iPhoneography – Part 1

Tutorials

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.

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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.

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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!

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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!

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