Apps Uncovered 14 April 2019 – The Artist’s Brush

Selected by Bob Weil

In this week’s Apps Uncovered, I explore a selection painterly images I found in our Flickr group – a type of iPhone artistry I find to be trending in recent months. I’m not quite sure about the reason for the trend, but there is some fine work here worth sharing.

This week’s lead artwork, “A breath of spring” by rita colantonio beguiles through the simplicity of the original shot, and the tasteful painterly effects applied to bring forward the mood of the piece.

Jorge Daniel Segura, Erik Viggh, Debout Clarisse, Karen Axelrad, Michael Brunsfeld, Clare Pickett and Amo Passicos complete the week’s selections on this theme – with newcomers dominating the field.

If you’d like to see your images in the running for selection to our weekly Apps Uncovered feature, be sure to list the apps you used to create your image when you upload it to the iPhoneographyCentral Flickr group. (And as an added bonus to other members who would love to learn from your successes, consider adding the “Backstory” describing the creative process that led you to capture and process the image as you did.)

A breath of spring.

A breath of spring by rita conlantonio

Apps used and Backstory: I found the image of the young woman on pixabay but only intended to use a small part of the image for my abstracted composite. The flower came from my files and was added. I used Metabrush to paint the image and procreate to add drawn lines. I then used IColorama to add a watercolor finish, tone colors and add texture.


Apps used and backstory: Too many versions of just one source image mixed/masked/layered in Image Blender and intermittently textured, also many times, in Stackables.

The old Kockums Shipyard slipway

The old Kockums Shipyard slipway by Erik Viggh

Apps used and backstory: The photo was taken with Iphone 7 and processed with Photoshop Express. I tested the new effects available and achieved a nice effect. The scene is an old slipway. I often walk past it and that day it was a great photo-op.


Untitled by Clarisse Debout

Apps used and backstory: I used an iPhone 6s with the following apps / Hipstamatic / Distressed FX.


Tulips by Karen Axelrad

App used: Hipstamatic with Florence lens and Love81 film.
Backstory: It was my birthday, and in lieu of gifts I asked for flowers. I received cut flowers, flowers to plant, seeds and bulbs, flower-related salves and soaps, and masses of tulips. Even though a day later the temperature has dipped to freezing, I have spring all over the house. This was a quick shot using Hipstamatic with the shuffle function and light from my kitchen lamp.

Man with tiny beard-2

Man with tiny beard-2 by Michael Brunsfeld

Apps used and backstory: I saw this fella in a coffee shop and he did not move —motionless for a long while, so I could not help but notice his intense gaze. I tuned the image from my iPhone with Snapseed, and used the heal tool to remove some unnecessary background elements– then tried a few versions of it with Dreamscope. I used 2 of those versions within iColorama with masks to accent and colorize foreground and background. Also some blurring and sharpening and smoothing were applied.

Day 101 The wood cutter!

Day 101 The wood cutter! By Clare Pickett

App used: Snapseed

April 3

April 3 by Amo Passicos

Apps used and backstory: I only use my iohone 7+ and Snapseed. I’m kind of obsessed by flowers these days…

Bob Weil

Bob is the co-author of The Art of iPhone Photography (with Nicki Fitz-Gerald), published by Rocky Nook photography books and supports Nicki in managing iPhoneography Central and the associated Flickr group.