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This page is dedicated to discussions about our theme (Phoneography) that are outside the scope of our monthly images.

06 06 20: Drop Box Link to Tutorials:

Thanks to Tom I have a better way to see my tutorials.

I had to copy and paste the link into my browser!

I have 2 folders. one is for Android Systems and the other for iOS systems.

The good thing about doing it this way is that Android people can have a look at the iOs tutorials about iColorama and then look for an Android App that does similar things!01 June 2020.

A. General Information:

If you have an Android phone, you need to check out the camera settings and make sure you are taking photos on the highest Settings. I save most of my photos as PNG because this is a lossless type file. Sometimes when you use some apps you can only save in JPEG.

I am mainly working on my iPhone with the programs "Snapseed" (available to everyone and its free), "Superimpose" (this works perfectly on the iPhone but other makes can only get an older version so it would be worthwhile investigating another layering program) and "iColorama" (this program is magic but they will NOT make it for Android, I'm afraid). I have tried to find a comparable program on other platforms but I haven't found one like it yet.

Another program that I use is "Touch ReTouch" . . . excellent for cloning etc and I THINK it is available to everyone.

I don't buy any Apps that I have to pay for the yearly. I DO pay for Apps in the first instance.

When I DID have an Android phone, I was shocked at all the apps with ads in them . . . I didn't get those apps either!

So, we need to be taking and editing our images in the smartphone . . . no Computer Photoshop here!!! (You can get Photoshop and Lightroom for your phone).

If you take your photos in Lightroom (and a lot of other programs) you can save them in RAW.


B. Snapseed Basics (06/10/18 Phillipa Frederiksen) Android ALMOST the same as this.

1. Snapseed is free. The icon has a green leaf.

2. Click on the icon to open.

3. Settings >3 dots at the top RHS > settings > image sizing > biggest size > Format and Quality > PNG

4. If you go to "Looks" it will save the image as a JPEG.

5. If you save/export in &ldauo;Tools" it SHOULD be a PNG

6. When Exporting (in IOS) an image always go to "Save a Copy" (Android: Export > as a PNG) so that you are not destroying the original. Sometimes, when you are doing multiple and quick "save a copy" it will refuse to save so then go to "Export" and it will save them as a copy there.

7. When using any of the tools you can click on the specific tool icon(eg.InTuneImage) or simply run your finger down the screen and you will see 2 or more options. To adjust these options run your finger to the right or left.

8. DETAILS: In the tool "Details", you can emphasize the details in an image or you can go the other way and soften it. It defaults to "Structure" and that is all I ever change, I never use the "Sharpen" option because it is too severe.

9. CURVES: This is similar to the photoshop "Curves". Adjust the line by pushing it in or out. HOWEVER, if you click on the book you get different creative options. Alternatively, you can click on the Circle and change the separate colours in the image. The latter can lead to some very creative colour changing. If you click on the eye (in the middle) you will turn the curve line off.

10. WHITE BALANCE: Click on the AW to automatically change the image to what Snapseed thinks is correct. The middle "Tools" icon is where you go to change the Temperature and Tint. Moving the eye glass around allows you to change the colours by sight.

11. CROP: Fairly obvious!

12. ROTATE: Use this if you need to turn the whole image around.

13. PERSPECTIVE: For tilting buildings etc, rotating slightly, changing the scale of the image, "Free" > to change the edges and even different parts of the image. The amazing part of this tool is that when you change the edges the App. replaces the parts that you have moved from the edge. This can sometimes cause other problems that might have to be adjusted in "Touch Retouch".

14.EXPAND: If your subject is too close to the edge of your image you can add extra space to the edges. Again, you may have to do some repairs in Touch Retouch.

15. SELECTIVE: This needs a tutorial on its own. I usually sharpen parts of the image, such as the eyes, in here but upping the contrast etc.

16. BRUSH: There are 4 brushes. Use with care! You can paint parts of the image with your finger in this tool.

17. HEALING: A simple spot remover. You need to be careful of the edges and if you need complicated cloning and spot removing then again you will need Touch Retouch.

18. HDR SCAPE: I usually stay away from this because I prefer to do my adjustments in Tune Image.

19. Glamor Glow: A simple way of adding a glow to the image. There are adjustments within the tool.

20. TONAL CONTRAST: Run your finger down the screen then adjust sideways.

21. DRAMA: For adding more contrast etc. There are adjustable tools and simple choices. Use with care!

22. VINTAGE: For adding an "Olde Worlde" effect to the image. 23. GRAINY FILM: Similar choices to Vintage.

24. RETROLUX: Similar choices to Vintage.

25. GRUNGE: Similar choices to Vintage.

26. BLACK AND WHITE: I prefer to adjust my images in Tune Image.

27. NOIR: More Mono adjustments

28. PORTRAIT: You need a recognisable face to be able to work in this App! You can adjust the eyes, mouth etc.

29. HEAD POSE: Change the position of the head.

30. LENS BLUR: You can change the area of the image that you want blurred.

31. VIGNETTE: You can change the outside AND the inside of the image, darker or lighter.

32. DOUBLE EXPOSURE: Here you can add another image on top of the image that you are already editing. You can change the size of the added image but not the shape. There are simple blending modes and you can also change the strength of the blend and the opacity of the top image.

