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iPhone Photography Video Workflow By Paul Brown


We’re delighted to publish Paul Brown’s latest workflow tutorial – this time he has taken a different approach and used video to explain. It’s fascinating and excellently put together, we think you’ll enjoy this a lot. We have published several of Paul Brown’s workflows recently, if you’ve missed those, please go here. Over to you Paul (foreword by Joanne Carter)…





Originally a very static Hipstamatic capture, ‘tennis’ was processed to introduce movement and a vintage black and white iPhoneography look.

This tutorial includes a real-time narrated video workflow and slows the pace right down to look at just a small handful of iPhoneography apps that I use on a day to day basis to create some of the styles I generate. I frequently get told that my images are recognised as mine but I tend to process iPhoneography images in an individual way. The image tells me how it needs / wants to be processed and with the exception of my textured floral work, whilst the results may be recognised as mine, the processes are often very different.

Key iPhoneography apps / processes (with links): AfterFocus HipstamaticMexturesSnapseed


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Process and apps used


Hipstamatic ~ initial capture:
This combo is Madalena lens with Robusta film


Snapseed ~ apply the following edits / processes

  • Straighten – to level the horizon,
  • Crop – with a 1:1 ratio selected to compose the image with the rule of thirds in mind,
  • Drama – standard filter to pull out the detail,
  • Black and White conversion – standard settings

Snapseed – view this process on Video:




AfterFocus ~ the iPhoneography image is imported in to AfterFocus with no manual masking I proceed straight to the second screen where a motion blur at full strength is applied across the whole of the image. I then use the Fading background tool to automatically reintroduce detail in a gradual way.

AfterFocus – view this process on Video:



Mextures ~ Predefined ‘Teen Spirit’ combination of textures applied.

Mextures – view this process on Video:



Snapseed ~ converted back to black and white with reduced brightness, boosted contrast and boosted grain. This is my watered down version of the predefined ‘film’ black and white conversion filter.

Snapseed – view this process on Video:


Narrated video tutorial – View the entire end to end process on video:



With many thanks to Paul for granting permission for this article to be republished here.

Paul Brown (known as Skip to most), is an exhibited and prize winning iPhone photography from Lincoln, England. He is a member of the global ‘AMPt Community’, a managing member of Lincolnshire based regional mobile photography Group ‘InstaChimps’ and a founding artist at ‘New Era Museum’. He also runs his own personal blog at where he shares many of his processes with step by step guides for some of his most popular images and will shortly begin blogging about iPhone photography for iPhone and iPad Life Magazine. London exhibitions include images at ‘My World Shared’, ‘mObilepixatiOn’ and ‘Pixel This’ a curated charity exhibition where he exhibited alongside celebrities such as Stephen Fry, Ruby Wax, Peter Capaldi and Alexander Siddig. Skip was a finalist in the Photobox Motographer of The Year 2012 with his image ‘Skipping’ and is currently preparing for the InstaChimps second mobile photography exhibition due to take place in Lincoln later this Summer.