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In the palm of your hand, you have the power to take your iPhone photos beyond your wildest imagination. Learn how to creatively crop and ‘pop’ lifeless and dull images with killer iPhone apps that …

In the palm of your hand, you have the power to take your iPhone photos beyond your wildest imagination. Learn how to creatively crop and ‘pop’ lifeless and dull images with killer iPhone apps that cost as little as 0.99 cents. Crank up the eye-candy level from 0 to ‘11’ with easy and fun tips for iPhone creative compositing.

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  • 1. Creative iPhone Editing Michael Clawson, Chief Fish, Big Fish CreationsMonday, January 28, 13
  • 2. Challenge yourself to see the world differently every day . . .Monday, January 28, 13
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  • 7. Take time to observe. Find something that opens you up to new ideas.Monday, January 28, 13
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  • 24. Creating beautiful, artistic edits with your iPhone is something anyone can do with just a few easy to follow methods.Monday, January 28, 13
  • 25. Start with a ‘Master Shot’Monday, January 28, 13
  • 26. What is a Master shot? ✓ A master shot is the photo you take that will be cropped, enhanced, or manipulated at a later time ✓ Editing (post-processing) a ‘Master Shot’ allows you to try different creative ideas without replacing the original ✓ Your iPhone is a portable computer that can be filled with numerous creative photo apps giving you unlimited creative freedom. Hint: explore the App Store!Monday, January 28, 13
  • 27. Master Shot Post-Processed ShotMonday, January 28, 13
  • 28. Master Shot Post-Processed ShotMonday, January 28, 13
  • 29. Great Master Shot App Apple’s Built-in Camera App ✓ Fast ✓ Consistent ✓ Grid Option ✓ HDR Option ✓ Panorama Option ✓ High Resolution Capturing ✓ Supports multi-touch gesturesMonday, January 28, 13
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  • 32. HDR Apps for Master Shot (High Dynamic Range) ✓ Takes 2 photos, one dark, one light, then merges them together for a higher definition photograph. ✓ Hold your camera very still during shot. ✓ Set timer, place camera on a surface, etc. ✓ Use iPhone tripod adapter and tripod. ✓ Further image adjustments are in the app. ✓ ProHDR ✓ iCameraHDRMonday, January 28, 13
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  • 36. Slow Shutter Apps for ‘Master Shot’ ✓ Can delay the shutter (hold it open) for longer than the factory setting. ✓ Great for very low light conditions like night shooting, or special effects. ✓ Slow Shutter App ✓ Night Modes AppMonday, January 28, 13
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  • 41. Additional Apps to capture your ‘Master Shot’ ✓ Enhanced camera apps beyond standard camera app. ✓ Additional features: burst mode, HDR, image stabilizer, timer, night mode (slow shutter), etc. ✓ Camera+ ✓ Top Camera ✓ PureShotMonday, January 28, 13
  • 42. Once you have captured your Master Shot, Decide how you want to edit or enhance it.Monday, January 28, 13
  • 43. Technical things to consider when editing or enhancing your Master Shot. ✓ Is there a color problem or issue? ✓ Is there something that needs to be emphasized or minimized? ✓ Do you need to fix digital noise?Monday, January 28, 13
  • 44. Fixing Color Problems and/or ‘popping’ your Master Shot ✓ Start with color correction. ✓ Snapseed is a powerful, easy to use application. And, it’s FREE! ✓ My go-to app for enhancement, correction and some cool effects. ✓ Let’s see an example.Monday, January 28, 13
  • 45. Open Your Shot in Snapseed and choose Tune Image.Monday, January 28, 13
  • 46. Tap on the image to bring up options.Monday, January 28, 13
  • 47. Adjust the brightness by swiping your finger left to -18Monday, January 28, 13
  • 48. Tap the screen and switch to ambiance. Swipe your finger to the right to about +60Monday, January 28, 13
  • 49. Tap the screen and switch to contrast. Swipe your finger to the left to about -12Monday, January 28, 13
  • 50. Tap the screen and switch to saturation. Swipe your finger to the right to about +10Monday, January 28, 13
  • 51. Tap the screen and switch to white balance. Swipe your finger to the left to about -30. Hit the right arrow to process your edits.Monday, January 28, 13
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  • 54. Minimizing and Emphasizing. Dodging, Burning, Center Focus,Vignette. ✓ Dodging decreases exposure, lightening the photo where applied. ✓ Burning increases exposure, darkening the photo where applied. ✓ Contrast can be corrected in specific areas of the image rather than the overall photo. ✓ Center focus and/or vignetting increases focus to the center of the image by decreasing focus along the edges or corners of photo. ✓ Let’s see an example.Monday, January 28, 13
