There are many different mobile photo workflows. Some involve images imported to the phone from other sources, and processed in mobile image editing apps. Other images are shot with the phone, then downloaded or emailed to a computer, where more powerful apps can be used to process them, and where printing is more straight forward. Other phone photos are run through simple “one step” processing methods, to produce predetermined effects. But perhaps the most satisfying type of phone photography is when images are shot with the phone, cropped, processed and edited on the phone, and published straight from the phone.
There is an element of risk involved is this method, since it can be difficult to know how sharp images are, with no way to zoom in on them in most editing apps. Color and shadow detail decisions can be problematic as well. Although it requires a separate step, a final image review in Datacolor’s color managed SpyderGallery app before publishing can help assure that the shadow detail, neutrality, and color of images are as you see them on screen, as well as allowing zooming in to determine just how sharp the image is. Perhaps these features will be integrated into editing apps in future editions, eliminating the separate step.
Once the image has been processed and proofed, publishing to Facebook, Flickr, other photo websites, or to a blog can be accomplished directly from the phone. So the time from “snap” to “publish” can be a matter of minutes, while still allowing a significant degree of artistic control of the process.
The images shown below were all shot last November during the Merano Wine Festival, in Northern Italy, then edited in NIK’s Snapseed app, and published the same day directly from the iPhone 4. Despite the wine tasting involved, they are images which, at least at small sizes, hold their own against my DSLR-based work.