Following a talk in January by our guest speaker Jeanette Lendon on Mobile Phone Photography, members were given an opportunity to show some of the images that they had taken on their mobile phones. Jeanette uses her phone most of the time for photography, using her favourite free Snapseed Editing App.
Fourteen members submitted four Images each, showing different techniques that they tried, using either Snapseed, Affinity or Photoshop for post processing.
Images covered a wide variety of subjects including landscapes, graffiti, portraits, macro, dereliction, locks and waterfalls, street scenes, abstracts, and people, and also a couple of four image collages. One member called his image “boredom” which he took of patients while sitting in a hospital waiting room to be seen in a clinic. Another was by a member with his daughter whose faces he had manipulated into cartoon characters.
Members who used Snapseed tried out various tool icons, including filters. The POP filter which Jeanette mainly used, was the most popular because it enhanced without oversaturating an image. Many of the Snapseed tool icons are similar to those available on other post processing software.
Jeanette encouraged us to turn out mobiles upside down and put them close to the ground near a puddle of water to get good reflections. Her images using this technique gave amazing results. She always carries a bottle of water with her to make a puddle if there are no puddles available, and suggests that we do the same. Several of our members tried this out and got some good results.
Members talked about how, where and why they took their images and how they processed them, and some of the difficulties they had. However it seemed that everyone enjoyed the challenge, and will be looking at their mobile phones from a different aspect from now on, and not just as a means of communication and selfies.