An iPhoneography Tutorial by David HayesWhile the calendar may read April and baseball has had its “Opening Days”, the weather outside is still being a bit of a tease! The days are sunny but quite cool still…the nights dipping below freezing. Warmer weather seems so far away… I put this quick tutorial together using two of my favorite apps, FX Photo Studio and Snapseed. Not many steps to this one…but one doesn’t have to always “over-app” an image! Let’s start with my source image…a forlorn bird’s nest in the upper branches of a tree in my front yard. Lots of promise in the sky…even if it’s a cold day! Cutting to the chase, I opened FX Photo Studio and downloaded my source image. Clicking on the “Categories” tap at the top right control panel, I decided to convert the image to black and white to create a base layer to build upon. So…I picked “B & W Magazine” to give me a nice graphic look. I adjusted the contrast (A) of the image, knocking out some of the details, but gaining some strong lights and dark. Clicking on “Apply” (B) puts this filter into place and I can move on to the next step. To add my first color layer, I went to the “Cross Processed” category and here picked “Lauderdale”. (A) Adjusting the amount (B) to make the greens in the top of the sky pop out, I then clicked on “Apply” (C). One more color layer…this time in the “Groovy Lo-Fi” category. “Bilbao” (A) is this filter’s name…and I just love the effect!! Adjusting amount (B), then clicking Apply (C) finishes my time in FX Photo Studio. Time to move to Snapseed! Here’s a look at the image so far. Not bad…but more to come!!
Snapseed time! I’ve downloaded the image and am ready to put it to work. I want to use one of the filters in the “Vintage Films” group, so I click on this tab. Once in this group, I picked “Style 5” to put a dark blue overlay on the image. Adjusting the Brightness…darkening the image a touch… …and a boost of Saturation (A) to finish up!! Click on Apply (B) to put all of this into place. While I didn’t show this, I then saved the image. And here’s the final!! Now if the weather would only warm up… David Hayes is a photographer, mixed-media artist, painter and explorer of life. Visit his blog at clearerreflections.com. For more about digitally altering your art, check out Digital Expressions by Susan Tuttle. MORE RESOURCES FOR MIXED MEDIA ARTISTS • Improve your mixed media art with books, DVDs, downloads & from the North Light Shop • Sign up for your FREE Create Mixed Media email newsletter for great tips, projects & more • Get unlimited access to mixed media art instruction ebooks • Download free mixed media desktop wallpapers