Posts Tagged ‘iPhone’

The techniques and community of iPhone photography

Published by | Wednesday, February 22nd, 2012

Perhaps you’ve heard the saying “the best camera is the one that’s with you.”

For millions of people, that camera is an Apple iPhone. The iPhone’s popularity has led to a flood of photography-related apps and a thriving community of iPhone photographers who meet up in person and share photos using the wildly popular Instagram site.

The iPhone’s popularity as a camera has also led to our first course devoted to “iPhoneography.” The course, called iPhone Photography, from Shooting to Storytelling, is taught by Richard Koci Hernandez and is our latest photography course.

When we set out to do a course on iPhone photography, it was obvious that we needed to cover shooting tips and cool photo apps, but we also wanted to celebrate the iPhone photography community. We wanted to show the fun and mutual inspiration that comes from sharing visual stories with other people. We wanted to capture the spirit of communal creativity that happens when photographers get together and interact.

Our opportunity came last October, when the world’s first iPhone photography conference took place in San Francisco. We attended the conference and shot video of the sessions and then enjoyed shooting a morning photo walk through San Francisco’s Mission District. We even used the iPhone 4S to shoot some of the photo walk video.

iPhonography photo through an iPhone 4S

Shooting with Richard Koci Hernandez during the 1197 Conference photo walk. Photo Credit: Jim Heid

After the conference, we hit the road with author and multimedia photojournalist Richard Koci Hernandez. We tagged along as he went shooting on the streets of Los Angeles, and then we returned to the studio, where he shared tips for his favorite photography apps as well as insights on the art of visual storytelling.

We think the course reflects the creative excitement surrounding the world of iPhone photography. It was a fun course to work on, and we hope you’ll find it a fun course to watch.

(And if you’d like to hear more from Richard Koci Hernandez, don’t miss the Richard Koci Hernandez, Multimedia Journalist Creative Inspirations documentary we did about him last year.)

Interested in more?
• The full iPhone Photography, from Shooting to Storytelling course
• All Photography courses on lynda.com
• All courses from Richard Koci Hernandez on lynda.com

Suggested courses to watch next:
iPad Tips and Tricks
iPhone and iPod touch iOS 5 Essential Training
Richard Koci Hernandez, Multimedia Journalist
Organizing and Archiving Digital Photos
Creating Photo Books with Blurb

Scene on the Street: Focus on street photography

Published by | Monday, October 31st, 2011

Street photography captures people at their most unguarded. There’s no posing, no preparation, and no encouragement involving the word “cheese.” Just point and shoot—often without even breaking stride.

Street photography is an honorable photographic genre that counts among its practitioners such legends as Henri Cartier-Bresson and Pedro Meyer. It’s a genre I’ve experimented with when traveling precisely because of its candid quality: If part of what makes a place is its people, then capturing unposed photos of those people is a critical part of documenting the essence of a place.

In Le Marais, Paris. Photo: Jim Heid

But street photography is also potentially controversial, and we’ve noticed a lot of blog and Twitter chatter about it lately. Part of the controversy deals with privacy: does a photographer have a legal right to photograph someone without his or her permission? The general guideline, at least in the United States, is yes, provided that the subject is in a public place where there isn’t an expectation of privacy, such as a sidewalk, a park, or a street.

Another part of the controversy deals with what I’ll charitably call bad manners. Some street photographers employ a paparazzi shooting style that involves putting their cameras uncomfortably close to a stranger’s face—sometimes even hiding around corners or behind phone booths before doing so.

Besides being rude, this style of street photography destroys exactly what the genre does best: capturing people at a moment when being photographed is the last thing on their minds. Look at some paparazzi-style street shots, and you’ll see photos of people who are startled, annoyed, or hamming it up for the camera. In all three cases, the candid, unguarded moment is lost.

The blog SnapSort recently published a post showing examples of how and how not to do street shooting. The lynda.com Creative Inspirations documentary about Richard Koci Hernandez also discusses the subject. Here’s an excerpt.

Since we shot that documentary, Koci has embraced Apple’s iPhone as a tool for street photography. A couple of weeks ago, he led photo walks through San Francisco and discussed iPhone photography at the 1197 conference in San Francisco. As one of the sponsors of the event, lynda.com was there shooting video for an iPhone photography course.

How to use the free Find My iPhone (and iPod Touch and iPad) feature

Published by | Friday, January 7th, 2011

With the release of the iOS 4.2 update in November, one of the most valuable features of MobileMe was made available for free to all iPhone 4, iPad, and iPod Touch (4th generation) users. The Find My iPhone feature allows you to track the location of a lost or stolen iOS device. If you’ve lost your iPhone, iPad, or iPod, you can use this tool to locate, lock, and even erase your missing device if necessary. Plus, you no longer have to sign up for the MobileMe service to get this tool. The only catch is that you have to do a little bit of setup before you lose your device.

We think Find My iPhone is so valuable that we decided to release this movie from iPhone and iPod Touch Essential Training for free. In this movie, author Garrick Chow will show you how to get everything set up so that you will be protected next time you lose your precious device (though we can’t guarantee the police will send out the choppers). Garrick will also show you a handy trick for getting Find My iPhone set up on older iOS devices.

