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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.

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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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Creating images using Iphone editing and blending apps

Hi, today I thought I would share some more editing techniques and effects with you. I have a pretty standard way of doing things generally but do like to shake it up a bit or try new techniques/apps as well!  These next few images were edited using a variation of these apps, Snapseed, Scratchcam, Superimpose and Icolorama. My workflow is usually snapseed for basic edits, superimpose for blending, then snapseed, icolorama and scratchcam for filters and effects.

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 I will now walkthrough the final image with my blending and editing workflow..

IMG_6023 IMG_6024 After basic edits in snapseed my first port of call is superimpose. This is a powerful and amazing blending app and my number one choice. There are other great blending apps out there so feel free to use the one your most comfortable with as I believe the principles the same. In the first instance import your background…

IMG_6025 It will allow you to crop and choose your constraints. I normally work with the square crop. Once this is done I import the foreground..

IMG_6026 IMG_6027 I can make this the same size as the background by double clicking the image in transform mode. I then enter masking mode where I click on the mask item to hide the background.

IMG_6028 IMG_6029 From here there’s a brush palette where you can adjust size and softness, select an eraser or magic wand tool as well as a lasso and a color range masking tool. As you can see it’s quite easy to paint on the mask and you can zoom really close for fine details. I normally use a stylus but your finger works just fine. There’s even a blur icon where you can feather the edges.

IMG_6030 IMG_6031 IMG_6032 Once finished with the masking filter you enter the transform filter where you can resize the image, rotate and use blending modes to change the appearance…..

IMG_6033 IMG_6034 When you have finished you can merge the images (ie flatten) and save to your camera roll..

IMG_6036 IMG_6037 IMG_6038 Next it’s back to snapseed for some fine tuning, a slight HDR effect and a conversion to B&W. Again I save this to my camera roll. Next I will open up icolorama which is a  fantastic and very powerful editing app..

IMG_6040 IMG_6041 Here I can select the image from my camera roll and even have a choice of sizes to edit from. I nearly always go for the largest so I can print later..

IMG_6042 IMG_6043 IMG_6044 There’s so much to learn in this app that I could go on all day, you can mask and manipulate to your hearts content and even add scripts and different filters to an image. I just went for a simple style effect called sketch which I then reduced the opacity of it to give a more subtle finish.

IMG_5957There are some great Videos on youtube that walkthrough some of the icolorama effects and are well worth checking out. There’s also some links in sites like the appwhisperer. http://theappwhisperer.com/.

Thanks again for stopping by and I hope this helps some of you. Feel free to comment below and have a great Xmas and New year…bye..

 

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Photographic Musings on the technological

I’ve been thinking recently about the journey photography and we as photographers have taken especially in the last 10 years or so with the advances in technology and the ease of which we can communicate our visions or ideals now. I have been wondering if this is a good thing or not? We are and always have been a visual society and in some respects photography has come full circle. during the 1930’s through to the late 1950’s we had magazines like Picture Post and Illustrated, and in the 60’s and 70’s great supplement magazines from the Observer and Sunday Times where there was a strong emphasize on photojournalism. Television became dominant then and photojournalism went into decline and even more so when the internet hit. But here’s the strange thing, photography has become dominant again, there are thousands of blogs and posts from professional and amateur photographers and websites like Instagram and facebook have literally billions of photos on them. Cameras are now so sophisticated that they came cope with almost any situation especially with the sensitivity of their sensors and “brain power” of their chips. The trouble i have now is keeping up! and I know it’s probably an age thing. I can almost tell anytime now when somebody has stopped their own technical journey and have decided no more! Usually their operating system is two or three versions old, they are using CS4 or earlier and their camera is an older model. And thats fine, I love technology I love the way it has liberated millions of people who never would of dreamed of taking up photography as a hobby or career. I disagree with those who say that we are losing something in translation that photography was better, more real when we had film and the mystical dark arts of the darkroom. I hated the darkroom and so did many others, I didn’t enjoy waiting for my 36 exposures to come back to me only to find the images were rubbish or technically weak. It didn’t make me a better photographer! I look now and see some truly amazing artists out there who wouldn’t be known or their work wouldn’t be seen if not for the digitalisation of photography. There work is inspiring and just as valid as any of the photographers who came before, it’s just more difficult to sort through all the stuff thats out there! But if you persevere you can find them. My greatest photographic love at the moment is the iphone and all the amazing apps out there. I still can’t believe what can be achieved with this relatively small and simple camera attached to your phone! Some of the images out there are mindblowing and the work that goes into them inspiring. So I think the futures bright and the advances made and being made will only help us, it’s natural to be secure in the present and to not want to learn new things and it’s easy to say “it was so much better in my day” or “all this technology makes it easier to cheat” and so on and so forth. Truth is we are all on the same playing field essentially and are all capable of making the same decisions and mistakes as each other. The cream will always rise to the top and the greats will always emerge from us lesser mortals. So enjoy and take pleasure in our hobby and essentially if you like what you do then thats all that matters, it’s a nice bonus if others like it too!

