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
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.
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.
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