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Photo by AMPt member Christina Nørdam Andersen (IG: @cirkeline)

Title: Living in the present
 
Process: I took the pic with the native camera and cropped it into square in Iris app. As I took the pic in the middle of the day the light is quite harsh so I had to do several things to soften the appearance. Firstly I turned it to b/w in Noir app and took it into Blur app, which is great for creating a soft bokeh like effect. I focused on a part of the little girl’s dress rather than the whole part of her to keep the expression slightly surreal and dreamy. Then it went into Snapseed where I adjusted the brightness and contrasts. Finally I sharpened the image in Photo Fx app.

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Instagram: statigr.am/cirkeline

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Photo by AMPt member Adam Conner (IG: @derblutenkat)

I took this shot during a 2 month hiking expedition with native shepherds in the volcanic mountains of Hawaii…ok, not really…but the mountains are from Hawaii.

Process:
I originally took the picture of the mountains while standing on a balcony in Hawaii last fall. The image of the sheep was taken across the street from my house. I blended the 2 images in Filterstorm using the normal blend mode.

I brought the blended image into Snapseed and applied the Fog & Old Lens Center Focus effects, subtle sharpening and kicked the white balance up to mellow out the scene with the nice warm tones.

Wrapped up the edit by blending in an image of clouds with the overlay blend mode in Filterstorm to accent the lofty/dramatic feel. Saved.

AMPT Jedi photo by Paul Brown @Phoneograph


Description:

‘Through The Arches’ ~ composite heavily processed painterly effect image of my daughter walking away from me through the Stonebow Arch in my home town of Lincoln. The image was shot specifically for AMPt which is unusual in that I had to go hunting for the image whereas I prefer to capture what comes to me. In that sense I see my capture style as more 'fisherman’ than 'hunter’.


Process:

I shot the image with a specific style in mind but as always I allow the image a degree of freedom to take it’s own path through the editing process. The edit process was therefore partly planned and partly adapted. Apps and comments:

1. Capture and create the foundation image:

~ 6x6 - almost all my iPhoneography is square format and I find 6x6 a really excellent app. I used motion in the capture which is where all the image distortion was generated. Moving with a swift down up 180 degree motion clicking at approximately 90 degrees. I do this quite a lot at the moment.

~ Snapseed - rotate to straighten the image.

~ FrontView - straighten verticals and alter perspectives.

~ Filterstorm - crop retaining the 1:1 aspect ratio, clone to touch up where necessary and resize to 2,000 x 2,000 (I always try to get finished resolution set at an early stage so that other edits / layers are applied at the already established final resolution).

2. Artistic editing process:

~ Iris 80’s Filter set to minimum.

~ Camera+ used to crop the image to the figure and save a copy of just the figure.

~ Filterstorm used to clone out the figure completely from the original image.

~ Superimpose used to re-add the figure back into the image but shifted right - purely for aethetic reasons.

~ Rays used to enhance the light coming towards me through the arch.

~ Snapseed - Drama filter at 50% with saturation 100% and Vintage filter with standard pre-sets but texture boosted to 100%.

~ Filterstorm used to clone in a shadow for the figure some of which had disappeared due to previous processing.

~ Superimpose - Balloon added to the image from a different image.

~ BlurFX - centre of ballon blurred to blend in with the background image more cleanly.

~ ScratchCam used to stamp scratch and texture layers at individual opacity settings and finally as the image was already in ScratchCam I used it to reduce saturation by adding a B&W colours layer set at 50% opacity (approx).


Bio:

Paul (known as Skip to friends) is an exhibited and prize winning iPhoneographer from Lincoln, England.

My work features prominently at Photogenix Lincoln a collaboration with my sister Carly, a freelance private, commercial, location and studio photographer.

For me, when I first held my iPhone in February 2011 the fire was lit once again for photography and it was only because of my iPhone that I went on to dig out my old SLR and ultimately invest in a DSLR. However, my main interest lies in iPhoneography and having established Photogenix for Carly I started questioning what I really wanted for myself. Establishing phoneographer.orgseemed a logical and very natural step to take.