  • 55. Open Your Shot in Snapseed and choose Selective Adjust.Monday, January 28, 13
  • 56. Click the ‘t’ icon and tap on the subjects face.You can adjust brightness, contrast and saturation of the area you select.Monday, January 28, 13
  • 57. Adjust the brightness by swiping your finger right to +60.Monday, January 28, 13
  • 58. Tap the screen and switch to contrast. Adjust the contrast by swiping your finger right to +10.Monday, January 28, 13
  • 59. You can change the size of the selective adjust mask by pinching (in/out) your fingers over selection.Monday, January 28, 13
  • 60. Click the ‘t’ button to add a second selective adjust mask on the girl’s sweater.Monday, January 28, 13
  • 61. Change the size of the selective adjust mask by pinching your fingers (in/out) over selection.Monday, January 28, 13
  • 62. Adjust the brightness by swiping your finger right to +40.Monday, January 28, 13
  • 63. Adjust the contrast by swiping your finger right to +20. Click the right arrow to process your edits.Monday, January 28, 13
  • 64. Scroll through the adjustment settings until you find center focus. Tap it for settings.Monday, January 28, 13
  • 65. There are several presets for center focus. Select Portrait 2.Monday, January 28, 13
  • 66. Adjust the blur by swiping your finger right to +50.Monday, January 28, 13
  • 67. Adjust inner brightness by swiping your finger right to +20. Click the right arrow to process edits.Monday, January 28, 13
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  • 70. Reducing Noise in your Master Shot. ✓ When taking photos in areas with reduced lighting, and/or at night, a high ISO speed is typically required for greater light detail. ✓ At a higher ISO speed, the iPhone is more sensitive to light, and as a result noise too. ✓ Sometimes, noise can add to a photo, like analog film grain, giving it an old-fashioned look. ✓ But, noise can also detract from the overall, professional feel of your photo, so removing it is often desirable. ✓ Adobe PS Express is a FREE app that can reduce noise very effectively.Monday, January 28, 13
  • 71. Open Your Shot in PS Express and click the pencil icon.Monday, January 28, 13
  • 72. Click the filter menu and select Reduce Noise.Monday, January 28, 13
  • 73. Reduce the overall noise in the photo by adjusting the slider to 40%. Note that too much adjustment can reduce sharpness.Monday, January 28, 13
  • 74. To accept the changes, click the ‘✓’ icon. Click it again to save photo.Monday, January 28, 13
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  • 77. Artistic Edits and Special Effects.Monday, January 28, 13
  • 78. The iPhone is a tiny, digital darkroom, all in the palm of your hand. Creativity is limitless. ✓ There are literally thousands of camera and photo editing apps for the iPhone. Too many to name here. ✓ Many apps include filter presets for easy creative edits. ✓ Some apps specialize in specific effects like black and white processing or HDR processing. ✓ Many apps include layers & blending modes, textures, and text and object overlays for incredible post-processing effects and creativity.Monday, January 28, 13
  • 79. ‘App Stacking’ A common technique that involves combining edits from multiple apps to create a unique, artistic expression that is different from the singular output of one specific app.Monday, January 28, 13
  • 80. ‘Edit Formula’ This is the method or steps taken to achieve a specific photographic or artistic effect.Monday, January 28, 13
  • 81. Some Common App Edit Formulas I use. Camera App Snapseed Noir Image BlenderMonday, January 28, 13
  • 82. Some Common App Edit Formulas I use. Camera App Snapseed WowFX PicfxMonday, January 28, 13
  • 83. Demo Time!Monday, January 28, 13
  • 84. Additional Tips ✓ Take ‘tons’ of shots ✓ Look for happy ‘accidents’ ✓ Experiment, trial and error. ✓ Study the style of other photographers ✓ Imitation is the best form of flattery ✓ Don’t steal photos! ✓ Share photos on your Social Media (Instagram, Flickr, Twitter, Facebook, 500px, etc.) ✓ Get feedback ✓ Don’t take it personalMonday, January 28, 13
  • 85. “Shoot the work you love. Pimp that work. Repeat.” Chase JarvisMonday, January 28, 13
  • 86. “The iPhone is the snapshot camera of today.” Annie LeibovitzMonday, January 28, 13
  • 87. Thank You Web: www.bigfishcreations.com Twitter: @michaelclawson Instagram: bigfish Flickr: michaelclawson 500px: bigfish Linkedin: michaelclawson Google+ michaelclawsonMonday, January 28, 13