Painting with an iPhone

I am still having a lot of fun with my iPhone camera. I even started a 365-day project on Flickr. You can see it here: Someday I want to do that with my Nikon, but thought it would be easier taking an iPhone photo every day. The camera is really small and convenient, but you still have to think of something good to shoot and actually do it. Sometimes I’ll forget, and it’s a mad scramble to beat Flickr’s 8 p.m. deadline (they’re on GMT). Luckily the group is flexible about that.

As Twitter followers already know, I did a “painting” of one of my iPhone shots of a children’s boutique. Here’s the original photo:

yellow nightstand

I then loaded it into the “PaintMee” app and watched the almost-instantaneous transformation into this:

nightstand "painting"

Is that insane? You can adjust the style, brush width, paint thickness, brushstroke, etc. The only negative is that they crop your image a little more than I expected.

I also enountered a problem after doing my first “painting”: I couldn’t get the finished image off my iPhone screen after saving. The direcs say to tap the upper righthand corner of the image, but no dice. I emailed the company and they got back to me the same day. If you tap the (very tiny) thumbnail, it will take you to your camera roll and you can start over that way. The company rep thanked me for pointing out the problem, which was nice.

I tried the same app on this shot of some asters:


I’m finding that iPhones do interesting things with flowers. They either look really sharp and natural, or they look like watercolors. Not sure what I’m doing to get that effect; I have a really steady hand, so it’s not focusing. May just be the ambient light.

OK, so here’s the PaintMee version:


I don’t like this one nearly as much, even after playing around with all the variables. It has too much of a paint-by-number quality. Probably determined by the quality of the original.

Anyhoo, have fun this week, everyone.

About pearlsandprose

Photography. With a little life thrown in.
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6 Responses to Painting with an iPhone

  1. susan says:

    OMG – I love this technique/app (whatever you call it) ! ! ! !

  2. I need an iPhone. Sigh. I need a better camera. Sigh.

    Cool pics!

  3. 36x37 says:

    What a cool app. I just added it to my phone, and will have to pull it out for the boys the next time they get cranky. 🙂 Thanks for the tip!

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