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Finger Painting with the iPhone

Now for something completely different.  I finally succumbed to the call of the iPhone.  I was afraid that if I didn’t, some unknown force would show up and take away my Nikons.  Talk about social pressure.  A photographer with a blackberry is just not cool.  Now I get it.  This thing is not about taking pictures, it is about playing with pictures.  Fully loaded now with apps, I can return to a childhood favorite, finger painting.  Once you make that cognitive leap, you’re in for some serious fun. Flowers are a favorite.

This of course lead Chris to say to me “why would anyone want to do that?”  To which I responded, “why wouldn’t anyone want to do that?????”  The app here is Pic Grunger, one of my favorites.  Once you start playing, it’s hard to stop.

This is the “cracked”  and “burlap” interpretation.  Hopefully the flowers don’t mind. I find that now I take images that I think might be good iPhone interpretations and then, when bored with whatever else is going on, go to work.

The important thing from a shooting standpoint is to get in as close as possible, and fill the frame with something interesting, before you grunge it up.  There are of course other apps, zillions of them.  Noir is a favorite for black and white imagery. It’s not a bad portrait camera as well.  Here’s the lovely Chris.

Hands off, Bogie.  One final image that I’ll post, not because it is a particularly great image, but because it illustrates one of the many helpful things that this camera/app combo can do.

Photographers will recognize that this image is practically impossible to take with one shot and hold any detail in the shadows.  In fact, this is not one shot, it is two taken with the app Pro HDR.  It’s fun to watch in action.  You point it at the impossible shot.  It then tells you to “hold still!”  Then it goes to work, searching for an exposure that will get the highlights and a second exposure that will hold the shadows.  It then takes a picture of each and edits them together into one image.  It usually works, though it is helpful to lean up against a tree for support once it tells you to behave.   You can actually learn much more about apps and such from one of my favorite photographers and photography teachers, Tony Sweet, who has created a set of very cheap but useful tutorials, available here.  I think the Nikons are probably safe for now.  Grunge on!