by David Molnar
The iPhone and its camera have been with me since the original iPhone in 2007. After reading the preview release of “iPhoneOnly Photography” I volunteered to write a review of the full book for David.
David’s book takes the reader through a process of expanding their photographic savvy by introducing some basic terminology and photographic process steps or “rules” to make better images. The book covers many photographic situations and how to make your best images in each of them.
In each chapter David gives the reader a challenge to develop new skills and to increase his or her photographic vocabulary.He has also included many images and words of inspiration from other photographers using the iPhone. Seeing the work of others encourages the reader to read on and do more with their camera/phone.
The book introduces us to multiple apps that expand our horizons of photography using the iPhone. Many examples use both the Apple included camera app and others that enhance our ability to capture great images and preserve our special moments.
One of the key themes in the book is the introduction to post processing on the iPhone. David uses the SNAPSEED app to edit many of his images. With example tutorials in each chapter to help achieve great results only using the iPhone! The examples take a lot of space and may seem a bit long; but it is worth the time to follow along so you can learn how post processing actually works.
David’s post processing methods help to remind the reader that for most of us we are trying to reproduce memories of things in our lives and that the camera sometimes needs some help. The folks at SNAPSEED should have David design some pre-sets for them!
I have two criticisms of the book around what is not included.
The book covers production and post-production but it brushes over delivery. David does encourage sharing to the #iPhoneOnlyPhoto, but does not really help photographers share their work Photographers need to share and to me that means not only posting images to the Internet it means PRINTING YOUR IMAGES for others!
The second area where David could help the community is how to save your digital images from loss. Backup strategies that work for normal people so we do not lose our images! Apple provides tools to help with this but they can be confusing and shedding some light on that part of the process is also important.
Both of these items would add to the length of the book and possibly dilute the focus a bit, but they are a big part of the process! We have to preserve our memories!
In closing …
Thanks to “iPhoneOnly Photography” I will REMEMBER that with my iPhone 5s I have a capable camera and post production studio in my hands or pocket and it is with me all the time!
Photography has been my avocation for many years and of late is becoming a vocation. The iPhone’s camera is a very powerful tool in my arsenal and David’s book is a great reference for everyone to get the most of of our iPhone images.