iPhoneography & Smartphone Photography Workshops / by admin

iPhoneography or Smartphoneography is a constantly developing medium and our recent  workshop at Holywood Library was a great success with lots of really helpful feedback and as I look towards the next one at Dungannon Library, I'm excited about what's in store for us there.  

I've also decided to start trying to update my blog more regularly, so please feel free to subscribe or contact me to me added to my emailing list.  For this reason I've started using BlogPadPro which allows me to write my blog posts quickly from my iPad! So far, it's easy to use... But I'll let you be the judge if it's worth the massive £2.99 that it cost me! Lol


Anyway, weither you call it iPhoneography, Smartphoneography, Smartphone Photography or even Mobiography, one things for sure, it's growing in influence every day. More and more apps are coming out to make the idea of producing high quality original images on your phone possible for anyone. From 10 years old to 100, people everywhere are finding that this IS something that can actually learn to do well!


I've been taking some time and learning more and more about the apps I currently have and it's so tempting to keep downloading more because they are so cheap. However, it's like anything really. Start small, learn a few apps well of you end up being "master of none," even if your name isn't Jack!


Today I'm sharing a shot that I took on the way out if Belfast, along the M1. I'm sure anyone from Belfast will know the subject right away, but you might never have seen it like this before!

Balls on the Falls


Give the shape of the subject I thought this was a perfect image to process with the MarbleCam app. Before I did that though, as always, I ran it through Snapseed, Pixlromatic and finally Mextures adding about 5 layers in the process. You need to save the image each step of the way and then import it into the next app.


The important thing to remember is that YOU are the artist, not the app.  For that reason, don't just accept those preset looks that they give you. Experiment and play around with the various settings.


ITS your vision and unique perspective that makes the image worth looking at!   Now, if you are smart, (read that to mean...not like me!) you'll make a few notes so you can retrace your steps or repeat the process.  For example when using mextures, I quickly got bored with just the one layer and started adding more and more, tweaking each one as I went.


If you're not familiar with layers it's basically the same as placing a clear layer of plastic ( you remember those old overhead projectors from school!?) over the top of something. They allowed you to apparently draw over an image, but in fact, they were in TOP of the original image, which actually remained unchanged.)


So translating this into the computer age, just like the professional software like Photoshop, Mextures allows you to create as many of these transparent layers on top of your image as you like and then adjust them to make the image look different.  Once you've got what you want, you save the image and the layers are merged with the image.  Don't worry, this process creates a brand new image and you will still have your unchanged original.  I find this great, as I often like to revisit images I've taken maybe with a new idea or a new app.


Anyway, to wrap up for now, I hope you find this an interesting perspective on an iconic landmark?


In coming blog posts I'll try and get into some more detail on the nuts and bolts of some of apps and how to take an image and put your own personal spin on it.  But in the meantime, please drop me a line if you want to know more!


In the meantime, please take a few minutes and check out my iPhoneography page.


Til next time,