iPhone Photography Tutorial With Catherine Restivo – Creating Stunning Art

Welcome to our iPhone photography tutorial section, today we talk to Catherine Restivo about her incredible image ‘Waiting for a Sign’. Catherine talks us through the complete process as you can read below.

We previously interviewed Catherine for our A Day In The Life section, if you missed that you can read it here. Catherine is a hugely talented iPhone photographer. Her work has been featured at the Giorgi Gallery in Berkeley, CA; SOHO Gallery for Digital Art in NYC; First Annual iPhoneography Miami Exhibition at Artspace Gallery Miami; “iPhoneography: Updated Visual Dialogs” at the Lunch Box Gallery in Miami, FL; Mobile P1xels Show at the Los Angeles Center for Digital Art; she was a semi-finalist in the 2011 IPA Mobile Art Grant and has been featured in Pixels: The Art of the iPhone.

Don’t miss this awesome tutorial below…





I took a Hipstamatic shot of a chair on a sidewalk in New York City I just really liked the chair and from this shot I created Waiting for a Sign. Recently I felt that I wanted to create a small series (there will probably be one more piece in the series). I find something about the empty chair rather mysterious, open to numerous different interpretations.

In the Hipsta shot there was a taxi parked behind the chair, which detracted from the composition, but I knew I could erase the background in Juxtaposer and save the chair as a stamp (unfortunately I deleted my original Hipsta shot so I can’t show it here).

For the background I used Blender to combine two of the free textures from www.MobiTog.com that our community has offered up for the taking. You can find them here. The lovely textures I chose were created by the talented Vivi Hanson Sacerdote’. :D


Step 1




‘I then took this background into Juxtaposer and added the stamp of my chair’.

Step 2




The right leg of the chair is not visible, so I saved this photo, flipped it in FilterStorm and saved it to the camera roll’.

Step 3



Then I combined the 2 photos in Blender, masking out all but the needed right leg’.

Step 4



Staying in Blender, I brought in a photo of a dress form that I took with ProCamera’.

Step 5



and using the mask function erased what I didn’t need and blended that into the photo using the Multiply blend’.

Step 6



‘Still working within Blender, I brought in a shot of some wall graffiti and blended this into the chair, erasing what I didn’t want, using the Multiply blend again. I wanted to add some smoky shadows to the bottom of the chair/photo, so I used Blender to work in some dark texture from another photo in my camera roll’.

Step 7



Next came one of my favorite apps, Pixlromatic. I applied the frame “Colortin”, which added some nice dark shadows around the edges and a hint of red along the left side’.

Step 8



It looked a bit flat to me so I ran it through LensLight and added the Cloud Rays 2, using the slider to tone it down. A final run through Iris to add a bit of the Polarizer filter, sharpening and resizing finished off the piece’.

Final Image



Screen Show Of The Process


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About Joanne Carter

Joanne Carter is the Founder and Editorial Director of TheAppWhisperer.com. A Professional Photographer and Associate of the British Industry of Professional Photographers, BIPP, as well as a Professional Journalist, specializing in Technology. A contributor to National and International publications, including DPreview.com, The Times, The Sunday Times, The Guardian, Professional Photographer, NikonPro, Graphix, Digital Arts, Readers Digest, Popular Photography & Imaging and Which? consumer magazine and ePhotozine.com. Joanne was also a Lead and Group overall Judge for the Mobile Photo Awards - http://www.mobilephotoawards.com/categories/transportation.php