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Iphone Manipulations

Hi all, I thought I’d share some of my iphone images today. These are all part of a series of images that I have created on the iphone5 using the phone as the camera and editing tool. I haven’t named the series yet although I have toyed with a couple of titles ie Echoes, Memory. They are all set in hallways or corridors and have people in them walking away from the camera as ghostly figures or memories of what the hallway itself would remember if it had the ability!!

IMG_2797 IMG_2637 IMG_2128 These were the first three that I created using the iphone and where the idea first sprang to life. I was fascinated by the concept of buildings having memory and what events or stories they have silently witnessed over their lifetime. Especially school corridors where countless generations of children have been left by their parents on the first day and of the emotional responses that involved.

LEFT BEHIND by craigpoltock class1.jpg digi 20-2 IMG_6343 beyond corridors by craig poltock class 1. print print echoes

All these images were taken on the iphone and blended using an app called superimpose where you can have a background image and paste onto that other images and effects. I then developed the image further by using Snapseed primarily and other apps like scratchcam, icolorama and distreesed fx for finishing touches.

Final Destination Memories of Light  by craig poltock class1. prints IMG_5321As you can see most of my models are repeated in the final images as they were saved in superimpose as already edited and they suited the overall theme well. This is an ongoing project that I have no idea where it heading or if it will change or evolve in some way. I will hopefully keep you posted as and when it does. Thanks for looking and please comment if you have any input. 

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Iphone image workflow and evolution.

Hi, Thought I’d post another manipulated image today, with an explanation as to how I achieved it and what apps I used. Also the different ideas and how the image evolves. Here’s the final image which I titled Recollections. I wanted a slightly unnerving appeal with the main character in a hospital gown visualising events from his past. All the images were taken using the Hipstamatic app.

IMG_3382 There’s him the younger man to his right shouting in the street, His parents walking away from him fading into the distance, and the additional older character leaving the scene. There’s four images all merged together in superimpose which is a fantastic app for this kind of workflow. I started with just a background..

7818684424_051fcfd48b_b This I cropped square and got rid of the birds on the left. I then imported my first image, the man in the hospital gown..

IMG_3369 IMG_3370 IMG_3371 You can use the transform tool to resize the image and place it anywhere on the background. There are also blending modes with which you can adjust the opacity or overlay the image. I then brought in the other images into superimpose. There’s a masking tool where you can erase and paint onto any part of the image. Here I used saved images from previous works that are kept in the library, another great feature..

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As you can see I’ve positioned each layer where I wanted, resized and blended into the main image. I then saved the image to my camera roll and opened it up in scratchcam. This is another great app that has loads of different textures and scratches built in. You can also dial down the effect to get the desired result.

IMG_3376 IMG_3377 I also use distressedfx and mextures a lot, two fantastic texture apps as well. I then saved to my camera roll and opened up the image in my number one app snapseed. This is a great editing app that has loads of different effects built in as well as some useful textures like vintage and grunge..

IMG_3379 IMG_3380 IMG_3381 The first image is with a grunge effect added, the second with a vintage effect which I settled for. I also added a border and finally saved to my camera roll..

IMG_3382 I always put the image through various programs to see how it may improve and sometimes come back to an image after a period of time and change it around then for a fresh perspective. This is all part of the evolution of an image and is why I never truly consider them complete!

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Four different interpretations of the same image. Thanks for looking and please post any comments below….

 

 

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Distressed FX

Hi, I thought I’d share with you one of my favourite texture apps today, namely Distressed fx by Cheryl Tarrant. It is alongside Mextures my go to app when I’m applying textures to an image. Here’s a link to their website where you can follow some great demo’s loaded up there, http://www.distressedfx.com/demo/. Like most creative apps there’s lots of control here so you can be as bold or as subtle as you like. I shoot most of my images on the Iphone5 using either Camera pro or Hipstamatic apps before deciding whether or not to invest in some further editing. My go to apps are Snapseed for cropping, sharpening and various other editing tools, superimpose for composing images and special effects and distressed fx for added various textures to my images.

IMG_2477 This is the Home screen when you first start the app up. You can then import any of your images into the app and apply numerous filters to it, controlling the intensity and look of the image. I’ve loaded an image to give you a quick idea of how your pictures can be affected. This is how the image was before any editing, it was taken using the hipsatmatic app with the Lowy lens robusta film combo.

IMG_2340 I then loaded the image into Distressed fx and applied one of it’s filter, in this case the Charm filter which happens to be one of my favourites..

IMG_2478 You can see the overlaid texture here which you can adjust using the sliders on the screen, which you bring up by toching the Level tab on the bottom right side of the image. You have a contrast, brightness and colour slider which you use in combination to get the look you’re after, and there’s over 40 different precepts. One of my other favourites is the Birds filter which lets you insert different numbers of birds in flight….