AMPt Selections photo by Nic Desjardins @NicDesjardins

Description:
You often find the most stunning shots when you least expect them! This was taken upon arriving to a hippy drum-circle party this passed weekend.

Process:
I shot a few versions of this, I eventually wound up reversing my camera to get as #lowdownground as possible.

I used #snapseed to increase the structure and then tune color balance to bring out the warmer tones, along with increasing saturation, contrast and decreasing brightness by just a nudge.

I brought it into #picfx, I added Classic: Lush. I’m crazy about PicFX lately, it has to be my favorite filter app!

I then went into #vscocam and added filter number 5.

That’s it!

Bio:

I’m a web developer, cook, yogi, cyclist, etc from Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. I got into mobile photography only recently. I always had some interest in photography, but the iPhone made it too accessible to deny myself of the great pleasure. Once I started there was no going back, I’ve always liked walking down back alleys to check out graffiti and such, but this made me appreciate the world of textures that they possess.

Photo submitted by AMPt Member Tony Corcoran (@kungfuroll)

After all is said and done I feel the same
All that I hoped would change within me stayed
Like a huddled moonlit exile, on the shore
Warming his hands a thousand years ago

I walk with others in me, yearning to get out
Claw at my skin and gnash their teeth and shout
One of them wants only to be someone you’d admire
One would as soon just throw you on the fire

After all is said and after all is done
God only knows which of them I’ll become


‘Someone you’d Admire’ Fleet Foxes

There are three individual shots here; the base shot of the large empty warehouse, the self portrait of a huddled me, and the final image in the centre which is another self portrait of me running between some abandoned buildings. The image came about by trial and error, which seems to happen to me a lot of late. I go through phases of minimal editing and quick posting and then do a full 180 degree turn and spend weeks on never ending edits and less frequent posting, and it can be hard to get out of that position(which is where I am now)


I used Filterstorm here again, which is my most used app. I noticed recently that the masking feature had several different methods of applying the various layers, and I used one of these methods in this image('Filters’ option, then the last option 'add exposure’, then place the layer on top of the base image, then hit the adjustments button on the right hand side and you can chose the blending mode, such as 'Normal’ 'Multiply’ 'Screen’ etc, and then you 'paint’ in the areas you require. I used the 'Multiply’ mode for all three layers in my picture. Slight adjustment using the 'Curve’ feature. Finally, added some light rays using the 'Rays’ app. Filterstorm can be initially confusing but with some perseverance and dedication in trying several of the editing options will reap plenty of rewards.

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AMPt REARVIEW photo by Ali Harfouche IG: @alozor

Description:
I shot this in San Diego near the trolley station standing in the middle of the road… Yeah, I do that a lot… This guy was crossing the road and I just shot him right in the middle.

Process:
It was shot using the ProCamera app.
Then Snapseed.
1st, i like to bring as much details as possible. I go to “tune image” and increase the ambiance by 30 and saturation by 10. Then “details” (increase sharpening to 20 and structure 30).
Now I go to “soft focus”, select “portrait 1” and set the blur strength to zero, the outer brightness to -35 and the inner brightness to +65.
Then I go to “Grunge” (style: 575 brightness: 0 contrast: 15 texture strength: 0 saturation: 65).
Photogorge2 to finish it by slightly adjusting levels and curves and voilà!

In the original, I used the CrossProcess app which, sometimes, can be a little too much. I still use it today but not as much. Now I try not to use custom filter based app as much as I used to( even IG filters). My approach in editing now is much more organic, more DIY kinda mentality (almost like cooking 😁). I like to adjust almost everything myself: color, light, contrast, level, curves etc… And not relying on an app that does it for me. Almost like using PhotoShop. However i like apps like VSCOcam because it’s very unique and it’s hard to reproduce this type of effects.
Today I use a lot less apps (5 to 10 max) and my editing is much more subtle. I really hope it made sense to you.

Bio:
I was born october 13th 1976 (you do the math people) in Paris and I been in the US living in San Diego and Miami since 2004. Divorced, no kids (that I know of).
I was interested by the artistic side of IG from the jump. I was never compelled to post daily life pictures.
Thanks to the IG community, i have a platform to showcase my work and it gave me the opportunity to connect with unbelievably talented and creative individuals that keeps me motivated.

The original can be seen on Instagram at: #ampt_rearview_alozor

AMPt Feature submitted by Eric Ludwig (@vivoarch)

Title: Train Set

Description
This is a train yard not far my house. Minneapolis was once a booming industrial city at the turn of the century. This is one of my favorite places to visit. If you look closely, downtown Minneapolis is way in the background

Process.
Shot with Camera+.
PhotoForge2: Rotate, but didn’t crop yet, knowing how the next step would render. I didn’t want the background at the top darkened. Save.
CrossProcess: Processed with Basic setting. Save.
PhotoForge2: Cropped to square. Save (Edit A).
VSCO Cam: Style 6, Fade +1. Save (Edit B).
Blender: Blended two edits together on Normal blend mode. Edit A 75% / Edit B 25%. Save.
Snapseed: Selective Adjust (Added a couple points of boosted brightness and saturation to the trains in the foreground, about +8 to each). Save.
Snapseed: Tune Image (contrast +5 / saturation +5 / white balance +3). And done


Bio.
Hi. I’m an architect, father and husband stationed in Minneapolis. My job keeps me moving about town and country, so mobile photography fits perfectly with my busy schedule. And I like coffee. A lot.

Like so many IGers, I started IG posting quirky little photos of my daily life. I’ve always been a bit creative, so it was a perfectly fun outlet for me. That all changed the day I happened across the gallery of @croyable. It completely blew me away! It showed me what could be possible on IG. From there, I was hooked.

I’m not really sure I have a style. I just try to keep experimenting. Sometimes it works. Sometimes it doesn’t. My approach is to shoot what catches my eye and then edit to create a story for the shot. That often takes me down strange winding paths, but that’s part of the fun adventure.

And since I have the stage, one quick note about the community on IG. In my experience, it is incredible! I have met SO many talented and wonderful people on here. You are all amazing. Thank you.

Photo submitted by AMPt team member Shinnya Umetsu (@chikuwa91)


Title : Ride on the planet


Process : Taken by native camera


1. Spotlight processing by Noir.
2. Filterstorm : I add the image of the cloud to the sky and ground. You can decide a range to add an effect to by pushing the pen mark.“Blending Mode” to add a cloud to in the ground chose Overlay. (You may add a color to Noir image if you can understand this process well.)
3. Picfx/Light/Flame4 : Rotate to the top and add at 30%
4. Photoforge2 : Coordinate a color and contrast
Finished by IG filter Hudson.

F500 submitted by Atle Rønningen @atler

Description:
This scene consists of two images. The main photo is taken at sunrise outside the door of our family cabin up in the Norwegian mountains one foggy morning at 7AM. The second image is my 9 years old daughter.

Process:
First of all. I’m an Androider. So most of the apps I see the inspiring artists around me are using is not available for me.

1. All photos taken with native camera on Samsung Galaxy S3.

2. Opened main image in PicSay Pro. Added my daughter from a other picture and used the “cut out” function. Saved.

3. Still in PicSay Pro. Contrast increased (+20), saturation decreased (-40) followed by smooth (1,00). Saved.

4. I wanted a darker atmosphere and applied the filter “Bob” in Pixlr-o-matic. Done

Bio:
I’m 35, based in Oslo, Norway. Got a lovely wife and daughter. For me photography is all about having fun and capturing moments. I like having people (or animals) in them and my most featured model is of course my daughter. I got seriously into mobile photography 7-8 weeks ago caused by IG and my new Samsung. I nearly used my SLR this summer.
Feel free to ask questions and I also would love to connect with more Android users to share experience.

