Wednesday, January 9, 2013
Iphoneography and the Painterly Effect
Iphoneography has become my new passion...it's hard not to become addicted once you start learning about all the apps that are available. And since my iphone is always with me, it seems I'm taking photos all day, every day. I used to sit and watch a little TV in the evenings to unwind, and now I sit and process my iphone photos while watching TV...I'm not very good at multitasking, so I think I'm probably missing key parts of my shows. But I don't mind because the iphone processing is so much fun!
I like to choose a photo and then just randomly start putting it through all of my favorite apps to see what effect it has on my image...I add more and more effects and save various results into my camera roll. Sometimes I'll work on one photo for more than an hour, letting my apps take me off in a wild direction. You never know what you might end up with!
I have several apps now that give a painterly effect to my images, and I get a little thrill at seeing this instant transformation just with one little push of the button. My two current favorite apps for the painterly effect are Icolorama and Glaze. Glaze is much more dramatic and I've found that you get the best results with an image that doesn't have fine details. I'm still learning this app, but as far as I can tell there isn't an opacity slider with this app...so what you see is what you get. Icolorama's painterly section has four different painterly options (under the Style section). It does have an opacity slider so that you can adjust the effect. I like the way the Icolorama painterly option effects trees...it thickens the limbs and makes them much more dramatic. I will often put an image in there simply to accentuate the trees in my image slightly so that they stand out more.
Here are some examples of some images I've put through either Icolorama or Glaze. I highly recommend these apps!