Making art on an iPhone Part 1

I love my iPhone 6. It's the best phone I've ever had.  I originally ordered a 6 plus, but due to the capricious phone god AT&T, my hopes were dashed.  I may go for the bigger one down the road (especially since I just sold my iPad, but that's a different story), but for now, my 128 GB phone is perfect for just about anything.  One use I've really come to enjoy is the ability to make cool art.

You probably knew you could create some cool stuff on the iPhone for years now, and I did too.  Now though, you can create better than you could before.  We now have a better camera, and more apps than ever.  The bigger screen is quite helpful as well.  

I'm always looking for ways to combine and expand photographic mediums. First, I started with my in-camera double exposures.  Those are fun, and I'm still learning to get better with them and integrate them more into my portrait work.  The other day, I was sitting at a coffee shop thinking, "How could I take my double exposures further?" My instant conclusion: create double exposures with two different cameras.  

Now, this process is different than my previous one.  It requires digital alteration of photos. Some of you may look down on "photoshopping" work to that level, but it's a tool I have at my disposal that I'm going to use.  If it's bad, I throw it out.  All that matters is the final piece.

For this stuff though, I'm not using Photoshop.  I'm using a combination of crazy apps unique to the iPhone.  Diana Photo allows me to combine images like my previous double exposure work. (albeit a bit limited. you have to learn exactly how to works it to get a successful image)  Check out this photo for example:

This is a photo of my friend, Essie, against a concrete wall.  The actual photo was taken with my Polaroid Colorpack 2 on the discontinued Fujifilm 3000b film.  She was wearing a black shirt, so I knew this photo would be perfect for a double exposure. (Check out my in-camera double exposure instructional post)  I had a photo I took of some cool trees on my phone, so I combined the two with the Diana Photo app.  Of course, the first photo was black and white, and the other photo was green, so that needed to be fixed.

My solution came from the app called Mextures.  With it, like most photo apps, you can get a bunch of film effects.  This app stands out for it's awesome textures you can add to photos.  I used it to turn the photo black and white (to eliminate the weird green color) then added some blur and definition to make the background look a little more "concrete-y"

This one was an easy one, but since this shot, they've started to get a little more complicated.  I'll try to post more of these throughout the week.

Here are the apps you should download if you want to make stuff like this: 

The Diana Photo App 


That's it for this post, more to come soon!