I’ve been working on this edit for a while but there is one person on Instagram whose mastered this type of editing. The photo above was on accident, I haven’t been able to redo this edit until now. I want you all to check out a guy on Instagram called Rich S Baldonado a.k.a. rbtek1. I would say he is the master and will not tell all his secrets, but what I am going to do is get you started on how to this type of editing. It’s up to you on how you want to edit your photos.
Neutral Density are filters you buy for lenses, DSLR lenses mostly. What it does is slows down light going through your lens, so you get this dragging looking to your clouds photos and steamy water look too. Also it’s best to have a tripod to this type of photography and a cables release, to take proper long exposure shots. The reason why I want to figure out how to do this type of edit is you can’t screw on filters to your iPhone. Even with the lenses you can pop on your iPhone is really impossible to screw on and you don’t have exposure control with the camera app. You can buy camera app with exposure control, but I don’t see filters being made for the pop on cell phone lenses.
This photo I have here is called a Zoom Burst and I used a ND Filter so I don’t over blow the highlights. You have to set your camera at a longer than normal exposure, a zoom lens and you twist your lens to take the shot.
Now this is a night shot I took down in La Jolla Cove during the glowing algae season or red tide. If this was a day shot with a ND Filter you could get smoking water and long sweeping clouds. This was taken at night so no ND Filter was needed. You only use this type of filter during the day. Click on the Neutral Density Filters Group to learn more about this type of photography. You can see all type of examples in the group pool, please check out these photos.
This will be the photo, I’ll be using in the demo of how to make your sweeping clouds. You want a photo with lots of blue plain sky. Make sure you have no clouds up above. That was my problem with doing this editing, I had clouds in my photo. I tried blurring it out with the Broonoo Blur Edit, but it looked like crap. So make sure you use a photo with very clear skies for this type of edit.
Next take a picture of clouds like this, it’s really important that they are puffy clouds and spread all out. The next step I’ll show you why…
Load up Focal Lab, you can but this app for $.99, this is my most used app for editing most of iPhone photos. It’s also has medium resolution 1200×1200, but that OK because I use this app more for blending images than anything else. You can also stretch the image on Photo Forge 2 if you prefer to blend on there.
The photo will look like this loaded on the app. What you want to do is where it says Focal Lab, there’s an arrow down button next to it. Tap on the arrow down button.
Then a menu will pop down and you have these options. Tap on the “Zoom Blur”. There will be a slider and slide it to the MAX. You want the maximum output.
You will do Zoom Blur several times. I lost count on how many times I zoomed out the clouds, maybe 4 to 6 times. Now this is really up to you on how much your want to stretch out your clouds. There is no right or wrong way doing your zoom or you can even do Motion Blur too, just in case your want to mix it up a little. Why be boring !!! Put some excitement in your editing and push yourself.
My saved zoomed out photo. It looks entirely different from the top clouds photo I started with. But you can see why you want this type of clouds photos to do your zoom/motion editing.
Next I used Dynamic Light, another app I used a lot for editing. You want to make the details pop a little and brighten up the colors.
DXP was the app I used for blending my photos together. I loaded the zoom sky first then my light post photo second. The blend I used was Overlay, make sure you use Overlay. Multiply makes too dark and blue.
The finished photo has some lens flares on them. I used an app called Lens Flare to make the light pop !!! I also shrank them down so it would fit to proportion with the lights in the lamp post.
Now if you have any question you can e-mail me firstname.lastname@example.org or leave a comment. You can also follow me on Twitter, Tumblr and Instagram @ashcroft54. You can also check out the Combo Apps Group on Flickr Down below. Check out the group pool and see lots of creative Combo Apps editing.
Combo Apps, a group on Flickr.