If you’re into Instagram or are curious about alternatives, see this guest post I wrote for Inkifi, a print maker of Instagram images. I cover five decent alternatives in detail (for bonus points, add me as rsmithing if you’re already on ‘em: 1,2,3,4,5). And please take a moment to comment at the Inkifi post if you can — thanks!
What an honor! The good folks at iPhoneArt.com feature me on the home page today:
By the nature of the site’s name, you can probably guess what the site is about, and this is the second time I’ve been featured there, the first being in early 2012. My style has evolved greatly since then, becoming more refined in photomontage, and it’s wonderful to be noticed, especially among the ranks of so many other talented artists. This really makes my day.
I’ve written about iPhoneArt.com before as an alternative to Instagram, and the site continuously impresses me with all the compelling creative work shown there. And I’m not just saying that because they featured me, either. Definitely check it out and be amazed by what can be created with just a phone, some apps and creativity.
Big thanks to iPhoneArt.com for the feature!
What do you think? Have you been featured at a website before? Are you into Instagram or mobile photography? Let us hear from you in the comments.
- Learning From The Masters (rsmithing.com)
- Instagram (trevscompart.wordpress.com)
- iPhoneography and Instagram (fashionwonders22.wordpress.com)
- 3 Instagram Alternatives: Beyond Facebook’s Instabillion Buy (rsmithing.com)
- InstaStock wants to turn your selfies into a business model (digitaltrends.com)
- iPhoneArt.com – the Next Level of Mobile Photo Sharing (rsmithing.com)
- The changing face of mobile photography (reviews.cnet.com)
At the beginning of this year I made it a point to get in the habit of using Evernote. I’ve kept reading its praises and since I’m in the world of collecting ideas for future blog posts, it made enough sense to give it a try.
I should say that I’ve previously relied on emailing myself ideas, links, images and other content, filing them away under “read later” or “ideas” in Gmail. This has kinda worked, but I don’t really find myself going through that content often. The idea of a standalone app dedicated to capturing ideas and organizing them at least makes sense to me for that reason. I get the concept, but it’s still taking work to make myself use the program.
Part of the adoption curve for me is having content actually in Evernote. Without many notes to search, there’s not much to draw from, so I can see how some users may get turned off if, say, within a week or two they aren’t reaping tremendous benefit.
But so far for me, it’s been at least good for peace of mind, knowing that all the stuff I’d otherwise be emailing myself is now tagged and easily referenced. In fact, it was the process of going through my notes in Evernote that led to this blog post, so hey… there’s something! I’m interested enough to keep using it, and I’m surely only scratching the surface, given the capabilities some of its power users explore. There will be more to come on this for sure.
What do you think? Do you use Evernote or a similar service? What’s your process for capturing ideas, to-dos or things go investigate later? Let us hear from you in the comments.
- The Ultimate Evernote Guide, Part 1: Getting Started with Evernote (teleread.com)
- Evernote-branded device coming. Wait, what? (bizjournals.com)
- Evernote Promises Its Own ‘New, Magical’ Hardware Gadgets Are Coming (embargozone.com)
- Evernote is my Everything (raventools.com)
- Three Third Party Evernote Apps for iOS (centralisious.com)
- Why You Should Be Using Evernote As Your Go-To Place For Remembering Everything (TimeManagementMagazine.com)
One good thing about rainy afternoons is how the ordinary can take on more beauty. Here’s a snapshot of a tree I noticed in the post-rain haze of my neighborhood. It takes on new depth thanks to the Dynamic Light app’s “solarize” function and some finishing touches with the TtV Photo Studio app.
Flickr’s “Explore” galleries are curated collections of 500 select photos each day. Considering the site gets photos uploaded by the thousands every minute, that’s very flattering. Other categories include “The Commons,” and “Galleries” – and all are fun ways to discover interesting new art and artists.
What an honor – thanks, Flickr!
What do you think? Have you ever been inspired to turn the ordinary into art by way of a rainy day? What are your “go-to” apps for photo editing? Let us hear from you in the comments.
