Apps Uncovered 21 Feb 2016

Selected by Nicki Fitz-Gerald

Welcome to the this week’s Apps Uncovered. Luison’s stunning image of her beautiful daughter, Martina steals the top spot this week. The photo has a wonderful, timeless quality about and there is a great expression, particularly in the eyes of looking far ahead into the future. The tiny catchlights in her eyes are the icing on the cake of this beautifully clear image (taken with the old iPhone 4s). Thanks for sharing with us Luisón.

Rounding out the rest of the talent are some new faces as well as some regular contributors to our weekly showcase including: Pat Brown, Elena Penkova, Remi, Keith Midson, Carlos Marques, Mandolina Moon,  Cedric Blanchon, Eliza Badoiu, nik smith, Mark Walton and Mariko Klug. Don’t miss our next newsletter which includes a wonderful step-by-step tutorial by the seriously talented Mariko Klug. Click here to receive our occasional newsletter keeping you up to date with the latest tutorials, mobile photography competitions and giveaways.

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Martina . iPhone 4S + Hipstamaric (Jane + Blackeys SuperGrain) + Snapseed + TadaaSLR

Apps used: This image was shot on my old iPhone 4S, using the app Hisptamatic (Jane lens + BlacKeys SuperGrain film). I then used Filterstorm to crop the frame and to correct the light on the girl´s face, which was overexposed. I also used TouchRetouch to delete a scar she has on her face.

Backstory: This is my daughter Martina, standing in the street where we live. I had my iPhone’s camera on as I had been shooting pics on our way back home from school. I was walking beside her when she suddenly turned around. She´s so beautiful, I just had to shoot. .

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Steps into the light by Carlos Marques

Apps used: iPhone 5c with VINT B&W MII and Instagram editing features.
Backstory: I was walking through the deserted outer areas of the Vila Flor Cultural Center in the city of Guimarães, Portugal, on New Year’s Eve when I noticed this stairway that stood out in the darkness. I grabbed my iPhone 5c and selected the app “VINT B&W MII,” because I thought it would look good in black & white due to the almost total absence of color in the area. I composed the photo by placing the edge of the illuminated area in the lower left corner of the screen, suggesting a path up the steps toward the light on the right side. Before making the simultaneous upload to Instagram and Flickr, I processed the picture with the Instagram editing features, increasing the contrast, darkening the shadows slightly and applying a bit of sharpening. As always, I kept things as simple as possible with minimal editing on my iPhone 5c.

 5th Avenue Subway Stop. (c) 2016 Pat Brown, Austin, Texas. All rights reserved.Apps used: iPhone6 with Camera+ and Snapseed.
Backstory: This scene presented itself on a Christmas trip to New York as I rode atop the double decker bus along Fifth Avenue and Central Park. I loved the subway entrance lights, the trees and water beyond, and the ubiquitous NYC pedestrians. iPhone6 and Camera+, then minimal editing in Snapseed–the noir black-and-white choice, maybe some burning in of the tops of the trees, and a little cropping.

Waiting for spring...Apps used: Shot with iPhone 5s using Camera+, edited with Snapseed and iColorama.
Backstory: Once I was taught that being in the right time and place is the key to every great atmospheric image especially when photographing landscape shots. When walking along a sandy road on the Truchanov island, which is located on the Dnipro river in the city of Kyiv, I stumbled upon a bridge that was over a small river almost completely covered with ice. A beautiful play of light and shadow drew my attention at the ice surface. It was in February but the scene was as if Spring had already come with its warm fresh air, bright sunlight, special pastel colors and honeycombed ice. I took several shots with my iPhone 5s to capture such a beauty. When processing I mostly used iColorama to give the image a special effect of digital painting as well as some pastel tones learned from Alexey Savrasov, one of the Russia’s most remarkable landscape painters, the originator of the so-called ‘mood landscape’. UntitledApps used: Apple iPhone 6s Plus

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apple crates by Keith Midson

