Apps Uncovered – Selfies & Portraits – July 5 2015

Welcome to this week’s Apps Uncovered, our weekly feature, showcasing iPhone art and photography from around the world. This week the theme, once again chose itself; “Portraiture”. The quality and variety of portraits in our Flickr gallery this week is outstanding with Alex Visage’s image “Florence Faces Pic VI” stealing the lead spot for Apps Uncovered. Take time to browse through the rest of the imagery this week to see what is possible in portraiture when you mix with bit of creativity and imagination. Thank you all for sharing your wonderful images on our iPC Flickr group and wish you all a great iPhone shooting week!

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Selected by Nicki Fitz-Gerald



Florence Faces Pic VI by AlexVisage iPhoneography

Apps used: I used Lightroom for iPhone and Snapseed.
Backstory: Italy is a great country, and Florence is a great city with a great history. I was inspired by Italy and the italians. Look at these amazing and beautiful faces, like paintings of the 16th-17th century.


Florence Faces VIII by Alex Visage Photography

Apps used: I used Lightroom for iPhone and Snapseed.
Backstory: Italy is a great country, and Florence is a great city with a great history. I was inspired by Italy and the italians. Look at these amazing and beautiful faces, like paintings of the 16th-17th century.


Barcelona by Michaela Meerkatz

Apps used: Hipstamatic App on iPhone 6. The combo I used is Florence lens and Otto film.
Backstory:  I shot this picture at the Parc Güell in Barcelona on March 2015. The picture itself is the shade of a beautiful fence which has been designed by Antoni Gaudì. It’s part of the Barcelona series which I entirely shot with the Hipstamatic App on my iPhone 6. The combo I used is Florence lens and Otto film.



Siren by Susan Blase

Apps used: Tadaa, Repix and Afterlight on iPhone
Backstory: This self portrait was a challenge for me in lots of ways. I wanted to capture something I truly love; baths. It’s not only a pleasure I look forward to and something I find sanctuary in, many of my photos are worked on while in my tub (yes my phone has taken a swim or two). The first challenge was to get a good angle and lighting right, while being half submerged and trying to get my hair flowing outward. Not easy! After many, many tries I finally got what I wanted. I used Tadaa to adjust the focus and honestly I liked it as it is very much.

My next challenge was deciding just how much of myself I wanted to put out there. I have done bath shots before but this one was a bit different for me. I tried a few things but it lost the underwater effect too much so I decided to try a couple of the brushes in Repix. It did a nice job of adding some color and texture which I further enhanced with Afterlight. I’m still not sure if I chose the right balance of toning down the “nakedness”, but after much debate I decided to complete and post. I wanted it to feel more dreamlike than just a literal bathing depiction. Anyone who knows me knows my tub is like my second home, and someone very dear to me jokes I’m like a mermaid/siren – hence the choice of title. I hope to experiment with more underwater shots as I’ve always admired and been inspired by them.



Go Ask Alice #3 by Diana Nicholette Jeon

Apps used: For this and the other images, I used, Polamatico polaroid type100, iColorama, Procreate, and Pixelmator, going back an forth among all of them except Polamatic. I used Polamatis to give a specific look and feel, color-wise.

Backstory: Go Ask Alice #3 is part of a series I am working on in based upon Lewis Carrollʻs Alice in Wonderland and the lyrics written by Grace Slick to Jefferson Airplaneʻs hit, Go Ask Alice. This is the third composited image I created in the series. Each new one starts with the layered file from the one that came before it, then I add new components as I take away some of the old.


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That’s how the light gets in by Hanni K.

Apps used: I processed both photographs with Snapseed (lights and colors) and did it together in Diptic.
Backstory: I take the self on the left side with the Hipstamatic App on my iPhone – it’s a view into a great mirror in a hotel room. I shot a series and on this one the iPhone fell over, creating the motion blur….. I processed it with presets that I had created some time ago with Superimpose (the crack in a wall for example).

The right side shows some lights on my desktop in the office, I took it with my iPhone and a Olloclip Macro lens, 14x magnification.

The title is a quote of the song from Leonard Cohen, that fits very well to the Diptic and my mood.

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Ich bin immer bei dir….by Hanni K.

Apps used:The processing and the Apps that I used where the same as mentioned before [please see above] – additionally I have used SimplyB&W at the end. The left Hipstamatic shot is a self in front of a wallpaper in a Café, which I have noticed, the light was bad and the picture is blurry, but I like such surprise effects…..

Backstory: What the right image shows I don’t know, to be honest….. I collect abstract cutouts when they catch my eye – later they seems to me like unknown inner landscapes, especially if they are alienated through processing.

The theme of the picture is an involuntary farewell, one just cannot be in two places at the same time – only in thoughts you are capable!


Memories (5)

Memories (5) by Vanessa Vox

Apps used: AntiCrop, XnBooth, PhotoToaster, Classic Vintage and Grunge.
Backstory: Memories (5) is a self portrait and part of a series. It is about a flashback. One of those involuntary recurrent memories. A picture, a feeling, a mood suddenly born out of the unconsciousness.



Nourish me by Kristie

Apps used: Darkroom, PaintFX, UnionApp and Snapseed
For the self portrait I used my iPhone in reverse camera mode. I took it into DARKROOM to make it black and white with their Blackburn filter. I then used PAINTFX to brighten the image background to all white using multiple layers until I got the look I wanted. I then used UNIONAPP to blend the portrait with another photo I took, at sunset in field of daisies. I finished it off in SNAPSEED with minor adjustments to the ambiance and saturation.

I wanted to create a series of portrait and nature images using blending/layering techniques. I feel a special connection to the outdoors and nature and all it has to offer. I am also fascinated with how these types of looks are achieved through editing and I hope to continue to improve upon them.




Day 174 – Get behind me Satan! by Armineh Hovanesian

Apps used: Hipstamatic (using the double exposure option and Tinto 1884 Lens with BlacKeys Film)
Backstory: On a bright hot day, I was taking walk when I noticed how light and dark my shadow appeared to be on the ground. To experiment, I used Hipstamatic (using the double exposure option and Tinto 1884 Lens with BlacKeys Film) and took a few shots. The final result gave me a feeling of empowerment! Having overcome a few quests of my own, the title “Get behind me, Satan!” seemed very appropriate and fitting.

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studio 2 by jun yamaguchi

Apps used: iPod touch’s camera / brushes+pictureshow+scratchcam fx +filterstorm+deco sketch+vsco+phototoaster

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Caged Soul by Cindy Buske

Apps used: This photograph was taken using Oggl/Hipstamatic. The lens and film are John S and BlacKeys XF.
Backstory: We were working on a Gothic Victorian theme in this set of images, with my daughter and her friend in vintage gowns. The intricate shadowing and line effects are created by a decorative metal bird cage we brought along for the shoot. With the sun having just crossed over and my daughter facing west, the cage held up became a dramatic prop, especially over her eyes. The idea to lift it up to her face was my daughter’s – I often find it helpful to listen to her artistic insight when creating images together!

Nicki Fitz-Gerald

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


  1. Carolyn Hall Young said:

    Wonderful collection! Thanks for showing this work!

  2. Suzy blase said:

    Thank you so much for including me in this weeks collection. All the work is uniquely done and interesting. I only hope mine holds up among the pack 😉 it helps keep me motivated. Congrats to all. And as always thank you Nicki.