October 22, 2011

iPhone Photography Workflow

Fly free and be adventurous!
Many of the students who take my course seek to have a better understanding of workflow. There are so many apps available for capture and processing of photos but where to start.

When I look at an image I start to see it in the artistic form. One of the first things I need to decide is what layers I need to create. There are my 'go to' apps for layers. You can see by my blog that I use fxPhotoStudio and the Artista series frequently. After those layers are created, I then need to decide if I want to use the app Blender for global blending mode options and/or Filterstorm for more selective brushing and blending.

Usually I will add several elements from many different layers going back and forth from one layer to the other building on it as I go. I sometimes sharpen various layers before adding them. If I need to use the app Touch Retouch I usually do so at the end of my workflow.

The best way for me to learn is to watch others work and -  try try and try again.

I love to do onsite workshops with students because it gives me an opportunity to demonstrate my workflow for the various images I have created. I can more easily explain why I made the choices I did and answer questions along the way. It is most rewarding to share that 'ah ha' moment with a student when something they have been struggling to understand is now clear.

I hope you will treat yourself to a workshop with Harry Sandler and I in the near future.
Nov 4-7 Whidbey Island, WA
Dec 2-4 Carmel, IN
March - Sonoma, CA area ----more info to come.

contact Harry at harry@harrysandler.com
or me at teri@terilou.com
for more information!


iPhoneography Classes Available Now! - next class starts November 21st - only six student per session. FYI - prices will increase in 2012. If you would like to learn how to capture and process iPhone images beyond a basic snapshot take an Online iPhoneography Course with Teri Lou. Two courses are available iPhoneography 101 and iCreativity. Click on the direct links in the upper left hand column of this blog for information, pricing and schedule.


  1. Very interesting for me to discover from your explanations that we both seem to share the same understanding of workflow. I do it almost exactly the way you describe it here. Maybe you should add the importance of a well organized collection of apps to have them at hand when needed which saves time. I keep my preferred camera apps in two folders on the home screen with the Hipstamatic and Quickpix even on the quickbar on the bottom. On the second screen I keep my other apps that I use for editing in actually seven folders where I put the most important ones in the first two folders, plus there is an extra folder for HDR&BW as well as extra folders for the Artista series and two more folders of less important camera apps. On the home screen there is also a folder for photography tools such as GyroCropper, Squaready, PhotoSync, PhotoSize and others and there is a folder for 8mm video cameras. Anything else on my iPhone comes AFTER the photography stuff ;-).

  2. Another head aches, another heart breaks
    I am so much older than I can take
    And my affection, well it comes and goes
    I need direction to perfection, no no no no help me out
    The Killers


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