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Sunday, March 22, 2015

Hipstamatic Oggl ~ TinType ~ Alt Photo

App: TinType by Hipstamatic LLC
Hipstamatic Classic has long been one of my favorite shooting apps and one I teach in my intro to iPhone Photography workshops. Lately I have been revisiting two other App products by Hipstamatic LLC, TinType and Oggl. TinType launched in the fall of 2014 and Oggl launched in May 2013. TinType is a full resolution, one trick, pony, producing effects reminiscent of daguerreotypes, tintypes, with a few processing choices, such as blur, grain and frame,  but for .99 in the App store it is worth giving it a try if you are running iOs8 or later and like those looks. It has potential but does not have the variety of looks as in the App Alt Photo by Alien Skin Software. (Even tho Alt Photo has not had an update since Dec 2012 it still functions on iOs 8 using the iP6 producing a full resolution file.)

Oggl on the other hand is an immensely deep App that requires a subscription either $3.99 for three months or $9.99 for a year. Oggl will allow you to import images from your camera roll then allow you to apply any Hipstamatic combo of Film and Lens that you have purchased using the Classic Hipstamatic App.
You can also shoot with Oggl making exposure choices by moving the on screen reticle around the scene while composing your image. The one thing you can't do using Oggl is shoot with Oggl and have a 'standard' unfiltered image file delivered to your camera roll. For those that like to shoot Oggl with their iPhone and process on the iPad this poses a problem...because each file shot with Oggl will have the recent combo applied while saving. I sent a note to the developer requesting the possibility an update that would make saving an unfiltered image file to your camera roll that was shot with Oggl. If that happened you could then shoot with Oggl and process the image on your iPad with Oggl options. 

The one thing you can do in Oggl by choosing exposure is create two images with different dynamic light range. In the hotel cafe I visited this past week, I saw a scene I liked and wanted to use Oggl to test capture two different exposures to then further blend in Pro HDR.
Image 1. Oggl single shot exposed for the bright outside light
I liked the window light with blinds so I captured  Image 1 for the  blinds and while holding my iPhone in the same spot and as still as I could, quickly moved the exposure reticle to create a second exposure for the light on the sofa in Image 2.
Image 2. Oggl shot exposed for the dark interior light.
(outside light blows out and detail is lost in the blinds)
In this shot now you can see the interesting light falling on the sofa but the blinds are beginning to lose interesting detail.
In this the combined processed image below, using Pro HDR you can see both detail in the window blinds and the interesting light falling on the sofa.
Image 3. Combined processed images in Pro HDR allows both the inside light on the sofa and the bright outside light to have detail as well as the light on the window blinds.
My next day long iPhone photography class is April 12 in Washington DC...if you might be interested in attending CLICK HERE for more information and registration.

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

National Police Memorial ~ App Stacking: Snow Daze ~ Stackables

Seems fitting since it is snowing that I make this post on Snow Daze by JixiPix and Stackables by Samer Azzam, for processing a couple images I made in Washington, DC at the National Police Memorial. The image above was captured using BracketMode by CogiTap Software, delivering two exposures to the camera roll, one light for the dark areas in the scene and one dark for the bright areas in the scene.
Bracket Mode capture image for bright sky
Bracket Mode capture for dark shadows
The two images captured by Bracket Mode were blended in Pro HDR by eyeApps LLC selecting the Actions: HDR from Library menu option, to achieve one exposure, then adjusted for tone and color and saved to camera roll.
Combined Bracket Mode exposures in Pro Hdr
Then I imported the blended image into the app Stackables and applied one layer of adjustment called Bleached in Blend mode "Color" which rendered the image into a monochrome file. I saved that image to the camera roll.
 Then I opened that image in Snow Daze by JixiPix and applied both a cloud filter and a snow filter, making adjustments to each until I achieved my desired look.
Cloud strength adjustment menu choice
Snow adjusted image menu choice
Once I had the look I wanted in Snow Daze I saved that image and then imported that image into Stackables to finish it off.
First layer in Stackables: Filter Cotton Clouds:  Blend Mode: Overlay Opacity: about 50% Then hit the + icon to add another layer
Second layer in Stackables: Filter Memoir (in app purchase) Blend Mode: Hard Light Opacity: about 55% then I added one more layer by hitting the + icon.

Third layer in Stackables: Filter Winter Frost: Blend Mode: Color Opacity: about 30%
 Thats is one more image I made in a similar process and added a frame effect in PhotoToaster. If you like working with apps on your iPhone, I would love to see you in one of my iPhone workshops sponsored by Capital Photography Center.
Here is a link to my iPhone workshops sponsored by Capital Photograph Center. iPhone workshops Click here.
You can also catch me at The Horizon Photography Summit for a one hour intro to iPhone imagery. Click here.
Or Join me for a six week session in iPhone photography at Johns Hopkins Homewood Campus. For Johns Hopkins info Click here.

