Textured painterly floral iPhoneography image. Spring has finally sprung here in the UK but during the dark and seemingly endless winter months my iPhoneography has definitely taken a turn towards the floral. Now that a bit of warmth has arrived, I’ll be enjoying tapping away outdoors and hopefully capturing more of my city again.

Before I dive into this workflow I would like to thank Geri across at iART CHRONiCLES for the wonderful feature this weekend. I will be writing a blog post shortly but I wanted to immediately thank Geri and also take the opportunty to welcome new friends and subscribers to Skipology.

Many thanks and welcome friends old and new… Skip

There is something very comforting about cut flowers when the world outside feels bleak and inhospitable. I’ve always enjoyed flora and fauna and, when time permits, quite enjoy pottering around the garden. However, I maintain my assertion that my preferred iPhoneography style involves people and creating atmosphere. These floral shots are like a hearty winter soup to me. Something homely to sustain me until the outside world feels more welcoming. There is a consistency to this, my stream is very eclectic and often interspersed with periods of floral work. There are more of these to come.

iPhone photography apps used:

chrysanthemums - iphoneography

{ chrysanthemums }


Process and apps used

ProCamera ~ Initial capture:

As always with my still life iPhoneography shots, I aim for an uncluttered clean background. In this case it was night time so my opaque white window was unavailable. Instead I shot the image against a plain white wall.

Filterstorm ~ crop square and resize to 2,000 x 2,000 pixel resolution:

Almost always stage 2 of my standard iPhoneography workflow, cropping and maximising resolution at the earliest possible stage before other filters and textures are applied:

PS Express ~ imported and exposure boosted x2. This gives a vastly over-exposed image but we start to see a painterly impression which is enhanced by the processes that follow. Much like spring cleaning things often look worse before they look better:

{ image three }:

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Snapseed ~ Drama filter applied which pulls out much of the over-exposed hidden detail but also tends to enhance the differences in the ‘whiteness’ of the background. These are corrected by applying numerous selective adjust points, maximising brightness and reducing contrast:

{ image one }:

Snapseed ~ Vintage and Grunge filters applied in a random way until something that appeals appears. Once an effect I like materialises I tweak the settings, normally minimising texture to a low level and given the painterly result I’m aiming for, boosting saturation often to 100pct. At this stage I move the focus of the effect towards the top right to concentrate on a specific area of the flowers. I also reduce the size of the effect focus area giving the painterly blur of the vase and flower edges:

Snapseed ~ Center focus with the ‘old lens’ preset applied. Blur boosted to 100pct with inner brightness also increased and the center point moved towards the top right:

Snapseed ~ Details / Structure boosted by 100pct:

Modern Grunge ~ random effect applied until something appears that looks promising. I then tweak the settings to taste and save the effect for use in future projects:

{ image two }:

Superimpose ~ { image two } layered over { image one } with a radial mask applied over the focal area of the image to reduce the Grunge effect in that area. The two layers are blended under the ‘normal’ method at 60pct. This is { image four }:

What on earth are you talking about Skip??? Please refer to my Superimpose video tutorials to see this process in action:

Superimpose ~ { image three } layered over { image four } with the layers blended under the ‘color’ method at 60pct:

Normally the layers in the Superimpose process above would simply be merged and { image three } added as the new foreground layer without the need to create { image four }. I created it to demonstrate the effects of each layer on the completed image:

PicFX ~ ‘PFX30’ filter applied at 20pct to slightly enhance the blue tone:


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  1. Chris Smith says:

    Another floral masterpiece – I love this style.


  2. Lynne says:

    Just beautiful-thanks for the step-by-step tutorial.

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