Apps Uncovered 19 December 2014

Selected by Nicki Fitz-Gerald

Welcome to this week’s Apps Uncovered where we feature a range of iPhoneography talent and reveal the creativity and techniques behind each of the iPhone images featured. It’s been a crazy year for iPhoneography and you guys out there are proving with your amazing images that the fantastic talent pouring out of our iPhones shows no sign of slowing down. Thank you to all of you who have submitted to our iPC Flickr group. made it such a vibrant gallery every week. I wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a fabulous holiday!

I must say a big apology to Elsa Brenner for selecting her wonderfully warm and peaceful image “The Softness Just Before Dark” 2 weeks ago and then leaving it out of the gallery. Please find it in this week’s selections below.

Big thanks to “Angelic” by Jefferey Simpson for our lead image which seemed absolutely perfect for this time of year. Please check the rest of his black and white portrait photography out by clicking on his image “Angelic”. There are some beautiful and interesting works that demonstrate a mastery of light.

If you’d like a chance to be featured in this weekly showcase, please remember to include your apps and backstories with your photos. Thank you, as always for submitting your amazing work.- For a chance to feature, please join our Flickr group.

Thank you all for contributing your wonderful images and we look forward to discovering the stories and techniques behind them. If you have any questions regarding this feature, please email Nicki at nicki@iPhoneographyCentral.com


Angelic by Jeffrey Simpson

Apps used: Pureshot for the capture and Filterstorm Neue for the edit.
Backstory: I like revealing what is raw, true, and real about my subjects. Capturing flickering moments of soul essence. Be it self, others, or whatever it is I see. Keeping it simple, sharp, and of course mostly BxW.

This is one of those shots that interrupt me just as I am trying to fall asleep. I saw the lights in a different way just wrapping her figure but as in a lot of shots things change. I happened upon this pattern while adjusting the lights and knew this was it. I have a small studio set up with a black backdrop. I rely on the curves feature in Filterstorm Neue for the rich blacks and brights. It really allows you to adjust separately.


Ray by ade santora

Photo taken and edited with iphone4S,
Apps used: : ProCamera, postpro apps: Superimpose, Mextures, AfterFocus, Afterlight, Snapseed, TouchRetouch, PhotoPower.

Before ushering

Before ushering by Mark Whitcombe

Apps used: As part of giving back to our fine community, we usher at our local semi-professional theatre. While I was waiting for patrons to arrive for our Christmas show, I was admiring the newly renovated theatre. The shading of the raked seats was quite striking, grading from dark near the stage, to rich colours farther back. I liked the near-symmetry as well. Using the controls of PureShot, I composed various shots. I liked this the best, but felt it needed square cropping, and a slight intensifying of the contrast. Filterstormneue helped. The image captured the quiet of the empty theatre, empty but unfulfilled until the seats are filled with enthralled bodies. Perhaps lIfe happens in the bustle more than in the quiet. But I still love the quiet …

Backstory: The wall and door are adjacent to the lot I park in every day. Until recently there was a large tree blocking this scene. It was removed and this opened up the area for me. After getting a new iPhone (a 5s because I’m cheap) I thought I’d take a snap of this wall too see what the camera was like. It was a sharp, but unremarkable photo. The window was not in this version.
Next, I purchased an iPad and started to download some apps to play with. I put this wall shot through a few apps just to see what would happen, and started to like what I was getting. It became a more ominous scene, and I instantly knew that I needed a window, and a person looking back. The window was easy, as there are many on this building. I just snapped one on my way to work figuring I’d install it in a position I liked.


Valley Forge Park by Lou Liuzzi


Apps Used: Hipstamatic, Snapseed and Phototoaster.
Backstory: This shot was taken in Valley Forge Park which is around ten minutes from where I live. I often go to the park to create different vistas from the many acres of natural scenic beauty. I was fortunate to be able to include the main house, springhouse and rear trail in the one image. I have photographed the separate components at other times but from the right perspective was able to tie them together. The light snowfall was icing on the cake. The Hipstamatic combo was the Jane lens and Inas1982 film.