Photo by AMPt member Tammy George (@punkrawkpurl)

Title: he’s watching over you
4: 4 - a mini series of the church down the street
.the rest of the series can be seen in my feed.

I am not religious at all, but I am infatuated with architecture, including the architecture of churches. I am also a big fan of geometric shapes. So you can imagine my delight over Oakland California’s, Cathedral of Light church. Built in 20XX, this church is a standout of the Lake Merritt district of Oakland. It is a rare treat is to catch the church illuminated in the evenings, and an even rarer treat to catch Jesus lit up as well. I was overjoyed when picking up dinner after work last week… I parked across the street from the church & Jesus was on!

Process:
Shot with Hipstamatic, using Rock BW-11 film + Loftus lens.
Decim8: fold4wrap5 effect. (This is one of several renditions. Others are in a mini series in my personal feed). I wasn’t happy with the overall images created by this effect, but I did love a portion of each one. Whic brought me to the next step.


Diptic: Using the ‘two vertical image’ layout, I uploaded the same decim8ed image into both fields and mirrored one side. I adjusted both sides to highlight the portion of the image that I loved from the decim8 effect. I adjusted and until I was satisfied with the symmetry and overall visual balance. Saved.


Snapseed: “tune image” to brig out details- brightness at-18 and contrast at -7. Saved.
Lomob: chose “Vintage Instant- Black” filter with the photo filter turned off and the vignetting turned on. Saved.
Picfx: Nebula filter (from the Space set) at approx 50% strength and rotated effect to maximize spooky effect.

#notreligious_and_nooffense_intended #creepyjesus #horrorclub #oakland #igerseastbay #church
#punkrawkpurl_decim8ns
#punkrawkpurl_ampt

#sundybluesedit Presented by Rebecca @repinsk

This amazing selection from the #sundaybluesedit tag comes from Marjorie Voelker @bunn1es

Description: This photo is very dear to my heart. It’s just a photo I took of my son climbing a hill at a local park. As I began to edit it, I began to feel as if I was getting a glimpse into his future. I started seeing all the choices and decisions he was going to make; some bad, but hopefully most good. This photo somehow managed to capture so many of my parental emotions in one shot. It represents my fear and anxiety, but mostly my excitement at his growing up and the wonder of the person he will become.

Process: Native Camera, Snapseed. Details increase Sharpness to 30 and Structure to 20. Then applied Drama 1 filter, but decreased filter strength to 70 and increased saturation to 40. Next Black and White/Dark decreased Brightness to -30. Last Cropped 1:1 (Marjorie’s Bio in first comment)

Bio: I am a non-photographer/artist that started IG the same way a lot of people do, sharing photos of my son PRIVATELY with my friends (hence my horrible handle, friends were the only ones that were supposed to see it!). Anyways, I started to follow some really talented IGers (@uptowneastnyc @vutheara @kdkuiper to name a few) and I was utterly blown away with how beautiful people could make their iPhone photos look. So I made a conscious effort to try and make my photos more interesting, at least to myself.

AMPt Street Photo by Guillaume Ledieu @grrrrrrrrrrrrrrr Description:  I’ve noticed during a walk this path with these stairs and an interesting background, Hipstamatic and concrete work fine for me. Launched Hipstamatic and waited till someone uses this way. There’s no title to this pic what I often do, don’t want to interfer with the eventual story each one could invent seeing it.
Process: Shot with Hipstamatic using John S Lens and the AO BW Film and then 1- Launched Snapseed (my favorite app) to crop quickly the pic, erasing the Hipstamatic border to be able to work it on a larger format.  2-opened Camera+, applied the Expired filter (70%) and saved 3-back to Snapseed to use Black and White option, worked on Brightness (-30%) and Contrast (+5%) Saved 4-back to Camera+ to definitly crop the pic. What I normally never do, just before posting to Instagram I do several tries till I get really satisfied. Bio: I’m 40. French living in Marseille (France), living and in love with two women, an adult and a little one (near 5) who’s my favorite model. I work (a lot) as a Theater technician, assistant stage manager is my speciality. I came to photography experimenting with the iPhone and discovering Instagram, meeting little by little fabulous and so talented ones giving  me enough self confidence to continue the sharing.

