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Smartphone Back Home

Posted by
john4jack (Corvallis, Oregon, United States) on 21 August 2013 in Art & Design and Portfolio.

When I got back home, I realized that I was not content to just use the iPhone/iPad apps for processing photographs. After processing this shot through various iPad apps, I took it into Photoshop and ran it through Topaz Clarity and their new ReStyle plug-in.

I have been reflecting on where the iPhone fits within my photographic journey. It is perfect for photographing grandchildren; you don't have the shutter lag time that you do with a point and shoot. It's also great for when I am on my bicycle and in situations where the DSLR might seem obtrusive. However, I have to say that for me it is not adequate for tapping into my creative needs. Apps can give you jazzy results but it is like the App is in control. Having said that, I recently saw a book of fantastic abstracts done solely with the iPhone and Snapseed. Knowing how Snapseed works, I might need to revise my position.

Arnd from Basel, Switzerland

Love the pairing of an other-worldly image with your thought-provoking words.

21 Aug 2013 6:28am

Nigel from Avening, United Kingdom

A fantasy land. It doesn't matter what we use to record the image ...............provided we are happy with the result.

21 Aug 2013 6:45am

Ainsley from Derbyshire, United Kingdom

I love smartphone photography, really revolutionising the camera.

21 Aug 2013 6:47am

Paco Díaz from Palma de Mallorca, Spain

Good composition and colors

21 Aug 2013 6:49am

PATRICK from miramas, France

superb process

21 Aug 2013 7:10am

Tede from Aubenas 07, France

Une forêt enchantée, superbes couleurs. Bonne journée.

21 Aug 2013 7:11am

Jean-Luc T. from Juignac, France

La forêt merveilleuse.

21 Aug 2013 8:53am

Martine Libouton from bousval, Belgium

De superbes couleurs!!!!

21 Aug 2013 9:11am

Mhelene from Villiers-sur-Marne, France

Magic colors .

21 Aug 2013 10:52am

Eric Cousineau from Sherwood Park, Canada

A strangely alien feel to the shot Jack! ;-)

21 Aug 2013 12:34pm

Don from Spokane, United States

An impressive result from you combined processing. I use Snapeed all the time, but only at a very superficial level. I use a eyefi card to upload all the iPhone shots to the iPad to use Snapseed.

21 Aug 2013 3:36pm

Focales from Rhône-Alpes, France

Like a dream forest

21 Aug 2013 5:39pm

Ruthiebear from Titusville, NJ, United States

I like the drama of the colors in this one.

21 Aug 2013 5:52pm

Steven from Chicagoland, United States

Eye-catching colors that contrast beautifully with each other!

21 Aug 2013 6:39pm

Lewis from Ljouwert, Netherlands

Beautiful colours!

21 Aug 2013 7:15pm

Adela Fonts from Barcelona, Spain

You like the experience? Thanks for your words! Muchos besos y abrazos, Adela

21 Aug 2013 7:22pm

Isidro from Barcelona, Spain

bonita composición y color!!

21 Aug 2013 7:33pm

tce76 from Saint Laurent de Brèvedent, France

La forêt psychédélique.

21 Aug 2013 8:23pm

B. Thomas from Arlington, Texas, United States

I'm amazed at what the iPhone can do.

22 Aug 2013 1:22am

Steve Rice from Olympia, United States

Nice work, Jack.

22 Aug 2013 2:23am

Harry from Apex, NC, United States

Your sentiments about the app being in charge echo my feelings. You can achieve striking results, as shown yesterday and today, but if you just push a button and see what comes out, then what's the point? I am a big fan of Topaz Adjust/Clarity/Detail (and to a lesser extent Simplify), but I have attended a Webinar on Restyle, and to some extent, it appears to be a "magic button" filter, and quite frankly, I thought almost every image they developed was garish to the point of ugly. But I might download a trial copy to see whether I can achieve results I am pleased with.

22 Aug 2013 3:07am

@Harry: when in doubt, always try it out.

Jackie from Montréal, Canada

Lovely colors and beautiful forest!

23 Aug 2013 12:08am

digitalCG from Manchester, United Kingdom

Snapseed is one of the apps that changed mobile photography for me, from snapshot/documentary stuff to a thoroughly credible tool.

23 Aug 2013 3:02pm