I hope this is of some help, Cstates. Happy New Year!
Experimentations with Slow Shutter Cam App
By Maddy McCoy
January 1, 2012
Let me start by saying that the amazing works of Tabiwallah and Carlein are what got me thinking about how to play with slow shutter and utilize this app. Then, Harveydog did Thin Air / 3, which pretty much sent me over the inspiration edge. (Best pic ever!)
Last month, I was in New York for the International iPhoneography Show. As I walked back to the hotel from the gallery it occurred to me that this might be the right place to really start testing out this app. (I had originally purchased Slow Shutter last summer, used it twice, and put it aside. I simply did not have the vision or experience to fully apply it.) I turned onto Canal Street; I turned on the app, turned my iPhone 4s horizontally, held the camera at chest height and started snapping. I continued to snap as I walked, not stopping nor looking at what was being recorded. I was resolved to just âcapture.â (Full disclaimer: I WAS followed the entire 4 blocks by a gentleman muttering âRolex?â¦Rolex?â in my general direction. At this time, I honestly do not know if this encounter produced any extra special effects on the photo.)
Later that evening, I imported the photo into the Camera+ app and edited it with the Clarity button. I then opened the photo in Iris Photo Suite and commenced to play with the image. I started by playing with the Color Sense of the photo, realizing that I wanted to make the yellow/orangey colors pop against the darker city landscape. I then slightly changed shadows in the Adjustment area. I moved on to the FX area of the app, which is where most of the actual visual transformation took place. I first ran the photo through the all of the options: Filters, Art Fx, Vintage, Grunge, Surface, Lo-Fi, and Dust ânâ Scratches. Loosely keeping the impression of Thin Air /3 in my mind, I wanted to see which blend of effects would produce that kind of composition. I ended up using a combination of Dyna-Range, 3 Strip Technicolor, Vignette, Grunge, Classic Grunge 1, Old Wood, Fibres, Splatter, Black Dust and Fibres Dust ânâ Scratches. Layering over and over until the piece started to emerge from my phone.
I was pleased with what I was seeing. So, it wasnât Thin Air /3, but it was my own vision, which was becoming clearer and clearer with every layer. I was feeling and listening and responding to the image that I had captured. It was instinct. (I have a hunch if you are reading this you know what I mean. We are photo whisperersâ¦ And, obviously, the goal was never to recreate Thin Air / 3, but to use it as a guide.)
My mother asked me at the gallery in New York, âHow do you know when a picture is done?â My reply was twofold, the vast majority of the time I instinctively know when a piece is finished. I see that final image and my eyes and brain say âYES,â Thatâs It!, DONE. But, the more I create, the more hindsight and experience I have, and there is more opportunity to view older work and re-edit them to my current âstandards.â So, in a way, perhaps a piece is never âdone.â
When City Lights.2 came out of the Iris app, I was pleased, but it wasnât quite âdone.â It didnât have that final âmaddyishâ feel to me. And when something doesnât feel âmaddyishâ I put it through the ScratchCam app.
So, City Lights.2 was put through ScratchCam several times until it felt Done.
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