Apps Uncovered – 5 July 2020

A selection of thoughtfully composed and edited images grace the gallery page of this week’s Apps Uncovered. 

Thanks to J Bro for our feature image this and creating art from the ordinary with his clever crop of the exterior of a local community centre. Green / Grey / Blue was shot straight out of the iPhone, and as J says, “Sometimes the iPhone doesn’t need any help.” I agree. 

Green / Grey / Blue
Green / Grey / Blue by J Bro

Apps used: There is no big story with this one. It is straight iPhone all the way (save for a bit of cropping). No additional apps were used, no Photoshop. Nothing. Sometimes the iPhone just doesn’t need any help.
Backstory: This building is a community centre in Victoria BC. It is closed due to the pandemic, and around the corner is a temporary covid-19 test cenre in the parking lot. Sort of melancholy, and the sky was a dramatic grey-brown. Strange. I like the subtle range of tones.

Also rounding out the Apps Uncovered group this week are images from the following top iPhoneography talent:

tmbx (Tomaso Belloni), Keith Midson, bouisewhitingphotography (Louise Whiting), Jean Hutter, Paul Toussaint,  Brunsfeldo (Michael Brunsfield) and Nigel Reader.

Thank you all for contributing your wonderful images.

How to submit photos to Apps Uncovered?
If you’d like a chance for your work to be featured in this weekly showcase, please join our Flickr group where you can post 2 images a day.
Each week, around 12 Photos are selected and if your image is chosen, you will be notified and sent information of what to do next. You’ll find more information here: iPhoneographyCentral Flickr group. Good luck!

Don’t forget to “ENABLE Photo SHARING” on your images in order to be featured. Instructions for this are on our iPC Group Rules page on the iPC.

If you have any questions regarding this feature, please email Nicki at nicki@iPhoneographyCentral.com

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The call

The call by tmbx (Tomaso Belloni)

Apps used: I shot with the iPhone 11pro max default camera app and edited in Snapseed.
Backstory: I was at one of my favorite places for photos in Milan, this time with the precise purpose to try a new lens for my camera, but my phone is alwasy ready. With teh woman and her bicycle all to one side it suggests to me a difficult call, a mood very contrasting with all my other photos that day.


Urbanism by Keith Midson

Apps used: I processed this in Photoshop Express – some basic straightening and cropping, then applied a black and white filter with some minor adjustments to contrast and levels.
Backstory: I was walking through the city and have always noticed this odd part of a building suspended and protruding from the main part of the building. The pipes drew me in and I saw an interesting composition that could only really work in black & white.


Untitled by louisewhitingphotography (Louise Whiting)

Apps used: Shot with Slow Shutter Cam and edited with Snapseed.
Backstory: I always love portraits with a bit of movement as they convey so much more feeling. This self portrait was taken with Slow Shutter, converted to black and white in Snapseed and finally a texture was added in Procreate.

Landscape 1

Landscape 1 by Jean Hutter

Apps used: Photo taken on my iPhoneXS Max and altered in iColorama and Formulas.

Backstory: This was a photo I had taken a few years ago on a trip to Lake George. I thought it would benefit from a bit of manipulation on my iPad.

e l e v a t i o n

e l e v a t i o n by Brunsfeldo (Michael Brunsfeld)

Apps used: Shot with an iPhone X and edited with Snapseed, Dreamscope, iColorama and Glaze.

Backstory: I shot this with my iPhone X, as a passenger in our car as we passes this beautiful California hill. I started, as I always do, by opening the image in Snapseed, to clean up and tune the image.

Then I tried a few filters in Dreamscope and chose one that had a paint-by-numbers quality.

Then in iColorama, I composited that over the sweetened background with reduced opacity. I cloned a few areas to simplify and open up some of the shapes. I also simplified the clouds in the sky and portions of the foreground, as there were some disturbances there.

Finally I opened this in Glaze and added a texture there which always seems too harsh, so I composited this too-textured version onto the one without the texture with reduced opacity within iColorama. Ahhhhh, BETTER!

East Harlem NYC

East Harlem NYC by Photopaul15 (Paul Toussaint)

Apps used: Snapseed, iColorama and Filterstorm.

Backstory: So I am addicted to photographing NYC street life. I can turn a snap shot into a work of art with my second addiction of using multiple editing apps.
In my first published book, iPhone Photography for Everybody App Techniques before and after, due out next week I give examples of my processing methods.
This shot I enhanced the color with snapseed and save it. Then in iColorama I ran it through some water color filters and then blended those two images together in Filterstorm. In that app it allows me to mask, layer, and enhance using the curves option.

The Bed in the Attic

The Bed in the Attic by Photopaul15 (Paul Toussaint)

Apps used: DFT ( formally ) Photofx and Snapseed.

Backstory: My friends own a farm house with a beautiful finished attic space with an extra bed. I like to photograph every day objects from a different perspective. This photograph was shot from floor level making the bed look larger then life size. I was also able to get the entire bed frame into the photograph. The bed frame is a beautiful work of art by itself.
This is not heavily apped. I used DFT ( formally ) photofx lighting filter, I used snapseed for the outside blur effect and I used the glow filter just a slight bit for the glow effect. Now the bed looks like it’s got some past lives and stories to tell.

Wet Walk

Wet Walk by Nigel Reader

Apps used: IPhone8+ with Snapseed.
Backstory: Spotted this one during a garden walk after a short shower. I liked the arrangement of leaves along with the texture and the raindrops. Enhanced slightly using Snapseed to sharpen and emphasise the ladybird.

Nicki Fitz-Gerald

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