Turn ordinary photos into extraordinary iPhoneography with textures

By , Apr 6, 2013

iPhone Photography Series

Welcome back to another installment of Lessons in iPhone Photography here at iDownloadBlog. After seeing the amazing images you have been sharing on Instagram, it is clear you are all enjoying your newly discovered creativity. In today’s lesson I hope to share a new idea to fuel your own creative adventures. Today’s lesson is a bit subjective, but I hope you learn a new idea and use it to make some of your own magic.

A fun way to add interest and mystery to your iPhone imagery is the use of textures. What are textures, you ask? In short, the idea is to take an image of the texture you might find in a burlap sack, brick wall, etc. Apply it over your original image so that only the texture can be seen and not the color. That’s pretty much the idea behind it, but it might be better just to look at an example…

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I’ve found there are good ways and not so good ways to apply textures. Before we get into that, there are a variety of apps that can provide your images with texture. Right now, I dig Distressed FX. If you don’t feel like spending money, the ‘Vintage’ or ‘Grunge’ filters in Snapseed do a pretty good job. Here’s a quick look at some of the textures Distressed FX offers.

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Because textures will often make your images visually busy, I try to avoid using them in scenes packed with details. Where textures really excel are scenes with minimal visual elements. My personal preference is big sky scenes. We will take a look at a few before and afters here, but feel free to explore compositions that suit your own fancy.

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Assignment

Pretty slick stuff. I know it’s not for everyone, but if you are looking for a fun way to turn a rather boring scene into something a bit more interesting, give some textures a try. If you do, please tag your photos with #iDBTextures and share them on Instagram. I’ll select a few of my favorites to highlight in next month’s post. Until then, get out there and make some magic!

Close up on some of your work

Here are a few of my favorites pictures of yours that were tagged with the #iDBFindFocus hashtag on Instagram:

@chetanthaker
Photo by @chetanthaker

@thisinstagrammerneversleeps
Photo by @thisinstagrammerneversleeps

@armineh29
Photo by @armineh29

Justin Balog is an award winning photographer and film maker. You can follow is daily creative adventures at HOSSedia.com or learn more about iPhone Photography in his iBook ‘Big World Little Lens‘. Click Here for the iPad Version. You can buy the PDF version of the eBook here. To find out more about Justin, follow him on Twitter and Facebook.

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  • http://twitter.com/rick5up Ricky

    Cool

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100003172597133 Ecc Thanh

    You know what I like about iDB? Everything.

    • http://www.idownloadblog.com Sebastien

      :)

    • http://geocybers.com/ [nemo]

      nice com!

  • http://twitter.com/DvdGman David Gitman

    i want panaroma on iphone 4

    • pegger1

      There’s plenty of apps for that

      • http://twitter.com/DvdGman David Gitman

        i want apple’s app

      • pegger1

        Sorry but you need a 4S or better for that. 3rd party panorama apps are much much better though

      • http://twitter.com/DvdGman David Gitman

        but why?
        and i got ipad 3 and still dont have

  • Fraz Someone

    How did you take that red pic of that telephone both with everything else bleached out?

    • mdee4

      Apps such as ColorBlast and Photo Splash will give you those results.

  • MichelleMarie AntellGourd

    I love this. Wonderful information for my iPhone photos.

    • http://www.hossedia.com/ Justin Balog

      I’m glad you are enjoying it!

  • JoblessGuy2

    Nice bit here! A small request though: That title image is a bit old. Refreshing it to include the apps you’d CURRENTLY recommend would be great.

    • http://www.idownloadblog.com Sebastien

      True, although these apps are still the one I use the most

      • JoblessGuy2

        All of them? None have been replaced, or none added?

  • Pedro Diogo

    :o
    Someone is not playing fair :p

  • Armineh29

    Dear Justin, thank you very much for featuring my photo. Appreciate it

    • http://www.hossedia.com/ Justin Balog

      You bet…it was well deserved. Congrats!

  • http://www.idownloadblog.com Sebastien

    It indeed looks similar but from what I can tell they are different pictures.

  • 笑傲江湖

    真的好漂亮

  • http://twitter.com/EWTR46 Eric Taylor

    What app do u need to have, that allows u to bring an object to color while leaving the rest In black and white?

    • http://www.hossedia.com/ Justin Balog

      Color Strokes hope that helps!