Tuesday, May 10, 2011
Fine-Art Camera Phone Photography
Using a bevy of sophisticated apps, Tony Sweet shows how to expand your creativity and make wall-worthy pictures from an iPhone
ProHDR gives you three useful options, Auto HDR, Manual HDR and Library HDR. The Auto HDR setting is the most used as it's good at assessing exposure values. In Manual HDR, you can choose the highlights or shadows. Library HDR can blend any two images from your library. This can be an HDR series or any two images for a wild special effect.
Perfect Photo. One of the better ways to sharpen is in Perfect Photo because it gives a large split screen of the before-and-after effect. My initial image was shot using Hipstamatic with the John S lens and Kodot film. Using the Perfect Photo split screen, you can get in close to see the effect of the sharpening adjustments. Even on my iPhone's small screen, the adjustments are easily visible in this zoomed-in view.
Panorama Using AutoStitch, PhotoForge, PhotoStudio And Filterstorm. I seldom use just one app when I build up an image. When I was on a trip to Iceland, I took a series that I wanted to build into a panorama. In the end, I used several apps to create the final image, each one building upon the effects of the previous app.
Using my iPhone 4, I've created stitched panoramas of up to 46 images with AutoStitch. For a sequence I shot in Iceland, I opened AutoStitch, then in the Selected Photos window, I simply pressed Stitch. To create the complete look that I wanted, I used PhotoForge to sharpen and add a watercolor filter at a medium opacity. This final move texturized the image. The stitched panorama was saved at the original resolution, 18 megapixels. I opened PhotoStudio and selected the Vintage Red Filter at a low opacity to slightly color the clouds. In Filterstorm, contrast was increased and the image was cropped to clean up the edges.
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