Apps Uncovered 26 Feb 2017: Unreal

Selected by Bob Weil

This week’s Apps Uncovered presents a selection of what I found to be the most compelling images for the week in our Flickr group, across a wide range of styles and subjects – but with one common feature: none are “realistic” and all are either conceptural / highly manipulated or collages.

This week’s lead artwork, Red is Fashion by Eleni Gemeni, captures the eternal (figurative) feminine – and betraying a notable skill in traditional illustration (using ArtRage) rather than representative work or adaptation from captured imagery.

William Deegan, lorenka campos, jun yamaguchi, janice grinsell, Tricia Dewey, Radoslaw Celewicz, barb nebel, Ade Santora, Liliana Schwitter and Clare Pickett complete the week’s selections on this theme.

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.)

Red is fashion

Red is fashion by Eleni Gemeni

Apps used: ArtRage and iColorama
Backstory: I always admired abstract figurative art. Yet always hesitated to create something myself. I have been using drawing apps for quite some time , mostly to create backgrounds for my collages, hoping that one day I will create my own sketches. Well, as soon as I bought myself a new stylus pen, I started drawing my own abstract figures. The features of the ArtRage app and the precision of the stylus proved to be great tools for the thin lines I needed to create my Fashion Models. These two female figures started as simple sketches on a slightly colored background canvas in ArtRage and then edited in iC olorama. In iC, my two models got a little nip tuck to shape their figure a bit more using the Warp feature. Then, after multiple edits, using Glass and Raise features, they got their abstract, funky looking dresses. Sharpen , color Enhancement and Lut adjustments features gave the final touches to the image.


construct by william deegan

Apps used: iPhone 6s camera for the two photos, collage composited using union app for multiple iterations, finished in mextures app + vsco.

To a life well lived.

To a life well lived by lorenka campos

Apps used and backstory: PicsArt, Superimpose, Snapseed, and Stackables. I created the image as a dedication for a dear friend who lived her life with grace, love and creativity. I hope she knows how much she inspired me.

night and day

night and day by jun yamaguchi

Apps used: iPod touch’s camera / brushes+decim8+trigraphy+photoshop touch+touchretouch+filterstorm+vsco+phototoaster

"Squinting into the Shadows" E. Hedegaard

“Squinting into the Shadows” E. Hedegaard by janice grinsell

Apps used: image blender, superimpose and square fit.
Backstory: This piece is a dedication to Leon, a FMT, (female to male transgender).
It’s the burial needed to create new life, with respect and honesty to oneself. I hoped to portray the pain and struggle many embark on during this introspective part of life’s journey.
The caption was taken from a personal text to me by eric hedgeraard, making this a collaboration.


2017-02-22 20.06.29w by Tricia Dewey

Apps used and backstory: More experiments with multiple figures in an image. Created entirely on the iPad using Procreate, Fused, Stackables, Superimpose, Filters, Snapseed.


Staunen (amazement) by Radoslaw Celewicz

Apps used: Decim8, Trigraphy, Mextures. union, Sketchclub
Backstory: The IPhone and the various apps give me the possibility to always develop new image ideas to develop and implement. So it was again this time – as a starting point, I took photos of people with the camera of iPhone 5s and put them in a new context.

Cloud castle

Cloud castle by Liliana Schwitter

Apps used: iColorama/ Leonardo/ PicsArt/ Gloomlogue/ Tangent/ VFX Studio Pro/ Filtergram

It was blue

It was blue by barb nebel

Apps used and backstory: This began as an iphone6/procamera app image of a mannequin in a hat shop. I used iColorama and metabrush for all of the editing–iColorama is such a broad-based app in its functionality that I can use it for everything from simple to complex editing, and metabrush enables layers of brushing/painting. One of my favorite subjects is the mannequin, knowing all the fun I can have in making her look just a little human!

Unwrap IV

Unwrap IV (Mobileart series) by Ade Santora

Apps used: Photo taken and edited with iphone6, cam apps: ProCamera, postpro apps: Superimpose, Stackables, PhotoPower, Snapseed.

Day 048 Exit keep clear

Day 048 Exit keep clear by Clare Pickett

App used: Adobe Photoshop Mix

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.

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