Using layers is nothing strange in digital photography. When i first stepped into a digital darkroom one of the first few things i was taught were layers, masks and blending modes. With motography you can still layer an image but instead of using one app you use a few .
The original portrait was taken on my phone using Camera360 app. Camera360 is a free app with a huge range of effects that are added to you shot straight after being taken. This means you have an instant image already processed. It could be liked to loading your camera with a certain film for one shot. Apart from there being the standard Lomo filters there are also a view more fun ones aswell.
I shot the image using Lomo Memory which gives a bleached feel to the image.
I then took the image from my gallery and opened it in a new app, Pixel-O-Matic.
Pixel-O-Matic is another app which lets you choose a film, though really its a filter. You then choose a light layer which can be a light leak or a colour overlay. Pixel-O-Matic has a huge choice available. Finally you choose a boarder be it a film of vignette. All of these options have names of people which makes it interesting when remembering what effects you added.
Using these layed apps i created this portrait.
It could be said that there is no skill involved in just clicking generic filters and applying them to an image. I would normally agree with this and at first i was overwhelmed by the ease. With time i found that the more apps you use to create an image the more careful you need to be as different filters added together can just make a dark contrasted mess. Then again this is the same with Photoshop.
Using motograpghy for only a few months i can say the further you go the more you see that this is a genre which has a bad posterboy in all those coffee cups.
Do you like the portrait? Is there something you would have done differently?
Or maybe motograpghy is not your thing. Let me know using the comment box below.
2 thoughts on “Layering Motographs”
I know very little about what constitutes a good/great photo…I only know whether or not I like what I see…I like all three photos, the second looks very natural, the third has a more artistic feel to it…
I think what you said is the truest way of knowing for you what a good picture is.
If you like what you see then it is good for you. I always say that you are always your best guide of what is good, you always see your image first and if you like it then there must be something there.
I would agree that the second image is more natural as it really has only had the saturation lowered and a vignette added as part of the filter. I quite like it and with a little bit of levels and curves adjustment it would make a good image on its own.
The third image is more artistic and for me it is more in line with the mobile photography image feel. I would not normally edit a picture like this in Photoshop.
Thanks for the comment Heather.