Original taken with iPhone 5S Apple Camera app
After editing in iPhoto iOS
This will be the last iPhoto iOS lesson for a bit. But, I wanted to show some editing on a “regular” photo rather than using the Paper Camera images I edited in Lessons 85 and 86.
This sculpture recently appeared in a park in my neighborhood. It’s a pretty dramatic sculpture all on its own, but somehow the drama doesn’t quite translate in the photo taken in the Apple Camera app. Perhaps because this was taken on an overcast day with very even lighting–as you may recall from Lesson 16, lighting makes all the difference.
In any case, I used iPhoto to bring back the drama and maybe even add a little extra. Here’s what I did:
Choose an image that is lackluster. Yesterday we played with the Exposure settings. That’s a good way to add drama as a starting place. Now try using the saturate brush and “Drama” effect in iPhoto to see if you can create an image that really “pops.”
My silly dog as taken in Paper Camera using the Con Tours effect
My silly dog after iPhoto exposure and effects edits
If yesterday’s abstract example hurt your eyes, today’s lesson should at least make you smile. Well, if you’re a dog lover, anyway.
There is just something fun about the way the Paper Camera app’s Con Tours effect renders my dog. I think it’s that it outlines his spots and turns his nose into a giant white circle that amuses me so much. Hopefully you find it amusing, too.
In any case, just as in yesterday’s lesson, I started with a Paper Camera Con Tours image (see Lesson 77 for instructions on Paper Camera) and opened it in the iOS 7 version of iPhoto to see if I could make it a little more exciting.
The Paper Camera version is fun, but it isn’t quite contrasty enough for me.
Here are the steps I used to make my dog stand out better:
Your Assignment: Use the iPhoto exposure adjustment on one of your photos that maybe looks a little dull or hazy. Notice that the slider is split into 5 parts. You can slide the black square at the far left to the right to brighten the whole image. You can slide the white square right to turn down the brightness. You can move the 3 markers in the middle to adjust the mid-tones.
This works better in a color image where there is more diversity in the range of tones than in my black and white example. It’s worth experimenting with this because it makes a big difference in the appearance of your photo. It also can turn into something pretty awful if you go too far with it–have a little fun! 🙂
Original Paper Camera Con Tours Image
Abstract image created from Paper Camera Con Tours image edited in iPhoto
Back in Lesson 77, we downloaded Paper Camera and did a bunch of fun stuff with it over several lessons. Today we’re going to take a Paper Camera image using the Con Tours option and then do some editing with it in iPhoto to see what we can do.
Since I was out hiking with my dog, I took one photo of him and one photo of some trees using Paper Camera Con Tours. Refer to Lesson 77 for instructions on how to take a photo with Paper Camera and to see an example of Con Tours.
After I saved my two photos to my Camera Roll from within Paper Camera, I opened up iPhoto and did some editing.
Here are the steps I used for the image of the trees (we’ll take a look at my dog in tomorrow’s lesson):
Your Assignment: Try combining apps like Paper Camera and iPhoto and see what you can do.
The edited black and white version
Yesterday, I introduced you to metadata in the mobile version of iPhoto, a free app from Apple. Today, I thought I’d show you a combination of using one of the brush editing tools and a filter to take my photo from not very interesting to a more retro look. I particularly like how the light showing through the leaves in the foreground (left side) looks with the black-and-white effect.
Your Assignment: Download iPhoto if you haven’t already. Then open it up and select the photo you want to work on. Here are the steps I followed for my edit: