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Mobile Photography and Art – A Picture’s Worth with Barbara Nebel

A Picture’s Worth‘… is where we ask mobile photographers that have created powerful mobile photography/art to explain the processes they took. This includes their initial thoughts as to what they wanted to create, why they wanted to create it, how they created it, including all apps used and what they wanted to convey. We also ask these incredible artists to explain their emotions and how the image projects those feelings. We have published a few A Picture’s Worth articles recently, if you have missed those – please go here.

In this A Picture’s Worth today we asked Barbara Nebel to tell us more about her image. Nebel has detailed her thoughts below, we think you’ll find this invaluable…


“I’m really not a “selfie” photographer, either in taking them or ever showing them to anyone as originally shot! But I wanted to try the BeautyCam app, and my no-makeup face was a good place to start. It’s a fun app, with so many different looks and colours, and I was able to use a few of the resulting images to take on to my favorite app for more work–-icolorama.

I use icolorama for 95% of my mobile editing—-From what I call the basic straight editing of my flowers, to the multi-image blending of images using cloning and masking tools.

In this self-portrait, I blended several images together, using various blending modes (multiply, screen, darken, etc), and masking out certain parts of images that I didn’t want to see. I also use “distort” a lot in icolorama, using an image of itself to rotate slightly to create additional lines and movement, distortion. I wanted a feeling of lightness and color to show through this image, with movement, a feeling of fun that summer always brings. And also I see some lack leather around her shoulders, and am pretty sure she’s going to be riding a motorcycle down the California coast Highway!!!”

Photo ©Barbara Nebel



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