Find­ing Your Pas­sion Pro­ject

iPhone Life Magazine - - Editor's Message -

I re­cently bought my first house and have been ex­pe­ri­enc­ing the typ­i­cal grow­ing pains of a first­time home­owner. I’ve filled out reams of pa­per­work, ripped up car­pet, painted rooms, hung pic­tures on the walls, draped cur­tains over the win­dows, and even tried (and failed) to grow a gar­den. With all those hours of plan­ning and la­bor un­der my belt, I now feel a much more per­sonal con­nec­tion to the place I live in and a sense of grat­i­fi­ca­tion know­ing I was ca­pa­ble enough to tackle the chal­lenges in­her­ent in home buy­ing.

The Idea Be­hind the DIY Is­sue

Own­ing a home is ba­si­cally the ul­ti­mate DIY pro­ject—but it’s one that never ends. In this is­sue, we’re go­ing to go a lot eas­ier on you. We de­cided to pub­lish our first-ever DIY is­sue af­ter re­al­iz­ing just how many ways you could use your iPhone to take your life into your hands. We wanted to go be­yond the ba­sic, ev­ery­day uses (you have our How-To Guide for that!), and get into ways you could use your phone to tackle all kinds of projects, whether as a pro­fes­sional or a hob­by­ist. From gar­den­ing and cook­ing to clean­ing up your fi­nances, the DIY is­sue will equip you with the know-how to ac­com­plish your goals. If you’d like to record a pod­cast or song, turn to our for­mer editor-in-chief and host of online show So­cial Good Now Alex Ce­quea as he walks you through set­ting up a mo­bile record­ing stu­dio (pg. 52). For those in­ter­ested in chart­ing new iPho­neog­ra­phy ter­ri­tory, as­so­ciate editor Rheanne Sch­lee teaches you how to use an ex­ter­nal lens to mag­nify your sub­jects and cap­ture gor­geous de­tails in her in-depth guide to macro pho­tog­ra­phy (pg. 44). She’s also put to­gether a guide to print­ing your In­sta­gram shots on ev­ery­thing from kitchen tiles to throw pil­lows in or­der to per­son­al­ize your space (pg. 60). These ar­ti­cles and many oth­ers are de­signed to help jump­start your cre­ative process.

The Upris­ing of Citizen Jour­nal­ists

This is­sue, I’ve writ­ten a piece in our Life + Tech sec­tion about cit­i­zens who are us­ing their smart­phones to bring po­lice mis­con­duct into the public eye (pg. 70). You need look no fur­ther than the videos cap­tured of the tragic deaths of Wal­ter Scott, Fred­die Gray, and Eric Garner at the hands of po­lice of­fi­cers to com­pre­hend the power of such footage. Cit­i­zens are tak­ing jus­tice into their own hands by record­ing po­lice in­ter­ac­tions in the heat of the mo­ment, and as a re­sult, the whole world has wit­nessed cases that might have oth­er­wise been re­duced to hearsay.

Share Your In­spi­ra­tion

I hope this is­sue inspires you to take on a pro­ject you’ve wanted to tackle but that has seemed out of reach. We love hear­ing from our read­ers, so if you have your own DIY story or pro­ject dis­cov­ery to share, reach out to me at donna@

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