Floral still life iPhone Photography work in a textured painterly style.

Recently I’ve been feeling quite introverted and just not in the frame of mind for a really good dose of Street iPhoneography. As always though I have other genres that I enjoy so my iPhone tapping and editing time doesn’t go to waste

This iPhoneography workflow focuses on what I regard as my fallback style but probably also my most extensive. Floral / still life. Very often I build a grungy texture in to my iPhoneography but with this one I decided to take a slightly different route and create something with a more minimalist clean feel.

iPhone photography apps used:

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You may have noticed various linked genres in my opening comments. Skipology is approaching its first Birthday on New Years Day and this is the 65th workflow published. I felt that for new visitors it would be helpful to have an index of iPhone photography tutorials by genre. If you have a preferred genre then please visit my genre index where you will find many more iPhoneography tutorials which I hope are of interest.

You may prefer to read the rest of this article first and so this message will also be repeated at the foot of the workflow.

 

 

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Process and apps used

Many of these processes involve the same iPhoneography app. In reality it would have been a smooth workflow of moving from one process to another within the app. However, for the purposes of this workflow and to allow me to share some thought processes, I saved images at ‘interim’ stages.

The number of stages will therefore appear exaggerated.

That said, I often find it helpful to save the image at certain points within a single app process to enable me to backtrack. Some apps such as Snapseed have an all or nothing approach to undo, whilst others such as Filterstorm maintain a history much like Photoshop and enable you to step back to a certain point in a multiple step workflow.


ProCamera7 ~ initial capture:

My normal capture situation for a floral still life is to place the subject in front of a frosted translucent window. The diffused natural light shining through leaves and petals is really effective:

The issue is exposure and compensating for the silhouette effect. The solution is to set and lock the exposure point in a darker area elsewhere. This will blow out the background and expose the subject more accurately:

iphone photography - procamera7


Filterstorm ~ crop:

I need to crop square and I also need to crop away the edges slightly to give a clean image. As always my target resolution of 2,000 x 2,000 will be fine on an iPhone5 given the minor crop:

I already know what the next steps of my workflow will be and so I specifically chose Filterstorm for the crop process. At the next stage I need to manually tidy the foot of the vase and Filterstorm is my preferred iPhone app for clone functionality:

iphone photography - filterstorm crop


Filterstorm ~ clone the foot of the vase:

Filterstorm has an almost limitless zoom capability for detailed cloning work. For that reason it is currently my go to app for this process:

iphone photography - filterstorm clone


Snapseed ~ drama filter (brighten 1 preset):

Enhance the detail and at the same time brighten things up a little:

This is { image one }:

iphone photography - snapseed / drama (bright 1)


Snapseed ~ Grunge:

Random selection until something emerges that I like and then manually adjust the settings. The 2 key aspects for me at this stage even though ultimately the image will be given quite a clean finish are to get a good color in terms of both saturation and tones and to blur / fade out the stalks where they leave the top of the image. The second goal could be achieved using various methods / iPhoneography apps but I like the Snapseed effect:

iphone photography - snapseed / grunge (saturation)


Handy Photo ~ selective color:

I am really keen to keep a clean palette and so although my initial plan was to use Handy Photo purely for a texture I decide to run it through the selective color tool first:

iphone photography - handy-photo / selective color


Handy Photo ~ one of the paper textures applied:

The cleaner background is starting to emerge:

This is { image two }:

iphone photography - handy photo / paper texture


Superimpose ~ image one was layered over image two within Superimpose. The following process was adopted:

  • Mask the background of image one using the magic wand tool and manually mask the top stalks using a soft brush. As always the mask once created was saved for future use:

    Screen Grab

  • I wanted to boost saturation and this was done in the filters section:

    Screen Grab

  • I experimented with blending methods (and the saturation levels in the previous process) and applied a blend method of darken at around 35pct transparency:

    Screen Grab

This is { image three }:

iphone photography - superimpose / mask / darken / saturation


Glaze ~ the output from the previous process is run through Glaze to generate a clean but painterly feel:

A personal choice for me, but I generally feel that images created by painterly iPhone photography apps such as Glaze work best as one layer in an ‘app stacked’ image:

This is { image four } and is generated purely to serve as an additional layer to blend with the image:

iphone photography - glaze


Superimpose ~ image four was layered over image three within Superimpose. The following process was adopted:

  • The two layers were blended under lighten at around 30pct:

    Screen Grab

  • The saturation and hue of the foreground (image four) was adjusted to taste within the Filters section to introduce more vibrancy to the colors:

    Screen Grab

This is { image five }:

iphone photography - superimpose (lighten / hue / saturation)


Superimpose ~ creating a fake painterly shelf:

Image five is imported as both the foregound and the background image and the following process adoped:

  • A mask is created using a combination of the rectangle, magic wand and brush tools:

    Screen Grab

  • The layers are blended under overlay with the transparency level adjusted to taste. Due to the mask the blending only affects the unmasked area and so gives the impression of a painterly shelf:

    Screen Grab

This is { image six }:

iphone photography - superimpose (overlay)


Superimpose ~ reintroduce detail to the flowers:

Image six is imported as the background and the mask saved from image three is imported as the foreground which is edited slightly to leave only the flowers unmasked:

The layers were blended under darken with a transparency at around 60pct:

Mobile Photography - Time to Bow


 

Update: Time to bow featured

Thank you to my friends @ampt for featuring ‘time to bow’.

Here are some of the highlights selected from the AMPt Community GREEN Photography gallery. If you see your image here, please introduce yourself to the community and point out which image is yours. Thank you ALL so much for your continuing support and fantastic submissions this week!

The tags and theme will be announced on MONDAYS so stay tuned to @AMPt [on Instagram] for the announcements! If selected, the image will be featured on @AMPt IG gallery and on the AMPtCommunity website linked on @AMPt’s profile. The images must be 100% mobile shot and edited. We prefer FULL SQUARE IMAGES because they look better on the grid. On SUNDAY we will share with you our 4 favorite images for this week’s AMPt Community gallery. Good luck! Teach – Share – Learn – Inspire”

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You may have noticed various linked genres in my opening comments. Skipology is approaching its first Birthday on New Years Day and this is the 65th workflow published. I felt that for new visitors it would be helpful to have an index of iPhone photography tutorials by genre. If you have a preferred genre then please visit my genre index where you will find many more iPhoneography tutorials which I hope are of interest.

 

 

I hope you enjoyed my iPhone photography workflow. Thank you for reading and I hope to see you again.

Skip


 

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6 Comments

  1. […] Floral still life iPhone Photography work in a textured painterly style. Very often I build a grungy texture in to my iPhoneography but with this one I decided to take a slightly different route and create something with a more minimalist clean feel.  […]

  2. Another great piece Skip, shall be having a go myself soon.

  3. RegiB says:

    Thanks for the tutorial. The ‘shelf’ was a clever idea! I love the clean look too although the more grungy style is so popular. The apps used are great one for sure!

  4. […] Floral still life iPhone Photography work in a textured painterly style. Often I go for a grungy textured finish. Here I went for a cleaner minimalist feel.  […]

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