I have decided to pause on the monthly challenges in order to focus on some other aspects of my website, namely my backlog of over 50 unpublished workflows. If you're itching for a photo challenge though, there are many out there in webland. Here are my favorites:

30 Day Photos Project (this one's mine!)
Photoblog Challenges
52 Photos Project
Photo Friday
Capture Your 365
Fat Mum Slim
Photo Art Friday
 
 
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I always think of the month of February as being full of the color red, considering all of the Valentine's Day treats filling up the stores. This month, focus your attention on the color red. Try to capture a photo that features or spotlights this color. If you use a Valentine's Day theme, make it really unique!

Creative i prompt: Create a work of art that features the color red.

Be creative. Showcase a photo of something that is naturally red or that you have made red through the photo editing process. Have fun!

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To an iPhoneographer, more is always better! But for this challenge, we're going to stick with just one photo editing app to edit our photos.

Creative i Prompt: Create a work of art using just one photo editing app!


When I first began doing iPhoneography, I used only Photoshop Touch because that was the only app I knew how to use. Later I learned how to process my photos in one app, then another, and another. Many iPhoneographers use between 3 - 5 different apps for each photo.

Recently, I've been going through a simplification stage where I try to use only one app. This works well with apps like BeFunky, Photo Toaster, PicsArt, and Snapseed. The challenge is in the limitation....what can you do using only one app?

Here are some of my one-app wonders...

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Photo by Davvy Bar | Edited by me in Handy Photo
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Edited in BeFunky
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This month, we're turning old images into new ones! Look back over the photos you've taken this year and choose one to "recycle." I love recycling images. It's great for breaking creative blocks or expanding your creative iPhoneography skills. The inset photo is one I processed already (HERE) but, since I've re-discovered Photo Toaster, I re-edited in a slightly different direction.

Creative i Prompt: Recycle a photo to create a new work of art.

Here are a few ideas....

  • Revisit a photo you took a while ago, but didn't know what to do with it
  • Use a photo already processed and start over in a completely different processing direction (e.g., black and white to painterly)
  • Begin with the edited photo and add to it (e.g., layer another photo to create a double exposure)

Share your Recycled Photos! If you have a blog, show the before and after images.

I originally popped up the color in this image of a bicycle I found on the street. Then I re-processed it in black and white. I went in another editing direction by merging a blue texture background with the original photo in MultiExpo.
Recycled Faded to create Trees In Me.
See the workflow for the first image, Faded, and the second, Trees In Me.
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Creative iPrompt: Create a creative selfie (self-portrait).

I just completed Vivienne McMaster's #beyourownbeloved Beloved Beginnings e-course. It's a 10-day online course exploring a variety of simple self-portrait prompts. I became inspired by having to focus the lens on myself for 10 days and started creating all sorts of apped out selfies. So, for the month of November, I'm going to try #amonthofselfies, posting a selfie a day on my blog. Join me!

If you need some guidance or inspiration on selfie-making, here are some great links from my 30 Day Photos Project e-course:

- Blog: Selfie Magic
- Interview:Iphoneographers In Front of the Lens #3 - Sarah Jarrett
- Tutorial: Make Your Profile Image Stand Out In A Crowd

From my camera roll...

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Black and white photos are the most powerful and striking, in my opinion. They always seem to convey a stronger emotion or quality than their color counterparts. This month, challenge yourself to create a striking black and white image and/or convert a color image already in your camera roll to black and white. 

Creative iPrompt: Create a work of art in black & white

Check out Black & White 101 by Sid Pena for guidance. 

From my camera roll....

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Converted color photo to black and white in Snapseed.
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Converted this color photo to black and white (in BeFunky) to bring out shadows cast by trees.
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Used Noir to bring out the contrast of the open blinds in this photo (originally in color).
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Blurs are sometimes considered mistakes but they can create beautiful effects, even when they are accidental. 

There are a variety of ways to get a blurry, artistic effect:
~ motion blur
~ double exposure
~ out of focus
~ shooting through another medium
~ app effects like BlurFX

Creative iPrompt: Create a work of art featuring a beautiful blur

If you need some help or inspiration, check out this great tutorial on creating beautiful blurs by Kat Eye Studio from Kat's Exploring With a Camera series:

Artistic Blur, Part 1
Artistic Blur, Part 2

Here are some examples from my camera roll...

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Natural motion blur going through tunnel
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Blurred background created with BlurFX
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Inside of bird feeder (out of focus) enhanced with Snapseed
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Patterns make beautiful backgrounds and layers for your digital mixed media, collage art and creative iphoneography. When I began using my iPad to make art, I used a lot of old book illustrations as backgrounds. It didn't occur to me that I could take my own photos and use them. 

Then one day I was looking at a pattern in the sofa fabric and thought, "That would make a great background." 

Creative iPrompt:
Create a work of art using a patterned background you've photographed. 

It's a good idea to go around snapping every pattern you see. You never know which ones you'll use. For example, when I took the photo of the floral fabric below, I had no idea it would be so perfect for the image of Primrose (inset). 

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Above is a mailing envelope I snapped which created the geometrical lines on this art journaling piece. Below, I used the pattern from a doormat to create a magical tree image. You'll notice that the photographs are a little blurry....that's what I love about creative iphoneography -- the mistakes don't matter...everything looks great in the final piece.
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Creative iPrompt:
Take a mirrored selfie (self-portrait).

When I submitted this photo to http://artistswithiphones.com/, the rules were:
It has to be a self portrait taken by you in front of a mirroring surface and the cameraphone has to be visible.

Follow these same guidelines to create your own mirrored selfie. Check out the website to see other artists' ideas. Let's see your mirrored selfie! Below, you can add a link to your blog post featuring the selfie. 

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