iPhoneography: creating art with your iPhone pictures

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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Caroline Jensen, a Sony Associate Artisan of Imagery, is a photographic artist living on the prairie. Her favorite things include cozy nights in front of her natural wood fireplace, an expansive tea collection, and read alouds with her children. Photography is her expressive outlet and features emotive black and white portraiture, unique macro work, and colorful landscapes. Her gear includes her Sony a7s, vintage lenses, and her favorite Lensbaby lenses that express her photographic voice perfectly. She has been featured in the magazines: Dreamer Journal, Sony Alpha Universe, and numerous times in Click magazine, including freelance work for Adobe. Her work has been featured in a long running gallery show at Shop 88 Fine Art in Scottsdale, AZ as well as on the packaging of the Lensbaby Sweet 50 lens. She teaches three popular workshops where she encourages creativity through both traditional and mobile photography: Shooting 301: The Art of Observation, Processing 202: Communicating with Color and Light, and Shooting 107: The Art of Mobile Photography.

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