Apps Uncovered 10 October 2014

Selected by Nicki Fitz-Gerald

Welcome to this week’s Apps Uncovered, our weekly feature, showcasing iPhone art and photography from around the world..but not just an ordinary showcase; Apps Uncovered is all about learning about the art of iPhone photography and art so we encourage each of the artists selected each week to list the apps and the backstory behind each image as well.

This week’s lead image goes to Erika Brothers striking self portrait. Erika has been a regular artist on our weekly Apps Uncovered. Please check out her gallery by clicking on her wonderful image below.

Thank you. as always to everyone who submits to this group. I hope you enjoy the gallery and please click on any of the images to see more of each artist’s work on their Flickr stream.



Untitled by Erika C. Brothers

Apps : Superimposse, Snapseed, Stackables and Mextures

For this self portrait my idea was to create something antique. I started to create my collage with Superimpose, once I built the base I used Snapseed to focus on the face, then to finish I went to Stackables and Mextures to find various textures and tones to give a painterly finish.


LIFE imitating ART imitating LIFE 1

LIFE imitating ART imitating LIFE 1 by Damian De Souza

Apps Used: Slow Shutter Cam, Image Blender, Filterstorm.

Backstory: A Francis Bacon exhibit, no photos allowed, so had to be surreptitious.
Using Slow Shutter Cam, I saved two versions, the blurred one at “Freeze Off” and the other at “Freeze +100%, which gave me a version relatively sharp compared to the first (Freeze -100% also achieves the same thing).
In Image Blender I placed the sharper version on the bottom and the blurred one on top. I then erased the area around the the man in the suit,which revealed the sharper image below. Then into Filterstorm where I used the Clone Tool to fill in some blown out highlights on the frame, remove the reflections of people and lights, which appeared on the glass covering the painting, and generally clean up some ragged fragments around the man.


Passeggiata in bici (bike ride)

Passeggiata in bici (bike ride) by iVana J.B.

Apps used: Taken with Hipstamatic Ray Mark II lens and Blanko BL 4 Film, basic adjustements in Snapseed and for the filter I put it through MonoVu.

Backstory: I took this snapshot on my running route in a olive tree alley in southern Italy.

Favorite Things #1

Favorite Things #1 by artouttamymind

Apps used: Photocopier

Backstory: I can’t figure out how to tell you about it, so I’ll just tell you and maybe you can do it for me. There’s not much to it. I just used PhotoCopier and then made adjustments to the highlights, and shadows in Instagram to bring out more contrast and texture.




Dancing Poppies by Tania Konnerth

I just love poppies and always tried to capture their weightless dance. Normally where they grow there is a lot of visual background-noise, such as weeds, fences, other flowers and so on. So I pick some wild poppies and took them home (there have been a lot of them on an unused field, so I did no harm). They had not have the dark red, but a very light tone, almost salmon-pink. I hold them against a plain white door and chose my favorite hipstamatic-combo: sergio + blanko1. It took a while to get the poppies arranged in the way I wanted them to be, but finally it worked out pretty well.



King’s Cross by Mark Walton

Apps used: jag.gr 6×6 for iPhone (iPhone 5 back camera 4.12mm f/2.4)
Shot in Pentonville, London, England


Thoughtful by Luisón

Apps used: Hipstamatic shot (Jane lens + BlacKey Supergrain) and Snapseed.

Backstory: It’s a Hipstamatic shot (Jane lens + BlacKey Supergrain). I Just used Snapseed to crop the frame (which I don’t like) and do slight adjustments of light and contrast. I saw the man coming and stepped aside with my Hipstamatic ready to shoot. I spotted the White and sunlit wall and just waited for the old man. The i shot. I loved the lines in the pic: the shadow, the window on the left and the man on the right.




Laughter is contagious by doc simsim

Apps used: ProCamera, edited in Snapseed to add tilt shift/DOF and finally Pixlrexpress+ to add a subtle texture in ‘overlay’.

Backstory: I happened to share a brief ride (long story) with these lovely ladies. There was one particular moment when both laughed heartily at something the driver had said, and I managed to capture it on my iPhone. The lady at the front was such a joy to photograph, so after this I quickly took a couple more only with her in the frame.


Storm Over Geyser Basin by Jack Webb

Apps Used: This is a Hipstamatic image using the Madelena Lens and Uchitel 20 Film. In post processing TouchRetouch was used to remove unwanted details and then in ImageBlender layers were used to enhance the light.

Backstory: This image is the result of being in the right place at the right time. I was on my way to Upper Geyser Basin in Yellowstone National Park. It was rainy, windy, and thick clouds covered the area. Across a broad meadow were these thermal vents and geyser. A break in the clouds put sunlight directly on that area, lighting up the steam yet leaving the background dark and moody. I immediately pulled to the roadside, jumped out of the car, and got two shots before the scene faded.



pull back the sheers by Julia Nathanson

Apps Used: Shot and edited with oggl (lens: lowy; film: sugar)

This photo was taken through a hotel window in Toronto.

Phlox Flower Saucers -BW

Phlox Flower Saucers -BW by Fiery Broome

Apps used: Captured with iPhone and Olloclip Macro Lens, edited first in Snapseed on iPad then converted to B&W in Alien Skin’s Alt Photo using Agfa APX Film setting.


Trees need to cheer the fuck up by Brendan Ó Sé

Apps used: (iPhone5) with Snapseed

Backstory: The image is of a tree on gloomy day in spring. I shot in on the iPhone 5 through the window of the apartment. I used Snapseed to crop and work on the colours. This is one of a series of photographs of trees with the title “Trees need to cheer the fuck up” I am taking with the iPhone.


Nicki Fitz-Gerald

Co-author of The Art of iPhoneographyCentral. Founder of iPhoneographyCentral.com

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