Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Iphoneography: Oh, How I Love You

MothStepping stone
iphoneiphone - lone leaf
morning coffeecoffee cup morning sun

My addiction to camera apps are some images I've taken and/or processed with my iphone this past week. As I've mentioned before, I always put each image in Snapseed first to fine tune it to my liking (brightness, contrast, saturation, sharpness, etc.). From there I choose different apps depending on what I want to do with it. I'd have to say that Picfx is my favorite app for changing the mood of my photo with light/shadow and warm/cool filters. I use it almost as much as I use Snapseed. I'll sometimes use three or four filters on top of each other (at lowered opacities) until I like the way it looks.

For the "warped" trees, I used Photostudio (False Mirror 2 Filter). The sangria image has my favorite heart bokeh from Picfx (under the Light Set). The image that blends the trees with my hand shadow is from a new app I've gotten called Image Blender. I'm barely beginning to understand it, but it's awesome! You can layer photos exactly like PSE and it even has all the blend modes (Screen, Multiply, Soft Light, etc.). Both of the coffee mug image effects were achieved with Photostudio...for the one on the left, I used "Color Charcoal Sketch". For the other one, I used "Posterize". The beach house image was another Photostudio effect called "Symmetry Quad". Photostudio has 189 effects in total! And you can continually add on effects until you achieve a look you like. The marble image is from a free app called Marblecam (thank you, Kathy at You'll Shoot Your Eye Out!).

It's funny - when I got my point-and-shoot camera last year, I very quickly began to notice more things around me for photo taking opportunities. But now with my iphone always in my hand, it's non-stop! It doesn't matter where I am, I always manage to find something. With my iphone, I especially notice lines and shapes more, and often look for things that have symmetry (like my warped trees up there that I took at Target...or the lone leaf on the pavement that I took in the parking lot of Carrabba's Italian restaurant while my husband went to start the car and wait on me). Um, perhaps I need an intervention! On second, I don't. :)

Happy, happy Fourth of July to all of you in the U.S.!


  1. Oh I agree with everything you say about iphoneography I started to see the little things that I could photo up close and Snapseed I love you !
    Photogene is another great app and Magic Hour too. I could go on forever.
    Great shots .

  2. Well, several weeks ago I finally got a new phone as the camera on my old one was not working for almost a year. I have a droid, so I was excited when they came out with an app for instagram. I love it, and these are all fabulous! I need some apps as all I've been using is the instagram - would love to follow you - I'm (kimatpickingpoppies)

    1. I just followed you, Kim - I'm @sherbran. :)

  3. Hi Sherri,
    Wow, you have really gone to town with the iPhone apps! I have a whole lot of photography apps on mine but barely ever use them. I just don't seem to have enough time anymore but you certainly are inspiring. I'll have to check out some of the new ones.
    Happy 4th of July!

  4. All your photos are amazing! thank you for the explanation on how you achieved the look you were going for!

  5. Thanks for telling how you created these... I must check out those apps. I already have so many on my phone that I'm confused which does what!

  6. Lovely selection... I shall have to check out the marble imaging free app.


  7. I totally agree! I love my iphone. My dslr has taken a back seat. Thanks for sharing the apps you use. I usually just stick with instagram but I want to check out some more. You photos are really amazing! You definitely have an eye for photography!

  8. These are really beautiful, Sherri...especially from a phone!

  9. Very creative photography ~~ thanks, ^_^ (A Creative Harbor)

  10. Wow! So fun! And I agree, with my iphone I am always snapping pics!

  11. Yay for iPhone Apps! Thanks for this list... I will have to check them out!

    If you get a chance, stop by my blog and "Like" Hood Photography on Facebook! Thanks!

  12. Hi Sherri, I love it just as much as you! There's some really fun pics here..the latest app I'm playing with is tiny does some pretty cool stuff..check it out!

  13. Wow. Those are all visually stimulating and vibrant! I think I like the marble one best.

    I think my current phone has completely died. Looks like I may have to finally join the rest of the world and get an iPhone.

  14. I hear you about the intervention! You must have a very patient husband! : )

  15. I love coming here just to find out about this wonderful photo apps that you find :)