- Trade Street & Tree – Single Image Sundays (rsmithing.com)
- NASA on the sun: ‘…tiny variations can have a significant effect on terrestrial climate.” (wattsupwiththat.com)
- Big Sunspot Unleashes Intense Solar Flare (space.com)
- Rain and Memories (spilledcookies.com)
- A rainy, crocheting kind of day (crochetandyarn.wordpress.com)
- rainy thursday afternoons (mosthopeful.com)
- FLICKR CLICK: Photo Of The Week (marsweekly.wordpress.com)
- Say Hello to Flickr in iOS 7 (flickr.net)
- Some beautiful pictures of the Mission taken by local photographers. (missionwestofvalencia.wordpress.com)
The Instagram-based group, MobileArtistry, includes me in their gallery today as a featured artist. I created this montage as an example of my style for the feature and did the following writeup on my technique. My huge thanks to them for the highlight.
Ever since seeing a book of Jerry Uelsmann’s photomontages in college, I’ve been fascinated with the art form and have since become motivated to become a professional graphic artist, designing for over 16 years now. Manipulating reality for artistic effect in Photoshop has always been my favorite part of designing, so when I discovered iPhoneography, and especially the app Photoforge2, which is very similar to Photoshop, I was hooked. It was seeing the evocative iPhoneography of Sion Fullana that inspired me to give it a go, and Sion was even good enough to share his guidance with me on what apps to get started with.
How The Magic Happens
I basically take photos all the time with my iPhone 4 of whatever I find interesting. When the urge to create strikes, I’ll mix ‘em up and see what happens. It’s really as simple as that. Sometimes I know exactly where I’m headed, and other times I’m just along for the ride, letting magic from the universe do the driving.
For this montage, I combined two photos I took on a Saturday in late summer: one of a wig mannequin at a beauty supply shop, and another of a rising cloud at a winery out in the country. Both were shot originally in with Hipstamatic, using the John S. lens. Wig girl was shot with Rock BW-11 film, and the cloud was shot with Blanko film. You can see the originals at my Flickr stream.
I brought wig girl into Dynamic Light and gave her the Solarize treatment. I also used Noir to get the right mix of monochrome highlights in the cloud scene. Next, I brought both images together in Photoforge2, each on its own layer. I set wig girl’s blending mode to Overlay, then selectively hid and revealed bits of each layer via masking. Finally, I did some minor cloning cleanup in Filterstorm, then added the copyright & signature with Phonto. I named this after a U2 song lyric in “Gone,” an expansive rising track that seemed appropriate for this composition.
What’s amazing to me is how, as I’ve become adept with a few apps, I can pull techniques from each of them almost like selecting colors on a palette. It’s like having a box of tools to achieve an artistic vision… that fits in your pocket and makes phone calls, too.
Thanks very much to MobileArtistry for featuring me – it’s an honor to be included with such beautiful, creative art. Definitely check out their great gallery for consistently innovative creations.
- 20 Best Photo Editing Apps for iPhone (downgraf.com)
- The Mobile Artistry Manifesto (MobileArtistry.tumblr.com)
- Don’t Be an Instagram Photo Jerk (pcworld.com)
- Jerry Uelsmann News (jerryuelsmann.wordpress.com
- Sion Fullana (The Happy Snapper)
- Manifesto of the Mobile Art Revolution (iPhoneArt.com)
- #iPhoneographySA (jessgiggles.wordpress.com)
- Inspired Artistry (poeticmolecules.wordpress.com)
- Create an iPhoneography Masterpiece with the Modern Grunge App (iphonelife.com)
So I’ve figured out a series of app edits that gives this rich, dimensional effect to object photos. Here’s a detail of one from this weekend that I’ll be doing a step-by-step of in the near future, along with more of the “Emerging” series.
A shoutout to magicunicorn for recognizing the musical reference here on Instagram. You rock!
My awesome wife got some of these for Valentine’s Day (from me), and so I had to get a photo and have some metaphoric fun with the result. Below is an approximate rundown of how this came to be, and some classic V-Day music for your listening pleasure. Whether you have a Valentine or not, get out there and share the love in whatever way you know how. Apps used: PhotoForge2, Lumiere, Dynamic Light.
And now, ladies and gentlemen…
The Replacements – Valentine
Well you wish upon a star that turns into a plane.
And I guess that’s right on par.
Who’s left to blame?
If you were a pill,
I’d take a handful at my will.
And I’d knock you back with something sweet and strong.