Saturday, January 17, 2015

My Ten Favorite iPhone Photo Apps

Right out of Hipstamatic and moving down the road of iPhone Photography.
Sorry, that it has been a while since I made an iPhone Blog post. Yes, I am still using my iPhone for photography but just have been too busy to make posts..hopefully I will have more time this year.
As the year 2015 rolled over I realized it has been four years since I bought my first iPhone and started "apping up" images...and what fun it has been!
Over those years there have been some Apps that have developed into my favorite, quality apps, that are consistently updating for shooting and processing....(there are more but I wanted to keep it to ten!)

Here is my list at this time: 
(I would love to know what apps would make your Top Ten. Feel free to comment.)

For image capture I enjoy: 

1. Camera+ by tap tap tap: Camera+ continues to be my go to native camera replacement app. 
I love the quality of image it delivers and the file size is still full resolution. Also the developers continue to make improvements with easy exposure, and focus adjustments with the ability to lock focus and exposure if desired. It also has built in a pretty cool processing engine with the ability to add many layers of adjustments while adjusting the intensity of the effect.

2. Hipstamatic by Hipstamatic LLC: I still love this app for its analog look, large file size and amazing combos of different effects...and the developer continues to make updates as iOs systems update.

3. Average Camera Pro by Dominik Seibold: This app was developed to get the most out of low light shooting, but I love it to make multiple exposure effects and over time the developer has continued to update as iOs systems update.

4. Slow Shutter Cam by Cogitap Software: Yep, its my slow shutter camera app for long exposure, pans and swipes with lots of options, such as Motion Blur, Light Trail, Low Light and now Time Lapse with intervalometer. The developer continues to make enhancements and updates as iOs systems update.

For image processing I enjoy:

5. Snapseed by Google, Inc.: This app is my go to for  initial "basic" processing of my iPhone images.

6. Stackables by Samer Azzam: I love this app which launched in 2014 and has had several enhancements and improvements since its launch. It has beautiful textures and effects with the ability to use them in layers, choose blend modes, adjust opacity and save favorites as presets.

7. Glaze  by Gilles Dezeustre: If you know me, you know I LOVE this app! Its my painting app! With so many options for custom images and effects along with masking....

8. ImageBlender by Johan Andersson: This is my image blending app of choice for its easy to use interface, ability to, blend, mask, switch, and arrange multiple images together.

9. Decim8 by Kris Collins: This is my app to make "fractures or destructs" your images into amazing patterns and abstractions. There are many selections for destruction all providing amazing and sometime crazy "fractures". Often I will make several images and save them only to blend them back with Image Blender, then paint them with Glaze.

10. FrontView by Mediachance: This is a perspective and aspect ratio adjusting app I use for architecture straightening. It saves at full resolution and has an easy to use interface.

 I hope to be sharing more images and processing with you in 2015. 

I will also be teaching a six week night course in Johns Hopkins Odyssey program from February 23-March 23 on the Homewood campus in Baltimore. If you are interested here is a link for more information.

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Processing Steps: St. Johns Anglican Church ~ Hipstamatic ~ Snapseed ~ Glaze~ ImageBlender ~ Leonardo

St John's Anglican Church, Peggy's Cove, Nova Scotia is a much photographed subject! It's charming red roof and architecture is just fabulous...but there are some composition issues with distracting subject matter, like telephone wires and poles, houses etc..that make it tough for "straight" shots so I decided to shoot it with my iPhone from a slightly different perspective.
I used Hipstamatic to capture the original image below, crouching low to put the fall vegetation in the foreground as a good base to the image and to minimize the roof tops of the background structures.
Join me for my "Getting Started" iPhone Photography workshop sponsored by Capital Photography Center on November 9 at the National Portrait Gallery.
Or catch up with me at during one of my presentations at Nature Visions Photography Expo Nov 15-16.
Here's the process that I used to create the opening image:
Image 1. Original file captured with Hipstamatic Inas 1969 film and Jane lens combo
Image 2. Original file processed with Snapseed using the HDR Scape filter to pop the tones.
Image 3. Iteration 1 created in Glaze using the Workshop Mode and saved
Image 4. Iteration 2 created in Glaze using the Workshop Mode and saved.
Image 5. Iteration 2 blended in ImageBlender with image 2. the HDR version of original image and saved.
Image 6. Image 3 and 4 blended together in ImageBlender and saved.
Image 7. Image 6 blended with image 5 with selective masking applied.
Image 8. Image 7 blended with image 5 to mask in details in the church saved and then run through Leonardo, applying the clarity filter to taste.

