Monthly Archives: November 2010

I’m Published and Featured!

Got my copy of “This Is Art” put together the Eye’em folks. It features some great mobile phone photography including my shot of that flooded lot, taken with my iPhone using the Camera Bag app. I was so COMPLETELY STOKED that it covered a FULL 2 PAGES!

Another cool thing about the book: There are little areas that you can scan with your iPhone using the QRReader app. Once you scan the code a screen appears that has additional comments the artist supplied in relation to their picture and mobile phone photography. The book is very nicely done and can be purchased through lulu.com.

I was also featured as the iPhoneart.com artist of the day on November 19, 2010, which puts me in the running for a $1,000 grant that is awarded at the end of each month to one artist.  I love iPhoneart.com because it features not only artwork but app reviews and a forum in which you can discuss everything related to iPhoneography.


Zenit E Film Rewind

I’ve broken one camera and countless rolls of film trying to figure out how to rewind my 35mm in my Zenit E.

Tonight, I finally figured out how to do it without destroying anything.

I thought I’d share my accomplishment and post it in a YouTube video. That laughter in the background? My oldest daughter, Phoebe.


Grunge is Back

I found a really cool app for the iPhone called Pic Grunger. As you can probably guess from its name it grunge-ifies your iPhone shots but it goes way beyond making your photos look like they’re old. It makes them look like Pig Pen from the Peanuts gang has had your photo alternately in his wallet and his hot little hand continuously for the last 5 years. Imagine Pig Pen takes that photo and accidentally spills bleach on it, or scratches it as he accidentally grinds it beneath a dirty little high-top shoe while playing a game of baseball in the nastiest, dustiest sand lot you can conjure up. That gives you some idea of the magic Pic Grunger can work on your iPhone photo.

Let’s start at the beginning. Enter the program and choose your resolution. I love that it has this ability because sometimes I’m not looking to create something intended to be printed out. Sometimes I’m just goofing around or I want results fast. That’s when I’ll choose the low res option. The Pic Grunger folks even give the final dimensions for your pictures in low and high res and in iPhone 3, 3G and 4! Now that’s nice and very well thought out.

Next, you pick a picture that’s already on your camera and make the magic happen. Choose between

Acid

Aged

Bleech Spill

Blotched

Cracked

Creased

Scratched

Scuffed

Sponged

Streaked

and Weathered

 

But wait, there’s more! Once you choose your effect, you can choose a style from Gig to After Hours. Nice how they keep the whole rock club theme going. Next, use the slider to increase or decrease the strength of your effects. From subtle and folky, to bold and in-your-face like death metal, it’s a nice way to customize your effects. Finally you can choose to add a border. It’s a nice, simple solid border that gives the picture a matted look, like you just picked it up off the floor, wiped away all the broken glass and popped the picture out a frame that was shattered after last night’s monumental party.

I’m giving two big thumbs-up to this app! Pic Grunger does one thing and it does it very well. The endless ways in which you can customize your textural effects will allow you to use this app for a variety of situations. For texture-junkies like myself, it’s a must-have. Just spend the $0.99 and get the full version. Really. You’re not that cheap, are you? Get it!

Last three shots used Hipstamatic and Pic Grunger apps


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