Here is a book we all need! The latest ebook from Craft & Vision: eyePhone – Making Stronger Photographs with Your Camera Phone by Al Smith. This may be the best ebook from Craft & Vision yet!
The cameras in camera phones have gotten so good! With each new iteration of the iPhone, Apple improves the camera. Manufacturers of other smartphones are doing the same. Yet how often are we disappointed with the results we get? Maybe we should add some apps to help with photography. But how choose? There are hundreds – thousands – of photographic apps; how do we pick the ones that will help?
As with all the Craft & Vision books, Al Smith adopts a “Less is more” philosophy. It’s exactly because the cameraphone is a limited tool that Smith finds it useful, and his book shows how to turn the cameraphone’s limitations into assets. It is, in Smith’s words, a “perfect trilogy” – the “right tool, in the right place, at the right time.”
I would argue that less is actually creatively more. The less you have to think about setting up your camera and which piece of gear to use, the better. It lets you apply more brain power to shooting creatively and will speed up your progression as a photographer … This is the beauty of mobile phones. They are extremely limited in what they do as a camera, but they make you feel completely free in your ability to create images.
But eyephone isn’t just philosophy. Writing in a relaxed conversational style, Smith packs this book with concrete suggestions and helpful hints, techniques and approaches that will help you get better pictures from your iPhone (or whichever cameraphone you use). Smith’s book divides photography with the cameraphone into three stages: Shooting, editing, and sharing. For Smith, the fact that you can do all three on the same device is key. Each topic gets a section of the book devoted to it. We get suggestions for apps. Ideas about how to use the iPhone to shoot in different settings and situations. Techniques for editing. And how and where (and why) to share our images. Although the book is suitable for all cameraphone users, Smith uses the iPhone and frames the book mostly on that.
This could be one of the most helpful photography books to come along. It’s 45 pages. PDF ebook that can be read on computer, iPad, iPhone or any device that will read a PDF. And it’s up to the overall quality we’ve come to expect from Craft & Vision books. $5. BUT, for six days only, use the code EYEPHONE20 and get it for $4. Or buy any five Craft & Vision ebooks and get 20% off. But the code expires at the end of the day (11:59pm PST) on May 27, 2012. Click here to visit Craft And Vision.