How to Take Creative Control of Your iPhone - Digital Photography School

How to Take Creative Control of Your iPhone

Iphonephotography3d350I’m excited today to announce the release of a new dPS eBook – iPhone Photography: How to Shoot, Edit and Share Great Photographs.

It is available now for immediate purchase and download for just $14.99 – 25% off for a limited time.

You can read a full description of what the eBook covers on our iPhone Photography eBook information page but in short it’s a partnership with world renowned Mobile Photographer – Misho Baranovic – that walks readers through how to Shoot, Edit and Share beautiful photos with their iPhones.

Grab your copy here.

Why an iPhone Photography eBook?

I’ve already heard this question a few times from some – why would a photography site like dPS release an iPhone Photography eBook when we spend so much time talking about ‘real’ cameras?

It’s a great question and one I wanted to tackle with a personal reflection.

At our house we have – as you may expect – quite a few cameras. I’m something of a camera junkie and over the years have researched and purchased a number of cameras – each chosen for the ability to take great photos.

As a result – it is rare for me to attend a family event without at least one of these cameras (and appropriate lenses and accessories). However it’s interesting to see what photos taken at these events get seen by the most people.

In general – it’s the shots taken by my wife on her iPhone which is quickly pulled out of her purse and used to shoot a snapshot to be immediately uploaded to Facebook that get seen the most.

It may not be the camera in our house with the best lens or most megapixels – but the fact that the iPhone is always with her and that it is a natural part of how she connects with her friendship network means that it is perhaps the most important camera in our house.

I’ve also noticed since having an iPhone that the same thing is often true for me too.

As I look back through the many thousands of images in my own image archives my eyes are often drawn to photos of special moments with my kids (like the ones below) where I was caught without my DSLR but which I was able to spontaneously record with the camera that is always in my pocket – my iPhone.

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Our family is not alone – millions around the world use iPhones to take photos of meaningful moments.

However the unfortunate fact is that many of the millions of images taken with iPhones each day could be improved with just a little knowledge of how iPhone cameras work and how to get the most out of them.

As a result the idea for this eBook emerged.

What’s Inside

We hunted down a world renowned Mobile Photographer – Misho Baranovic – and convinced him (not that it took too much arm twisting) to write the ultimate guide to iPhone Photography. To help people like my wife… and me… to lift our iPhone snapshots up to be the kind of shots that not help us to truly remember the those important moments in our lives.

Misho has created an information packed yet highly practical eBook that we guarantee will help you improve your iPhone Photography (and if it doesn’t – we’ll refund your money).

Inside you’ll discover:

  • How the iPhone Camera works and how to use it to take great photos
  • How to take more Control of your iPhone using Camera Replacement Apps (with a rundown of the best ones)
  • Advanced Shooting Techniques with the ProCamera App to gain maximum control over focusing and exposure
  • How to find compelling subjects to shoot on the street, with the family, in nature, travelling and at night
  • How to develop your own editing style
  • A rundown of native iPhone editing functions
  • An overview of the best editing apps including one touch apps, filter based editing apps and professional editing apps and techniques.
  • How to add text and graphic elements to your photos
  • How to share your images with family, friends and the wider mobile photography community
  • How to Get Your images ready to print

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In addition there are practical exercises to try, interviews with some of the world’s best iPhone photographers and plenty of illustrations, screenshots and examples to help you visualise what you’re learning.

Grab Your Copy Today

If you are ready to grab creative control of your iPhone (or if you know someone else who could benefit from the knowledge) you can secure your copy of iPhone Photography today for just $14.99 (USD) – a saving of 25% for the next couple of weeks only.

It will give you access to downloadable PDF and ePUB versions of this eBook so that you can view it on any number of devices including your computer, iPads, iPhones, Nooks, Sony Readers and more.

Nee more information? Check out the full information page here – otherwise order yours by clicking the download button below.

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Darren Rowse is the editor and founder of Digital Photography School and SnapnDeals. He lives in Melbourne Australia and is also the editor of the ProBlogger Blog Tips. Follow him on Instagram, on Twitter at @digitalPS or on Google+.

