Apps Uncovered 25 July 2014

Selected by Nicki Fitz-Gerald

Welcome to another this week’s Apps Uncovered, our weekly feature, showcasing iPhone art and photography from around the world. Apologies, but I will keeping it short and sweet for this and forthcoming week’s features. My good friend and iPhoneography partner, Bob Weil has some personal matters to attend to and I am busy spreading the iPhoneography love via Adorama TV’s learning centre in my debut video “An introduction to iPhoneography basics”. We look forward to Bob’s return but as always…

…Thank you to our regular contributors and, winner of the Mobile Photo Awards this year; Cedric Blanchon for our great black and white portrait lead image this week, and thank you to everyone who submits to this group. I encourage you to click on any of the images to see more of the artist’s work on Flickr.

The neighbor

The neighbor by Cedric Blanchon

the Neighbor, I work in difficult neighborhoods, ghettos are going to say! I was working and I saw this huge man with his dog, a doberman, by the window, I whipped out my smartphone, I approached and I pretended to look for something above, I framed and I took the photo, then I used the Noir application, and cameramatic BW expired (a combo that I love for black and white, it changes the filters that everyone uses)


Photo by Cedric Blanchon

I shot this self-portrait with my iPhone 5s and then processed it with the native camera ( for the first shot) and noir and cameramatic BW expired. I love doing self portraits (it’s not that I find me very beautiful lol) but I try each to do some thing new, aesthetic and innovative (not always unfortunately):)


Distances by Brendan Ó Sé

It was taken in Roppongi Hills Mori Tower which houses the Mori Art Museum. There are spectacular views of Toyko from this building. Sometimes the views do not look spectacular when photographed, but taking photographs of people lost in their own thoughts as they look out on the sprawling city can be interesting. I was also attracted to the distance between the couple in this scene.
I converted to black and white with Snapseed and did a little work on contrasts.

Tiny houses

Tiny houses by Michal Koralewski

iPhone 5S + Snapseed, VSCOcam

I took this photo right after the huge storm. The sun came out of the clouds and lit up the facade of these tiny houses. I took it with ProCamera 7 and edited with Snapseed and VSCOCam.


Table for one by Ryan Vaarsi

Processed with VSCOcam with c2 preset


Kris by Kestas Venzlauskas

After few months of shooting landscapes, trees, sun and reflection and other still objects decided to try portraiture. But for this purpose I needed a model. One of my friends, Kris, agreed to help me with this. We created a little photoshoot session in an abandoned house. All I did was just the shooting. It was Kris’s idea to create this kind of photo, I just had too find an angle and make a composition.
Processing was the easiest part – Snapseed, as always, was the first app for brightness, shadows contrast and straightening corrections. After that I added some silky skin effect with the Rookie app by selecting photo, add filter, select Clean Portrait, then there is no difference which one of the filters, just select one, correct opacity to 0, and correct skin smoothing (the maximum I use is 40, in this photo – 30). Saved it and proceeded with VSCO X1 preset for black and white.
It took one second to capture it and about 15 minutes to edit.
Dont be afraid of playing between the apps, sometimes it gives surprising results 😉


Ollomacro by Auketts

This “ollomacro” was shot with the Olloclip macro attachment and required nothing other than a crop in Snapseed to finish it. The ‘clip is amazing for this. And the insects seem remarkably compliant!. Thanks again for the feature.


A beginners guide to the cerebral cortex by Brandon Kidwell

iPhone5, Oggle, UnionApp

This image was one that was conceived in the process of editing. I found a very interesting stair case leading off the back of an older building in Jacksonville. While playing around with Union App while killing time I came across a silhouette I had of myself from a while back and the two lined up perfectly connecting three senses together, sight, sound and taste all leading up to the top of the staircase, the cerebral cortex.


man by monowave (Jun Yamaguchi)

iPod touch’s camera / brushes+scratchcam fx+pictureshow+photoshop touch+phototoaster


Jordan’s song by Angie Johnson

Backstory: A dear friend of mine (Jordan) is always supportive of my love of photography and all things artful. Her passion is music. We work together and often have the opportunity to share life stories. She mentioned that her grandfather not only played all instruments but he also crafted instruments by hand: including violins, guitars, mandolins, banjos, and a few others. I am always on the lookout for peculiar and/or unique things with which to include in my photography. I asked if she would share one of the handmade instruments with me to satisfy my creative muse. Knowing that I wanted to create something special for her (Jordan), much thought went into creating this piece.

Families are special. Our friends are special. When we can share our love of art, in order to touch the lives of others, together we become special. Thanks for all the photography love. I am very appreciative.

Apps used in creating Jordan’s Song include:


Camera+ — I use this app most often when shooting. The quality is fantastic and it easily works with my remote shutter. Within this app, I crop the image to a square (my favorite size with which to work), select Backlit under the scene selection, and select Retro then Ansel under the filter selection.

Noiseware — This is my favorite app to remove unwanted noise and it just brings a soft clarity to the photograph.

FocalLab — I selected Motion Blur, within this app, to give the shot some movement.

Mextures — I selected Emulsion. I used a mixture of Jefferson and Tesla … you can move them around and land where you feel like you are satisfied with the results.

I believe that’s it. If you have any questions, please feel free to ask. I am always pleased to share artful works and tips with others.

If you create a piece, after sharing these steps, I would love to see your work. Feel free to tag me in or let me know, so I can see your goodies.


Русское поле. by vadim demjianov

Apps used: Snapseed, PainFX, Editmaster and PhotoFX



Rullino by Gianluca Ricoveri

I took this picture in an autumn morning with the sun trying to make his way in the clouds, along a road that runs through the valley between the hills about 50 kms from where I live in Tuscany. I used Hipstamatic with the lens Jane and the film Blanko Freedom I did the tuning in Snapseed and then I used Leonardo and Mextures to add some textures.

Nicki Fitz-Gerald

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


  1. Angie Johnson said:

    Thanks much for including one of my pieces. I’m very appreciative to be including among such talented folks. Congratulations to the other artists, as well.

  2. Brandon Kidwell said:

    Phenomenal selections Nicki, I’m honored to have one of mine included. Congratulations to all and thanks for the constant inspiration!!!

  3. Nicki Fitz-GeraldNicki Fitz-Gerald said:

    Thank you Brandon. I love this new series. Really fabulous and, likewise, thank you for contribution in helping this weekly feature a constant inspiration. -Nicki-

  4. Cecily said:

    Loved looking over the selections this week Nicki!! Very beautiful images and always love to know what people did post capture!!! Congratulations to those selected!