Skillshare Class Progress – Everyday Surrealism: Creating Art from Photos

I’ve been a member of Skillshare on and off for the last year but never had a chance to really dive into any classes until recently. I’m signed up for a bunch and have watched bits and pieces of a few here and there but recently I decided I wanted to really make time for these classes and to submit some projects. Part of this is because Skillshare reached out to me to see if I’d be interested in teaching for them (not too big of a deal, anyone can teach a course). This is something I will definitely be doing once I have a space set up to record, so be on the lookout for that!

Anyway, because of their email I became motivated to fully check out a class. The first class I took was Tyson Wheatly‘s course “The Possibilities of Instagram: Sharing Your Best Photos.” I thought I had a pretty good grasp on mobile photo editing before but decided to check it out anyway. Tyson went over some apps I am familiar with (VSCOcam, SKRWT, Snapseed, etc) but also introduced me to some I had heard of but hadn’t tried before (Photoshop Express, Afterlight). The class is really helpful if you’re new to mobile photography, and I highly recommend it! (A post on how I personally edit my photos is coming soon).

For my second class, I stuck with mobile photography and signed up for the “Everyday Surrealism: Creating Art From Photos” taught by Chuck Anderson. This class is really neat and I learned a lot of cool mobile editing tricks I wouldn’t have come up with on my own! It’s really amazing how much you can do just using a phone these days, however, I found the assignment to be way harder than anticipated. Part of this is because the material I’ve been shooting lately isn’t really great for merging and making artsy, part is that I’m not as good at the apps as I’d like to be (specifically photoshop), and part of it is just my brain refusing to be creative. I kept at it and came up with the following images (so far). *Warning: Post is image heavy after the break*

1. I am obsessed with flowers so my first try was a floral picture. The original picture was this:


I altered that imagine in VSCOcam and then played with it in Photoshop Touch. I duplicated the image in multiple layers, flipped and rotated two, and then inverted the colors on one in each direction. I also played with the color balance on one of the layers to make it super pink. I put the layers in “overlay” mode and played with the opacity until I got an image I liked. I rotated the image to be vertical (in general I prefer all of my images to be horizontal) so I could use it as an iPhone background. The final image came out like this:


2. I felt like I didn’t have a lot of great images on my phone for this, so I asked a couple friends if they had anything I could play with. My good friend Sarah Palmer sent me the following image:


I played with the color, mirrored one side, and added a light feature using the Lens Light app and it ended up like this:


3. I was searching my phone for basically anything I could possibly mess with at this point because I was getting really into it. I decided to combine the following image with the first altered flower photo.

Processed with VSCOcam with e3 preset

The result was:

Processed with VSCOcam with hb2 preset 

I decided to play with the starfish image some more, I duplicated the layer, messed with some colors, and rotated the images a little bit and got the following:

Processed with VSCOcam with e3 preset

4. I took an image Phil sent me and messed with it a few times. The original is:


A few alters, I’m kind of meh about these:



5. Lastly (so far), I was inspired by another classmate’s image which combined city and country so I used the above image from Phil and the following from my friend Amanda and combined them:

IMG_1923 My first result was as follows:


I am super into space and felt like it could use a little something more dreamy so I made another one:


Needless to say I am really digging this class. I still want to dabble more and am sure I can make cooler images, but for a first few tries I’m pretty proud of these! I definitely recommend the course to anyone who is looking to learn how to edit or alter photos using your phone.


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Tamara is currently living in Pennsylvania working as a Scheduling Coordinator/Payroll Supervisor with Live Nation Entertainment. Looking for fun short-term opportunities during the off season from November to March.

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