Saturday, 28 January 2012

Top 5 books about iPhone photography

List by Tosca

"There is only you and your camera. The limitations in your photography are in yourself, for what we see is what we are."
- Ernst Haas

I heart my iPhone. Indecently so. In fact, I heart it so much that it goes everywhere I do and it sees whatever I see. I am never more than a jacket pocket away from taking a picture, clearing an RSS feed, catching up with family on Facebook, sharing a link on Twitter or staying on top of both work and personal emails. Thanks to the quality of the camera, and a small variety of apps, I've re-discovered how much I enjoy taking photos (one of which is attached to this post). Judging by my instagram stream maybe a little *too* much. (Feel free to go through my images on my instagram stream, any image I take is purposely meant for sharing and inviting comment). Some of my photos are quite beautiful, and some are amazingly dumb. A sibling asked me the other day, "Why do you take so many photos? Why do you feel such a burning need to share them all? Do you think people really care?" (There is no critic more harsh than your own family members). I take so many photos because so many things catch my interest. I have no clear answer. I just know that sometimes things/situations/people catch some part of your mind and, for reasons not always known to you, need to be captured forever. Need to be documented. And so I take a photo...for me, for the moment, to show beauty wherever you find it (yes, even in the most strangely mundane things/places), for the art of it, for personal satisfaction, to create memories, for entertainment, for reflection, in the hope that what I see in my head translates just as well as a physical image, to challenge (myself and others) and always, always because sometimes a photo I've taken can frame feelings and thoughts I sometimes cannot find the words for. Whoa. This turned into a rather deep post and that wasn't my intent. But I'll roll with it, anyway. I've used all of the books below in my hope to be able to achieve all of the above. Not fanatically so, though, just in ways that work for me. So, if you have a passing interest in photography that is coupled with an indecent stalker-ish type of love for your iPhone camera, this post is just what you need :)

What camera apps do you use?

Create great iPhone photos : apps, tips, tricks, and effects / Allan Hoffman
This richly illustrated, full-color book teaches iPhone users how to manipulate and publish images straight from an iPhone camera, without the hassle of memory cards, connection cables, or complex desktop photo editing tools. You own the world's most versatile, customizable camera: your iPhone. Out of the box, your iPhone camera is no-frills, but you can transform it into a digital darkroom, photo editing suite, and photoblogging tool all rolled into one . . . if you know how to use it. Create Great iPhone Photos shows you how to take great iPhone photographs—and even turn your not-so-hot photos into thrillingly inventive, atmospheric images. Author and iPhone photographer Allan Hoffman shows you how to harness the full potential of your iPhone's camera and turn it into a wildly fun tool for photographic creativity. You'll learn tips and tricks for generating effects, applying filters, and manipulating your images with wonderfully innovative apps—all right on your iPhone. And you'll be inspired by interviews with today's top iPhone photographers and galleries of their impressive work.

Killer photos with your iPhone / Matthew Bamber, Kris Krug, and Greg Ketchum
Killer Photos with Your iPhone shows you how to take fantastic pictures using the camera built right into your iPhone. Because of its portability and unique capabilities, the iPhone camera is now one of the most popular digital cameras on the market, and this book shows you how to do everything from taking simple pictures to using apps to snap and create innovative images. You'll find information on the basics of shooting with an iPhone, including how to aim, compose, and focus your shots, as well as shooting within an app platform, and even post-processing. Many of the most popular photography apps are covered, and explained option-by-option with full-color images that allow you to see the progression of the app all at once instead of step-by-step. Covering both the 3G and 3GS iPhone models, this book will have you shooting, editing, and sharing killer photos in no time!

Capturing better photos & video with your iPhone / J. Dennis Thomas
A guide to capturing photographs and video with the iPhone covers such topics as resolution, lighting, apps, composition, and editing. Packed with unique advice, tips, and tricks, this one-of-a-kind, full-color reference presents step-by-step guidance for taking the best possible quality photos and videos using your iPod or iPhone. Top This unique book walks you through everything from composing a picture, making minor edits, and posting content to using apps to create more dynamic images. You’ll quickly put to use this up-to-date coverage of executing both common and uncommon photo and video tasks on your mobile device.

The art of iPhoneography : a guide to mobile creativity / Stephanie C. Roberts
The iPhone is an iconic product, and every one includes a camera, always at hand. This is a book for every iPhone owner with an interest in creating stylish, fashionable, exciting and unique photos, wherever they are. iPhone users are always talking about the latest apps, and with good reason; for pennies, extra features can be added to the phone in seconds, including hundreds of tools for photographers. This book selects the best and teaches how to use them through clear illustrations, inspirational images and a friendly instructional text. But this is no mere software manual; this is a book to inspire creative photographers. A series of photographic challenges that everyone can undertake will let you gain in confidence and train you
to see great opportunities for arresting photos, wherever you are.

The best camera is the one that's with you : Iphone photography / by Chase Jarvis
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, 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!

1 comment:

mj said...

The camera (and associated apps) is one of the many reasons I covet an iPhone.

I often find myself wishing I could take a quick snap - in fact that saying "the things you see when you don't have a camera" is very fitting for me!