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Book Review: The Art of iPhoneography by Stephanie C. Roberts

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I’ll start this out by saying I’m a relative novice when it comes to digital photography and only slightly less of a novice when it comes to my iPad2. Really wanting to take advantage of the camera on my iPad2, I eagerly read through The Art of iPhoneography for knowledge and inspiration.

While the book is written for the iPhone, much of the information I’ve found can easily be applied to an iPad or even a digital camera. Granted with the iPad, some of the apps may be different and the digital camera won’t have apps available but the information in this book will help you sharpen your photography skills.

The book starts out with the iPhone camera basics that help you to learn to shoot, organize, access, back up and share your images using the native camera and image library included in your iPhone. Once you have the basics down, you’ll learn about a variety of apps that you can download, their key features and steps to make their use most effective.

I was thrilled that the author included several free apps in this list because my budget as a beginner doesn’t really allow me to invest in expensive apps.

After a brief introduction to the apps the author uses, you are offered 100 “secret missions” that will help you become more creative in how you use your camera. The author encourages you to publish your images online so you can track how your skills have evolved over time. There is a Flickr group available that you can join and share your images of these challenges.

The author also offers suggestions for you how you can track which missions you’ve done and which ones require more or less time. There are tons of photographs included that will inspire you in your own photography as well as give you examples of what the author means for those of us not all that familiar with photography terms.

The next chapter encourages you to shoot how you feel and offers suggestions on how to use iPhoneography to document the special moments in your life and your different emotions. There are really tons of suggestions in this chapter to spark your creativity.

I’m not an overly creative photographer. I see something & take a picture of it. This chapter has helped me think about different ways to photograph things to capture feelings. There is a handy chart to help you keep track of the emotions you’ve captured and shared on the Flickr group.

Once you have the basics down, the author explores how to find a different focus in your photographs and introduces you to different photographers and the apps they use to create their images. The final chapter is all about the online community you can join and the different apps you can use to create your photo journal. There is also a resource list with websites, iPhoneographers to follow, additional resources to read/use, and a glossary.

I was a little hesitant to review this book because I am such a novice but it really is written so that even a novice can understand and follow along. It’s given me the confidence to experiment and try a few of the free apps to create a few photos that I’m rather proud of.

I can’t wait to have time to join in the community and try some more of the challenges. I definitely recommend this to anyone who wants to improve their iPhoneography skills whether you are a novice or intermediate.

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