IMG_2479 You also have an HDR effect filter in colour and B&W!! All this and for only £0.69 from the itunes store https://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/distressed-fx/id585702631?mt=8. Give it a go as it can really make a difference to your images..

 

 

 

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Hipstamatic Images and Iphone editing

IMG_5145 IMG_5146 IMG_2231 Went to the Victoria and Albert museum in London last week and decided to just use the hipstamatic app with the Yoona lens and blanko BL4 film for my images. This combo gives a great retro vintage look. It was quite dark in places but the images turned out ok, and only needed minimal editing. Main editing app used was Snapseed to adjust the brightness, contrast etc, add some blur to the edges and put a border around to finish off.

IMG_2128 IMG_2122 Here’s some more blended images that were made up of three other images and melded together in my favourite blending app, Superimpose. Here’s the three images that I used…

IMG_2069 IMG_2121 IMG_2108 The first blended image is actually made up of only the second two images, and processed in snapseed, superimpose, distressed fx and scratchcam. The second image is made up of all three images and processed in the same applications as the previous image.

IMG_1961 IMG_1974 IMG_1903 IMG_1918 I frequently use the same images for different composite creations as you can see in the next three images…

IMG_2028 IMG_2034 IMG_1989 It never ceases to amaze me the number of different effects and textures you can achieve on the iphone using just a few different apps. All my images here were put together just on the iphone as I don’t own an ipad, so it goes to show that it can be done and it’s great fun!!  Take a look at some of the images on this website http://www.iphoneart.com/ to see what can be achieved. They are some truly amazing shots here by some fantastic artists. Thanks for Looking..

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Passing Time Iphone image Edit.

Here’s another image that I decided to create from Five separate images off my iphone. All the editing was created on my iphone as well using a number of different apps, namely Snapseed, superimpose, distressed fx, mextures and scratchcam. To begin with I needed a background…..

IMG_1508 Plain grey with a bit of texture, a plain old wall! IMG_1510 IMG_1511 IMG_0635 IMG_1512 These were the four main ingredients to my image, a picture of snow drops, a clock from my kitchen, a spinning girl from a wedding and a street shot of some people walking past me in London’s Hyde Park. The next step(s) was to import into superimpose separately and work on each image until I was happy with the final result.

IMG_1695 This is a screenshot from superimpose with the background grey wall and foreground Snow drop being worked on. You can mask the foreground and then erase any of the image you want before using the transform to scale and position on to the background image and using the blending mode to finish. I then saved each mask until I had my final image.

IMG_1516 I then tweaked a bit in Snapseed before running the image through distressed fx and mextures. I finished the image in Scratchcam.

IMG_1515 IMG_1517 IMG_1518 IMG_1519 This is great fun and fairly easy to do with a bit of practice and can give your creative side a boost. I take pictures of lots of backgrounds and objects lying about with the intention of creating single images from them. Please leave your comments below and of course any questions about my techniques. Thank you.

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Cat in red coat, iphone edit using snapseed, superimpose and disressed fx.

IMG_1323 Hi, I wanted to share one of my workflow edits on this site. I called this Cat in a red coat and used five images all taken on my iphone5 and joined together to make this final image. First of all a background image….IMG_1191  This was of a garage door, I used aIMG_1343 Filter in distressed fx and adjusted there to get the blend I required. I then imported it to Superimpose as a background image. Then I imported my second image into superimpose which was for the red coat.

IMG_1186 Using a combination of the mask and Transform tools I deleted everything  but the red coat and handbag. I positioned this on the bottom left hand side and used the normal blending mode to attain the look/effect I wanted. I then saved and merged and bought in my third image as a foreground, the cat.

IMG_0684 I basically followed the same procedure as with the coat, using the mask and transform tool to erase and position as required. As I did with my forth image the clock!

IMG_1346 I used the overlay blending mask on this and rotated it upside down before positioning it in the top left hand corner.

IMG_1347 The tree was imported and blended into the bottom right hand side and the birds were used from a distressed fx texture. Finally I tweaked the whole image in snapseed and added a frame to complete the look, Cat in a red coat!

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Iphone Editing and Texture apps.

IMG_1115 IMG_1124 IMG_1132 Hi, I’ve been playing around with the superimpose app this last week and having great fun!. As you can see I started out with two base images which I imported to my camera roll and edited with Snapseed, distressed fx and mextures, (I know the usual suspects!!). I then imported the first image into superimpose as a background with the second image loaded as the foreground. I was then able to use the transform tool to resize the building and the mask tool to erase the surrounding area. I placed the image on the right hand side and used the blur edges tool to help blend in! I then merged into one image before saving to my camera roll. Then I imported back to snapseed for some minor tweaking and a frame before finishing. I find that these blending apps are really powerful and once you experiment with them for a bit eventually become an important part of the editing. 

