Apr 30, 2013

Repix Does it Again! Another update and one in the works!

RepixEvery morning when I wake up, before I grab my cup o’ Joe, I grab my iPad.  My ritual starts with checking for app updates and I’m always excited to see the little superscript numbers on the blue App Store icon!  This morning when I clicked to see what was new, I literally got an adrenaline rush when I saw the Repix icon in the update list!  I love Repix and it is a major player in my app arsenal.  In fact, the portrait that I recently had featured in the Dive Festival in Barcelona was in part edited with Repix.  If you thought the last update was great, wait till you see this one!

What’s New in Version 1.2?

  • New grunge brushes let you make awesome gritty photos
  • New pack of super-cool jazzy filters
  • Improved + mode brings two styles into one brush.
  • Usability improvements and bug fixes

Here’s my first creation with the new update

© Geri Centonze

From what I’ve heard through the grapevine, a new update is in the works and will be released soon – what have they got up their sleeve next?  Guess we’ll just have to wait and see.  To be continued…

Mobile Photography Central

Mobile photography is all about community.  And in the spirit of the community that has welcomed me, I would like to recommend the site Mobile Photography Central, the brainchild of Cat Milton, iPhoneographer! 

MPC

Be sure to visit the site where you’ll get the latest news, free app alerts, photography tips, tutorials and more! 

Below is a sample tutorial for the popular Wood Camera app.

I’ll be visiting MPC daily and hope you bookmark it and follow along too!

Apr 29, 2013

Giveaway Time–Want a Perfect Black and White Photo?

Perfect B&WIt’s time again for another giveaway.  It’s Perfect B&W from onOne Software.  This newly released app sells for $1.99 in the App Store but you can win a free copy here.

 


UPDATE – Winner has been chosen by the random number generator – Congrats to Melia!


DescriptionCOMING SOON – LARGER SAVED IMAGES: In the next couple of weeks there will be an update that increases the saved image size to 2048 pixels per side. This will be followed by a second update that will save images at their native sizes.

Thanks for your patience, we are working hard to address your feedback.Capture the pure beauty of light and shadow with Perfect B&W. The NEW Perfect B&W for iOS app makes it easy to focus on the essence of your image without the distraction of color to create amazing, classical photographs—all with your iPhone or iPad.

Perfect B&W starts with instant one-touch effects that recreate the timeless look of the black and white masters. With live preview you can browse through the effects while you shoot. Then save and share your images. Advanced users will appreciate the powerful controls that make it easy to create the many moods of black and white photography—from elegant to mysterious and romantic to dramatic. With a simple snap and a few swipes Perfect B&W can make your landscape look like Ansel Adams, or your street images look like Henri Cartier Bresson and more.

From onOne Software, the Perfect B&W iOS app now joins the desktop version as the easiest ways to develop stunning black and white images. They even share the same effects so you can create the same look—wherever you are.

I used the app to edit the same image with the various black and white presets as well as a couple that I customized using the settings in the app.  You can save your own custom presets - once you get a result you like you can repeat it over and over again.  

© Geri Centonze

I’m happy to know that onOne is working toward Perfect B&W being a full resolution app.  My only other suggestion would be a crop function.

For a chance to win, just leave a comment below.  I’ll draw a random winner and will announce the lucky name on Wednesday, May 1st.

Apr 27, 2013

Sacha Dohmen–Capturing Street Life in Belgium


It is always a pleasure to introduce another artist here at iART CHRONiCLES.  This week I have the pleasure of presenting the street photography of Sacha Dohmen (@maktub77 on EyeEm).  I applaud Sacha who with the help of his wife has overcome our language barrier to answer my questions in English.  Visit the streets of Belgium through Sacha’s eyes!  (Note, you won’t see Scottish Highland Cows on the streets of Belgium, but I had to include one of Sacha’s fabulous photos of this beautiful creature!)


© Sacha Dohmen


© Sacha Dohmen

Geri:  What is your name and where do you live?
Sacha:  My name is Sacha Dohmen, I live in Belgium in a small village in the middle of nowhere between Liège (Belgium), Maastricht (Holland) and Aachen (Germany)

Geri:  When did you get started with mobile photography?
Sacha:  I came to  iPhoneography by accident last year. One day before my annual leave, I broke the viewfinder of my Ricoh GXR, I was so accustomed to hide myself behind my camera that I was not able to take street shots and so I left my camera at home. Already at the airport I was very nervous because I could not photograph, then I remembered my iPhone.  I took thousands of photos within three weeks, most of them not usable but I really loved those were good. Back at home, I found in a library a book about iPhoneography from National Geographic with works of Carlein van der Beek and Richard Koci Hernandez. I was in awe. I had never heard anything about IPhoneography but I knew, that's what I wanted to do.