  • http://portraitinspiration.com/ Jai Catalano

    I am going to show up to a photo shoot with an iphone and firmly say to a client if they ask… “You are looking at my camera! Now sit down and let me shoot you.”

  • Jane

    What does it mean when it says the e-book on iphone photography is “guaranteed for 2 full months”? Does that mean that after 2 months you won’t be able to access it?

  • http://Travel.daveterry.net Dave

    Im sure it’s packed with great advice but $15 for a digital ebook? Really? I still can’t bring myself to spend this kind of money on digital books. Why are you charging so much? There is no shipping department, no printing cost, and no brick-n-mortar store but this costs as much as what I’d pay at a B&N for a photo book. Make the price more in line with digital content, say $5, and you’ll sell more books and bring more traffic to your site. I’d also state how many appromite pages are in it. I’ve spent $5 on “books” that we’re really pamphlets. Just my 2 cents.
    …dave

  • http://digital-photography-school.com/ Darren Rowse

    Hi Jai – as I tried to explain in this post – this isn’t about replacing your current gear or showing you how to go Pro with your iPhone. It’s simply an eBook for people with an iPhone (the most used camera in the world) to attempt to show them how to use it better. Certainly not for everyone but hopefully helpful to some.

  • http://digital-photography-school.com/ Darren Rowse

    Dave – thanks for the feedback. This eBook is 106 pages long (we show the full table of contents on the information page linked to above. I too have seen a lot of eBooks that are 20 or so pages (some of which are just big images) and have always tried to come up with something that is more dense with information. We liken this more to a photography magazine type length (many of which I pay $15 a month for when I buy them – the UK ones).

    While an eBook like this does’t have shipping, printing etc it is an eBook we put a lot of effort into. Our team (author, designer, editor, proof reader, marketing person) all have been working on this for 6+ months now and all have families to feed and bills to pay (PayPal for example takes a tenth of this as a processing fee).

    We’ve worked hard to produce something of value that we feel is definitely worth the money and have gathered feedback from readers on our other similar eBooks to come to this price.

    While I understand where you’re coming from a lot of people don’t understand that a site like dPS costs a fair bit to run (servers, design, our writing team (blog post writers that is) etc – and we use our eBooks as a way to make us sustainable. We don’t expect that they’ll all be of interest to everyone or be in everyone’s price range but we do hope that people will find them valuable.

    thanks for the feedback

    Hope this helps give a little backstory into why we price them as we do.

    Darren

  • http://digital-photography-school.com/ Darren Rowse

    Jane – it simply means that if you buy it and don’t find it meets your needs you can ask for your money back for up to 2 months – after that we’re unable to make refunds through PayPal but up until that time we’re happy to do so.

  • Barbara

    Thanks so much – I bought a copy earlier today and have spent the last 4 hours using my iPhone to take photos I’d never have thought possible with it.

    As I started to read this it became clear to me why I had been getting such average results from my iPhone in the past and how to improve them. Thanks DPS!

  • Scottc

    I may have to fork up for this one, I find myself pulling the iphone out for photos more often than I thought.

    Obviously, I could use some tips!

    TFS

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/lendog64/6888859579/

  • raghavendra

    Mobile photography will be the future. Darren is in time always going with the trend :)

    http://raghavendra-mobilephotography.blogspot.com/

  • RizkySyahputra

    I have a request… can any of you make an android photography book like this book?

  • Paul Grayfish

    Thanks for this eBook. I was a little skeptical at first as I’m a proud Nikon DSLR user but I mentioned it to my wife last night and she asked me to get her a copy. Interestingly your story is almost identical to what happens with us. I take what I consider to be the best photos (technically) but she takes the most important ones because she’s with our kids all day.

    I have tried to get her to use a Sony NEX which I bought her but she rarely takes it out and 99% of her shots are taken with her iPhone. She gets half decent results but last night after I bought her this eBook she sat on down with her iPad to read and just kept saying ‘I didn’t know that’…. ‘oh so that’s why…’ ‘I can’t wait to try that’.

