Professional photographer and author Shaun Hines today is pleased to announce the release and immediate availability of Unravelling the Mysteries of the Little Black Box, his new photo graphic novel available for download on iPad devices. Named both an Editor’s Choice Award winner and the 2014 runner-up in The Most Innovative App category by The Phoblographer, Unravelling the Mysteries of the Little Black Box provides users with an innovative and interactive tool for learning the ins and outs of their camera.
“It’s not very often that an innovative book for photographers makes a splash, but Unravelling the Mysteries of the Little Black Box is an eBook that will turn heads and make you excited about learning all of the intricacies of the art form,” says Chris Gampat of The Phoblographer. “We’ve never, ever had so much fun reading a book. In fact, paging through Unravelling the Secrets of the Little Black Box doesn’t even feel like you’re reading a book. Consider it a picture book for adults and teenagers who have evolved into much more visual learners as time has progressed. We give Unravelling the Secrets of the Little Black Box our Editor’s Choice award.” (23 Nov 2014)
* Comfortable and simple User Interface
* Applicable for any camera with manual override including smartphones
* Unique and distinctive design
* Galleries that include over 160 example photos and illustrations
* Ability to highlight key words and add notes to create personalized study cards
* Ability to bookmark pages for quick reference
* Slideshows that emphasize the technical and creative points reviewed
* 16 exercises to turn theory into practice
* Section reviews of 8 quizzes with more than 40 questions
* Separate tutorials for tablet and desktop users
Unravelling the Mysteries of the Little Black Box includes over 160 example photos and illustrations to present each lesson in an aesthetically pleasing and engaging manner. There are several interactive elements within each chapter that respond to a user’s tap, including Section Reviews, Galleries, and the Magnifier.
There are 8 Section Reviews that test newfound knowledge and material. The Galleries offer users the chance to view images that illustrate the creative and technical aspects of the topic covered. The magnifier glass highlights essential and additional information or illustrations.
Unravelling the Mysteries of the Little Black Box is a useful learning tool that contains in-depth instruction on a number of topics including:
* The History of photography
* How A Camera Works
* Focal Lengths
* Practicing the Craft
The multi-touch book provides 16 exercises that help the user put into practice the creative and technical principles reviewed within each chapter. To further personalize the learning experience, users can highlight key words and phrases and add notes. This function also generates study cards that can be used as a tool for self-directed study.
“Photography is fun, so why shouldn’t learning about it be enjoyable too?” queries Shaun Hines, author and professional photographer. “Unfortunately, this isn’t always the case. Camera manuals can be a bit pedantic and not the most interesting of reads. Although those individuals enthusiastic enough to take their photography to the next level have a wealth of learning resources at hand, the material all seems to be delivered in a similar fashion. I decided to create this fully interactive iBook as an unconventional teaching tool that would make the learning experience educational and enjoyable. Whether you use a smartphone or compact camera with manual features or a digital SLR camera, Unravelling the Mysteries of the Little Black Box will teach you the principles of photography.”
* iPad with iBooks 3 or later and iOS 5.1 or later
* Mac with iBooks 1.0 or later and OS X 10.9 or later
* 98 pages
Pricing and Availability:
Unravelling the Mysteries of the Little Black Box 1.0 is only $7.99 (USD) and available worldwide through the iTunes Store here:
Review copies are available upon request.
Based in London, United Kingdom, Shaun Hines is a professional photographer with a background in commercial, editorial, and PR photography. He has also held a number of educational positions, designing and presenting a range of workshops about photography. All Material and Software Copyright (C) 2014 Shaun Hines. All Rights Reserved. Apple, the Apple logo, iPad, Macintosh and Mac OS X are registered trademarks of Apple Inc. in the U.S. and/or other countries. Other trademarks and registered trademarks may be the property of their respective owners.