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Posted by Anne Witton on Thursday, March 8, 2012, In : Book and magazine reviews 

I read a lot of photography magazines, am signed up to lots of forums, visit lots of websites and follow a lot of Twitter feeds and have found that the quality of advice varies enormously. One real gem that I have found is PhotographyBB, a free PDF magazine catering for beginners and experienced photographers alike. There have been 49 editions so far full of helpful and interesting articles.

Every single issue can be downloaded for free here (You just have to pop your email address in which on...

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Book Review: Just My Type

Posted by Anne Witton on Friday, January 13, 2012, In : Book and magazine reviews 

Just My Type: A book about fonts by Simon Garfield

This was a Christmas present from my Mum and Dad who are obviously well aware of my geeky tendencies. It's actually a lot less geeky than it sounds, though, and would appeal to anyone who has an interest in design and an eye for stylish (or ugly) type and what it says about us.

Rather than being simply a chronological rundown of the history of type design, the book takes a much more anecdotal approach making it easy to dip in and out. There are...

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App Review: Instamaton

Posted by Anne Witton on Sunday, September 11, 2011, In : App reviews 

Instamaton (69p)
Instamaton on the app store

I downloaded this for free over the weekend, but it's now available on the app store for 69p. So what does it do and is it worth it?

Instamaton is a very basic app that lets you create a strip of photos like those that you would get in an old fashioned photo booth:

The good thing about the app is that it allows you to export a photo strip or a photo square depending on your preference. The bad thing about the app is that it has a tendency to crash and...
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App Review: 100 Cameras in 1

Posted by Anne Witton on Saturday, August 13, 2011, In : App reviews 
100 Cameras in 1 (69p)
100 Cameras in 1 on the web

One of the most impressive things about this app is the gorgeous user interface - it really is a pleasure to use and feels very different to lots of run-of-the-mill iPhoneography apps. It essentially offers 100 different quirkily-named filters / textures presented in themed packages ('Longing people' and 'Fantastic landscape' for example). It does, as the developer intended, all feel very poetic.

The beauty of this app is that you can layer eff...
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Missing the point: Why I won't be getting an iPhone dSLR mount

Posted by Anne Witton on Wednesday, August 3, 2011, In : Gear 
For a mere $249 (about £150), you can now buy a mount which enables you to use dSLR lenses on your iPhone:

The listing on the Photojojo site claims that: "Ever since the iPhone camera was invented, it's aspired to be what it simply never quite could be: a dSLR."

Hmmm... has it? Or has it always been a pretty average mobile phone camera with the advantage that you have it with you wherever you go and you have the choice of thousands of apps to edit your snaps on the go.

It goes on to say, "The i...
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App Review: Magic Hour

Posted by Anne Witton on Tuesday, July 26, 2011, In : App reviews 

Magic Hour (£1.19)
Magic Hour on the App Store

It seems there's a new photography app on the App Store every 2 minutes and it's fair to say many of the offerings aren't that original. So the question is - what has Magic Hour got that the others haven't? Answer - a free filter market where you can upload filters you've created and download hundreds of filters created by others.

Magic Hour markets itself with the cute, if non-sensical, tagline, "for the person who is sensitive than anyone ...
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Book Review: The Art of iPhoneography

Posted by Anne Witton on Tuesday, July 26, 2011, In : Book and magazine reviews 
The Art of iPhoneography by Stephanie C Roberts

I was really looking forward to getting my hands on this book and it didn't disappoint. It's a really quick read, but there's enough in there to inspire you and get the creative juices flowing. Stephanie starts with a brief look at the basics of how to capture photos with an iPhone. I suspect most people will just skip this bit as I did. Then she looks at a few key apps for editing. It was interesting to find out the apps that she rates and...
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