Textured painterly floral iPhoneography image. Although my floral images follow quite a tight workflow at the moment, I wanted to share a couple of learning points I took away from this piece of iPhoneography.

I tend to use these floral images to ‘keep my hand in.’ Nature’s beauty is always inspiring and to me at least nature’s decay even more so. This image shows a Rose just about at it’s finest moment I think. Downstairs as I type this we have a vase filled with tulips, most with their petals dangling off. Many would think ready for removing from the house. For me though, I see so many possibilities and beauty and I’ll certainly be having a play later.

To help highlight my learning points, I’m going to break away slightly from my normal layout and add some key sections as I go through the process.

iPhone photography apps used:

iphoneography - sweet rose

{ sweet rose }


Process and apps used

Stage One: Initial capture

Floral still life iPhoneography images benefit from an uncluttered background. In addition anything that can enhance the fragility and luminescence of the petals should be considered. For me without any portable lighting, that typically means trying to make use of diffused daylight, ideally backlit, to shine through the petals. Fortunately, we have a couple of frosted windows which to my taste provide the ideal clutter free background and light source.

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 dark rather than light. Instead I shot the image against a plain white wall. Still plenty of cleaning to do.

Stage Two: Preparation of ‘base’ image:

Using ProCamera, I may reduce the post-processing workload by fixing the exposure point in a darker area. This will give an over exposed iPhoneography image. You will see from the following steps that the process of preparing a suitable base image involves cropping, re-sizing and then over-exposing, partly to clean the background completely. If exposure can’t be set at capture it can be corrected during these stages.

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. Still very much concerned with creating the base image. This image will also be useful again later to reintroduce colour:

{ image one }:

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. This is the final stage in the creation of the base image:

Stage Three: Adding textures:

There are many iPhoneography apps capable of adding textures. The trick is to try to use multiple textures. Taking Snapseed as an example before the introduction of the Retrolux filters, its Grunge textures were easily recognisable and for me that took away some if the impact of the image. My own iPhoneography texture formula tends to be Snapseed grunge followed by Modern Grunge. Sticking just with Snapseed though Grunge and Retrolux used in partnership produce some interesting results.

When adding textures try not to worry too much about the effect on colours. If you can retain quite a clean light palette, colour correction can be made later. If necessary a black and white conversion before re-introducing colour is possible. Over textured areas can be corrected using Superimpose and its masking tools.

Snapseed ~ 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. At this stage I move the focus of the effect towards the rose bloom and resize the focal point as appropriate:

Snapseed ~ Details / Structure boosted by 100pct. This reintroduces a sharpness to the image and helps enhance the texture applied via the Grunge filter:

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. This is the final stage in introcing texture:

{ image two }:

Stage Four: Adding colour and finishing touches:

Once the texture has been finalised, colour can be reintroduced or corrected. Most of my textured images involve the blending of multiple versions of the same image, often versions created earlier in the workflow. The primary purpose for this is normally to correct colour issues.

Superimpose ~ { image one } layered over { image two } with the layers blended under the ‘color’ method at 50pct:

This reintroduces the original colour over the washed out textured image, the saturation being adjusted to taste by the transparency level (50pct in this case):

Laminar Pro ~ 3-strip technicolor filter applied. Quite often I like to run the almost completed image through a final filter. I feel that it adds a sense of harmony where layers and blending have been used although in this case the effect is quite subtle:


Update: ‘Sweet Rose’ featured by iART CHRONiCLES

I was honoured that my iPhoneography image ‘Sweet Rose’ was selected to be featured by iART CHRONiCLES in the weekly Painterly Mobile Art showcase.

As part of an ongoing series, I will be featuring painterly edits created entirely with mobile devices from members of the Flickr Group Painterly Mobile Art. If you love creating painterly images, please be sure to join today. After several years as a Sci-Fi sketch card artist, I was bitten by the iPhoneography bug. I’ve discarded my Copic markers to pursue this evolving art form. Sharing through social sites like EyeEm fueled this new passion. With just one device I can shoot, edit and post in just minutes. I’m passionate about sharing what I learn. My blog, iART CHRONiCLES features artist interviews, FREE app links, tutorials and the latest news in the mobile art community.



See the full weekly showcase of amazing images at iART CHRONiCLES.


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