05.04.2015

Mobile photography and surrealism with the Superimpose application.

05.04.2015

Mobile photography and surrealism with the Superimpose application.

For this first Mobile Tips article, I decided to talk about an application that helps me a lot when I want to create a visual effect, and mainly an embedding tool I call superimpose. For this photo, “Henry, portrait of a cereal killer”, I used superimpose to embed the bowl of cereal in my head. This application works like an overlay system, so you load the background image and then the image which will appear in the foreground. Then you just need to erase a part of this foreground image and let the background image appear, and you can do all this using very precise and powerful tools. Then I used the vfxstudio application and snapseed. To see the complete tutorial for this photo, click on this link: www.cedricblanchon.com/tutorial (in French).

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Here is another example of embedding that is very precise thanks to superimpose. This is “Mister Egghead’s leaky memory”

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Application used: camera+ (to take the photo with a timer controler and block exposure and focus), Superimpose, rookie (for the final photo tint) and an egg:)

“Self-Portrait” application used: hipstamatic, superimpose. Thanks to superimpose, you can perfectly simulate a photo held in your hand, for the perfect illusion.

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Once you’ve understood the application’s basic principles, let your imagination do the rest.

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“Portrait of the Shadow”: here is a photo that also uses the principle of simulation of a photograph held in your hand, except that for this one, I used the blender application, using the same system of layers. Other applications used to take this photo: Shakeltphoto (for the faux polaroid) camera+ and lomob (for the frame and the final texture)

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“Portrait of the Shadow”: here is a photo that also uses the principle of simulation of a photograph held in your hand, except that for this one, I used the blender application, using the same system of layers. Other applications used to take this photo: Shakeltphoto (for the faux polaroid) camera+ and lomob (for the frame and the final texture)

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“Everyone needs a little help”: application used: the camera built in on my iPhone (for the photo of the snail), camera+ (for the use of the photo timer to take my picture simulating pushing the snail), superimpose (for setting the scene of me pushing the snail), oggl (for the texture and the filter), and afterlight (for the grain on the photo).

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“Home of desperate clothing” apps: camera+, superimpose and oggl, for the little story in this photo, the hand holding the knife wasn’t blurry, and I didn’t like that too much. Then when I used oggl and the tintype lens, it gave me this vignette effect and this blurriness, strengthening the impact and the aesthetic quality of this photo. Then everything was perfect!

So there you have it: a little exploration of the possible innovations you can achieve with these applications. I chose to show you mainly the things you can do with layers (and with your imagination). In my second article, I will return to this application. Combined with other applications, you can come up with some surprising effects.

Cédric Blanchon

My name is Cédric Blanchon. I’m a mobile artist and I consider myself a surrealist. I won the Grand Prize of the Mobile Photography Award in 2013 and artist of the year (in two categories, digital fine art and visual effects). I won the mobile master 2014, and I was one of the top 100 at the Eyeem Awards (I competed in the Illusionist Category). I had an exhibit in the United States in The Empty Space Gallery of Paul Toussaint. Next, I’ll have a show in the Paris Region and in Paris, as well as in my own city, and in Belgium too, then my work will be shown in Frankfurt. I have a website: www.cedricblanchon.com, and instagram: @cedricblanchon, flickr: www.flickr.com/photos/71479580@N04/with/16646917549/  Eyeem: www.eyeem.com/u/cedricblanchon 

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