Taken Sunday morning after a rainy Saturday. Taken with my iPhone4 and edited with tiltshiftgenerator (iPhone), filterstorm (iPad) and possibly Iris (iPad) then finally taken into instagram (iPhone).
Taken last week, while the little guy was drawing...his new favorite hobby. Taken with my iPhone4, no editing before taken into instagram
"An 8-yr old's Favorite Things"
Taken Sunday, we were heading out to do our grocery shopping. I loved how she dressed herself; she layered a favorite tank over an old shirt that has to be a size 4T, then layered a balloon skirt over some new Hanna leggings (we found at Costco!). She's wearing her 1st pair of Tom's, which she wanted because "They give another kid shoes" and she liked that. Accesorized with a favorite necklace and of course her lovey "Elephant" freshly laundered the night before.
The picture on the right was taken with my iPhone4 and edited in Tiltshiftgenerator and (I think) Filterstorm (iPad), before all three were taken into PicFrame (iPad) and finally processed in Instagram (iPhone)
"Molassess-Spiced Sugar Cookies"
Taken last Friday with E's iPhone 4s, then each picture was lightly edited on my iPad with either Iris (iPad) or Filterstorm (iPad) to try and get the same color tones. The bottom left one didn't behave very well. They were then taken into PicFrame (iPad) before finally landing in Instagram (iPhone).
My iPhoneography Editing Process (Instagramers Slant)
I'm very new to iPhoneography, though I have been using my iPhone for "photography" for years now. I recently saved up and purchased an iPad and was looking for different ways, outside of school, to use it and incorporate it into my life. That's how I stumbled on iPhoneography.
My editing process is very simple. I take the photos and then try to improve them in various apps before I finally dump them into my Instagram stream. I'm still very new to the process, so I don't have many favorite apps, but I do love Tiltshiftgen and PicFrame. I get the most effect out of those so far. I still have a lot to learn with the photo processing apps; they can be fairly complicated and frustrating if you don't know what your doing.
In the short time that I have been seriously trying to edit my iPhone pics I have learned to work with multiple apps in layers. Sometimes the best effect is gained by taking a picture through multiple apps and editing in "layers."
Here's a typical run down of my process:
1. Take picture and if need be transfer it to my iPad through Photo transfer app. I find that though the iPad has a camera, the iPhone is much more practical and easy to use. Not to mention the iPad picture quality is not as good as the iPhone's quality. Pics taken with the iPad have a lot more noise and graininess, fyi. Sometimes that's good.
2. Once I take the picture I usually enhance it in the iPhone/iPad camera/photo app. With the new ios you can now enhance, crop, and do other minor processing things with your photos. I always try and do a square crop at this stage so that I don't end up processing something I'll eventually have to crop out later. But, if I love all aspects of a picture I don't crop it and take it into another app, see # 5.
3. Once I have my picture, I take it into either Iris or Filterstorm (both on iPad) to try and lighten or darken it, or deal with other issues like colors/tone. I'm no pro here so this is usually where I spend a lot of time trying to figure out how to make it "better" without overly processing the orignal. This is my learning curve area. If it is yours too, search for tutorials on YouTube and the likes. I'm sure there are many tuts. (For me, time is an issue, so it'll have to wait till this Uni semester is over.)
4. If I think the picture will lend itself to tiltshift editing I take it into the Tiltshiftgen app and try and get some great effects there.
This is also the stage where I would use Juxtapose (iPad) or a merge app (if I had one) to get different effects/layers. I like Juxatopose, and have played with it a bit, but I really want a merge app so I'm on the look out for one of those. A merge app would allow layering or blending two photographs together, while Jutapose does that, it creates a clean, lined definition down the middle so it doesn't give the layered look you'd get if you merged two photos into one. Sounds confusing? I know, sorry.
5. After all of that editing is done to the picture or pictures if I am doing a collage, I take it through the final step before getting processed in Instagram. This could be using PicFrame (iPad) to build a collage, or PhotoShake (iPad), or even ComicBook or Halftone (both iPad).
If the picture wasn't cropped in step #2, then I take it into Squaready and get it ready for Instagram.
6. Finally, processed and ready my picture will either be taken directly into Instagram for sharing, or it will sit on my photo app ready for it's moment to shine in Instagram.
It is key to not load all your pictures into Instagram at once, save some for times you can't upload pics, and slowly roll them into your feed. The key to Instagram is good pictures, regular updates, and did I say good pictures? That's if you want a following. Some of us do, some of us could care less (ahem, E).
So that's my beginner's iphoneography editing process (bent towards Instagramers). I have learned to edit before dumping into Instagram if the picture is subpar, but I know there are some purist who believe in minimal processing. And hey, that's okay...some pics I want to leave alone too. But in the end, to me the whole fun of iPhoneography is to manipulate the pictures creatively. Of course not every picture, but hey...why not have some fun.
And let me reiterate here...I'm by no means a photographer. I'm a nerdy homeschooling mom by day and a nerdy English major by night tutoring freshman comp papers. On weekends I moonlight as a vegan baker and quilting artist. There are lots of resources out on the 'nets to get real tutorials on iPhone photo editing. This is just one woman's process. Take what you can use...leave behind what you can't.
Peace & ♥