Since I didn’t use a zoom on my iPhone, I had to crop the image much tighter to make the birds more prominent in the image. I wanted a darker, more contrasty edit, so thats what I went for in Snapseed. I thought I was done with the image, until yesterday, when Meg of movethechair.wordpress.com, asked me about tips or suggestions for impressionist styles on the iPhone. Btw, go to her blog and check out the Take 12 project I was a part of recently. You can find it in the menu bar.
Last month, I was actually looking for apps that can recreate impressionist styles, but didn’t like anything I saw. I totally forgot that iColorama has some great filters/effects in it that can give you an impressionist feel. So, thats what I ended up using today to get the painterly look.
There are a number of styles if you tap on the top, select Style, then Painterly, or Coherence. Both of those will give you some good choices. For this image, I used Coherence at about 60% opacity and I masked out about 20% opacity on the birds, just to bring back a tiny bit more detail.
If you have any techniques you want to learn too, just ask! I’ll see what I can do.
I still haven’t had much time for creativity or shooting. Last night while I was packing some stuff from the shelves, I noticed this crab shell looked interesting, because of the way the light was hitting it. I thought it looked like some kind of alien…or some creature to fuel your nightmares haha.
I move to Oregon this weekend. Then, I’ll have a few weeks to explore and shoot, before meeting up with Shannon on the east coast next month. It should be a fun fall, after a very long year.
I don’t know if you’ve ever tried to take a photo with your iPhone after the sun has gone down, but it’s a challenge to get a shot like this. You absolutely have to use an HDR app that takes multiple exposures and merges them. If you try to use a regular camera app, you’ll end up with either a nicely exposed sky and a very dark foreground, or a white sky and a properly exposed foreground. Sadly, neither one is like what you were seeing in person.
For this shot, I used TrueHDR. Ideally, you’d set your phone up on a tripod for HDR, especially at this time of day. It’s very important to keep the camera as still as possible so the HDR app can merge the images more cleanly. If you click on the image to view it larger, you’ll notice the the trees in the middle of the image are slightly off, as well as the hill on the right. Luckily, its not too noticeable if you’re just sharing a smaller version with your friends. You may not have even noticed it if I hadn’t pointed it out.
I edited this one with Snapseed. The image straight from TrueHDR was very flat, meaning it needed more contrast and some pop.
Today I couldn’t figure out how I wanted to edit this photo of wildflowers. I played with Snapseed to add saturation and contrast. I tried aquarella and autopainter. In the end, I couldn’t decide between the Snapseed edit above or the autopainter styles below.
Which do you prefer?
I got a little creative with this one. I shot with mirrorgram and liked the image, but it was a little out of focus. I didn’t want to scrap it, so I used shockmypic for the painterly look. Finally, I used snapseed to add some contrast and darken the image slightly. The result is much better than a blurry photo, in my opinion.
My brothers cat has been missing since Friday. I guess hes already moving on because he brought this guy home last night. He shares the same mom as the missing cat, so he has some similar features. I think I’ll be capitalizing on his cuteness while hes still little because, lets be honest, everyone loves pictures of kittens.
Shot with camera+. Edited in Snapseed.