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Sunday, October 30, 2011

Howard Rawlings Conservatory: Apps~6x6: SimplyHDR:Photocopier:Big Lens

Yesterday morning was the last session of my intro to Digital Photography course I teach at Johns Hopkins University in the Odyssey Program. Since we had rain and snow, I moved the location indoors to the Howard Rawlings Conservatory. It is always great to see new photographers begin to "get it." I made a few shots there while working with the group. These are pretty straight shots but in a square format and toned in Photocopier with the photo preset Steichen adjusted in tone and brightness. Photocopier is pretty cool for "looks" of classic photo artists and painters.Big Lens is a selective focus app and I applied that to diffuse the outer edges in the image. Join me at Nature Visions for my iPhoneography presentation and learn about the fun you can have shooting and processing images on your iPhone!

Friday, October 28, 2011

New York, New York~Apps 6x6: Noir: Big Lens; Crop'n'Frame

I love New York!!!! even in the rain!!!
Yesterday, I had 8 students in a rainy, cool New York City for a street photography workshop. It presented some great shooting opportunities with wet streets, reflections and umbrellas. Awesome! I don't usually carry my big camera when I do street workshops with students so that I am free to assist when needed, but I do carry my iPhone which I find helps me communicate shooting opportunities for students, they can easily see what I see by looking at a shot I made on the iPhone and breaking it down for them.

 The night before I had surfed for some new apps I wanted to try and was really happy to find 6x6 a full res square format shooting app. I was also happy to try out a new selective focus app Big Lens. Both apps, I am happy to say have found a permanent place in my shooting routine as I just really enjoyed both of them.

 I was soooo tempted to do HDR work with bracket mode, but I kept my commitment to myself to only shoot with 6x6. Sometimes I do that with my big camera too. It really forces you as a photographer to see things differently and become a better photographer. I chose the app "Noir" to add some vignette effects as well as toning the images. I enjoy creating series works and so all of these images were processed with a series in mind. I finished all the images with Crop'n'Frame. 

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Hatch Show Print Shop...Apps:BracketMode~TrueHDR~Luminance~Crop'n'Frame

Apps: BracketMode:TrueHDR:Luminance~Weathered: Crop'n'Frame
The Hatch Show Print Shop was a fabulous stop we made while we were in Nashville. If you ever get to Nashville I suggest you stop in. Walking into the shop is like stepping back in time. The walls are covered in prints, the old wooden drawers, and the old wooden type sets are reminiscent of the late 1800's when the shop began. Except for the recycled yogurt cups holding dyes, and the young employees in baseball caps you would really think you were back in the day. They have prints for sale in bins and sleeves. Later on in the Country Music Hall of Fame we saw an entire wall dedicated to Hatch Show Prints. Pretty cool. I liked the App Luminance for the FX here called weathered it really had just the right look for the feeling of the place. Luminance has sliders for Saturation, Contrast, Brightness, Hue, Sepia and Vignette which you can adjust after selecting the FX you want. It saves at many res options including original or high res.

Monday, October 24, 2011

On the Road...with Steve..

I left Baltimore on October 12 for a road trip to Arizona with my nephew. That morning his dad dropped over to make sure there was enough room in the car for my luggage and photo gear. He had packed some boxes he wanted Steve to transport to Phoenix. We were fine but the car was full that big black suitcase on the right is mine. ; - ) I snapped a few iPhone shots using the Hipstamatic Camera before we left.
Our first stop was Nashville. We busted it out in 11 hours and clocked 721 miles. We checked in and had a good nights rest. The next morning we had planned to walk around Nashville downtown before heading on toward Little Rock, Oklahoma. We loved Nashville we had lunch there and we made some shots on the street. Elvis likeness is in front of most storefronts. We visited the old Hatch Show Print Store. It was awesome! On the shots below I decided to try the app NeonFrame from the same developer of Crop'n'Frame (my favorite framing app), as I thought it fit the show aspect of Nashville's sites. I like the app I just wish it actually cropped off the corners so that the frame was the outermost data in the image, I don't particularly like the squared off black corners, but I think it works fine for this set of images. The frames come in a set of shapes including a Heart, Star, Circle, Oval and Rectangle, with a color slider for customization. It has a camera which creates a full res image file at 1936 x 2595, but when framing the image it loses substantial resolution to 768 x 1005. Its fun and I thought I would give it a try. Maybe they will figure out a way to keep the file at full res when adding the Neon Frame which is cool. (Just had some correspondence from the developer of Neon Frames and the next update will allow for a full res file to be saved good news on that its a cool look)
Apps: BracketMode: iCamHDR: Iris: NeonFrames

