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Smart Phone Smart Photography Book

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My new book, ‘Smart Phone Smart Photography’ is out! 

It had already topped the best sellers list on AMazon even before its release date.

available in all gooD bookstores and on Amazon worldwide

 

Awarded 5 stars by Amateur Photographer

... A GENUINELY USEFUL GUIDE TO THE MORE TECHNICAL SIDE OF PHONE SHOOTING, INCLUDING EDITING WITH POPULAR APPS LIKE SNAPSEED. JO BRADFORD MAKES THE MOST OF THE CREATIVE POSSIBILITIES OF MODERN SMARTPHONE CAMERAS, AND HER TIPS ON IMPROVING EXPOSURE AND ENSURING DECENT PRINTS ARE REALLY USEFUL.
— Amateur photographer magazine

A potent teaching tool that covers many traditional photographic techniques
— New York Journal of Books

“Bradford’s lessons are easily applied to Android and iPhone photography.”

A review by Richard Rivera for the New York Journal of Books. April 2018

Smart Phone Smart Photography by Jo Bradford is an inspiring, content rich book for novices, an informative how-to for those who never imagined that they would be able to use their smartphones to create outstanding photos, as well as those who wanted to push their photography further.

As smartphones have become more technologically advanced many have begun neglecting their DSLRs and using these marvelous devices that are always with them to take pictures—their phones. But these same users have also struggled with how to fully exploit the enormous potential of their smartphone cameras.

While this is especially true for iPhone users, whose cameras have traditionally lagged behind their Android counterparts (with issues such as megapixel size, RAW formats, or being able to actively choose an ISO), it also applies to the many who have sought solutions to the same struggles by attaching tiny auxiliary lenses, or using apps that simulated “film looks” and slower shutter speeds.

Smart Phone Smart Photography is abundantly illustrated with many examples that address these challenges. It is a potent teaching tool that covers many traditional photographic techniques, such as the Rule of Thirds for composition, the principles of Color Balance, the Exposure Triangle, the difference between focus points, exposure, ISO, and dynamic range, and much more. It is written in a way that is easy to understand.

In some cases the examples are part of a step-by-step lesson, in others they are illustrations of a specific technique. Jo Bradford’s lessons are effortlessly applied to both Androids and iPhones, and in certain cases she addresses how to access specific functions on each of those.

Her solid foundation as a photographer comes across when she explains techniques such as nighttime shooting, depth-of-field, shooting at the Golden Hour, Low-key or High-key portraits, still-lifes, photographing pets, or dealing with various weather conditions.

Bradford spends time discussing why it’s a bad idea to “zoom-in” digitally on smartphones (it degrades image quality), the advantages of apps that generate RAW files; and for those who desire to post-process their images by using Snapseed, there are a couple of outstanding, brief but clear, case studies; as well as apps such as VSCO film simulations, and SKRWT perspective corrections.

There are detailed explanations of file types, formats, compression, resolutions, and other terms useful to beginners. And she also includes a list of her own gear, such as Joby Gorilla tripods, Olloclip lenses, etc., and the workflow process from capture to print.

Bradford’s photos populate the book’s interior—kudos! Well done. Beautiful landscapes and a variety of pet-to-portrait themes and images. The cover shot of trees in mist is also beautifully reproduced on page 91, as are the rest of them on semi-matte paper.



Everything you ever wanted to know about photography and more - simply for your smartphone!

Maximize your potential to get the shots you want with this guide to photography for both Apple and Android phones.

There's a saying that the best camera for the job is the one you have with you when an opportunity arises. Thanks to the boom in camera-phone technology, today we're lucky enough to have a camera to hand to capture all those incredible moments. But are you making the most of that powerful tool in your pocket? Do the photos you have taken tend to be blurry, or look nothing like what you're seeing? If you want to shoot incredible images with your phone, buy Smart Phone, Smart Photography. Covering simple techniques that will allow you to get the image that you see every single time, you will soon be telling your camera what to do with confidence. Start with The Big Picture and get to know your camera phone and the rules behind taking the perfect shot. The next chapter, Taking Great Pictures, explains the key disciplines of photography - portrait, abstraction, macro, still life and plenty more. Finally, the Post-production chapter demonstrates how to use apps to edit and enhance your images and create incredible prints for display.

Publisher: Ryland, Peters & Small Ltd 

ISBN: 9781782495628 

Number of pages: 144 

Weight: 454 g 

Dimensions: 235 x 190 mm


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