Being a techie, I have always used a digital device for my photo references when painting. I can manipulate the image, zoom in, and quickly snap photos of my work-in-progress for comparison.
Here’s what I do before starting any painting.
Creating a reference folder on iPad/iPhone
From your main iPad or iPhone screen, click on the Photos Icon to open Photos.
At the top left of your screen, click on the “+” sign.
Then select New Album.
Type in the name of your new album (whatever you want) and then select Save.
Scroll and find your reference photo.
Select it, then click Done.
That’s it! You’re done. There is the new folder with your image inside.
Next, let’s crop it.
Cropping your reference
Inside your new folder, you will see your image.
Click on it to open it.
Select Edit at the top right of the screen.
See the 3 icons at the left of the screen? Click the bottom one that looks like this:
Drag the four corners of the box until you are happy with its placement.
Then select Done at the top right of the screen.
Back in your folder, select your (newly cropped) image.
See that icon in the top right? Click on it.
Now you have two!
Click on the second one to open it.
Let’s make that one a B&W image.
First, click on the top left symbol that looks like a dial.
Scroll it down to -100. You will see your image change as it removes all color information.