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Category: Tutorials

Typewriter Text on Image | Tutorial

Posted on August 11th, by koci hernandez in Apps, Blog, Tutorials, Video. 14 comments

Here’s a quick tutorial on how to blend text onto an image, using iPhone apps, Filterstorm, Polamatic, The Amazing Type-Writer and SquareReady. Also I show you how to get non-square images ready for Instagram.

Entire iPhoneography Course by @koci on Lynda.com FREE || 2 weeks only

Posted on June 30th, by koci hernandez in iPhoneograhy, Tutorials, Video. 6 comments

The great folks at Lynda.com have unlocked my iPhonography course for two weeks. Take advantage of this 1h 45m course.

iPhone Photography, from Shooting to Storytelling
with Richard Koci Hernandez

Description from the site:

In this course, Richard Koci Hernandez celebrates the art of iPhoneography—how to shoot, enhance, and share photos with an Apple iPhone. The course covers an actual iPhone photo shoot and includes details on how to select and edit photos using a variety of iOS apps and how to interact with the vibrant iPhone photo community by sharing photos using the popular Instagram app. In a bonus chapter, Koci and a lineup of iPhone photography enthusiasts and journalists meet at the 1197 conference in San Francisco to discuss shooting techniques, photo-enhancement tips, and inspiration in the art of photographic storytelling.

Topics include:

iPhone shooting techniques and tips
Using apps to get the look you want
Combining … Read More »

2012 Toronto NXNEi Workshop & Presentation

Hi guys,

As mentioned on IG, this year I will be at North By North East NXNEi presenting a quick 1 hour workshop talking about Mobile Photography. I will cover subjects such as creativity & inspiration, techniques and basic & fundamental rules of photography as well as the advantages of the medium and much much more.

1st part

On June 12th from 12:00 to 1:00 pm

• NXNEi – SHOOTER CULTURE with Bram Timmer 

Please visit this link for more info:

2nd part

Basic iPhone Photography tips on Exposure, Focus and White Balance

Posted on April 5th, by konstruktivist in iPhoneograhy, Tutorials, Video. 9 comments

I’ve had a few people email me and ask about the benefits of locking exposure, focus and or white balance. I thought I would take a few minutes to briefly explain. Below are two down-n-dirty video screencasts for your viewing pleasure.

I used the exposure and focus lock feature with both Camera+ and ProCamera apps on the example images below. Without having locked the exposure on the brightest areas in these images  (in old school photo speak I’d say metered for the highlights) then the shadows or darkest parts wouldn’t have come out so dramatic/dark.


Exposure/Focus Lock

APP: Camera+ [I also like ProCamera, which also has this feature]


White Balance

APP: Camera+

Hipstamatic | Tips & Combos


Since we all have our favorite app to shoot with, I wanted to share with you some of my favorite combos of Hipstamatic. Being my camera of choice in almost all circumstances, I got to be around quite a bit so hopefully these tips will help you choose or find the right combination that suits your style.

To start with, I think it’s importnat to be aware of all the possible settings available in Hipstamatic.

Some people may not know that there are 3 settings for the picture quality.
Low, Medium & High.

Those 3 dots on the left side of your lens of choice are indicators to what size and quality of pictures you Hipstamatic will output. If you are a really fast shooter and you like to shoot as much as possible, you might want to compromise the quality of … Read More »

Is Our Photo Madness Creating Mediocrity or Magic? SXSW 2012 [with tutorial]

Posted on March 15th, by koci hernandez in Blog, Tutorials. 9 comments

I was honored to be part of an amazing panel at SXSW last week that included  Kevin Systrom Founder & CEO Instagram, Kristen Joy Watts, Sr Content Strategist, Mobile & Social Platforms Group R/GA and Verna Curtis Curator of Photography in the Prints & Photographs Division at the Library of Congress.

Panel description:
Over 100 million photos are uploaded to Facebook every day. There are 3.5 billion cameraphones in use around the world. Instagram reached 13 million users in just 13 months. We are nearing the end of what Philip Gourevitch of The New Yorker called “the decade in which the world went camera-mad…the decade where everything is depicted, and every picture must be shared.”This panel will address the many ways in which the rise of mobile photography is affecting how we express our creativity, and how we connect and communicate every day. BONUS: We’ll conclude … Read More »

iPhoneography: From Shooting to Storytelling

Posted on March 14th, by koci hernandez in Blog, Tutorials, Video. 2 comments

Watch more at http://www.lynda.com/Photography-Photography-tutorials/iPhone-Photography-fro…

This iPhone tutorial titled “Welcome” is from the introduction of the iPhone Photography, from Shooting to Storytelling course presented by lynda.com author Richard Koci Hernandez. This specific tutorial is just a single clip pulled from a larger course on lynda.com. The complete iPhone Photography, from Shooting to Storytelling course celebrates the art of iPhoneography, describes how to shoot, enhance, and share photos with an Apple iPhone, and has a total duration time of 1 hour and 46 minutes.

To view more of this course on lynda.com, click the link above.

iPhone Photography, from Shooting to Storytelling table of contents:

Shooting on the Streets of Los Angeles
Using Apps to Enhance Your Shots
Storytelling and Sharing
The iPhone Photography Community
Bonus Chapter: 1197 Conference Sampler

Video Tutorial: Building an Image Collage

Posted on August 18th, by koci hernandez in Tutorials. 40 comments

A unique iPhone video tutorial. I’ll bet you’ve NEVER seen anything like this before! With some iPhone magic, you’ll be able to see ‘live’ through the viewfinder as I snap images and process them on my phone.

The above video is only a sample, scroll down to purchase the full tutorial

In our first tutorial I’ll be showing you my favorites apps of the moment, walking you through the importance of locking your exposure for optimum image results and how to build an image collage like the image below.

Author: Richard Koci Hernandez
File Format: .MOV [Download]
Running Time: 36 minutes




You want us to pay for this?


Hear us out.


This isn’t about putting money in our pocket. This reason we’re charging is simple. We want to create and host a mobile photography … Read More »

Pioneers of Photography | Cartier-Bresson | 01

Posted on August 5th, by koci hernandez in Free Stuff, POP Series, Tutorials. 11 comments

In this series, we’re calling P.O.P. Series, our goal at LoFiMode, is to introduce you to some of the most influential and essential photographers that shaped photography over the past 100 years. We believe that it is very important to acknowledge these true pioneers of photography by sharing their insightful thoughts and extraordinary images.

The goal of these tutorials is to hopeful help you open your mind to the so called, “rules” of photography that helped us develop a more critical eye when it comes to light, composition and geometry as well as story telling. We hope that our thoughts, ideas and insights will help you develop that “critical eye” and as Henri Cartier-Bresson said once, to enjoy the “JOY OF COMPOSITION!”

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