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iPhone Photography Tutorial – How To Create A Stunning Still Life Image

Hopefully you will recall our ‘A Day In The Life Of Veevs’ article that we recently published, if not, you can read it here. We were so impressed with Veevs’ images and we know so many of our readers were too, that it has inspired us to launch another new section on

This new section contains iPhone photography tutorials, and we launched it with the help of Veevs a few days ago. The first tutorial we published explained how to recreate Veevs’ wonderful pastel effect seagull shot. If you missed that, you can read it here.

In this tutorial with help from Veevs we have retraced the steps she took to create the wonderful still life image below, entitled ‘A Bunch’. The original image was taken with an iPhone 4S and the editing was completed on an iPad.

Read this easy to follow tutorial and see if you can too create a similarly stunning shot too.
(We have put links to the iTunes app store of every app that was used, just incase you feel inspired enough to download them).

Final Image



The image above is the final image, the one that we are going to show you how to recreate.

Original Photograph



This is the original unedited initial image. Veevs knew that she wanted to use Painteresque with this image. But sometimes Painteresque’s results are too dark, so firstly Veevs uploaded the image into Camera+ and ran the Clarity Filter.




To do this, open the image in Camera+, Select Scenes. Then click on Clarity and click Done.

Finally, Save your image as (Image A).




Next, open Image A in Painteresque

Then save the image (Image B).

Vivid Filter



Next, open image B in Iris Photo Suite. In this example, Veevs did not need to resize the image as it was already at 2048 px square.

Veevs likes to brighten her images a little, so she selected Auto Adjust, then selected the Vivid filter.




Next, whilst still in Iris Photo Suite, click on Adjustments > Layers > Set Layer as base – then click ok.


Image A



Click on Open Image and open up Image A.




Then click on Adjustments – Layers – Blend with Base, still within Iris Photo Suite.

Blend Modes



Next, play around with the different blend modes and use the opacity sliders to get a look that you like.

In this example Veevs used Normal and lowered the opacity to 36. Click on Done.

Draw Mask



Veevs does not like to apply the filter to the whole image so her next step is to mask parts of the filter from the image.

Click on Draw Mask.

Final Image



Lower the brush size and the opacity and click on the paintbrush to brush off the filter.

Use single finger to paint the mask and two fingers to PAN-ZOOM into the image.

If you brush too much off use the eraser to brush it back on again.

Once you are happy with the results click on the check mark to accept, then save your image.

And here is that awesome image again. We hope you successfully managed to follow that tutorial, please send us your similar examples, we’d love to take a look.

Joanne Carter, creator of the world’s most popular mobile photography and art website—— TheAppWhisperer platform has been a pivotal cyberspace for mobile artists of all abilities to learn about, to explore, to celebrate and to share mobile artworks. Joanne’s compassion, inclusivity, and humility are hallmarks in all that she does, and is particularly evident in the platform she has built. In her words, “We all have the potential to remove ourselves from the centre of any circle and to expand a sphere of compassion outward; to include everyone interested in mobile art, ensuring every artist is within reach”, she has said. Promotion of mobile artists and the art form as a primary medium in today’s art world, has become her life’s focus. She has presented lectures bolstering mobile artists and their art from as far away as the Museum of Art in Seoul, South Korea to closer to her home in the UK at Focus on Imaging. Her experience as a jurist for mobile art competitions includes: Portugal, Canada, US, S Korea, UK and Italy. And her travels pioneering the breadth of mobile art includes key events in: Frankfurt, Naples, Amalfi Coast, Paris, Brazil, London. Pioneering the world’s first mobile art online gallery - has extended her reach even further, shipping from London, UK to clients in the US, Europe and The Far East to a global group of collectors looking for exclusive art to hang in their homes and offices. The online gallery specialises in prints for discerning collectors of unique, previously unseen signed limited edition art. Her journey towards becoming The App Whisperer, includes (but is not limited to) working for a paparazzi photo agency for several years and as a deputy editor for a photo print magazine. Her own freelance photographic journalistic work is also widely acclaimed. She has been published extensively both within the UK and the US in national and international titles. These include The Times, The Sunday Times, The Guardian, Popular Photography & Imaging, dpreview, NikonPro, Which? and more recently with the BBC as a Contributor, Columnist at Vogue Italia and Contributing Editor at LensCulture. Her professional photography has also been widely exhibited throughout Europe, including Italy, Portugal and the UK. She is currently writing several books, all related to mobile art and is always open to requests for new commissions for either writing or photography projects or a combination of both. Please contact her at: [email protected]


  • Jana Holden

    Veevs, you’re simply amazing! I love these tutorials! This will be so fun to follow while trying to learn iphoneography! TFS!