iPhoneography App Stacking in Italy Part 2: Experiment and Play

While we “set the base” in the last entry, that’s just the starting point. Different treatments of the same image can yield radically different meanings.  Experimenting and playing can help discover a possible range of options to chose from.    Even though it makes for a longer post, I’ve made the pictures bigger today so it’s easier to see the differences.

This first series of 4 are all edited in SpookyPic

Image edited in SpookyPic, Lightning Strike, 948k

Image edited in SpookyPic, Lightning Strike, 948k

The lightning striking (above) seems like a picture of God and Jesus that many people have but the notebook paper (below) makes it seem as if this fresco scene is a personal letter written to us.

Image edited in SpookyPic, Notebook Paper, 948k

Image edited in SpookyPic, Notebook Paper, 948k

Edited in SpookyPic, Torn Paper, 948k

Edited in SpookyPic, Torn Paper, 948k

The torn paper makes this fresco seem part of a larger story.

Edited in SpookyPic, Cracked Paper, 948k

Edited in SpookyPic, Cracked Paper, 948k

The cracked paper makes the photograph looks as if it is a fresco on the wall.

SpookyPic is quite a fun app that provides a lot of interpretations but it downsizes your images significantly.  This image started at 3MB and after editing is only 948k.

Lo-Mob (for iPhone or Android) is a great app with various old school photographic effects. Keep in mind that we started with a 3MB image and some of the downsizing you see below is from the change in format. Here are a few examples:

Image edited in Lo Mob, 30s Contact Print from Glass Negative

Image edited in Lo-Mob, 30s Contact Print from Glass Negative, 2.1MB

There’s something pleasing about this 30s Contact Print from Glass Negative (above).

Image edited in Lo Mob, News Emulsion Desaturated Medium Format Negative, 2.8MB

Image edited in Lo-Mob, News Emulsion Desaturated Medium Format Negative, 2.8MB

 There’s some immediacy about this one (above). The emulsion marks look fresh like this is fresh news. You could use the News Emulsion above to convey that this scene of Christ is news.

Image edited in Lo Mob, AE TTV Saturated, 3.5MB

Image edited in Lo-Mob, AE TTV Saturated, 3.5MB

The AE TTV Saturated (above) does a fantastic job of making this look like a movie!

I’ll continue the experimentation in my next post.  As you can see, there’s almost no end to the alternatives you can generate!  That’s part of the fun.

I’ve shared a number of apps and the way they make things look different. What’s your favorite app to use to look at something in a new light? By the way, Life in LoFi Blog is a great place to find reviews of apps.

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

All images and writing by Jennifer Hartnett-Henderson ©2012