Here’s Two recently Manipulated iphone images. Edited in superimpose, scratchcam and snapseed. Thanks for reading and as always look forward to any comments. 

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Iphone editing and blending techniques

Hi, i’ve been using the new improved superimpose blending app again recently. This is a fantastic blending app where you can create some stunning effects. You can combine two photos layered over each other and with different transparencies or blend textures, borders etc or just superimpose or juxtapose by removing parts of your image and replacing backgrounds etc. I normally start all my edits with snapseed which just about does everything you need as well as some great effect textures as well.( see my earlier post on snapseed for more information). I then import into superimpose, starting with a background. I will then add the foreground image and use the masking screen to erase all unwanted areas. You can zoom in super close so your level of detail will be stunning with plenty of fine tune and blending options. When i’ve finished with superimpose I will normally import the image into scratchcam or noir( for mono). Scratchcam has some spectacular effects and is a firm favourite. I will then import back into snapseed for some fine tuning and normally a border as well. Here’s two images I’ve recently worked on….

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The first I called scream & shout, the second Echoes#5 part of an ongoing project about memories and experiences. Scream & shout is made up of two iphone images both taken using the hipstamatic app..

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As you can see they had different combo’s (film and lens combinations) as well. I used superimpose to blend background and foreground, and then scratchcam to add a filter effect. Next I imported back to snapseed, got rid of the border and added a new skinnier one and adjusted the effects like brightness and warmth.

The second image Echoes#5 is made from three Iphone images taken again with the hipstamatic app…

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Once again I blended together in superimpose, positioning the man in separate locations and making him slightly transparent to give the effect of something remembered or witnessed. I then imported to scratchcam and added one of their effects…

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The first image is the scratchcam effect and the second is after I took it through snapseed and altered the overall tone and colours. The Final image was completed in snapseed using the great HDR filter and finally a border from their frames filter…

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Thanks again for Looking and please leave any comments you wish to make..

 

 

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Shooting and editing on the iphone5.

Hi, thought I’d share my latest edition to the Echoes series. This one is titled Leaving and as with a lot of my images it features the backs of people!! I don’t know if thats an issue or I’m scared of shooting people head on but I do like the feeling it gives to my images and to the series in general, that of shades or memories that have been retained by a building or location. This is how I achieved this image starting with the finished image..

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The background image is of a corridor in my son’s college which I’ve used for a few of my creations..

IMG_3469 This was imported into superimpose to be used as the background.

I then imported my foreground image which was taken using the hipstamatic app with the Yoona lens BlankBL4 combo.

IMG_3440 Using the mask tool I carefully erased everything apart from the three figures and their shadows which I positioned and resized using the transform tool over the background..

IMG_3470 IMG_3471 I then used the blending tool to reduce the opacity and merged the two images together..

IMG_3472 I then saved the image to my camera roll and reopened it in scratchcam where I played around with the different textures and effects. I normally try most of the textures to see how the image looks, although sometimes I have a pretty good idea…

IMG_3475 IMG_3473 When I’m happy with the effect I save to my camera roll and import into snapseed to finish off. I normally add a border and try out the different effects and textures before finishing the image and saving it. Here I just used a frame and a slight blur around the edges..

IMG_3463 Here’s two more versions of the same image..

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That’s it, a fairly straight forward edit and another addition to my Echoes series. Thanks again for looking and feel free to contact me…

 

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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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Iphone hipstamatic edited images.

Hi, Thought I’d share another image from my Echoes series. This is basically three iphone5 images that were brought into superimpose and a single image was created from them. I then did some basic editing in snapseed and took the image through scratchcam to give it a grungy just found in the street feel.

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All the original images were taken on my iphone using the hipstamatic app which is my most used camera replacement app and has some great lens/film combos. The first image was taken with the sergio + maximus LXIX combo and the next two with the Yoona + blanko BL4 combo. Heres the final image after my editing was completed…

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Thanks for Looking and please leave any feedback you may have….