Untitled by Bob Hixon

Apps used: (To be added soon)
Backstory: When it came to the person in the window, I simply started to scan through the images in my iCloud account and found this beautiful little girl. She is the daughter of a former assistant and I snapped this shot of her on my phone during a recent visit. I immediately knew this was the look that I wanted.

I settled in on the couch that evening, and while my wife watched Dancing with the Stars I began to assemble the image. It was a bit of a struggle as I am used to working in Photoshop on a 27 inch monitor, but I started to get the hang of things. By the time the dancing had ended for the night I had completed several versions of this image. The next day I determined which one I liked and posted it.
I wish there was some deeper meaning in this image that I could share with you, but there isn’t. I just wanted something slightly eerie.

The Stranger

The stranger by Susan Blase

Apps used: Tadaa, AlienSky, Mextures and Pixlromatic on iPhone
Backstory: This shot was taken through the windshield of my car, so the faint raindrops you see are natural. It was a very dreary, foggy ride home and I happened to catch a lone car heading in the opposite direction and quickly snapped before too much rain accumulated on my window. I slightly adjusted the focus around edges using Tadaa, and then did most of my work using AlienSky. I didn’t envision going as dark as I did, but when I saw how it made the oncoming car the focus, it took me in a whole new direction. I used Mextures to add a slight texture and deepen the dark vibe and then adjusted the tone in Pixlromatic. I left just enough light in to see the reflection of the headlights on the wet roadway, which is my favorite part of photograph and reason why I named it “The Stranger”. I love the eerie feeling and mystery they evoke.


The Softness Just Before Dark by Elsa Brenner

Apps used: If I remember correctly, the apps used were Camera+, Snapseed and Superimpose. Filterstorm may have played a part, but my memory fails me.

Backstory: I took my dog Larrabee for a run at a park on the Long Island Sound when I saw this scene next to the park. Couldn’t make it through the marshland to get to it, so raced out on the main road, rang the doorbell. No one was home, so I trespassed. The light was going fast and I got as close as I could without falling in the water. I used Snapseed to get going with it, then moved to Stackables to get texture in the sky and the colors evolved as I went along. I often don’t plot out a strategy for editing. More often, I go along with what is happening. Otherwise my images get over-apped and really don’t come from my heart..



Untitled by Geri Centonze

Apps used: Snapseed and PhotoToaster
Backstory: On a recent visit to Pennsylvania in November I was incredibly drawn to the beautiful fall foliage. Living Southern California we don’t get this beautiful display each year. This photograph was taken with an iPhone 6 using the native camera. To process all I did was tune it a bit in Snapseed also bumping up the Structure under Details. Then I took the Snapseed saved image and in PhotoToaster I used the Lighting Brushes to highlight some of the lighter areas and darken some of the shadowed areas. This is a process I’ve been using in many of my photos lately and it really adds a lot to the image.


Autumn Color HDR with Moment Lens by ARCH

Apps used: Autumn Color HDR with Moment Lens
Moment Wide Lens + Pro HDR X


Swan at Edgewater pond. by Wayne Greer

Apps used: Snapseed, HandyPhoto and Mextures
 I had been stalking some swans on the other side of town from me. Whenever I was in the area I would go look for them. Finally , all of the elements came together, they were accessible , the weather was right and I got this classic swan profile. I used Snapseed for the basic adjustments. I then used Handy Photo to crop out a house in the background. Also I cropped out two other swans that were in the middle. I thought it was a stronger composition to have just the one entering the scene. I then used Mextures for a little finish.

at work

at work by Tomasz Olszewski

Apps used:  Snapseed, VSCO Cam
Camera: iPhone 5S
Backstory: I took this photo in the center of Gdańsk in Poland. It was cold, rainy and foggy morning. My attention was attracted the employee who contrasted with misty environment.



Aldo by Shel Serkin

Apps used: Hipstamatic B&W



Art-Chitecture_048 Union+iDesign by Lynette Jackson

Apps used:  Union and iDesign

Untitled by carenzo96

Apps used: Hipstamatic; lens and Robusta film.
Apps used: It was shot with the Hipstamatic app. I used the Madalena lens and Robusta film. The location is actually a nearby grocery store. I liked the combination of light and shadow, and the texture of the brick walls, so I snapped the shot, using my favorite Hipstamatic combination at the time.