© Sacha Dohmen
We Are All Puppets (above)

© Sacha Dohmen

Geri:  Do you have a traditional photography or art background?
Sacha:  No, I’m self taught.  I bought my first camera, a Nikon D60, 5 years ago to photograph my holiday in Majorca.  I came back with a lot of photos but especially with the knowledge that I had a lot to learn. So I bought a book from Andreas Feininger and one to learn a bit about Photoshop. From then on, there was only photography for me.

Geri:  Who or what inspires you?
Sacha:  There are a lot of people who influence me. I really love the work of Roger Clay, Koci Hernandez and Dilshad Corleone, three of the best street IPhoneographers I know. My all-time favorite street shooter is Bruce Gilden.  Otherwise, of course Berenice Abbot, Henri Cartier-Bresson, Vivian Meier, Diane Arbus, Robert Doisneau, last but not least the ironic Elliot Erwitt.

© Sacha Dohmen
Wait and See (above)

© Sacha Dohmen
Miles Away (above)

Geri:  Your work is centered around street photography.  Do you find it difficult to approach people?
Sacha:  Yes, 99% of my work are street shots the other 1% Scottish Highland Cows.  My work is hazardous, I earn my daily bread to put me in danger. That made me fearless in the last 10 years.

Geri:  Has anyone ever objected to you photographing them?
Sacha:  Even with the IPhone, your shot doesn’t go unnoticed.  But it never comes to blows and I’ve never deleted a picture. One need only be confident enough.

© Sacha Dohmen
The Devil in Me (above)
© Sacha Dohmen

Geri:  Do you plan your shoots or just photograph what you come across in your day to day life?
Sacha:  I don´t think about it when I shoot.  I’m a walker and my iPhone is a part of the walking.  I’m attentive about the people and situations around me.  I capture a fraction of life later build a storyboard for this person.  All I need is a street and my iPhone to make something extraordinary out of the banal, to create a social drama, to awake emotions.  For me, my motivation to document life and take street shots is to capture and awake emotions. Photography is all about emotions.

© Sacha Dohmen

 
© Sacha Dohmen


© Sacha Dohmen


Geri:  Do you use the native camera app or a specialized app like ProCamera or 645 Pro?
Sacha:  I use Hipstamatic a lot, then PureShot and Camera+.

Geri:  What are you favorite apps for creating your edits?

© Sacha Dohmen
The Torture Never Stops (above)

© Sacha Dohmen

 
© Sacha Dohmen

Geri:  Is your editing done on your phone or another mobile device (iPad or other tablet)?  Please share a bit about your editing process. 
Sacha:  I do all my edits on an iPad 3.  For the basics I always start with Snapseed or Filterstorm, then Big Lens or BlurFX to isolate my subject. PhotoToaster  PhotoForge2 and ScratchCam FX and a lot of others for the textures.  Most of the time Lo-Mob for the frame and The Amazing Type-Writer to add text or a title.

© Sacha Dohmen
I’ve Got the Music in Me (above)

© Sacha Dohmen
Dead-End Friends (above)

Geri:  Have you ever exhibited your work?
Sacha:  Only online on sites such as P1xels ( a special thanks here to Mr. Knox Bronson). I´m thinking about an exhibition here in  Belgium with other iPhoneographers. This would be a project that I’d like to achieve this year and perhaps a book about Street iPhoneography.  If anyone has interest, let me know!!!

Geri:  Is there anything else you’d like to add?
Sacha:  Yeah, a special thanks to you Geri for the opportunity to answer your questions.  I would also like to thank all the fantastic mobile community for the support and inspiration the last year.  Especially Catherine Restivo, Rosanna Capiello, Lene Basma and JQ Gaines.

© Sacha Dohmen
Insomnia and the Hole in the Universe (above)

Thank you Sacha for sharing your work and your words!

Find Sacha:  EyeEm / P1xels 

Apr 24, 2013

Best iPhone Photo Apps for iPhone and iPad Photography?

Have a look at this video…what do you think?  Are these your favorite apps? 

The Cool Cam App

imageOne of the perks of blogging about iPhone photography is getting to try an app for FREE!   I just downloaded The Cool Cam app.  It offers a simple interface. You can either capture an image with the camera or import an existing one from you camera roll.  To experiment with The Cool Cam, I imported this shot of a rose.
© Geri Centonze
There are five filters to choose from
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After you choose the filter of choice you select “Use” which takes you to another screen where you can make some more adjustments to either Brightness and Contrast or Saturation on the Remix filter.
© Geri Centonze
I’m partial to the Kali, Luna and Remix filters.  Below are a couple of the finished images.
© Geri Centonze
Using Luna filter (above)
© Geri Centonze
Using Remix filter (above) 
The black and white tones are beautiful – for this alone I may be visiting this app again and again. 
Regardless of the start size, the image is saved at 2048px by 2048px.  The sharing feature includes email, Twitter, Save to Camera Roll, Instagram. 
I like the interface a lot and with a few added features (maybe tilt shift blur, a sharpening slider this app could come in handy!) 