IMG_1090 IMG_1092 I’ve always liked taking pictures of plant life especially wild flowers and plants. I’m lucky to live near lots of open space and a big country park on my doorstep, so manage to get out quite a lot to capture some fascinating subjects. This image was taken in Winter of some seed heads (wild Angelica I think) I think they look like visitors from another Planet!. Processed in snapseed, distressed fx and mextures.

IMG_1085 IMG_1087 Some Snowdrops from my garden last spring, taken with a Nikon D90 and processed on my iphone5 using snapseed, distressed fx and mextures. Also some Tulips again growing wild in my garden processed as before..

IMG_1096 IMG_1100 Thanks again for looking, and ask any questions in the comment box about my techniques.

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Hipstamatic capture and iphone editing.

] IMG_1012 IMG_1068 I’ve been out early this morning in my garden playing around with two apps. One is Hipstamatic, probably my favourite camera replacement app, just for it’s fun factor and it’s amazing analogue results. This image was taken using the Tinto1884 lens and D-type plate film. I love the effects this combo gives and it’s great for portraits as well! I edited in snapseed first of all, maionly using fine tune and detail presets. I then used distressed FX to apply the charm Texture which I adjusted to suit using the sliders there. Then over into Mextures to apply a grunge Texture again adjusted down slightly and finally into snapseed again to tweak and add a border. The next images were processed similarly.

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IMG_0972 IMG_0976 This image was taken last winter on my Panasonic GF2. I transferred it over onto my iphone 5 and processed it there. Again I used Snapseed to initially tweak using fine tune, detail and the black and white presets, then transferred it over to Distressed FX and mextures to fine tune the Textures. I nearly always import back to Snapseed to do the final adjustments and add a border. 

I’ve been trying to master the  Superimpose app recently with mixed results. This is a fantastic app that lets you add two images into it’s program and then merge them after working on each image, so it’s great for adding people to landscapes or a ship to a stormy sea or just making an image more pleasing/interesting! The next image shows a tree landscape with a spinning girl added to the right hand side, then converted to mono and tweaked in Snapseed. The original image was processed in Snapseed, distressed fx and mextures from an older overexposed winter shot!!

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IMG_0935 IMG_0942 Finally a street scene taken on my iphone through the window of my van on a wet, foggy day. I processed in snapseed converting to mono and adjusting the contrast, then added a texture in distressed fx before finally adding the scratched and slightly damaged look in scratchcam, another great texture app which you can try for free before you buy!

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Iphone editing using photo apps

IMG_0343IMG_0285 This shot was taken about 5 years ago on my then new Nikon D90. It was okay but the sky was bland and I didn’t look at again until recently and thought it might have potential as a processed iphone image! Basically edited in snapseed, distressed FX and Mextures I’m quite pleased with the overall effect and now am encouraged to maybe try some more old images and maybe unlock some hidden images.

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IMG_0347IMG_0350  These two shots were taken in 2011 in Aberdovey  a village on the north side of the estuary of the River Dyfi in Gwynedd, on the west coast of Wales.  . It has  really interesting seascapes and lots of small fishing boats for great photo opportunities. Taken on my Nikon D90 then processed on my iphone 5 using the usual suspects snapseed, Distressed FX and mextures, then back to snapseed for a nice frame. You can tune down each effect and play with contrast and saturation as well in Distressed FX, and each image took about 30-45 mins to create.

IMG_0253IMG_0256  Finally a carousel in Les biches France. I edited in photshop CS4 for a more Dramatic sky, then importrd to my iphone 5 to add a couple of textures and a nice Frame. Please tell me what you think and any other suggestions.

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Iphone editing workflows

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IMG_0263IMG_0267 I have been experimenting some more with the fantastic selection of photographic apps available through the apple store. These tree images taken in a snowy field in St Albans England on my Nikon D90 and were severely underexposed. I converted using Lightroom and CS4 adjusting exposure and converting to mono. I then decided to  import to my iphone and run the images through some apps. Firstly into snapseed my favourite exding app to crop and tidy up a bit. Then into distressed FX, which has some amazing textures in it. I choose the charm texture and tweaked the controls for the effects I wanted. Then into Mextures another great texture app where you can layer effects on top of each other. The processing was pretty much the same for both images and goes to show that you can get some great finishes to an image no matter what format your using. Here are some more images that followed the same processes. I’ve included before and after pics.

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IMG_0268IMG_0271  The Birds were added using Distressed FX as well. Another good app for adding effects is Lenslight although you might be restricted to a lower resolution. It’s worth remembering to check the size that each app saves your files always go for the maximum settings available. I hope to post some more images soon, please feel free to ask any questions on these edited images.

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