Messed up Mums by James Metcalf

Apps used: Snapseed, Repix, Procreate.
Backstory and Technique: Chrysanthemum arrangement. The flower arrangement was a gift to my wife from my son. I shot the arrangement on my iPhone and processed the image on my iPad starting with Snapseed to adjust the brightness and contrast with “tune image”. I saved the image and opened it in the Repix app. I used the brush effects starting with Chalk, then Hatching, Stars and Dotter. Then I went a bit nuts with the Drips brush. Again I saved the image and opened it in the app Procreate. I use Procreate to create layers and add more brush strokes, textures, etc. on individual layers. On one of the layers I add my signature and then export out a jpeg and upload to my Flickr portfolio.


Kōhaku by tabiwallah

Apps used: Slow Shutter Cam, Snapseed, Dynamic Light, Polamatic, Superimpose, Photo fx, Filterstorm

Kōhaku depicts the mood of a certain rainy weekday afternoon on the ‘steps up Sunset Slope’. They are located in an old neighbourhood of Tokyo where I have made my home for many years. The area retains much of the flavour of bygone eras, is popular with tourists both Japanese and foreign, and is on my daily walking path.
The steps have always proved a challenging subject. Being the conduit between a busy train station and the entranceway to a popular little shopping street, they tend to be highly crowded all day. This is not conducive to creating the type of photos I prefer to make, wherein a lone individual plies the streets or passageways of the city, with the architecture or geometry of the backdrop helping to reflect the mood of the scene.
The steps themselves are also not overly attractive and do not afford much of an opportunity for captures with a clean, uncluttered backdrop. That made this rainy yet relatively bright weekday afternoon the chance for which I had waited. Foot traffic on the steps was light, allowing me to choose vantage points and wait for the shots I sought.

I captured Kōhaku using Slow Shutter Cam. Because the app offers no square format option, I composed my shot within the top two-thirds of the frame, and then began the processing by using Snapseed to perform a quick crop to get rid of the bottom third and leave a square image.
A run through Dynamic Light followed, as I saved several copies at different settings and light angles to find the one I was happy to use as I went forward. The setting I chose also made some compensation for the next process.
I then used Polamatic to affect the tone, while also taking advantage of the app’s many variable settings. Having narrowed my choice to one of a couple of the app’s filters, I saved a few copies for each using different settings for exposure, brightness, saturation, contrast, temperature and sharpness.
In addition, I saved a copy of the original within the Polamatic frame, but without applying any filters or other alterations. This was to make it relatively easy to blend the affected image with the original to get closer to my desired result in Superimpose.
Once satisfied with the blending, I used Photo fx to crop away the Polamatic frame. The final step was to use Filterstorm to make a couple of local adjustments and to desaturate the image a little. From the beginning, the red had been a little too bright for my tastes.
Kōhaku is the fourth instalment in a five-image series. The first gives a good look at the staircase from below: the second and third offer some sense of the ambience of the backdrop below the stairs; and the final two are bolder close-ups of individuals walking with their umbrellas.

Nicki Fitz-Gerald

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


  1. Mark Whitcombe said:

    Thanks for considering my work, Nicki — it’s an honour to be included with such artistry!

  2. mark carruthers said:

    Wonderful collection of images! New to your site, I’m very impressed with the content and images posted. The iPhone is truly a game changer and keeps advancing with every new generation. I tend to shoot with a photojournalism bias (old habits die hard), but use my iPhone more-and-more. The majority of the images on my website are taken w/a Canon, but several are iPhone shots. Here’s one of my favorites… “Gotham City”… http://www.markacarruthers.com/hereandthere/

    • Nicki Fitz-GeraldNicki Fitz-Gerald said:

      Hi Mark, thank you so much for your comments and really happy that you’re enjoying the creativity and quality of the images. Gotham city is a fabulous shot and aptly titled. I love all the little lights leading you into the picture. I do hope you’ll submit your images to the iPC Flickr pool. I’d be interested to know if you are using your iPhone for your work (as a photo journalist/journalist?) I am speaking at a mobile journalist conference soon and am keen to know how often to tend to use your cameraphones and typical situations. http://mojocon.rte.ie/