September 16, 2011

A Grand Obsession!

Self Portrait, taken and "processed" with Camera Genius

Earlier this year I traded my cell phone in for an iPhone4...and this summer I bought an iPad. To say that I have been "obsessed" with the photography and graphic design apps available for both these devices is an understatement! To fully understand my obsession you also have to know that I trained as a photographer back in the 70's...you know with FILM and chemicals and all that! For me to go over to digital much less iphoneography...well....

I thought it would be fun to start posting about the apps that I have found the most exciting...so this is my first post in what I hope will be a continuing series. My postings won't be reviews of apps...there are several great blogs that already do that and I'll share those with you in a moment. Instead, I thought I'd take a photo that I felt came out successfully and show what I did to it step by step. I will make sure that I supply links to all the apps and resources I give so you can check them out in more detail at their source...and if you like them...download them! (I get nothing from this...honest!!)

Before I get started with my first pic, here's some great sources on iphoneography for you to check out: 

Create Great iPhone Photos, by Allan Hoffman. This is a great primer on a whole bunch of apps and how to use them.

iPhone Obsessed, by Dan Marcolina. See, I'm not the only one! In this book Marcolina not only reviews a bunch of different apps, you can view videos of him using them by using the qr codes he provides.

You can get both these books at Amazon. 

Two blogs that I follow 'cause they give great reviews and notices about when apps go on sale or are offered free are: 

Life in LoFi: http://lifeinlofi.com
Appotography: http://appotography.com

Both these blogs are also on Twitter and Facebook.

Okay...now for my pic!!

Original shot
This first shot was taken using the standard iPhone4 camera. It was a quick grab at a farmer's market...I couldn't get close enough to take the pic I wanted but I decided to take it anyway to see what I could do with it later. Actually...this isn't exactly the original shot...I did do a little editing and cleaning up using the app Photo Studio which allows you do some great editing very quickly.


Second Step
After the editing and saving, I opened the pic in the app Color Splash. This is a fun app that automatically converts your image to black and white...and then allows you to "paint" the color back in using a variety of brushes. It's great to work with as it lets you focus in on the details if you want...down almost to pixel level. As you can see, I let everything but the scale remain in black and white...letting the color of the scale make it "pop out" of the pic. After I was done, I saved this image to my Camera Roll. (What's great about doing this is that each step is saved as a separate image so you could go back if needed.)

Third and final step:
"Scale", David Hayes, 2011
To finish, I opened the second image in the app, Pic Grunger. Now talk about a very cool app! This one allows you to apply all sorts of "grunge" filters and textures to your pic to give it that "vintage" look. You can do some adjusting of the intensity of the filters and textures, but not much. You can't layer filters with this app...there are others out there that you can. (I show you those later!) I played around with the filters/textures until I found the combination I liked...and saved it!

There you are! I'm really happy with the way this came out...and you know what? This probably only took me 15-20 minutes to create. Now granted, I've had a little experience using each of these apps, but I didn't spend hours to create this one! And....once I was done and saved the image, I used PicGrunger to post the image on Facebook, Flickr, and Twitter...all at once!! This took another 10 minutes...

I hope you liked this post! I can't wait to show you more of what I'm coming up with in future posts!!

Have a great weekend everyone!! 




5 comments:

amyd said...

I will rely on you to be my phone/photo guru...not obsessed yet...mind you, I said yet...

Bill said...

Man I get tired of you people bragging about all the new equipment you have!!! Seriously, that's one fantastic grunge app. Very cool picture! Do they have the same apps for the iPad as the iPhone?

Seth said...

Love what you did with that image. And thanks for all this information. Time to go clicking links.

ArtSnark said...

wow- really great transformation. Thanks for sharing

MrCachet said...

Dave Dubé here - of course you knew that! I often wish I could do this cell phone thingy, but I was soured on it early - I had to carry one 7X24X365 until three years ago when I retired. I pledged I would not be saddled to one, so I went without for a year. Then, my kids bought me a Trac phone. So now - I carry it, but don't use it. Perhaps I should do what you're doing, get myself an iPhone and start being creative. At least I see that it can be fun!