iPhoneography – Part 2


Creative Filters

Mobile photography has tried to emulate old film styles and there are many apps out there that replicate film styles, ageing, adding bokeh, flares and stars. However, adding a filter to your photograph does not make a photograph suddenly become great. I believe that starts with the eye and the ability to see. Snapping away without thought, not noticing what is in your viewfinder, will often result in shoddy photography (admittedly we occasionally get that lucky shot).Here I am going to show you how to manipulate filters and create your own for a more individual and creative look. This is pure fun, it makes social networking sites such as Instagram become alive with difference!

Basic Editing

As in the previous tutorial I will edit my work first, to enhance contrast, saturation, ambiance, correct white balance etc.

The following edits were using Snapseed and then Camera +, details of which can be found on the previous post.



Camera +


Superimpose This is a great app! For masking and blending right on your phone, this app is second to none. Asides making your own filters, you are able to blend two images together, literally superimposing. When I first got this app, I had much fun practicing by superimposing my friends in scenarios with giant turkeys and mutant spiders (clearly been watching far too much SyFy).

Firstly upload your background image, in this case the one of the river scene. Then upload your foreground image, which here is a photo of a page of text. Scale to fit over the background, it doesn’t matter if it stretches the words, you will be fading it to not really notice too much. Whilst in transform select a blending mode (the far right top icon), apply which one you want to use, here I used hard light to retain some of the text, and then turn up the transparency.


The next thing I did here was to remove some of the text filter to give it a rough look. The final edit at this stage, below right.



Filtermania This is a purely aesthetic app, with some truly awful filters. But some of them add a nice texture which works well with some images. The beauty of this app is the ability to reduce the opacity and only have a touch of the filter showing through, this is a good thing if you want to be creative with your photographs.




Final Edit Below is the final edit of this image, adding a textured border from the Camera + app, giving a more gritty feel!


More Examples What you can do with filters, layers and generally experimenting with your apps. Adding borders, filters and textures.




iPhoneography – Part 1


Simple digital processing

As with all photography, as shot and as developed aren’t always the best display for your images. With film photography, how we choose to print our images and shoot our film can be manipulated, from the processing through to the decisions made in the darkroom.

Similarly with digital processing, we use software such as Lightroom, Aperture or Photoshop to manipulate exposure, contrast, saturation etc, acting as a digital darkroom.

So what of mobile photography? I use the iPhone 4s to shoot mobile photography, choosing to process my images to optimise the results, as shot is not always what I see.

The apps I use for simple processing are Snapseed, Filterstorm and Camera +

Snapseed I use Snapseed to process levels and for fine tuning, where an area needs more focus. Below is an example of how simple processes can make a photo pop.



Camera + However, it doesn’t stop here. For this particular image, I would then edit in Camera + to really make the spider pop out. Cropping the image, adjusting the light ever so slightly using the scene mode (this mode is the mobile equivalent to the scene modes you have on digital cameras, programmed to work best in certain conditions), and desaturating with a slightly silver edge to the image.


So, the final result of this particular image? A few simple processes, and I think you can agree that it really makes all the difference between a flat image and something worth showing off to people!


Filterstorm This app is great for really getting into the nitty gritty of digital processing, offering you the ability to adjust in levels as well as masking and gradients. I see this as an extension of photoshop, but for your mobile!


IPhone, the new permanent addition to my camera bag

Diary, Tutorials

I’ve taken my iPhone on holiday as an additional camera to my 35mm. Producing quality images, candids, using apps to process images, ever since my trip to New York and my DSLR malfunctioning on me, I’ve embraced the iPhone camera as an important part of my equipment.
I see it in the way as a modern Leica was to Cartier-Bresson, a simple camera to capture every day life and the little quirks that you’d miss out on if you had to rely on a weighty cumbersome DSLR.
It’s also useful as research to photograph life around me as part of a new project I’m undertaking called provisionally ‘Isolation, Family, Community’. Centred around my own experience, feeling isolated at times, wanting to be a part of my community, it will document my time and endeavours to fulfill this, as well as my diary of thoughts as I look at the world surrounding me and ponder over it’s intricacies and my desires.
My iPhone is pivotal in achieving the foundation to this project, and as such will be at my side on a more permanent basis.

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