Sunday, April 10, 2011

Creating Great iPhone Photos; Apps, Tips, Tricks and Effects; Allan Hoffman

Title:  Creating Great iPhone Photos
Author: Allan Hoffman
Publication Year: 2011
Publisher: No Starch Press
Edition: Softcover
Source: Amazon Vine
Date Completed: 4/9/2011
Setting: n/a
Rating: 5/5 stars
Recommend: YES -  A must have for iPhone photo takers everywhere.

I never thought the camera on my iPhone would replace my Sony DSC-W330 camera (which I love), but it has.  The iPhone is always at my side, and I find myself constantly snapping photos of, pets, nature, family and friends. It is so quick and easy.

The original iPhone camera was not that great, but the new iPhone 4 camera is a terrific improvement. With zoom, video, face talk and more, the pictures I take are so much better. I still though, they could be improved, and recently discovered this wonderful reference book, with so much useful information. I learned that there are so very many free apps like Adobe Photo Shop Express, Color Effects, Photobucket and many many more. Each enables you to do something more to or with your iPhone photos and lets you share them without even the need of your computer.

Here is a blurb right from the book:
  • Produce stunning panoramas, vintage-style photo booth strips, and super-saturated Polaroid-style photos with a hip, 1970s look
  • Unlock the secret power of the iPhone's camera with burst mode, high dynamic range (HDR) effects, exposure and focus controls, and more
  • Find and install the best iPhone apps for cropping images, adjusting contrast and exposure, and editing photos to achieve eye-popping results
  • Publish and share images right from the iPhone, without the need for memory cards, cables, or complex desktop photo-editing tools
There is so much more that I learned from this book as well, and loved the fact that the are color images that show you how photo quality can be improved by doing certain things. Excellent resource guide.


  1. This does sound handy. Like you, I find myself taking more photos with my iPhone simply because I always have it. And I know I'm not takings full advantage of what it can do. Thanks for the heads up on this book.

  2. Hmm, since most of the pics I take lately are with my iPhone this sounds like a book I could use. Glad you reviewed it for us, Diane. Thanks!

  3. Great timing on this review, I am probably going to switch to the iPhone this summer when my contract is up. I think. And if I do, this book will be in my hands very soon after. Thank you!

  4. As a new iPhone user, I am beginning to discover what an incredible "phone" it is. I already love the camera, which is at least 1000x better than my old cell phone camera. This book sounds informative. Thanks for your great review, Diane.

  5. I don't have an iPhone yet, but the book sounds really useful.

  6. I have been thinking about getting this book for my husband. He loves to take photos on his iphone, and has been wondering what all he can do with it. Thanks for sharing this with us!

  7. That's pretty cool, we rarely use our iPhone camera...maybe we'd best read up!

  8. Very cool. I haven't upgraded to an iPhone yet, but I do have a lovely, portable little digital camera which fits perfectly in my purse and allows me to take pictures of whatever, whenever I am. And that's very liberating, especially when you're taking a picture of something which you know makes other folks think, "Why is she taking a picture of that?"


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