Apps: CameraPlus: NeonFrames: Iris

ClassicPan: AutoStitch: NeonFrames: Iris

Saturday, October 8, 2011

Gates: Putting them together: Many Apps

This is a BracketMode shot for the highlights made on a tripod

This is the BracketMode shot for the dark areas of the image.
Today I had a request to try and breakdown how I processed the gates image here are the steps I took, the apps I used, and the images I used. The initial working images were shot at Second Chance an architectural reclamation warehouse while I was conducting my HDR workshop for DSLR shooters.
After making the initial shots above in BracketMode, I blended the two images in TrueHDR, adjusting warmth, brightness and saturation, and arrived at the image below.
Then I decided I wanted the image in Black and White so I used the app Simply Black and white to make the conversion, adding a subtle black vignette and applying an orange filter option, arrived at the image below.
I wanted a slightly different toning to the gates and opened the image in Bleach Bypass and selected the tone option Verve adjusting the slider until I had the tone I wanted below.
Then I was goofing around with this last image and said I wonder what this would look like run through Tiny I did...and came up with these two images.

 Then I said hmm...what can I do to these that might be cool? And I opened the last one in BadCamera added a frame and some effects and came up with this image.
Now that I had this image from Tiny Planet, I can I blend these together??? So I opened SuperImpose...and used the "Verve" gates file as the background image...and added the BadCamera file above as the top image, transforming the top image by shrinking the file and rotating it 45 degrees to the right then adding a yellowish color to the foreground rotated image, adjusting for exposure, brightness and saturation. Then while in SuperImpose I added one more foreground image of the gate and stretched it out over the last two files after reducing the opacity to cover the barren area of the bricks and the foreground.
My next step while in SuperImpose was to add a file I shot of a stained glass window to these layers stretching out the file and reducing the opacity leaving only a trace of this file.

 After saving the layered file from SuperImpose, I opened that file in Simply HDR and chose a High Dynamic range preset tab "SubtleHDR", committed that render and then tapped the adjust tab while still in SimplyHDR, and chose a tint option containing purple and reduced the opacity to get the enhanced color effect in the image.

Then I ran that image into PerfectPhoto sharpened and then into SnapSeed for the ragged edge border below and lastly ran that image into Crop'n'Frame to finish it off. Now you know how my mind works! At least on this shot...

The final resolution on the file is 1400 x 1809, so it lost some file size going through these iterations. The original file size was 2592 x 1936.

Monday, October 3, 2011

Fall Leaves: Hipsta: Blender, 100 Cameras, ScratchCam, Phonto

It has been very rainy here the last two weeks and I really have not been doing much iPhone shooting, but I am constantly walking past my patio table which accumulates leaves from the overhead trees. I enjoyed making a series of images there this summer on the iPhone, with  my flowers, which can be viewed here: Flower Series. I thought why not fall leaves? I love leaves in the fall, except for all the work they make me do. Tonight I had a few minutes to work on a couple shots. The Diptic assembled image above is one shot with Hipsta using the Labatique Lens and Kodot xGrizzled Film. (Note: The Labatique Lens was offered with the Cowboys and Aliens Pac, and may no longer be available) I always check the store in Hipsta  for new releases as they do make limited offerings on occassion. Then I used many different app selections to process the images. During the process, I was using Blender to layer different effects together. While working in Blender I used the "Arrange" option (which you can access by double tapping the image) to add the top layer, the small square leaf. Once you find the Arrange window, there are options to re-size the arranged image on the base layer and adjust opacity.   You can also apply a separate filter to the "arranged" layer; here I chose, "Exclusion" to get the effect in the layer. Blender is a pretty cool app and they have really made some nice enhancements since it was developed. I added the text "Fall"  in an app called Phonto which is also pretty cool for adding text. It has many options, for font styles, colors, size and even an option to tilt the font. It saves your files with the original resolution. Check out my Guest Blog post on the Beginners Lens on iPhoneography workflow here: The Beginners Lens
I hope you can join me at Nature Visions in November and view my Presentation on creating images with your iPhone and apps.
Same Leaf Shot: Processed with ArtistaSketch: ArtistaHaiku: LensFlare: Luminance

Hipstamatic: ScratchCam: PhotoFX