Photo by AMPt member Hiroaki Fukuda (IG: @Hirozzzz)

 I love the idea of NYC being desolated, so whenever I have the opportunity to actually make it feel that way where ever that may be, I’ll try to capture it. This shot was taken on a walk on a Sunday afternoon on the Williamburg bridge. Some other notable #emtyplaces I would love to see, timesquare, brooklyn bridge and the rockefeller.

Process: app used snapseed. First applied a little bit of brightness in the middle using “select adjust” knowing that when I take it to “grunge” next it will darken most of the areas. Then used the “grunge” filter style 750, while decreasing texture to 0, contrast to 10, brightness to 15 and increasing saturation to 75. Lastly increased the saturation on the railiings using select adjust and again slight increase on lighting on the ground.

AMPt Community Recommendations

Here are 4 mobile photographers we would like to introduce you to. Stop by their feeds on Instagram, say hello and check out the editing process for the images above!


Clockwise from top left:

@daveedgamboa
Shot with Galaxy Note, Camera FV-5 app
Filter used: Rise Filter


@andrepinto
Shot with iPhone 4, B&W Camera app
Apps used: Snapseed, Filterstorm


@abcdebes
Shot with iPhone 4, Native Camera
Apps used: Snapseed, Image Blender, Nashville Filter


@esinsilia
Shot with iPhone 4s, Native Camera
Apps used: Snapseed


AMPt would like to thank each of the featured artists for sharing their images and editing process with the mobile photography community!

Interested in having your work seen and considered for a spotlight? Tag to #Ampt_Community on Instagram and include apps used and your editing process in the comment.


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Photo by AMPt member Hiroaki Fukuda (IG: @Hirozzzz)


Had the opportunity to get away from the city for a couple days and spend some time in Newport, RI. This pic was taken along the shoreline


Process: As always, I try to keep the process to a minimum to keep the quality of the original pic. Applied very little Sharpen (5) and contrast (30) in photoshop express. Then brought into snapseed and reduced saturation (-25), lastly applied Rise filter.

AMPt REARVIEW - featuring @dirka


Original shot: #AMPt_rearview_dirka


I started taking pictures with the original 1st Gen iPhone so I could practice composition for the professional video work I did. It was always something I just did for fun, but once I got the ever so awesome iPhone 3GS ;) I started taking my mobile photography a lot more serious. Even though I didn’t understand what Instagram was in the early days, I eventually realized that it was the perfect platform to share my visual journal and get that instant feedback that has helped push my work forward.


Back in the day I didn’t really know how I wanted my images to look so I would spend a long time app'ing my photos until something looked cool. The apps I most used then were Cameramatic, PictureShow, ProHDR, iDarkroom & Camera+. Nowadays my arsenal is a lot smaller because I now have a better idea of what I want to convey in my work & how I can achieve that. Currently my favorites apps are Snapseed & Photoforge because they are the two apps that I feel most closely resemble the features I like in Photoshop & Lightroom


In the original image I went pretty overboard with my edit. I used a lot of contrast, saturation and wild colors. The old edit is a bit distracting to the viewer and takes away too much from the story. For my re-edit I decided to go with a cleaner edit and stay away from making the photo feel overly processed. I wanted the story of the image to take center stage rather than the processing. So I did an edit that enhances the desolate/gritty feeling I wanted to convey. I did this using a combination of Snapseed, Vignettr and the Rise filter in Instagram. In Snapseed I used “Tune Image” to lower brightness, increase ambiance and add a little bit of white balance, while also adding a little detail in “Structure”. Lastly, I added a vignette using the Vignettr app and I applied the Rise filter inside Instagram


When I look back at my old work I have realized I can always learn something from those past creations. I feel like if I am not evolving as an artist then I am stagnant, and being stagnate means your work.