Thursday, October 23, 2014

The Lone Tree ~ Hipstamatic ~ Snapseed ~ Vintage Scene ~ Glaze ~ Leonardo

I was reminded ever so gently by a fellow iPhoneographer Whit, who has followed my blog for a while that I had stopped posting...Well thanks for the reminder, it has been such a busy travel year, I have not really had time to sit down with any consistency and contemplate the writing of another blog post for a while, but now that fall is here and winter not far away, I am planted once more in one spot and today am moved to write. 
So here it goes: Lone tree images have been pervasive in art and photography forever and I too love a lone tree image and make them when I am moved by the scene. 
Today I really had a question about why we like to make and view lone tree images? What psychological significance does a lone tree image have? What meaning is there behind the creation of a lone tree image?
So I did some searching and found this very unique article written by  Kim D. Coder Professor, Silvics/Ecology, Warnell School of Forest Resources
The University of Georgia in 1996. 
It blew me away the depth to which the subject matter of trees in general has deep roots in our human if you have a mind to read check out the article here: Trees and Humankind: Cultural and Psychological Binding While it does not address the lone tree specifically, it did open my eyes to trees and humankind in general, I took away many inferences for myself. 
Now back to creating the image above: It was a rainy day....I had received mention of a lone tree in a text correspondence, so I figured I was supposed to make or find a lone tree image this day. I had lunch with Whit in Vermont and before lunch I looked at my map and charted my path after lunch. I saw a point on the map where I was heading toward Lake Champlain name Lone Tree Peak...yet another Lone Tree sign so I told Whit I was heading there after lunch. As it turned out he was too so we headed that way. After a few stops we parted he went on to see his mom and I rambled to the shores of Lake Champlain, where this little tree stood deeply rooted in the rocky shore and I said "Got it!" I didn't make many images that day because of the heavy rain, but the iPhone allowed me to capture this one.
So this image is a result of those events.
Now to the image processing:
I started with Hipstamatic: Jane Lens and Inas 1969 Film: That combo is my go to when I want as "straight" a shot out of Hipsta I can get. 
Image 1
Then I ran the original file through Snapseed and applied the HDR Scape filter to some degree (I always back it down from the preset strength to my liking)  and applied a little Ambience from the Tune Image filter, as well as a little sharpening and structure and arrived with this image:
Image 2
My next thought was to strip the color from the image file, it was a grey rainy day and I wanted to get that feeling across so I ran image 2 through Vintage Scene by JixiPix and applied a save Preset filter I had developed some time ago. 
Image 3
I liked this moody image and now I wanted to run it through Glaze for the painterly and textured effect I know I can get out of Glaze. After running several custom presets and iterations in Workshop mode I arrived at the  image below.
Image 4
Now I thought it needed a little more pop and I ran Image 4 through Leonardo applying the Clarity filter to some degree. Image 5 is the final result. On occasion I use ImageBlender and blend the Glazed image with the original file but in this case I did not.
Image 5
So if you got this far.....I invite you to join me at Nature Visions in Virginia November 15 and 16. I will be presenting a program on advanced iPhone Photography and will share my processes with you!
Hope to see you there!

This image was also processed the same way and was also taken the same day with Whit where we stopped at a long lane of trees.

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

iPhone in the Palouse

Capture Camera+ Processing Snapseed
I enjoyed my two weeks in the Palouse, one scouting, the other leading a tour group through the amazing land of Eastern Washington State. I must admit I had to really concentrate on getting my iPhone out to shoot as I was moving fast on my scout and often just wanted to get a shot with the big camera, but every so often the iPhone came out too! Sometimes the shot needed minimal processing and other times my vision was for heavier processing.
Hipstamatic Capture and  OGGL processing

In the end, I enjoyed using Hipstamatic as a quick default shooting app using the Jane Lens and Inas 1969 film. Sometimes I ran that captured image back into OGGL for further filtering with Hipstamatic options.
Walking through the town of Colfax one day I noticed this architectural detail and Hipstamatic was again my app of choice.
I will be reviewing how to set up and shoot with your Camera + and Hipstamatic Apps and more in my "Getting Started in iPhone Photography" workshop this Sunday August 24 at the National Gallery of Art in Washington DC.
For more information and registration Click Here

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Color or Black and White? ~ Camera+ ~ Snapseed ~ AltPhoto

For the last two weeks I have been grounded pretty much at the house as I have a complete bathroom remodel underway (ugg) with construction starting at 8 until 4. So,  I have been out in the garden earlier than I normally would have been or been at all, as in the past years, at this time, I am usually enjoying the beach landscape in Delaware, before the rental season begins.
In the morning I have been capturing a few iPhone images as the garden unfolds in spring. I love color but for some reason I have been leaning to processing these images in black and white. While pondering why I liked the images in black and white, I looked at these two images I made this morning, and decided that the black and white images distilled the morning light. While the color of the bloom is beautiful I liked the black and white file. The black and white image tended to draw me into the flower, I did not get the same visual intrigue with the color file. Do you have a preference?
If you always work in color give black and white a try. AltPhoto and Snapseed are all you need to make some great conversions.
My upcoming iPhone classes are posted on the Capital Photography Center website as well as The Horizon Photography website. Hope you can join me!