LoFi Mode Features Artist Profile Cecile Edelist

I just discovered this great series over at LoFi Mode.  Not sure how I missed it since I’m a subscriber.  But there are so many great sites and so little time! This video features the work of Cecile Edelist.  To see more in the series, visit LoFi Mode.

Apr 22, 2013

Repix Updated and Better Than Ever

RepixThe Repix App was recently updated and now it’s better than ever.  In fact, the image below was edited ONLY with Repix – that says a lot for this app, because I almost always use more than one app to complete a piece.  It looks like Repix has been listening to the feedback of its users - this is by far one of the best app updates I’ve come across to date!

 

Repix Edit © Geri Centonze

Want to know what’s new?

- NEW - 8 new filters to apply to images for stunning look or final finish

- NEW - Smooth cropping tool with 6 presets

- NEW - New ‘+ style’ feature for selected brushes. Click + to see a new type of effect

- NEW - ‘Starter’ section with images available for users to start editing

- NEW - Direct access to all albums, streams & Facebook

- NEW - Seamless zero-friction design guarantees smooth experience

Repix features

  • Carefully handcrafted selection of 20 brushes include state-of-the art effect, color boosting and artistic styles
  • Repix comes with real-time RebecaTM processing engine that seamlessly integrates the power of the CPU and GPU enabling insane performance
  • Full resolution 4096x4096 support for iPhone5 and iPad3+
  • Studio-grade technology alongside a slick and intuitive interface to inspire new levels of creativity; zero-friction design with ability to switch between tools easily
  • Share creations with #repix to Twitter, Tumblr, Instagram or Facebook
  • Free to use with a selection of brushes, with an option to purchase more brushes

In addition to the new cropping tool, there’s also a cool + feature which gives a variation to several of the included brushes – be sure to experiment with both variations for a different effect. (+ feature on Flares, Glow Smoke, Stars, Posterize, Silk, Dotter, Edger, Legacy, Drips, Charcoal, Daubs, Van Gogh, Hatching Spray and Eraser).  With the + toggle on the Eraser you can now start with a blank black canvas in addition to a blank white one! 

The app also contains “Starters” (photographs you can experiment with).  Below is a quick edit of one of them.  

Repix Edit

What do you think of the new update? 

Apr 19, 2013

Andrea Koerner, “What is beautiful? The answer might surprise you!”

2013-04-19-15.00.57When you visit the galleries on EyeEm, at the top of the page you will see a “tagline” which gives you a bit of information about the artist.  The tagline for the gallery of @lochthyme reads, “What is beautiful?  The answer might surprise you!”  One thing I know for sure is that the images contained within the gallery of Andrea Koerner are beautiful!  Below is my interview with this creative mobile artist.
© Andrea Koerner
What Dreams May Come (above)

Perspective Correct–A Useful Tool!

I’ve been sitting on this blog post for a few weeks in the hopes of getting out to take more photos to demonstrate what the app, Perspective Correct can do.  But, life has been pretty busy and there aren’t many tall buildings to photograph here in the suburbs of Southern California.  Below is an image of Bryn Athyn Cathedral that I took last fall.

© Geri Centonze

The image on the right gives a more accurate representation of the grandeur of this stately building.  There is some cropping which happens when you use the app after you correct the distortion. 

For detailed steps on using Perspective Correct, creator Misho Baranovic recently posted a tutorial over at We Are JUXT which should be very helpful.

Apr 17, 2013

Telling Stories on Backspaces

 

BackspacesLove to write?   If you’re not familiar with Backspaces, it’s a website and an app where you can share your photographic stories.  I created a series of images a while back and thought they would be perfect for this format.  The Backspaces website has an embed feature which allows you to copy the code and embed a story on your site.  Below is my first story – hopefully I’ll write the ending to this one and create more.

Winners Announced for D-ive Festival in Barcelona

What a surprise I got this morning when I received an email from the organizers of the D-ive Festival in Barcelona.  I wrote them last night to see if they had a list of the winners for their upcoming event.  I wasn’t expecting to be among them, I was just wanted to see the winning entries for inspiration!  I was gobsmacked to find out that my portrait was one of the ten chosen to be exhibited as part of the D-ive Festival on April 20th in Barcelona, Spain!

You can see all of the winning images in all categories here.  I want to extend a special congratulations to my good friend Patrick St. Hilaire who was also selected in the portrait category.  Well done, my friend!

Below is my submission

 

© Geri Centonze


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