and covert iPhoneography creative and evangelist by night. Currently, he directs the creative development of websites, video, and online marketing initiatives for high-end real estate clients. Taking and editing pictures with his iPhone consumes most of his free time.

Bob has written a number of feature articles, tutorials, and product reviews for computer graphics, animation, web design, and health information technology magazines, and produced special effects for Virtuosity, a Paramount film. He also co-authored an Internet programming and marketing book called Drag 'n' Drop CGI: Enhance Your Web Site Without Programming. In the mid-1990s, he co-founded an Internet marketing services firm, and later went to work for Disney Studios, developing and overseeing all film, music, DVD, and book websites.

Twelve of Bob's images were invited to the Los Angeles Mobile Arts Festival 2012, the largest exhibition of iPhone art in the world to date. Also in 2012, Bob's work was exhibited at the Orange County Center for Contemporary Art in California and the Darkroom Gallery in Vermont. Four of his images won awards at the 2013 Mobile Photo Awards and were displayed at the Soho Gallery for Digital Art in New York City. Bob was also a featured artist in Dan Marcolina's eBook MobileMasters.

Bob currently co-manages iPhoneographyCentral.com with Nicki Fitz-Gerald and speaks on iPhoneography topics. His online gallery can be seen on iPhoneArt.com at:iphoneart.com/users/4431/galleries. Bob describes his approach to narrative vs. documentary iPhoneography in a video on the Mobile Photo Awards site: the-mpas.com/conceptual-photography-​with-bob-weil/.

Nicki Fitz-Gerald began her career as an illustrator in London after graduating from Chelsea School of Art in 1990. Her illustration work has been widely published in mainstream and business publications, and has been used on book covers for The Women's Press.

Since 2002, Nicki has been employed as a graphic designer. The purchase of an iPhone 3G caused her to become a "hopelessly addicted iPhoneographer," as it provided an outlet for creative expression outside the constraints of her day job. Her iPhone photos have since been highlighted in a number of online and gallery exhibitions. Several of her images have been featured on Life in LoFi's weekly gallery "FavedonFlickr," and her image Flamin' Amy, shown on the cover of this book, won 4th place in Life in LoFi's Faved of the Year 2011. Five of Nicki's images won awards at the 2013 Mobile Photo Awards, including the top prize in the Appstract Digital Painting category. All five were displayed at the Soho Digital Art gallery in New York City.

In April 2011, after finding no central online resource for learning the art of iPhoneography, Nicki created iPhoneographyCentral.com. The website provides a place for both beginners and experts to share tips, techniques, and ideas via step-by-step tutorials.

Nicki now divides her time between her day job, family, the iPC website and iPhoneography. Her online gallery can be seen on iPhoneArt.com at: iphoneart.com/users/420/galleries.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 5, 2014

    Pros: Something to inspire any almost any iPhone photographer; n

    Pros: Something to inspire any almost any iPhone photographer; numerous examples of photographs made with iPhone and explanations of the post-capture techniques and apps used to make them.
    Cons: Almost too many examples!

    Conflict of interest: A copy of this book was provided to the reviewer by O’Reilly Publishing.

    If you have yearned to do something more with the photographs that you make with your iPhone than the minor retouching offered in iPhoto, Weil’s and Fitz-Gerald’s “The Art of iPhone Photography” will open your eyes.  It might just blow your eyes away!

    Most folks use iPhoto to retouch their photographs with the goal of making more representative of what they saw.  The photographs in this book were manipulated to better represent the vision of the photographer, which almost never looks like what you would have seen had you stood next to them when they made the photograph.  Colors have been enhanced or muted, textures and color casts added, color has been rendered in monotones, and multiple images have been combined.  The result could be chaotic and uninteresting, but the photographs in “The Art of iPhone Photography” are all well seen and well executed.

    Weil’s and Fitz-Gerald’s purpose is not only to exhibit excellent photography; it is to explain to the inspired reader the artistic vision and the techniques used to produce the photographs.  The book consists of two broad tutorials and a gallery.  The tutorials, one for photography and the other for illustration and fine art, are distinguished by the degree of abstraction in the works.  The portraits and landscapes in the first tutorial are highly refined products of an original photographs.  With the exception of one diptych, they are singular images.  They may be composites for dynamic range control (HDR) or panoramas, but the final result is straightforwardly recognizable as a product made from an initial photograph.  I think that most photographers who do not have a fine art or graphic art background will find the information in this tutorial to be the most relevant to expanding their own vision.  The images in the second broad tutorial are much more complex constructs and in some cases are not recognizable as photographs. These require greater intellectual study to appreciate and to execute. 

    Each of the broad tutorials are themselves a collection of tutorials.  In each, a photographer presents a photograph, explains the artistic vision behind it, and then describes how the initial photograph was manipulated to arrive at the final result.  In all cases, the photographer lists the various apps used, which could range from as few as one up to nearly a dozen.  The descriptions of the techniques vary considerably, too.  Some artists outline the broad steps and which apps were used for each step.  Others go into more detail, giving the specific settings used in the app.  In nearly every case, they display intermediate results.

    No two artists have the same workflow.  I was in fact amazed at how many different iOS apps do the same or similar things. This is one aspect that may be frustrating for some readers: no one formula is presented for achieving a particular result.  I think that “The Art of iPhone Photography” is a book to be perused.  Find images that inspire you and learn how they were made.  You’ll probably buy a variety of apps before finding the ones that work best for you.

    Weil and Fitz-Gerald collect all of the apps named but the artists in an appendix with references back to where they were used.  They also briefly describe the app.  You can return to the original tutorials for more detailed descriptions.

    I highly recommend this book to anyone who uses an iPhone and who wants to take their photography to a new level.

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