“Mirrored photos can be gimmicky. But that is not to say there is no place for them in mobile phoneography. The mirror, after all, is a well-used metaphor in so many occasions and samples of literature.”
This is not something I have ever tried with my mobile photography – or for that matter tried at all, although I have seen some wonderful examples used at We Live in a Flat on a regular basis. Be sure to check them out!
I decided to try using the app Leonardo for this effect. It was mentioned on Instagram, and I did more research than usual on this app, as the purchase price was $4.99, higher than most iPhone/iPad apps. Research and reviews gave me a “thumbs up” decision to purchase, and I am so happy I did. This is a fantastic app, much like a mobile version of Photoshop. You can create layers and mask effectively. This is a total editing app! One thing I really like, and had not been able to find thus far, is the ability to adjust perspective. This is especially useful with architecture. The app also has many filters and effects, including the mirror effect of this photo challenge. I chose a recently taken architectural photo that I thought would lend itself well to this effect.
My Original Photo
Washington County Courthouse, Texas
And the completed mirror effect, with all edits done directly in the Leonardo app. Edits included basic editing (lighting, contrast, cropping, sharpness, etc.), and additional edits of mirror effect, light leaks, and poster filter. Hope you enjoy the final results!
App Challenge Image
Mobile Device: iPhone 4s
App Used: Leonardo