33. TEXT: You can add text to the image

34. FRAME: You can add simple frames to the outer edge of the image.

03. Detailed Instructions for Snapseed.

1. The photo that is missing here, shows a woman with the side of her face completely missing detail because there was too much light. I suggest that you find a photo of yours that is burnt out and follow the instructions!

2. Go to settings by clicking on the 3 dots upper RHS of open screen of Snapseed

3. This photo has been completely burnt out. There is not much we can do but we will try our best!

4. Go to tools > Selective > Click on the brightest part of her face > reduce the selected area by squeezing the red area in to her face > adjust the

brightness, Contrast Saturation and reduce the Structure > tick > export > save a copy.

5. Do it again with a wider selected area.

6. Reduce the saturation of her hair > Selective > just her hair > reduce Saturation > up the structure a little > Tick > Save a copy.

7. Do the same with each of her eyes (don't let the surrounds go red!), her lips and teeth.

8. Lighten the black object behind her using selective.

9. Go to Tools > Brush > Exposure > No. 1 > Lighten everything around her. Tick and repeat until the background is very light. If you make a mistake on one of the runs go to Eraser and rob over it to bring it back > Save a copy.

10. Go to Tools > Tune image > up the contrast a little > take the highlights down > shadows down a little > tick > save a copy.

11. Go to tools > Healing Brush > Enlarge the subject right up and try to remove any objects that are still near her (don't worry if you can't remove everything we will do it in Touch Retouch) > Tick > Save a Copy.

12. Let's give her a bit of Glamour Glow > No.3 Tick > Save a Copy.

13. Tonal Contrast > Take the high and medium tones down a little > up
the low tones > Tick > Save a copy.

14. Lets look at Portrait > You can experiment with each option or just go to Combo 3!
15. Let's look at Head Pose > fiddle with the options.

16. You can at the double exposure option and add a texture but I don't
like what I did.

17. Click on the third icon from the top righthand screen > Click on "view edits" > click on the Double exposure Option at the top > click on the bin to remove it. Save a copy.

Thread Title: Remini App

Tom Pickering   Tom Pickering
Miss you guys!

Came upon an amazing app for smartphones - Remini. It uses AI to sharpen very blurry images. I found out about it from one of the PS video guys I watch:   Posted: 12/11/2020 23:42:39
Belinda Hudnall Keller   Belinda Hudnall Keller
I hope you keep creating with your phone pics! I loved your last one. I wasn't able to communicate at the time (family illness). Thanks for this app info, have a wonderful Christmas and stay safe!   Posted: 12/13/2020 07:11:05

Thread Title: For Ruth

Belinda Hudnall Keller   Belinda Hudnall Keller
Ruth, FYI :-) In Snapseed

1)Healing tool: used in each upper right corner to remove small bits of background, making corners black.
2)Black/White tool: selected "contrast" (left it at "0" no adjustment with slider)
3) Portrait tool: selected "spotlight 2" which darkened outside edges (no adjustments-- left it at pre-settings under the 3 little lines: face spotlight +70, skin smoothing +10, eye clarity +30)
4) Vignette tool: very, very slight adjustment for darker edge
5) 2 frames: black first, adjusted (which can sometimes cover a bit of edge that's too hard to edit); then, white frame adjusted for thinness.
  Posted: 12/09/2020 16:12:36

Thread Title: Art with an iPhone

Belinda Hudnall Keller   Belinda Hudnall Keller
Fyi-- Art with an iPhone: A Photographer's Guide to Creating Altered Realities by Kat Sloma. Primarily for iPhone but I found it very helpful. Included are charts to compare creative apps, and step-by-step instructions.   Posted: 08/21/2020 17:33:38
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Phillipa Frederiksen   Phillipa Frederiksen
Thanks Belinda! This looks interesting!   Posted: 08/21/2020 21:41:07
Tom Pickering   Tom Pickering
I'll have to look into this, for sure.   Posted: 08/21/2020 23:51:46

