Its been too long since I posted, which is a shame. I’ll try to get back into the routine of doing iPhone stuff. I still have apps to review and compare for you all. I’ve been a little busy with other photo stuff, one huge thing that I’ll announce tomorrow, plus building a new storefront, writing articles, and new ebooks.
If you haven’t heard the news, there was a fire this past weekend down in the bay area. In fact, the structure that went up in flames was the old shipwreck in my last post.
We lost an icon because some people were playing with fire for likes and exposure. Ok, it wasn’t really fire, but they were spinning steel wool, which creates a lot of sparks. Its probably not the best idea to do that on an old ship. I guess they got what they wanted though, because they sure as hell are getting exposure now, only for the wrong reasons.
I wasn’t there, I don’t know what happened, so I’m not going to roast anyone on social media. I just hope we can all learn from this tragedy and do our best to leave everything better than when we first got there.
Lastly, I hope we can all take a step back and re-evaluate this attitude of having to one-up each other for attention on social media. I know I’m going to start looking inward and creating for me again.
How many of you tuned in for both days of the iPhoneography workshop on CreativeLive? I thought it was great. I picked up some new tips and tricks in the apps that I use, and even learned of a few apps that I hadn’t seen before.
I also felt validated because when I first decided to review iPhone photo apps, I did it with the goal of finding the best of the best photo editing apps. I was hoping to find a few apps that would essentially give me photoshop in my pocket. Jack seemed to share the same opinions I did about Snapseed being the best. We are both also fond of quite a few other apps, but Snapseed is the workhorse.
It was also cool hearing Jack talk about the iPhone 5s. He got me even more excited about it because his enthusiasm was contagious. I’d like to get one on the 20th and start sharing photos right away. We’ll see if I’m lucky enough to get one.
I do intend on writing up a post soon where I lay out my favorite apps, why I like them over others, and what I use them for. You’ll have to bear with me though, because I’m notorious for forgetting stuff. I have so many notes on my desk that its not even funny. They don’t seem to be helping me follow through on all of my ideas.
I’ve become really fascinated with matte painting recently and wanted to give it a shot. I found this tutorial online and decided I needed to do it. You should click to see this much larger.
This is what I’ve been up to lately. Not shooting, but pushing my photoshop skills. I’m mostly self taught. As someone who spent way too long in school and then spent time teaching, I believe you can teach yourself just about anything if you have the desire.
It seemed like a lot of my teachers could have been replaced by a book. All they did was lecture straight from the book and hardly ever added anything unique to justify their salary. So, why the hell do I need to pay someone to read a book to me? I don’t. I’ll get the book and teach myself in the comfort of my home while listening to music.
Believe it or not, this started out as 2 daytime images of Florence and Cairo.
After turning it to a night scene, I painted in the fires, smoke, and lighting. It was really fun bringing the city to life and controlling the light. I’ve had this idea of painting with light for quite some time, and this is probably the first time I’ve actually done what I had envisioned a long time ago.
My finished version isn’t quite finished, but it was close enough for me to share. I think I want to crop some off the sides and add more smoke and fire. I’ll probably light up more windows too.