App Stacking in Italy Part 1: Set the Base

This post is part one of a five part series. One of the first things I do when I decide to edit an iPhone photo is to “set the base.” By this I mean take care of the structural basics before moving on to filters or layers etc. Here’s the original image that I’m going to use from a recent trip to Italy to take part in an iPhoneography class taught by Dan Burkholder and organized by Il Chiostro:

Original iPhone photo of fantastic church ceiling fresco in Italy

Original iPhone 4 photo of fantastic church ceiling fresco in Italy, 5MB

For this image of a fantastic fresco in a church in Italy, there’s quite a bit of keystone effect due to perspective and that’s hard to fix without a view camera on hand.  However, there is an app called FrontView that helps tremendously.

Perspective corrected in photo editing app called FrontView

Perspective corrected in photo editing app called FrontView, image is still 5MB

I’ve included the sizes for each image so that you can see that although FrontView effectively eliminates some of the image, it does not cut the image size. However, you can crop in FrontView. I’ve cropped here to eliminate the window on the left side:

Image cropped in FrontView

Image cropped in FrontView, 3MB, 2218 x 1460

I could do more adjustment in Snapseed to further set the base.  For now, I’m just going to warm it up a bit with a light application of Oil Filter in PhotoForge:

Light application of Oil Filter in PhotoForge

Light application of Oil Filter in PhotoForge

Now, I feel ready to experiment and play with this image.

So you’ve seen what I did for this image to “set the base.” What steps do you take to set the base on your photos?  What’s the first thing you look at in your photos to correct?

In case you’d like a peek ahead, here’s what’s next…..