iPhoneography: creating art with your iPhone pictures

by Caroline Jensen

Hi everyone! I love to create arty images for my home and sometimes I just really prefer to work on my mobile devices. I go through spurts with iPhone photography. Recently, I decided to work on capturing landscapes and landmarks around my rural home.

I have been blown away by the new apps that are available too! Many are rather over-the-top when used as is, but the app, Superimpose, has been really helpful for toning down the effects by blending them back into the original image.

I am going to take you through an iPhone edit of a few trees. I literally had my husband stop the car and I jumped out to grab this image if the trees. I took this image with the native iPhone camera on the iPhone 4s as a square crop.

iPhoneography: creating art with your iPhone pictures photo

I really like the app, Tangled, because it gives so many distinctive and varying options. This is one of my own presets that I like to use on trees.

iPhoneography: creating art with your iPhone pictures photo

The effect of Tangled is a little strong, so I blended it half and half with the original using the app, Superimpose.

iPhoneography: creating art with your iPhone pictures photo

Next, I used the app, Rainy Daze, to add drama and clouds. This is one of the vintage presets.

iPhoneography: creating art with your iPhone pictures photo

I liked how the trees were highlighted by the Rainy Daze app, so I added some extra light with the app, Rays.

iPhoneography: creating art with your iPhone pictures photo

Finally, I took the resulting image into Distressed FX and added a couple of textures.

iPhoneography: creating art with your iPhone pictures photo

I made another option that blended the Rays effect with the Distressed FX images in Superimpose. I felt the light rays were a little lost in the heavily textured image.

iPhoneography: creating art with your iPhone pictures photo

You can see that mobile art can be both fun and complicated if you meander past the face value of the apps. Your options are endless if you learn to blend and layer effects!

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iPhoneography: creating art with your iPhone pictures photoCaroline Jensen, Minnesota
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Minnesota wife and homeschooling mother of four, Caroline explains her photography which began in 2008 with her first DSLR as “ever evolving, but I have a special love for emotive black and white imagery as well as colorful landscapes and macros that are alive with colors and textures. My newest love is film and alternative process photography.” Her gear consists of a Canon 5d mark II, an assortment of prime lenses including a lensbaby and attachments, a Canon Rebel Film camera, and some Holgas. Caroline is the instructor of CMU’s workshops Shooting 301: The Art of Observation, Processing 202: Communicating with Color and Light, and Shooting 107: The Art of Mobile Photography. Photography may be Caroline’s passion but she is also a beekeeper, gardner, addicted to salsa and lime, dark chocolate, and loves traveling in her Airstream with her family.

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8 Responses to “iPhoneography: creating art with your iPhone pictures”

  1. Feb 10 2014 at 4:28 pm #

    Love this! Now I’m going to have to buy more apps!

  2. Kristin Dokoza
    Feb 11 2014 at 12:57 am #

    Great step by step tips! I love how you are taking iPhone images and truly making them look like little paintings! LOVE. How are they printing? Who have you used?

    • Mar 23 2014 at 3:35 pm #

      Kristin Dokoza, I use The Print Studio app and love it!

  3. Feb 11 2014 at 11:05 am #

    Love this ! I definitely need a smart phone now !

  4. Kristen Ryan
    Feb 11 2014 at 11:00 pm #

    What a great article Caroline! I love your vision :)

  5. Feb 13 2014 at 2:25 pm #

    Caroline I am such a fan. This is an inspiring blog article. I am curious do you ever print these? If so do you mind sharing if you print with an app also?

    • Mar 23 2014 at 3:36 pm #

      Yes! Love the Print Studio app!

  6. Feb 15 2014 at 10:45 am #

    Caroline I am truly hoping for a BO or an iPhone class to include start to finish, store, share and print!!!

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