Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Inspiration and Information.........

When I say I am going to do something, I usually do it.......... especially when I say it publicly. But as many of you know, I sometimes change my mind and today's post is about that. (My Project 52 post will come later in the week.........)

Since launching my online "Hand Coloring Photos" e-course I have been saying I was going to create something similar, only with iPhone photography. I even went as far as to record a few videos and organize the information I wanted to share.* Every week, "work on tutorials" made it's way on to my "to-do" list, and most of the time, nothing was done.

*Recent changes and updates to the iPhone's operating system rendered most of what I did useless information............oh well.

So last week, I made the decision to abandon the idea. There are a few reasons for this. The main reason is I have decided to commit fully to another project, which I will share more about in another post. Another reason is there is so much information already available.....and much of it is free. I would rather continue to share here and other places than set something up and charge for it. 

Beginning with this post..............

In addition to talking about the steps I took to create this image, I am also going to list some of the places I go for inspiration and information as well as a summary list of my favorite apps.

©2013 Dianne Poinski

This image was made on one of my walks. (Favorite hashtag #lookingup) I first did some cropping and made other adjustments in Snapseed before moving on to the next step...........

I recently discovered ScratchCam and downloaded it mainly for the "folded paper" effect:

After applying that, I played around with the color a bit in this app and then made a few more adjustments in Snapseed . (Starting with Snapseed and ending with it, is a normal part of my iPhone workflow.......)

Here is a list and links to many of the sites I have used to learn about different apps and techniques. I have shared about most of these in earlier posts, but I thought it would be helpful to have a summary list.

  1. iPhoneart.com - on this and other sites like it, many of the artists share what apps they used to create their images. I have learned a ton by looking at this! It's a great place to go for inspiration too...........
  2. Tutorials on The App Whisperer site. I love the interviews too! An excellent, all around resource.........
  3. The iPhoneArts.com - Egmont is one of the hardest working iPhone artists out there and he freely shares his knowledge..... much of it coming after hours of experimentation. 
  4. Instagram - A sharing/social media site (You can also use the camera function in it as well...) Pay attention to the hashtags that people post. Many times these reveal the apps they used to create their images. (I am on there as dpoinskiphoto)
  5. Photojojo.com -  great site for accessories for the iPhone, but inspiration and information can be found there as well. 
  6. Skipology.com - Paul (known as Skip to friends), is a prize winning iPhoneographer from Lincoln, England and a very generous resource for technique and inspiration. 

My favorite apps:
  1. Snapseed -  this is usually the first place I go with an image. Many times this is the only app I use..............
  2. PureShot Camera  -  This is my default camera app. Love it!
  3. Hipstamatic -  my second favorite camera app
  4. Distressed FX -  be sure to try the "birds" filter..........
  5. PhotoFX - I use a lot of the soft filters that come with this.....
  6. ScratchCam - mentioned this one above
  7. Vintage Scene
  8. Image Blender and Tiny Planet  - I posted a tutorial with a video on my "Photo Artistry Workshop" site where I used both of these apps together. Click here: iPhone Fun

Like I said, I will continue to share what I learn about iPhoneography as I go along. I will post here on my blog and also share information as part of the "Free Tutorials" section of PhotoArtistryWorkshop.com

Please share your favorite sites and/or apps in the comments section below and if you have any questions, do not hesitate to contact me!

Side note...........while the decision to not go forward with my original plan was a difficult one, the relief and freedom I felt after making it has opened up space and possibilities and a deep feeling in my gut that it was the right decision.  #yay


  1. Just found another great site: http://iphonephotographyschool.com

  2. Thank you for the great information!! I am always looking to a friendly expert for recommendations. Take care..

  3. Thanks for ALL you do here, Dianne ~ I have learned so much from you as I've plugged away at iPhoneography and I always come away with *inspiration* ! Your tips & links are so incredibly helpful ... I've landed on some amazingly creative websites thanks to you. This is what all the best teachers do, I think, give freely of themselves in so many ways so that others can go on & explore with greater freedom.

    Those gut feelings are mighty important .... ;>]

  4. oops, forgot to leave the name of one of my fave apps: Jazz

    1. Thanks! I just downloaded that app. I will keep you posted! I also appreciate your sweet comment above. Be sure to let me know if you have any more apps to add to the list! Thank you!

  5. this is great, thanks so much for sharing! I am saving the link and have gone back and looked whenever I sit down :) thanks!
    and I agree - those deep gut feelings of relief are a sure indicator that the right decision was made. happy for you!

    1. Thank you Marie! Still feeling good about it which is a VERY good sign!