Phillipa Frederiksen   Phillipa Frederiksen
Bob Bunch's second App chart, used with permission   Posted: 08/10/2020 17:42:49
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Phillipa Frederiksen   Phillipa Frederiksen
App Chart for iPhone/iPad users, used with permission from Bob Bunch, in the iPhone Photo Academy   Posted: 08/10/2020 17:41:45
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Belinda Hudnall Keller   Belinda Hudnall Keller
Not sure I'm putting this in the right place, but for those using Snapseed, tutorials are available on the page as you edit. You can find them in 2 places: open an image to edit, click the set of 3 dots in top right corner, a drop down menu offers a link to tutorials; and, always to the bottom right of the edit screen is a tiny, almost invisible icon. I discovered it accidentally, and actually it can be a little annoying. If you get too close it opens Snapseed Tutorials right away. So, if you want them, click the tiny icon. There is a great deal of helpful info within the tutorials. Following this, I'll add 2 images with the info marked in green fyi.   Posted: 08/07/2020 14:41:12
Belinda Hudnall Keller   Belinda Hudnall Keller
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Belinda Hudnall Keller   Belinda Hudnall Keller
  Posted: 08/07/2020 14:44:51
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Tom Pickering   Tom Pickering
Thanks so much, Belinda. As a new user of Snapseed, this is sure become an important feature for me. d:¬{D   Posted: 08/07/2020 14:52:16
Belinda Hudnall Keller   Belinda Hudnall Keller
I know! It's hard for me to break away from it and try new things!   Posted: 08/08/2020 11:27:09

Phillipa Frederiksen   Phillipa Frederiksen
26/07/20: The month is almost over so now it is time to devise our new images. This notice is more of a test than any extra information   Posted: 07/25/2020 19:56:17
Belinda Hudnall Keller   Belinda Hudnall Keller
:-)   Posted: 07/26/2020 13:58:40

Tom Pickering   Tom Pickering
Anyone had a chance to check out Adobe Photoshop Camera (PSC) yet? My phone and tablet are not new enough to use it, but I'm certainly curious.   Posted: 06/23/2020 12:09:27
Phillipa Frederiksen   Phillipa Frederiksen
I've had a quick look and, as far as I can see, it is for VERY basic users. I will look again to see if there are more detailed controls somewhere.   Posted: 06/24/2020 00:59:33

Tom Pickering   Tom Pickering
Came across the following website while looking for alternatives to iColorama. MobiTog is a site dedicated to phoneogoraphy:   Posted: 06/06/2020 12:44:01
Phillipa Frederiksen   Phillipa Frederiksen
Unfortunately I cannot even see this on my Mac! Very frustrating!
I shall have to wait and see results form your work!
Of course I COULD re-activate my Android phone........   Posted: 06/06/2020 17:31:03
Tom Pickering   Tom Pickering
It didn't come up for you in your browser when you clicked on the link? It's a website dedicated to phoneography.   Posted: 06/07/2020 08:33:28
Phillipa Frederiksen   Phillipa Frederiksen
OK! I was looking for an App. called Mobitog! I see it is a general site!....which could indeed be very interesting!
  Posted: 06/07/2020 20:12:10
Belinda Hudnall Keller   Belinda Hudnall Keller
Thank you! I will explore it. Looks like a great resource!   Posted: 06/07/2020 22:53:02

Belinda Hudnall Keller   Belinda Hudnall Keller
If only Snapseed would add a cloning tool!
TouchRetouch app appears to be available for iOS and Android through the Play store. Photo Editor app was already on my phone so haven't used TouchReTouch. They have similar features.
By-the-way, welcome Tom!   Posted: 05/28/2020 15:48:18
Tom Pickering   Tom Pickering
Thanks, Belinda. I'm looking forward to learning a lot. d;¬{D   Posted: 05/28/2020 16:01:07
Phillipa Frederiksen   Phillipa Frederiksen
That's good to know! I have made a note of it for myself!   Posted: 05/28/2020 16:32:56

Tom Pickering   Tom Pickering
Phill -

Another question by a newbie to the group: Are images captured and/or edited on an iPad or Android tablet allowed?   Posted: 05/28/2020 13:00:38
Belinda Hudnall Keller   Belinda Hudnall Keller
I have always synced phone and tablet. I open my photos on my tablet to do edits because I can see them better. My phone and tablet are both Android, Samsung Galaxies. I hope we can continue doing that.   Posted: 05/28/2020 15:10:47
Phillipa Frederiksen   Phillipa Frederiksen
Absolutely!   Posted: 05/28/2020 16:29:54
Tom Pickering   Tom Pickering
PHEW!!! d;¬{D   Posted: 05/28/2020 16:38:08
Belinda Hudnall Keller   Belinda Hudnall Keller
LOL   Posted: 05/29/2020 06:03:27
Belinda Hudnall Keller   Belinda Hudnall Keller
Thanks!   Posted: 05/29/2020 06:05:19

Tom Pickering   Tom Pickering
Phill -

In your General Information above, you mention the app Touch Retouch. When I look for it, there are several different apps with that name. What does the icon look like for the version you're talking about?   Posted: 05/28/2020 12:23:09
Phillipa Frederiksen   Phillipa Frederiksen
HI Tom, Touch Retouch has a green circular symbol with an x in the middle....I wish the App makers wouldn't keep trying to copy the good ones!   Posted: 05/28/2020 16:29:15
Tom Pickering   Tom Pickering
Thanks! Now I know I got the right one. d:¬{D   Posted: 05/28/2020 16:36:26

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