iPhoneography: creating art with your iPhone pictures

  • iphone app art tutorial by Caroline Jensen

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.

iphone app art tutorial by Caroline Jensen

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.

iphone app art tutorial by Caroline Jensen

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

iphone app art tutorial by Caroline Jensen

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

iphone app art tutorial by Caroline Jensen

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

iphone app art tutorial by Caroline Jensen

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

iphone app art tutorial by Caroline Jensen

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.

iphone app art tutorial by Caroline Jensen

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!

Apps used in this tutorial:

About the Author:

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, colorful landscapes and food photography. Her gear includes her Sony a7s II, 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.. Visit Caroline Jensen online.


  1. Mickie Feb 10 2014 at 4:28 pm - Reply

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

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

    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?

    • Caroline Mar 23 2014 at 3:35 pm - Reply

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

  3. Gea Feb 11 2014 at 11:05 am - Reply

    Love this ! I definitely need a smart phone now !

  4. Kristen Ryan Feb 11 2014 at 11:00 pm - Reply

    What a great article Caroline! I love your vision 🙂

  5. Brandy NicCole Feb 13 2014 at 2:25 pm - Reply

    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?

  6. carmody baker Feb 15 2014 at 10:45 am - Reply

    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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