Plenty of times you wake up in February make-up;
Like the moon and the morning star you’re gone.
Tonight makes love to all your kind.
Tomorrow’s makin’ Valentines.
Hey you pop up in this old place,
So sick and so refined (divine?).
Are you strung out on some face?
Well I know it ain’t mine.
If you were a pill, I’d take a handful at my will,
And I’d knock you back with something sweet and strong.
Trouble keeping your head up when you’re hungry and you’re fed up,
Like a moon and a lone star you’re gone.
If you were a pill, I’d take a handful at my will,
And I’d knock you back with something sweet as wine.
Yesterday was theirs to say; this is their world and their time.
Well if tonight belongs to you, tomorrow’s mine.
Any questions? I know I didn’t cover all the steps, so please fire away below and I’ll answer the best I can. How has your Valentine’s Day been? Did you do anything for or with your significant other? If so, what? If not, what else did you do? Let us hear from you in the comments!
As a fan and avid user of several photo sharing websites for years, I’ve been around the block when it comes to quality of work, features, and ease of use of these online communities, especially as of late with my interest in the area of mobile photography growing into a full-blown obsession (in a good way). Sites and apps I’m most familiar with are Instagram, Statigr.am, Flickr, DeviantArt, Fotki, and now I’m happy to add to that list with iPhoneArt.com.
Full Disclosure: They Have Excellent Taste
It so happens that I have been a featured iPhoneArtist of the day on the site which is a total honor for me, considering the quality and vastness of most iPA featured artists. I do this for my own enjoyment and expression, so that someone of some authority sees fit to recognize it as exemplary or interesting to others — well, that’s a huge compliment I’m very grateful for.
That said, I was a fan of the site well before being featured. The site recently released a companion app for the iPhone, which I find more enjoyable the more I use it. Here’s what I wrote to that effect in my second-ever app review:
Makes Instagram look like MySpace
Don’t get me wrong; I absolutely love IG (and loved MySpace back in the day), but I’m digging iPhoneArt as an alternative experience. There are no filters, so it’s up to you to create something artistic either with a solid photo or though editing via other apps. The “popular” page content here is considerably more art-based. And the interface is bare-bones, elegant, just enough. There’s also a fully functional website interface with organization through sets and such. Altogether, I see IPA as a relevant, enjoyable evolution in the mobile art sharing experience.
Is the app perfect? No. Is the site as feature-rich as it possibly could be? Of course not. But that’s to be expected with any new platform. The features and enhancements will come. But what about the art? Well, now… this is where iPhoneArt.com really shines. It lives up to the name wonderfully.
For one thing, it was designed by artists for artists, so there’s an inherent elegance to the interface, both on the site and the app. Also, you can only upload five photos per day. So they’d better be good. You won’t find the deluge of mediocre snapshots all over the place and highlighted for their popularity the way you might on, say, other sites. And the whole community there is indeed very creative. Just browse the site and you’ll see.
Seriously, don’t just take my word for it. Have a look at these screenshots from the app and then go download it and visit the site for yourself.
Again, I’ll state: I still love Instagram. I’ll still use and endorse it for general sharing and discovery. And I’ll still use Flickr for mass-scale storage and organization of the bulk of my images. And along with those sites, I now I have a home for the arty shots I’m most happy with, and a growing community of like-minded folk to discover and share with.
My sincerest thanks to the folks at iPhoneArt.com for featuring me, and for developing such an enjoyable site and app. I am truly honored.
What do you think? Do you have a preferred photo sharing platform? Do you use different photo sharing sites differently? Is this just a fad, or is this truly opening up a creative world to more people with the rise of smart phones and apps? Let us hear from you in the comments!
- The History Of Photo Sharing (gabrielcatalano.com)
- How to Become Popular on Instagram: 10 Tips (rsmithing.com)
- We’re On Pintrest (great explanation of social media platforms) (fashionfoodfeminism.com)
- iPhoneography: Is It Here to Stay? (CasaForns Blog)
- Featured Artist on iPhoneArt.com (Creative iPhoneography)
- Easily Add Watermark Images to Photos on an iPhone or Android Using PicsArt (bythatoneguy.wordpress.com)
- Photo Sharing sites (jodilynn1975.wordpress.com)