iPhone photography – split seconds matter
When you take photographs with your iPhone, like I do (street photography in particular), then split seconds matter. You don’t always have the time to adjust focus, exposure etc. The situation that you’d like to take a photograph of, would be gone before you’re done. Oftentimes you just have enough time to point the camera or in my case the iPhone at the desired object and press the shutter button. So it can happen that a shot is unsuccessful, like this one.
Let’s first determine what a failed shot is. For me that is an overexposed, an underexposed or a blurry picture, provided that it wasn’t your intention. You can certainly over- or underexpose a photography on purpose. You can, of course, also create a blurry image on purpose (there are even apps which make it possible to create or take a picture of motion blur). But in this case we assume that we wanted to take a well exposed and sharp photo and we weren’t successful for certain reasons.
What do I do with shots like these?
iPhoneography tip – Collect unsuccessful shots, don’t delete them immediately!
Create a folder on your smartphone named “unsuccessful shots” and move the alleged trash into this folder. Leave it there if you have enough free space on your device or transfer the pictures to your Mac or PC on occasion. I personally have a lot of these seemingly useless pictures stored on an external hard drive. Every now and then I keep myself busy with them. I sort them out once more (some really are useless) and pick one or another for post-processing (rescue).
iPhoneography tip – create a piece of art from the unsuccessful snap shot
The beauty of iPhoneography or rather of the post-processing on the iPhone is that there are nearly endless apps on the market (App Store) that you can use to edit, improve, change and manipulate your pictures with, in every imaginable way. The ones I mainly use are: Snapseed, Hipstamatic, Superimpose, TouchRetouch, Formulas, Stackables, Mextures and Enlight. I use some others if necessary. If you’re interested, you can request a full list of the apps I use by using the contact form further down.
I’ll show you how to create a presentable picture from an unsuccessful snap shot by using one or in this case two of my pictures as an example.
This is the starting material: two absolutely overexposed pictures, as you can clearly see.
I’ll now make a new presentable picture from these two pictures by using some of the apps on my iPhone 6s.
I’ll give you a step by step guide in the form of pictures in this iPhoneography tutorial and I’ll keep the comments short and brief.
Step 1: Straighten and trim with Snapseed
Steps 2, 3 and 4: Combining both pictures with Superimpose, removal of the window with TouchRetouch and addition of a texture by using the app Lo-Mob.
Last step 5: Addition of a fitting frame with the app AnalogFilm
And this is the final result. I think you agree with me when I say that’s a presentable abstract picture and it is worth the effort.
What do you think about it? What do you do with failed shots? Do you have other suggestions? Leave me a comment, I’m very interested in your opinion.