 

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Iphone Projects and creative workflows

Hi, I thought I’d show you some more images that I’ve created using my Iphone5 and two or three different apps. I’m currently working on a theme called Echoes in which I imagine what certain places or buildings would show us if they had memories. I love history especially that of Cities and how they have evolved over the centuries and all the millions of lives that have passed through them and are buried beneath the surface so I decided to create some images of things or events that these places have witnessed. Having some kind of project is a great way of keeping your photography interesting and focussed whether it be a daily photo challenge or a local history project of your local area, I find it’s a great way of  peaking my interest in photography. Up until a year ago I used primarily a Nikon D90 and a Panasonic GF2 compact camera with about six lenses between them and I was getting bored! So I decided to sell both cameras and all my lenses and use just an iphone5 to see if I could spark my enthusiasm again. I might add that I’ve been taking images for about 30 years and the last 6 years as a member of a local photographic society so it wasn’t a spur of the moment decision or an ill informed one. I generally like taking street images and some architecture and also messing around with different editing systems so it wasn’t a massive move for me as it would have been if my interest lay in wildlife photography or sports! Even so it was a challenging leap but most importantly great fun. I’ve discovered a thriving and extremely friendly  Iphone photography movement online with some truly stunning artists out there who consistently produce images that I could only wish to emulate. I leant to zoom with my feet and do some thinking before I started shooting, but mainly I’ve discovered the joy of making images again and the ability not to take myself too seriously and most importantly to take pictures for me first and foremost and if others like them, then, that was great too… so here’s some images from my Echoes series, let me know what you think, and thanks as always for looking.

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Editing and Blending techniques on the Iphone5.

I thought I’d share with you today my work through for an image that was kindly featured in Theappwhisperer’s website on their flickr showcase last week. Thanks Joanne for the inclusion alongside some really stunning work by some very talented people, here’s a link if anyone is interested. http://theappwhisperer.com/2014/04/27/flickr-group-showcase-%E2%80%93-theappwhisperer-taw-%E2%80%93-april-27-2014/. 

The image is titled Echoes and is part of a series I’m attempting to work on based on an idea of  walls and buildings having memories and what they would see. Here’s the final image.

IMG_2728 There’s basically six images blended together here. I only used three apps to edit these images together. Snapseed, Scratchcam and Superimpose. I started off with the background, an empty shopping unit with the picture taken through the window..

IMG_2668 I edited this in Snapseed to adjust the contrast brightness and cropping, I also used the vintage section to add a green colour tint and some scratches. Then I saved to my camera roll and reopened as the background image in Superimpose.

IMG_2921 I then import the other images as foreground images onto the superimpose screen one at a time as you can only blend individually…

IMG_2922 IMG_2923 There’s a transform tool to Position the top image and you can invert or turn the image as well. I then enter the mask mode where you can choose a brush and start to erase parts of the image as you require. There’s also an erase tool and a magic wand as well as a couple of other editing tools so editing can be very precise. The best part for me is you can expand or zoom in on an image for precise fine tuning….

IMG_2924 When you have finished with each image you can position them onto the background and blend them through a number of blending modes. I chose normal blending to make the images a slightly see through ghostly look. You can also save each edited mask into a library which is great if you need to use them again.. Here’s the other images I used in the final image..

IMG_2640 IMG_5076  IMG_1593IMG_2719 The last image is actually a painting by my wife which I resized to look like a Picture on the wall!!

After blending all the images onto the background I saved the image to my camera roll and opened the image in Scratchcam which is a brilliant app for added Textures, grunge and scratches. There I played around for a bit before settling on the final look before saving to the camera roll..

IMG_2723 Finally I opened the image in Snapseed to tune slightly before adding a slight blur around the edges and a border to get the finished result….Echoes

IMG_2728 I hope this has helped anyone interested in this kind of Iphone editing and maybe it has even inspired you to have a go which would be great..Thanks for looking..

 

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Creative Iphone edits

IMG_2736 Here’s some more iphone edits using superimpose to composite images together and a great app called handy photo, where you can apply some great textures. On this set of images I used handy photo to add a water texture (raindrops on a window pane). This first image is made up of five separate images all blended together in superimpose. The images were edited in snapseed first to sharpen, colourise etc. I also applied a filter in scratchcam (another fantastic app) before taking it through handy photo. These next images were treated in a similar way….

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Both went through snapseed and superimpose as well. The first is made from two images and the second from six!! although the water effect is the same for both you can adjust it in handy photo, chose a different effect and even rotate it. This next image was one straight shot edited in snapseed and handy photo..

IMG_2741 Here’s two screenshots of handy photo and scratchcam…

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