iPhone + Lightroom + Blurb = Book

Dear faithful blog friends,

A lot has happened in recent weeks. I ventured 6218 miles south to visit Uruguay. I made photographs with my iPhone. Blurb and Adobe partnered to create a book module within Lightroom 4. And you know what all this means? It means that Uncle Danno made another book. So, I thought I would share a little audio information in regard to all these new things. Have a look, have a listen and hit me up if you have any questions.

8 responses to “iPhone + Lightroom + Blurb = Book”

  1. jtolbertjr says:

    I laughed my ass off at your opening comments regarding “filtering beyond recognition” 🙂 I’ve been experimenting with the iPhone 4s camera (I feel awkward maneuvering it), using Snapseed and Nik Siver Efex Pro to process the images. I always worry about the effects of adjustments so I try not to go beyond the minimal basics, like sharpen, contrast, highlights, shadow, and exposure. Anything more and I feel like a slave to the software. 🙂

    • Smogranch says:

      It’s all about the filters and software. The cameras on the phone are pretty bad, and with these filters we can make anything look fairly interesting. In the long run, this for me is a terrible thing. I have already found myself looking at good, straight silver prints from black and white negative and thinking, “Hmm, if I could just put a vintage tint on that with a drama filter and then a center space, tilt shift and grunge filler then it would be perfect.” It’s all a complete and total distraction, and has us all thinking we have made something interesting when in fact we pressed a bunch of buttons on our phone. Having said that, I’ll continue to do so.

  2. I never thought I would see Alcatran just ‘like that’. I loved the iPhone work you did in this trip. It’s most definitely got me hooked on using my phone a lot more.

    • Smogranch says:

      Yep, it’s addictive. If I EVER get any time I’m going to start the edit of the main body of work. The prints are just sitting here staring at me.

  3. Have not yet had a chance to download LR4 but must soon as the book module does sound interesting. I use Indesign to achieve full control and perfect colours and sharpness of images, but it’s a tedious and long, loooong, did I mention long, workflow. Would love to do it all in Lightroom. Will let you know what I think of the module when I have LR4.

    Your beefed up double battery iphone has btw legendary process powers, the amount of snaps you used to snapseed on every bus ride was impressive. Jedi power.

    • Smogranch says:


      Like all things electronic with me…my massive extra battery is now broken and no longer works. So, I’m down the normal iPhone battery which I have to recharge at least three times a day. TWice yesterday it ran down to zero and shut off.

  4. Nancy Van House says:

    Alcatran? google is no more enlightened about this than I am.

    You make me anxious to get into LR4 and its Blurb module. If nothing else, that should save the back and forth between LR and Blurb as I put images into books — wonderful!

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