November 16, 2011

Processing iPhone Images - More Than Just Adding a Filter or Two

Deception Pass State Park, WA - Beach Sunset

One of the negative comments I hear from critiques of iPhone Photography is how 'Anyone can do it' by just a tap of a button. I agree that many apps have wonderful filters, presets, frames or one tap buttons that create very unique looks easily, however, that is just the start of the creative possibilities.
On average I spend about an hour in just processing the images I post to this blog. That doesn't include the time it takes to capture the image or the time it has taken me to learn what the photographic applications are capable of.
Today I wanted to demonstrate how I used the applications together to create this blog image. Please keep in mind that by showing what is possible with blending and brushing you can create an artist look all of your own. It is important to understand that knowing where to find a particular tool is valuable and learned by continually practicing your craft.
Many examples of what is possible are shown during The Last-Pixel Show Workshops. Hope you can participant in one next year so you too can unleash the artistic lunatic in you! Yes it is so fun!

Top Image - Original Capture With ProHDR
Second Image - fxPhotoStudio Brush Strokes Vivid
Third Image - first two Blended

Top Image - fxPhotoStudio Pencil Paint 2
Second Image - added fxPhotoStudio Glowing Edges
Third Image - added fxPhotoStudio False Mirror 3

Top Image - Blender to soften the sky
Second Image - Filterstorm to brush back in the original rock and lighten foreground
Third Image - Snapseed to lighten the rock

Top Image - After adding my favorite border in Grungetastic... fxPhotoStudio Bumpping 2
Second Image - Blender and Dynamic Light
Third Image - Thought maybe Sepia looked good too - Dynamic Light

I know you've heard it a thousand times before. But it's true -- hard work pays off. If you want to be good, you have to practice, practice, practice. If you don't love something, then don't do it. 
~Ray Bradbury

ONE SPOT LEFT in iPhoneography 101! 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.

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