Welcome to TheAppWhisperer’s new section, “What apps are we using this month” series, where we discover which apps you are particularly enjoying. Kicking us off today is non-other than Award Winning Mobile Artist Rosie Karel.
First, I would like to thank Joanne Carter and TheAppWhisperer for this opportunity. My name is Rosie Karel @rosiekimages and I will be turning 70 next year. I am originally from Chicago but have lived for the last 37 years in North County San Diego in the beach towns of Cardiff by the Sea and Encinitas, where I receive much of my inspiration. I have a daughter and now a seven-month-old grandson who brings me endless joy.
I spent most of my life in the accounting field working with my then-husband in our printing and graphic design business. I have always been creative, although photography was not my main creative expression of choice before getting my first iPhone.
I shoot mainly in the native cam of my 14 Pro Max and edit mostly on my iPhone but sometimes on my iPad Pro. I will use Camera+ for macros shots and have been experimenting with Slow Shutter Cam recently.
For many years I took portrait and figure drawing classes using chalk pastels as my preferred medium. I think that is one reason why I always feel the need to have a human element in my images. As I became more interested in photography, I wanted to reflect this layering of colour and texture in my photography so I enrolled in several online mobile photography courses which exposed me to the different genres, techniques and ever-expanding apps available.
I am somewhat of an app junkie. I have dozens, but there are some favourites that I use on the majority of my images. One app that I use in almost all of my images is SnapSeed. Besides overall tuning, I use the Selective & Brush Tuning features quite often to enhance a particular part of the image. I sometimes use the Glamour Glow & Perspective features. I also love how you can view and edit your workflow.
My main go-to filter app is Hipstamatic. Since my goal is to evoke a sense of mood and mystery in my images, to go beyond the capture, I always add a filter of some kind and Hipstamatic offers an endless combination of lens, film and flash combos that you can fine-tune and many other adjustment features to personalize the effects.
iColorama is an amazingly powerful app that I will use for blending images, toning, adding textures, painterly effects and element overlays.
Distressed FX is also one of the main apps I use for textures and adding sky, bird and tree elements.
I have recently discovered the Humans App which I will use to add that human element or sky element when the real thing is not available.
Other apps I will use from time to time are Lens Distortions for adding fog & light elements, Carbon for B&W conversion and Reflect for adding a water/reflection feature.
The main advice I would give when using any of these apps is to experiment and play with all the different features and adjustment sliders to fine-tune the filters and overlays until you have the right level applied. I am constantly being pleasantly surprised. The main advice I would give when using any of these apps is to experiment and play with all the different features and adjustment sliders to fine-tune the filters and overlays until you have the right level applied. I am constantly being pleasantly surprised.
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