- Paperback: 128 pages
- Publisher: Amherst Media (14 April 2015)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1608958876
- ISBN-13: 978-1608958870
- Product Dimensions: 18.8 x 0.8 x 25.1 cm
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'At the same time that publishers are accepting Instagram posts are material worthy of serious consideration, they are also introducing instructional books aimed at helping both hobbyists and professionals improve their photo skills - not by buying pricier cameras but by rethinking the way they use their phones. In The iPhone Photographer each of 60 main images is presented on a two page spread, with text explaining how to use apps in order to add creative effects to images.' --- Publishers Weekly
About the Author
Michael Fagan enjoys telling people's stories. His journey has taken him to the Navajo Nation, Malawi, India, Afghanistan, Scotland, Canada, the Dominican Republic, Belize and Guatemala.
Currently, his work is focused on helping businesses and nonprofits inform their clients, volunteers, and the community about the work they are doing. This may include still photography, video, web projects, social media, or a combination of media.
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For anyone looking to make good photographs, Fagans has provided visual and verbal re-assurance that the handy gadget in your pocket is every bit as capable of capturing professional-quality images as the bulky and expensive cameras generally favored by professional photographers. In some cases, the iPhone camera may actually be the better choice of photographic equipment, by virtue of its portability and (for many people) its near-constant availability.
To my relief, he also lays waste to the argument that iPhone apps are in some way “cheating” in making good photographs. Rather, Fagans matter-of-factly presents apps as simply a more efficient and available tool to replicate editing or effects that were historically the domain of the darkroom. That was all the inspiration that I needed to install Hipstamatic and start shooting. And by following his suggestion for shooting the same image using different app settings, I was able to quickly gain a sense of what settings I prefer for different lighting and subjects.
By structuring the book around a discussion of his photographs, Fagans is able to describe what he perceives are the strengths of an image, while in some cases providing an honest critique of those photographs that didn’t work as well. But more importantly, he reminds the reader of why we make photographs to begin with: to tell a story.
"What's really important is to simplify. The work of most photographers would be improved immensely if they could do one thing: get rid of the extraneous. If you strive for simplicity, you are more likely to reach the viewer." -- William Albert Allard
When I first started taking photos with my iPhone, things did not go well -- it doesn't produce anything human readable in low light, shutter speed leaves a lot of stuff blurry, autofocus has a mind of its own. So I shied away from the iPhone in favor of my big ole' Canon 5D.
Luckily, Michael Fagans had more patience. He got to know the many things the iPhone does well. He's learned a lot about software effects that give the iPhone super powers no other camera has. He even found workarounds for the shutter speed issue. He's put them all down in this book, along with helpful explanations and thoughts behind his work.
More than that, he takes on his journey of simplification. He was used to being a professional newspaper photographer, carrying around two bodies, an assortment of fast lenses, fat flashes -- gear that helped him conquer any photo challenge. By limiting himself to his iPhone, he found that those same challenges had to be considered anew. And it really rejuvenated his craft.
The best part about this book is not the many, many helpful shooting tips he offers. Nor is it the wisdom that pours forth from quotes of his favorite photographers, and a few original thoughts he offered on his own. The best part of this book is the delight Mike receives from the rediscovery of his craft, a joy he so intimately shares with us that, by the end of the book, or even by the end of Chapter 2 and again in Chapter 6, you can easily forget that he's been doing this for 10 years.
And because he explains things so clearly, it isn't hard to imagine yourself picking up your phone, going out into the world, and bringing back some beauty for the rest of us to marvel at.
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