iPhone Apps. Photography

iPhone App of the Week.

A few years back Autodesk bought Alias software and with it acquired one of the best drawing applications around. “Alias Sketch”, now “Autodesk Sketchbook Pro.” It’s still a great app and if you haven’t used it I say give it a try. You can get it here.

What I am excited about is the new iPhone version that Autodesk released earlier this week. I have been using it for a couple of days now and it is one of the best drawing/painting apps I have seen for the iPhone.

The SketchBook Mobile App uses the same software engine as Autodesk SketchBook Pro, delivering much of the same power and functionality as the desktop application. It features a combination of high-quality digital pencils, pens, markers and airbrushes, as well as an artist-friendly, gesture-based user interface, that enables users to create everything from quick sketches to print-quality production artwork. I have been using it for about a week and it just rocks. It is intuitive and powerful, and a bit more robust than applications for the iPhone Like “Brushes”.

According to Robert Kross, Sr. VP of the Manufacturing Industry Group at Autodesk”Mobile apps are becoming increasingly advanced, moving beyond simple entertainment or utilitarianism. We are delighted to offer an app on the App Store for industrial designers and the creative community.”

With the SketchBook Mobile App, Autodesk continues its long-standing tradition of bringing cost-effective professional design tools to creative professionals.

sketchbook_mobile_brushes_large_320x480

sketchbook_mobile_layers_large_320x480

sketchbook_mobile_layers_large_320x480

The iPhone Camera and All Those Lovely Applications For It.

City Market Vegetables.

City Market Vegetables.

You know it’s really all about the tools, and how you combine them. Actually that is arguable. It could be said that it’s really all about the content you produce. I tend to agree with the latter on this. I’m a huge proponent of “I don’t care how you make it as long as it looks good and does what it is supposed to do in the end.” With that said, I want to talk about iPhone photo apps. I am always amazed that I can take the crappy little camera on the iPhone, combine it with the right series of applications, and turn out some really solid images. What I have discovered is this; you can’t use just one app. the best result happen when I combine 2 to 4 for the final image. The images below were all shot on my iPhone in various lighting conditions and tweaked with no less than 3 apps, and multiple filters within each one. I think the reason that I am drawn to the way these images look is because they remind me of color versions of early photography and the school of  Pictoralism as pioneered by William Henry Fox Talbot in the 1840’s

Knob Hill SF

SF

Knob Hill

The Mini

Hot Sauce

Ibanez Artcore Guitar

China Town