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 took a quick pic of this statue in an art gallery in Big Sur this past weekend. It wasn’t anything too exciting, but I thought it might be interesting at the right angle, and with the blue sky/ocean background. As you can see in the original below, it was decent, but I wanted to challenge myself to come up with something more interesting.
I used Snapseed to adjust the color, add a vintage effect, and add some texture. Then, I used Rays to add the beams of light and blow out a lot of the image. For those that don’t know, blow out means there is no information in the highlights, aka they’re all white. Rays created a lot more highlights at the bottom of the image, where I placed the light source.
What do you think about the two images?
I haven’t been able to shoot or blog much lately. I’ve been busy with grandma and had to run down to the central coast for a few days. I caught a couple of sunsets on the beach, but really wasn’t motivated to take any photos. Its hard to do anything creative when you’re mentally drained. Grandma was doing much better this past week, but yesterday she came down with a fever and got quite ill. Turns out she has pneumonia and may end up back in the hospital :(.
Instead of sitting by her bead while she was sleeping/getting sick, my aunt said I should go do something. Lucky for me, a friend said she was looking for adventure and we ended up doing a spontaneous trip to Big Sur. It was my third trip there this year and her first time ever. I’m probably familiar enough with the coast there that I could do workshops now.
Since we left around 3, we didn’t have a lot of time to explore. I decided to take her to Julia Pfeiffer Burns to see McWay Falls because its the most gorgeous spot on the coast. This waterfall is on the same trail, but in the opposite direction. The tourists all go to see the waterfall on the beach, but this one is a nice surprise after a little hike along the creek and through the woods.
Shot with camera+. Edited with Snapseed.
I went out on an adventure to the eastern part of the county a couple of days ago. I’ve never been out that way before, so I didn’t know what to expect. First, we drove to a wildflower hotspot in Santa Margarita where there was no trace of any wildflowers being there this year. I know the peak was a month or two ago, but I thought there might at least be a few flowers and some grass. Not this time. It was all brown. All I found was a couple of tiny flowers in a dry creek bed.
After that disappointing find, we headed to Soda Lake. Before we left, I googled the lake and saw some cool pictures. When we pulled up, we were greeted by a massive salt crust in the shape of a lake. It was cool, but not what I had envisioned. The white lake bed was so bright that the camera’s sensor couldn’t handle the dynamic range of the scene. The sky ended up being very dark.
We walked out on the dried up lake because we drove all that way. Some of it was powdery and some was crunchy. I felt like I was walking on the moon. If you stood still, you sank into the ground another inch or two. It was a funny feeling.
I got some cool shots with my Nikon too. Hopefully, I’ll find some time to share those soon. I was able to capture one of the white dust devils (twisters) out on the lake.
This image was shot with camera+ and edited with Snapseed. I included the before image below so you can see what I started with. I had to brighten it up and straighten the horizon. I chose to use the tilt shift filter on this one to bring the focus more to the dead bush in the foreground.
After an awful hotel experience the night before in Redlands, complete with screaming children bouncing around the room next door beyond 1am, we splurged on a boutique hotel, called Tuscan Springs, that we randomly drove up to in Desert Hot Springs.
I quickly took this photo while we toured the place. We originally were just looking to pay for day use of the hot mineral water spa’s and pool, but it was so relaxing and inviting that we had to stay. Everything about this place said vacation. Each courtyard had chairs, big comfy couches, and even beds. But, I think, when we were told it was adults only (not clothing optional,) we were already sold.
This particular spa was the size of a small pool.
Shot with camera+ and edited with Snapseed
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?
This was shot the same morning of my recent sunrise photo that I posted from my Nikon. I can’t quite figure out what that little cloud is. Maybe a hornet? I though it made the scene a little more interesting, along with the colors.
I hope you’re enjoying this photo from the comfort of your desk as you sip your coffee today. Good morning!