Want to learn more tips and tricks for your iPhone, including new features from the iOS 4.2 update? Be sure to check out the rest of iPhone and iPod Touch Essential Training in the lynda.com Online Training Library®.

Apple now permits third party development tools for iPhone and iPad

Published by | Friday, September 10th, 2010

In a press release dated September 9, 2010, Apple Inc. announced that they are lifting restrictions they’d put in place earlier this year on which tools developers could use to create iOS apps for distribution in the Apple App Store.

A bit of background: Earlier this year, Apple changed the license for members of the iOS Developers Program (then known as the iPhone Developers Program), restricting developers from using anything other than Apple’s Xcode development tools and a small set of languages that included Objective-C and C++. This had an immediate impact on Adobe Systems and its Flash developer community; Adobe had created the Packager for iPhone, which supports compilation of Flash presentations into native iOS apps. Adobe Flash Professional CS5 was released with the feature intact, but it was suddenly clear that Flash developers who created iOS apps with this workflow would not have their applications accepted by Apple for distribution in their App Store.

That’s now changed. Developers using Flash and other tools for iOS app development (such as Novell’s Monotouch, Appcelerator’s Titanium, and the open source Phonegap) are now assured that their apps will be considered for inclusion in the App Store on an equal basis with apps built with Xcode and Objective-C. The developer licensing agreement, which previously set the restrictions on tools and languages, now simply says:

3.3.2 An Application may not download or install executable code.  Interpreted code may only be used in an Application if all scripts, code and interpreters are packaged in the Application and not downloaded. The only exception to the foregoing is scripts and code downloaded and run by Apple’s built-in WebKit framework.

This means that Adobe Flash Player still won’t appear on the iPhone and iPad, since it requires downloading executable code at runtime. That’s a separate issue that isn’t addressed by this licensing change. But applications that are compiled prior to posting in the App Store can now be built with the language and development tool of your choice. And we believe that choice is good!

In response, we’re revisiting our plans for offering training on using Flash Professional CS5 to create apps for iOS devices (iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch). Content we’d already created for Flash Professional CS5 Essential Training, but didn’t include in the course’s initial release due to Apple’s licensing restrictions, will be added back into the course within a few days (check back frequently if you’re an Online Training Library® member). And if we hear from you, our members, that you want training in other development tools for iOS such as Monotouch, Titanium and Phonegap, we’ll seek out the best industry experts to create new courses.

iPhone and iPod Touch Essential Training updated for iOS 4

Published by | Friday, August 20th, 2010

We’ve just released an updated version of our course, iPhone and iPod Touch Essential Training, to include information about iOS4. Garrick Chow provides in-depth instruction on all aspects of the Apple iPhone and iPod Touch, including making calls, emailing, browsing the web, managing time, getting around town, taking notes, taking photos, and listening to music. This live-action course includes hands-on demonstrations of how to accurately type and efficiently use finger gestures, and includes tips for setting up the iPhone and iPod Touch so they behave as expected. An extensive section on troubleshooting helps when the occasional glitches happen.

Essential tips and techniques for getting the most out of your Apple iPad

Published by | Friday, August 6th, 2010

In iPad Tips and Tricks, Mac productivity expert Christopher Breen provides essential tips and techniques for getting the most out of the Apple iPad. The course shows how to get productive on the iPad immediately, with tips for effective gesturing and typing and for loading it up with content. It demonstrates how to connect the iPad with the rest of the world, how to sync documents between the iPad and a desktop computer or cloud-based services, and how to configure email and deal with the fact that the iPad has no spam filter. It demonstrates built-in and third-party solutions for opening and editing files on the iPad. Finally, it offers tips for troubleshooting the iPad when the device doesn’t work as expected.

This course will be expanded with additional tips and techniques later this year.

Mastering your iPhone or iPod Touch

Published by | Monday, June 21st, 2010

In iPhone and iPod Touch Essential Training, Garrick Chow provides in-depth instruction on all aspects of the Apple iPhone and iPod Touch (OS 3.1): making calls, emailing, browsing the web, managing time, getting around town, taking notes, taking photos, and listening to music. This live-action course includes hands-on demonstrations of how to accurately type and efficiently use finger gestures, and includes tips for setting up the iPhone and iPod Touch so they behave as expected. An extensive section on troubleshooting helps when the occasional glitches happen.

Topics include exploring the touchscreen interface, setting up preferences, synching with a Mac or PC, typing with the intelligent keyboard, making phone calls and retrieving voicemail, finding a location with Maps, downloading and playing music and video, shooting photos and video, using accessibility features, locating a lost iPhone with MobileMe, and more.

Introducing the new lynda.com iPhone App!

Published by | Thursday, February 25th, 2010

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You’ve always been able to access the lynda.com Online Training Library® anytime, anywhere. Now you can access your learning on the go with the new, free lynda.com iPhone App, featuring high and low video quality for optimal streaming no matter what your connection.

lynda.com members: You have access to your account just as you do on your computer. Just log in and start learning! Once logged in, you’ll see the most recent video you watched, whether you watched it on your iPhone, iPod Touch, or on your computer’s web browser. Just pick up where you last left off.

We look forward to hearing what you think!