Las Vegas Lights


“Las Vegas Lights”

Photo by Robert Lachman ? 2013

Las Vegas Blvd photographed at night from the bridge at Tropicana Blvd.

with an iPhone 4s and processed with Tangled FX app.


One Gray Day

Photograph by Robert Lachman ? 2012

iPhone 4S with a touch from Instagram

A cloudy day with lots of mud for a walk at the Bolsa Chica Ecological Reserve.


My New Photo & Mac Podcast

Subcribe to my new podcast on iTunes

I just posted my first podcast on iTunes. It will be my? weekly thoughts on the world of photography, Mac, iPhone and iPad. The podcast will feature my reviews, the latest and greatest, plus an occasionally an interview.

It’s probably not?going to be too groundbreaking, but I’ve always wanted to give it a try. I plan to produce a 15 to 20 minutes a show. If you have any suggestions for topics, be sure to send me a note.

Interview: iSee, iShoot, iPhone

stevestangerpodcastCheck out my interview on Steve Stanger’s new
iSee, iShoot, iPhone podcast.

It’s also available on iTunes.

“Award winning Los Angeles Times photographer,
photo editor and iPhone photography enthusiast
Robert Lachman joins me on this episode of iSee iShoot iPhone. We discuss social media, iPhone apps and peripherals, processing, printing, situations when the iPhone isn?t the best camera, and of course a lot of photography talk!”



iPhone Photograph by Robert Lachman ? 2011

One cool sunflower taken with the Hipstamatic App on my iPhone 3GS. I tried out the Dynamic Light software to process the photography on my iMac. Just bought it at the Apple App store. Let me know what you think?

Art Walk Food Trucks


Food trucks with a variety of color at the downtown Los Angeles Art Walk on Thursday night.

iPhone Photographs by Robert Lachman ? 2010

Before & After from a Quick Walk in the Park


iPhotographs by Robert Lachman ? 2010

Even a quick walk in the park with a cell phone camera can produce some stunning resulst as you can see from the before (bottom) photo and the after (top) photograph. I did use Photoshop CS4 with a boost from the Topaz Labs Simplify to get it the painterly look. Considering I can’t paint, it seemed like the best option.

Look like it’s almost time for work for me. Have a great week! -RL🙂


Overcast in HB


iPhone Photograph by Robert Lachman ? 2010

I started the overcast day with a walk at the park with the dog. It’s the first time in weeks. I certainly need the exercise. I couldn’t resist one quick snap with a twist of the Hipstamatic app with my iPhone 3GS. Can you guess the film and lens? It’s pretty simple: Lens – John S and Film – Ina’s 1969. Ok, it may be a little to geeky, have a great day. 🙂 -RL


Lunch Break Art from the LA Streets


iPhone Photographs by Robert Lachman ? 2010

Here are a few arty iPhone photographs with the Hipstamatic app of downtown Los Angeles from last week. I’ve been sick the past few days so haven’t had much time to work on the blog. Have a great week. The weekend is almost here. 🙂 -RL

iPhone Mannequin


iPhone Photograph by Robert Lachman ? 2010

A mannequin in a store window along Broadway Street in downtown Los Angeles captured with my iPhone a few days ago with an assist from the Hipstamatic app and processed with Photoshop CS4 and another one of my favorites OnOne’s FocalPoint Plug-in. It’s subtle, but check out the way FocalPoint blurred out the edges and brings all the focus to the Mannequin’s mouth and eyes.

Have a nice Sunday. I’m working later this afternoon. -RL


Queen Mary X 3


iPhone Photograph by Robert Lachman ? 2010



During a recent visit to Long Beach, I couldn’t resist taking photographs of the Queen Mary with a heavy does of the Hipstamatic iPhone App. Please, leave a comment and let me know which one you like best. It’s almost time for work, but it is my Friday today. I’m looking forward to the weekend, although, there is rain forecast for Saturday. -RL

Downtown San Francisco


iPhone Photograph by Robert Lachman ? 2010

Photographs taken during with my iPhone during my vacation to San Francisco and Macworld 2010 last week. -RL


Rain Today, iPhone Photo Before & After

topazdetailrainAAfter, using Photoshop, which included: reducing the color cast with Saturation, adjusting the brightness with Levels, and sharpening with Smart Sharpen. I did select and feather the shadow areas in the bottom half of the photograph, and then lightened with Levels. The final touches did include the Creative Detail Accent preset with Topaz Detail 2.

iPhone Photographs by Robert Lachman ? 2010


rainbeforeBefore, the image straight into Lightroom and then saved in Photoshop with no adjustments.