Apps used: Shot with iPhone 6 and edited with instagram filters.
Backstory: Taken at a friend’s farm at Campania, Tasmania. My son forgot his camera for this trip, so I lent him mine (note slight upgrade: EOS-1000D to EOS-5Dmk3!!). He happily photographed everything and got some awesome shots, while I was stuck with my iPhone and decided to run with a day of iPhoneography, which mostly fed my Instagram feed, but I really liked this shot, so here it is in Flickrland. I did manage to get a few shots with my camera as well (when he was having a break!I photographed the image with an iPhone 6 and used Instagram filters for the effect. I cannot remember what filter I used, but it was subtle as I didn’t want to overdo it. The image was uploaded to Instagram first, but I liked the image enough to upload to Flickr as well. The Flickr upload was separate to the Instagram upload (uploaded from the saved image in my iphone’s camera roll). In terms of composing the scene, I spent some time moving up and down and side to side until I had the crates aligned – I was careful to get as parallel lines as possible.



Apps used: Apple iPhone 6s iPhone 6s back camera 4.15mm f/2.2
Backstory: I was doing some work outside and caught sight of the tools leaning against the wall. I wanted to capture the different textures of the tools, the wood background, and the leaves on the ground, as well as the shadows that the tools made. There was also a cart in the shot that I initially planned to keep in, but ended up moving it out of the way since it felt too crowded. I decided to add some age to the photo to give it a nostalgic feel. To achieve the vintage effect, I shot the photo in Hipstamatic, using the Jane lens and Rijks film. I then edited the photo in VSCO, where I sharpened the photo and adjusted the exposure, contrast, and clarity. Finally, I processed it with VSCO’s Essence e8 preset. Ultimately, I’m pretty pleased with how it turned out and others have made some nice comments about it, which also makes me happy.

  Robert Therrien’s Under the Table (1994) at the Broad Museum

Apps used: I used the app Hipstamatic Oggl, and defined the image with the contrasting look given by the Jane lens and BlackKeys Super grain film.
Backstory: While at Los Angeles’ new contemporary art museum, the Broad, which very nicely, allows photography for personal use, I was having fun gathering inspiration and exploring artistic ideas, when I turned a corner and happened upon this oversized sculpture of common household furniture. With thoughts of childhood and being small, like Alice in Wonderland small after the “Drink Me” potion, or Jack, in the land of giants, I captured a few images with my iPhone6. Including a person, in the far background, makes the giant furniture appear even larger. I used the app Hipstamatic Oggl, and defined the image with the contrasting look given by the Jane lens and BlackKeys Super grain film.

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Untitled by Cedric Blanchon


Apps used: Hipstamatic 311 iPhone 6 back camera 4.15mm f/2.2

it's all about the 90sApps used: Snapseed, PicsArt and Mextures

Backstory: I deal once again with manipulating a self portrait from a different perspective that the usual, previous ones. I was interested in capturing the fragility of a moment, while being reflected into a mirror, the subject being shot in motion. While this has been a reactivated concept, my perspective was rather focused on femininity ,trying to express intimacy whitout being taboo. I was also interested in rendering kind of a remote atmospheric mood and touch . 
The techniques used while processing the image were neither difficult nor innovative, my only concern being that of achieving a mood/feeling that would do the talking for the edited image itself.  

Lines in a feather

Apps used: Shot with Olloclip macro lens and edited with VSCOcam
Backstory: I used VSCO to enhance the clarity and add a vignette. I found this feather near the edge of a small lake near my home. The sun was setting so the lighting pretty much composed itself. I had to crop the image slightly to reduce the noisy edges of the image. I used the Olloclip macro lens to get a closer look. This was my first time photographing feathers. I hope to find more soon!

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Matthias Rd by Mark Walton1

Apps used: Shot with the apple iPhone 6s

Moving On

Apps used: Hipstamatic, PhotoToaster, Picfx, Photofx Backstory: It had snowed and I knew it would be foggy that morning, so I got up very early to go out for a shoot. I was very motivated but it turned out to be a bit disappointing because somehow I couldn’t find anything interesting at all. I was already on my way back when an old woman wearing a dark coat passed by me. She was perfectly fitting into this cold and sad atmosphere so I immediately turned around and took this photo.



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Nicki Fitz-Gerald

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