Yet more iPhone fun.

Last week I reviewed the new Digital Photography School book on iPhone photography, entitled appropriately enough, iPhone Photography.

Since I received my copy, I’ve been avidly consuming the information and imagery. I’m AMAZED at all the different techniques and apps you can use.

Behind the times? Who? Me?

I admit to being a bit behind the times with all the iPhone camera hoop-rah. That’s probably because I’ve been a professional commercial photographer for so long, and SLR/DSLRs with interchangeable lenses have been the holy grail for eons.

Consider me a convert. I’ve decided to challenge myself to learn all I can about this emerging and exciting field of photography.

I’ve already downloaded the ProCamera app that Misho Baranovic (author of iPhone Photography) says is his favorite app, onto my iPhone and have been learning all the bells and whistles

But what about Bokeh?

As I have already stated over at, I LOVE me some bokeh.

Well, imagine my surprise to learn you don’t have to give it up just because you’ve hung up your DSLR. Check out the Bokehful app!

Bokehful iPhone app

I’m not so sure about the heart shaped bokeh, but hey….who am I to judge?

The best part?

Apps are CHEAP! Woo Hooooooooooooo!!!

Buy you some. Matter of fact, buy 2 or 10 or 20.

I feel like I’ve just discovered the super secret entrance to the world’s largest fire sale.

iPhone Photography – Shoot, Edit and Share

Sweet new iPhone Photography book by DPS.

“The best camera is the one that’s with you.” Chase Jarvis

Know what the two most commonly used cameras now being used on Flickr are?

The iPhone 4S and the iPhone 4.

That’s pretty impressive, considering a phone was a phone was a phone,  just a few short years ago.

That’s why Digital Photography School has just released a new book, iPhone Photography – How to Shoot, Edit and Share Great Photographs.

iPhone Photography book from Digital Photography School

Image copyright © Deborah Wolfe. All rights reserved.

Bet you can’t guess what it’s all about….

Oh, that one was too easy. I won’t make you actually say it.

Before I go any further, let me share with you what I’ve learned in reading iPhone Photography.

Um. Everything. That’s right. Everything. I’m so serious.

I had NO idea I could do so much fantastic, SERIOUS photography with my iPhone camera.

Just take a look at the photo on the left. Took it from my car, while I was waiting in the bank parking lot.

Is the DSLR with interchangeable lenses obsolete?

Not just yet. But I can see the day not far off, when we’ll be able to leave it behind without so much as a backwards glance.

I never thought I would say this, but….I hardly ever take my big guns out of the holster anymore. At least not for my personal shooting.

Contents please.

iPhone Photography has a LOT of fantastic, practical information and phenomenal photos packed into its 106 pages.[…]

Mother’s Day Sale at Totally Rad

Spend $99 and save $50 this week only!

Totally Rad is having a totally awesome sale on their total line of totally fantastic products and it totally ONLY happens this week.

Whew! That was like totally a mouth full.

Buy ANY Product worth $99 and SAVE. Time for Quantum Mathematics.

Sooooooooooo, let’s see. If you buy a product that normally costs $100, you would save $50. Let me do the math here….2+2=4 and the word ‘turkey’ has 5 letters, round up to the next decimal point and 

Totally Rad Mother's Day Sale


New Natural Light Photography Book

Win $1,000 worth of lenses!

Digital Photography School has come out with another in their fantastic line of digital photography books: Natural Light – Mastering a Photographer’s Most Powerful Tool.

This time the subject is natural light photography. The darned thing is literally flying off the shelves. Apparently there is a great need for this type of material.

And why not? Natural light photography allows you to photograph without a lot of costly studio equipment, such as lights, stands, light modifiers, backgrounds or background stands. Shockingly enough, it allows you to harness readily available natural light.

Natural Light - Mastering a photographer's most powerful tool.

Buy BEFORE midnight on May 22 and qualify to win $1000 worth in lenses.[…]

How to Pick Up Women in 5 Easy Steps

Bait and Switch.

“Patriarchy is not men.

Patriarchy is a system in which both women and men participate.

It privileges, inter alia, the interests of boys and men over the bodily integrity, autonomy, and dignity of girls and women.

It is subtle, insidious, and never more dangerous than when women passionately deny that they themselves are engaging in it.

This abnormal obsession with women’s faces and bodies has become so normal that we (I include myself at times—I absolutely fall for it still) have internalized patriarchy almost seamlessly.

We are unable at times to identify ourselves as our own denigrating abusers, or as abusing other girls and women.”

That pull quote was from an INSANELY intelligent and thought provoking blog post by none other than Ashley Judd. Read the full article here. You could also read my post Dead Women: The New Porn.

Ashley Judd

Richard Drew


What is an F-Stop

Wherein Alice went down the rabbit hole and fell into a magical land where all manner of things began to make sense.

Quick….what’s an f-stop? What does it do? Why does it matter? How does it play with shutter speed?

Apparently this is one of the hardest things for the average person to learn. I can actually see people’s eyes glaze over when I try to explain it.

There’s no crying in mathematics.

If you ever want to turn off that ‘auto’ mode thingy and do some purposeful creating, you’re going to have to understand F-stops. This video by Dylan Bennett does an excellent job of explaining the much misunderstood F-Stop. The ‘aha’ moment comes around minute 10-ish:

Give credit where credit is due.

I didn’t find this little gem on my own. A fellow blogger and amazing photographer, Jon Armstrong of Blurbomat fame found it.

Low Key Lighting for Still Life

Or, Finding a good excuse to show off my latest work.

I bought some new lighting equipment several months ago.

I got 3 new strobe heads, two new soft boxes, and light stands. Other than the initial post-UPS delivery inspection, I haven’t done a thing with any of it.

Part of the excuse reason is a change of domiciles after the arrival of the equipment, which entailed weeks of packing, planning, loading, hauling, unpacking etc. Not to mention the earning a living thing.

Enough is enough.

I would also like to interject at this point that I have been exceedingly antsy to create some ART UP IN HERE. In particular, I would like to co-create some art with other people.

Yep. I would like to lure some person or persons to sit down in front of my camera lens and embody some strangeness for me.

Model Mayhem Frustration

I could try to connect with potential models through Model Mayhem. I have certainly done that successfully in the past.

However, most of the ‘models’ on Model Mayhem are looking to get into fashion and glamor work. They have delusions aspirations of becoming the next tall-skinny-girl-who-gets-$10K-just-to-show-up super model. They are also very concerned with updating their ‘port’ which, despite its nautical sound, has nothing to do with maritime adventures.

Be like water.

Sometimes you have to take the path of least resistance.

Last night in a fit of utter physical BOREDOM and stupefaction, I decided to ‘play’ in my art room. Cranked the music and set about setting up my new lights….or at least one of them.

If there was no person to photograph, I would at least photograph…….something. Damn it. Janet.

Going back into the closet.