iPhoneography Tutorial - Look over my shoulder when I edit my iPhone Photography
In this Mini iPhoneography Tutorial I'll show you step by step how I edited a Street Photography. The shot is taken out of the driving car. That's the reason why it isn't a sharp, well focused and composed image. But that's ok for my type of iPhoneography, as I described and mentioned in the introduction of my Home Page.
Mini iPhoneography Tutorial - The original photograph
As you can see the original shot is as I mentioned before. Blurry, grainy, underexposed, out of focus. The starting material does not seem to be the best. It's not easy to take a well done photo when the car is driving. So let's try to make the best out of it. Surely you recognize the distortion caused by the forward movement. The iPhone camera is scanning from top to bottom while the car is moving forward. For this reason the first step in this tutorial will be to correct this distortion.
Which tool should I use?
There are several different IOS Apps to correct distortion in an iPhone photograph.
Mini iPhoneography Tutorial - Correcting Distortion
My favorite and most used app "Snapseed" has the function embedded and it works really great. More about Snapseed a bit later.
But there's also other applications specifically created for correcting distortions in a photo. One of it is "SKRWT". A great tool with a lot of functions. Give it a try.
For my special case I'm using "FrontView" in my little iPhoneography tutorial. A simple to use tool, which enables me to get a quick and proper result as you can see below.
iPhoneography Tutorial - Processing with Snapseed
Now it's time to go forward in processing the image. Like almost every time I use the very versatile "Snapseed" for the large part of my post processing. I'll show you now every single step I did on this photo and give you the exact settings.
iPhoneography Tutorial - Post processing with Snapseed
As I told you before Snapseed is a very versatile tool. Let's jump in and use it.
- In the first step I added drama to the image. Preset Drama 2, Filter strength +82
- Next Glamour glow. Style 5, Glow: +52, Saturation: -33, Warmth: +58
- 3rd step Grainy film. Style A03, Style strength: +80, Grain: +25
- In the 4th step I added a nice frame to the image (which I changed later on).
iPhoneography Tutorial - Adding an old and worn look
I like old Photographs, shot with analog film. In my iPhoneography I try to create such old and worn images. Thanks God, there are a few really great apps which help to make it possible.
One of this apps is "AnalogFilm". It has a lot of nice styles, frames and other utilities, but what I love the most is the textures. Grainy, dusty, scratchy textures. Let's add one to our image.
For some reason I'm not happy with the photo.
iPhoneography Tutorial – Be flexible
iPhoneography Tutorial - Make it Noir
Often old photos are in Black&White. So my idea is to make our image Noir. Snapseed has a great tool for it.
My choice is Style S01 with default setting. Now it looks good to me. Only the frame has to be changed for my taste.
New frame style is frame number 7, frame width is -10.
Now I'm happy with the result. An old looking, washed out, grainy, worn picture, representing the atmosphere of an upcoming thunderstorm.