Creative Mobile Photography Tutorial – ‘The Creation of Smeagol’ by Nico Brons

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We’re delighted to publish the latest in our series of creative mobile photography tutorials with this stunning one by Nico Brons. Nico takes us through the steps to create a fabulous image of Smeagol also known as Gollum from J. R. R. Tolkein’s legendarium. It’s a fabulous tutorial that we’re sure you will all enjoy. Links to all apps are highlighted and within the text. Over to you Nico (foreword by Joanne Carter).

 

“In this tutorial I will show you how I created my imaginative design of Smeagol, the great figure in the story and movie of “The Lord of the Rings”.

The original image I took with the native camera app of the iPhone 5. I mostly use the native camera app because it is fast and simple. It is a portrait of a mannequin, you can find in many shops. I use them very often, because I want to try to give them some “life”. Sometimes it is difficult to see if one of my portraits is a real human being or not.

 

 

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The first step is with the app Mirrorgram. You can do a lot of very nice things with this app. I use the option Vertical in this case.

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SnapSeed is one of my most used apps. It is great to do some basics to enhance the image. It has a lot of possibilities. In this case I adjusted the contrast, brightness and HDR. I used it very subtly..

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I created this distoration affect with the great app, Leonardo. For this portrait I want big eyes.

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I wanted to give the image a vintage and weathered look. The Vintage Scene app is very helpful at this point.

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I’ve used the app, Bad Camera to add some weathering affects to the image.

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The sixth step brings me back to Leonardo. I used the mirror option of this app. Why Leonardo and not Mirrorgram? Because I can move the mirror better for my purpose in this image then with MirrorGram. There is a slight difference between the mirror option in Leonardo with respect to MirrorGram.

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I used here Filterstorm here to remove the large spot on the forehead. I love to work with this app. I use it very often. With the clone option I remove the spot and made the skin more smooth.

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I used Repix next to make the outlines bigger and do some paintwork on backgrounds for example. For this image I used Edger for the eyes and mouth.

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And next for the background with the Hatching option and the Dotter option.

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I wanted to make the image even more weathered and old looking and ScratchCam has a lot of options to achieve this.

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The tenth and final step is with the app AltPhoto, I used it not so much, but it has some nice features.

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And here it is: the final result of Smeagol. I hope you enjoyed it.

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