Photo submitted by AMPt Member Darren Hudson (@thehudson)


Title: Dying - to Embrace


Taken on a hill not far from where I live. A large hill that on the opposite side has an incredible almost perfectly flat landscape for as far as the eye can see. There’s something about that that is very good for the soul. Letting the eyes wander that far. Can’t put my finger on it, but I know it’s good


I like the juxtaposition of initially seeing the word “dying” and the negative perception changing when you see the full meaning Dying to Embrace


Anyway… Taken with the native iPhone 4s camera. Slight straightening and cropped in Snapseed. Then straight into ArtStudio to add the word “Dying” on separate layer. Once the word is sized and in position I duplicate the text layer. The first layer is set to overlay and the second one is left on normal and reduced the opacity to about 35%. Back to the first layer and with the eraser tool set to maximum size and softness (very blurry edge) and about 10% opacity I brushed out the lower half of the type to create a nice smooth gradient. It really helps if you do this with a low opacity on the eraser so you don’t get any harsh edges. Then I merged the two text layers. (con’t)

With the eraser now set to about 3px wide (still with soft edge) begin removing the parts of the text layer to show the grass showing through to give the impression of the text sitting in the grass. (I always make a copy of the layer and then hide it before beginning this process. Then I can always go back to the original if the erasing doesn’t turn out how I wanted it too). Finally I export the image to Phonto to add in the “To Embrace” text. Then saved.

Imported into Snapseed again to desaturate about 35% and sharpen by 25%. Saved.

Into Lenslight to brighten up the sun by adding another one on top and the export to Rays where I added a very subtle flare with a tinge of yellow added coming from the sun. These two apps together can produce amazing results as long as you use it very sparingly. Personally I like it to look as realistic as possible with just a hint of fantasy if you know what I mean. Saved.

Back in Snapseed used the vignette tool to darken outer edges of the image and job done! :)

AMPt JEDI photo by Sara Kinkade (IG: @Selk)

With Open Arms

Description:
This photo represents my recent move back to the states and my happiness to have the Golden Gate bridge so close at my finger tips. I have a weakness for San Francisco and all of its beautiful fog, architecture, urban wonderfulness and people.

Process:
Taken and edited in Camera+: crop, scene = scenery, effects = Diana 50%. Open in Snapseed. Vintage filter #5, saturation 15, texture 0, center size 70, style strength 30. Ambiance 30 to bring out some extra bridge detail. Impression to add watermark.


Bio:
I am Sarah, I live with my French husband @jeremiemv and kids in California where we moved a year ago after having spent many years in Paris, France. I studied visual communication in Paris and am a freelance graphic designer. I stopped carrying around my heavy camera when I discovered Instagram about a year and a half ago. The rest is history.

AMPt SELECTIONS Steve Paterson @stevepaterson

Description: This photo was taken from the font yard of my in-law’s house up in the hills of Temecula, CA. Their house gets the most beautiful sunsets and it makes for fantastic photo opportunities. This is a shot of my 4 year old daughter running barefoot in the grass as the sun went down. Pure joy!

Process: The photo was taken with the native camera on my iPhone 4. I brought it into snapseed first (which I do about 95% of the time now) and started with Drama, brining the filter down to +10 and the saturation up to +60. Next was Vintage style 1 with the texture taken all the way down to zero. Then to Tune Image with saturation at -25, ambiance at +25, contrast at +5 and white balance at +25.

Next I cropped it square (I used to leave cropping to the last step, but I’ve found that knowing what my frame is allows for better editing in the other apps, so now I do it fairly early on in the process), and then saved.

Lastly, I used the Lens Light app (just recently found this one) to add an artificial sun using their Sun Beam option (the real sunset is happening off the right side of the shot). Save and done.

Bio: I currently live in Southern California, in between Orange County and San Diego, with my wife and 2 beautiful daughters. I work as a creative director, designer and entrepreneur. I’ve never considered myself a photographer, but since getting involved with Instagram, I’ve loved every moment of it. God bless!