My Random Thoughts


By Robert Lachman

It’s almost time for the Apple announcement: What’s it going to be, the amazing bigger-than-an-iPhone, smaller-than-a-laptop “iTablet”?? I can wait. How about making an affordable laptop?

Mac laptops start at $999 while other brands start at $499. I am sure the “iTablet” will come with some amazing widgets and apps. Did I mention super-cool graphics and multimedia? You just know it’s going to sing and dance. I’m not sure how I have lived without the Magic Eight Ball app on a ten-inch screen instead of my iPhone.

The Apple announcement I’m looking forward to is hearing them say they’re going to make the iPhone a better phone. I’m not sure you could hear me if you’re listening on your iPhone. I can’t hardly hear anyone, the volume is always so low. Is there any chance of increasing the ring tone and vibrate, I never know when people are calling, especially while walking or riding my bike. Did I mention the part about how it constantly drops calls, plus the coverage area is so weak? NoAARPw I’m sounding like Andy Rooney which leads me to AARP…

I received another invitation to join AARP. For those young tech-photo-geeks who are reading this, it stands for the Association for the Advancement of Retired Persons. They say it’s an association of people to promote the welfare of senior citizens. I’ve got to tell you that qualifying for AARP really hurts. I’m not joining as long as I have a profile on Twitter and Facebook and have my own website. Never, never, never, I’m not joining…..

I went to take some pictures of the heavy storm surf next to the Seal Beach Pier this week and learned a valuable lesson: Put money in the meter, even when you’re only going to take a quick look to see the size of the big waves. It only took 10 minutes and I had a forty dollar parking ticket waiting for me.


All iPhone Vacation Pics

By Robert Lachman

I decided to try an all iPhone vacation road trip last weekend. No Canon G10, no Canon Mark2, just a casual day in Ojai, California with my wife, Lorelei. It was the first time we visited the Ojai Valley Inn Resort and Spa. I need to spend a month there, but I might need to win the Lotto first after checking out the prices to make it happen.

Back to the photography, I didn’t even try a panorama photo, that was the toughest part. I think I’m addicted to panos. Not sure why. They always come out skinny, plus, I don’t use one of those panorama tripod heads so, they never really turn out perfect.

Certainly the iPhone 3GS doesn’t really compete with my Canon G10 or a DSLR with interchangeable lenses, but who wants to carry them around all the time? I am sure there’s a compromise somewhere in between. Leave a comment and let me know what you think.


Got Coffee and Went to the Beach

beachday1“Huntington Beach” -? iPhone Photograph by Robert Lachman @2009

I decided I needed to check out the waves this morning after getting coffee at Donut Hut.? Ok, there was a donut thrown in there somewhere. It’s a great way to start the day. It looks like the weather should be perfect again for tomorrow’s Rose Parade and football game. I can’t really say I’m too fired up for the Oregon Ducks versus the Ohio State Buckeyes. That reminds me, I can never remember what a Buckeye is, besides the Ohio State nickname.

According to a Wiki on the internet a Buckeye is an, “Inedible nut-like seed of the horse chestnut tree.” I am going with the Ducks to beat the nut-like seeds. I really don’t know the teams that well, so it’s the best I can do when it comes to predictions. Seems like you should name your school after an edible nut something you can sink your teeth into like almonds or pecans. You can tell I’m not from Ohio.

I’ll be bringing in the new year on my drive home from work tonight so I want to wish everyone a Happy New Year and all the best for 2010.. -RL