    Thanks dPS – I have a feeling this is going to help us create some great shots!

  • Debra

    Any info for doid users??

  • grannysmith

    Can someone please tell me whether this book as any use for people with an android phone, over and above a generic photography book?

  • http://digital-photography-school.com/ Darren Rowse

    Grannysmith and Debra – while some of the principles of shooting on any mobile device are the same this eBook specifically focuses upon the iPhone and a lot of what is covered won’t be relevant to Android users.

    We did consider a more general eBook on all kinds of mobile photography but felt if we focused in one one at a time that we’d be able to deliver more value. If this proves to be popular we’d be open to an Android focused one in future.

    Thanks for your interest!

  • Eeps

    The main problem with writing a book for Android phones is that they are made by so many different companies with different types of hardware. In fact, there are actually 2 companies, Nikon and Samsung, that have come up with Android powered cameras. Different companies means different hardware. Not all apps will work with all these phones. That’s why you see more iPhone help books than Android ones.

  • http://www.canonblogger.com Jason

    Gotta respectfully say that encouraging people to shoot with an iPhone over even a mirror less camera is a pointless pursuit. Limited depth of field, less dynamic range, and distortion just makes for a disaster…not something worth my time…

  • Paul Grayfish

    I thought I’d come back and leave an update on my previous comment.

    I bought my wife this eBook two weeks ago and am happy to report that the images she’s now taking with her iPhone are such a vast improvement on what they used to be. She posted 3 photos of our kids on Facebook last night and the comments from friends when she said they were iPhone pics were all along the lines of ‘my iPhone doesn’t take shots like that!’. Of course she then went on to tell them to buy your eBook.

    Thanks DPS

  • http://www.danidavila.com Dani Davila

    I was looking for something like this, thanks for sharing!

Some older comments

  • Dani Davila

    September 27, 2012 09:23 pm

    I was looking for something like this, thanks for sharing!

  • Paul Grayfish

    September 18, 2012 01:38 pm

    I thought I'd come back and leave an update on my previous comment.

    I bought my wife this eBook two weeks ago and am happy to report that the images she's now taking with her iPhone are such a vast improvement on what they used to be. She posted 3 photos of our kids on Facebook last night and the comments from friends when she said they were iPhone pics were all along the lines of 'my iPhone doesn't take shots like that!'. Of course she then went on to tell them to buy your eBook.

    Thanks DPS

  • Jason

    September 12, 2012 12:46 pm

    Gotta respectfully say that encouraging people to shoot with an iPhone over even a mirror less camera is a pointless pursuit. Limited depth of field, less dynamic range, and distortion just makes for a disaster...not something worth my time...

  • Eeps

    September 5, 2012 12:02 am

    The main problem with writing a book for Android phones is that they are made by so many different companies with different types of hardware. In fact, there are actually 2 companies, Nikon and Samsung, that have come up with Android powered cameras. Different companies means different hardware. Not all apps will work with all these phones. That's why you see more iPhone help books than Android ones.

  • Darren Rowse

    August 31, 2012 12:23 pm

    Grannysmith and Debra - while some of the principles of shooting on any mobile device are the same this eBook specifically focuses upon the iPhone and a lot of what is covered won't be relevant to Android users.

    We did consider a more general eBook on all kinds of mobile photography but felt if we focused in one one at a time that we'd be able to deliver more value. If this proves to be popular we'd be open to an Android focused one in future.

    Thanks for your interest!

  • grannysmith

    August 31, 2012 11:08 am

    Can someone please tell me whether this book as any use for people with an android phone, over and above a generic photography book?

  • Debra

    August 31, 2012 09:41 am

    Any info for doid users??

  • Paul Grayfish

    August 30, 2012 12:20 pm

    Thanks for this eBook. I was a little skeptical at first as I'm a proud Nikon DSLR user but I mentioned it to my wife last night and she asked me to get her a copy. Interestingly your story is almost identical to what happens with us. I take what I consider to be the best photos (technically) but she takes the most important ones because she's with our kids all day.

    I have tried to get her to use a Sony NEX which I bought her but she rarely takes it out and 99% of her shots are taken with her iPhone. She gets half decent results but last night after I bought her this eBook she sat on down with her iPad to read and just kept saying 'I didn't know that'.... 'oh so that's why...' 'I can't wait to try that'.

    Thanks dPS - I have a feeling this is going to help us create some great shots!

  • RizkySyahputra

    August 29, 2012 08:31 pm

    I have a request... can any of you make an android photography book like this book?

  • raghavendra

    August 29, 2012 12:48 pm

    Mobile photography will be the future. Darren is in time always going with the trend :)

    http://raghavendra-mobilephotography.blogspot.com/

  • Scottc

    August 29, 2012 08:44 am

    I may have to fork up for this one, I find myself pulling the iphone out for photos more often than I thought.

    Obviously, I could use some tips!

    TFS

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/lendog64/6888859579/

  • Barbara

    August 29, 2012 08:40 am

    Thanks so much - I bought a copy earlier today and have spent the last 4 hours using my iPhone to take photos I'd never have thought possible with it.

    As I started to read this it became clear to me why I had been getting such average results from my iPhone in the past and how to improve them. Thanks DPS!

  • Darren Rowse

    August 29, 2012 07:37 am

    Jane - it simply means that if you buy it and don't find it meets your needs you can ask for your money back for up to 2 months - after that we're unable to make refunds through PayPal but up until that time we're happy to do so.

  • Darren Rowse

    August 29, 2012 07:36 am

    Dave - thanks for the feedback. This eBook is 106 pages long (we show the full table of contents on the information page linked to above. I too have seen a lot of eBooks that are 20 or so pages (some of which are just big images) and have always tried to come up with something that is more dense with information. We liken this more to a photography magazine type length (many of which I pay $15 a month for when I buy them - the UK ones).

    While an eBook like this does't have shipping, printing etc it is an eBook we put a lot of effort into. Our team (author, designer, editor, proof reader, marketing person) all have been working on this for 6+ months now and all have families to feed and bills to pay (PayPal for example takes a tenth of this as a processing fee).

    We've worked hard to produce something of value that we feel is definitely worth the money and have gathered feedback from readers on our other similar eBooks to come to this price.

    While I understand where you're coming from a lot of people don't understand that a site like dPS costs a fair bit to run (servers, design, our writing team (blog post writers that is) etc - and we use our eBooks as a way to make us sustainable. We don't expect that they'll all be of interest to everyone or be in everyone's price range but we do hope that people will find them valuable.

    thanks for the feedback

    Hope this helps give a little backstory into why we price them as we do.

    Darren

  • Darren Rowse

    August 29, 2012 07:28 am

    Hi Jai - as I tried to explain in this post - this isn't about replacing your current gear or showing you how to go Pro with your iPhone. It's simply an eBook for people with an iPhone (the most used camera in the world) to attempt to show them how to use it better. Certainly not for everyone but hopefully helpful to some.

  • Dave

    August 29, 2012 07:07 am

    Im sure it's packed with great advice but $15 for a digital ebook? Really? I still can't bring myself to spend this kind of money on digital books. Why are you charging so much? There is no shipping department, no printing cost, and no brick-n-mortar store but this costs as much as what I'd pay at a B&N for a photo book. Make the price more in line with digital content, say $5, and you'll sell more books and bring more traffic to your site. I'd also state how many appromite pages are in it. I've spent $5 on "books" that we're really pamphlets. Just my 2 cents.
    ...dave

  • Jane

    August 29, 2012 05:58 am

    What does it mean when it says the e-book on iphone photography is "guaranteed for 2 full months"? Does that mean that after 2 months you won't be able to access it?

  • Jai Catalano

    August 29, 2012 03:58 am

    I am going to show up to a photo shoot with an iphone and firmly say to a client if they ask... "You are looking at my camera! Now sit down and let me shoot you."

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