Dec 31, 2015

Mob Paint #47

This super-sized showcase is the final one for 2015 and the final for Art of Mob, but more on that later. It is so interesting to see just how far we have come with mobile photography and painterly mobile art. I want to thank all who participated this year. 

As for the future of Art of Mob...I tried to continue on a limited basis this year but soon found myself blogging at nearly the pace I had in previous years. So, I'll be discontinuing posting new articles but will leave Art of Mob online as a resource for those interested in mobile photography.

Wishing each and every one of you a happy, healthy and safe 2016.

Sandra Becker - Wood Nymph, Enticed

Camera+, Slow Shutter Cam; processed using Facetune, Procreate, iColorama, Superimpose, Flowpaper, & Grunge HD.
This piece was inspired by my study of the painting 'Primavera' by Sandro Botticelli which can be seen as an elaborate mythological allegory of the burgeoning fertility of the world as shown in the spring wood nymph he painted. My idea was to show this allegory as a fall scene of a modern Wood Nymph who ruled over those who now sought her for protection over the upcoming winter worlds hazardous ways. Among those was Bird whose species was soon to die out unless Wood Nymph gave the few who remained her magical attention. Thus Bird is shown enticing Wood Nymph for her protections. With this story in mind I chose from a variety of mobile photos I had taken while also thinking of apps and processes to use. I put the chosen photos in a separate album in my photo app and started working from that album to pull the photos as I saw fit. I used superimpose to extract some of the elements from their background to create PNG files that I could add from. The wood nymphs face was put through Facetune & reworked with another facial profile. I worked back and forth in procreate and iColorama adding elements & effects as needed. Grunge HD was used to show a tear in the upper portion which was then overlapped onto the lower image and the whole reworked for linear aesthetic pause. I used Flowpaper to create the blueish flowing forms coming from the birds feet to entice, encircle, the wood nymph and mirror the linear tear for emphasis. Many filters were used in combining images to get the best effects and a lot of masking in iColorama. Experimenting with my images in various apps is what fascinates me the most as so many different effects can be had and aesthetic choices made as the process grows.

Dec 18, 2015

GeometriCam Released and I Have a Giveaway!

Just released! GeometriCam - a real-time abstract geometric design app and I have a GIVEAWAY

Leave a comment for a chance to win one of three promo codes. Winners will be selected by random draw at noon on Sunday, December 20, 2015 at 3 PM PST.

Press Release:

GeometriCam for iPhone / Photo & Video / ©2015 

«ABSTRACTION IS REAL» (J. Albers, 1966)

GeometriCam uses the iPhone camera as a live video source to generate stylish geometric compositions in real-time.

Explore your surroundings through the eyes of geometry and be amazed by shapes and colors that change as you move around: creating abstract masterpieces has never been so fun and easy!

With GeometriCam you can: - capture beautifully crisp images and video clips while controlling a powerful GPU- accelerated filtering engine;
- import and process images and video clips straight from your photo albums and export professional-quality content;
- take total control of different stages of non-linear, non-destructive granular editing through innovative and intuitive tools.

Behind the scenes your composition is a grid: use your fingers to change the size and aspect ratio of the cells or benefit from smart tools specifically created to help you adjust, refine and frame the layout. See complex patterns come true in seconds thanks to a special UI designed to offer a streamlined, one-handed experience.

Dec 14, 2015

Giveaway! Brushstroke 2.1 Released - Now With Face Detection

The Brushstroke app for creating painterly images just got better with their new version 2.1 released today and I have TEN (yes 10!) promo codes to give away. Leave a comment below - winners will be selected by random draw on Wednesday at 4 PM PST.

What's new?

Face detection which allows for adjusting the detail in faces
Support for iCloud Photo Library and Photo Streams
Optimized for iOS 9 and iPad Pro
3D Touch Quick Actions and Peek and Pop photo previews for the iPhone 6S and 6S Plus
TIFF file format option added (enable in settings)

Here's a quick sample to show the difference in an image with no face detection (left) and 100% face detection (right).

Dec 4, 2015

Giveaway - Colors AlTaglio - A Novel New Color Correction App

Roger Tallada, developer of the brand new photo app, Colors AlTaglio, was kind enough to answer a few questions about his new app. He also generously provided FIVE promo codes for a giveaway! Be sure to leave a comment on this post to enter the giveaway. Winners will be announced on Saturday, December 5 at noon, PST.

What is your name and how are you affiliated with the Colors AlTaglio app? 

RT: My name is Roger Tallada, I'm the sole developer and designer of Colors AlTaglio. I've done everything from programming the app to making the website and designing the icon.

Do you have a photography or art background?

RT: I do have an artistic background, I've been a professional illustrator and comic book artist for more than ten years. I have a degree in computer software and started my professional life as a software developer for a magazine publishing company but I always wanted to be an illustrator. One day I quit my job to follow my dream.

Dec 3, 2015

Mob Street No. 15

“Cities have always offered anonymity, variety, and conjunction, qualities best basked in by walking: one does not have to go into the bakery or the fortune-teller's, only to know that one might. A city always contains more than any inhabitant can know, and a great city always makes the unknown and the possible spurs to the imagination.” ― Rebecca Solnit, Wanderlust: A History of Walking

For this week's showcase I asked the photographers whose works were selected to provide the name of the city where the photo was taken. Where provided it is listed next to the photographer's name. We have images from Agra, India to Seattle, Washington. So many different places represented in the Mob Street Flickr Group.

Julia Nathanson - Toronto, Canada

Dec 1, 2015

Mobile Photography Awards Deadline December 3rd

5th Annual Mobile Photography Awards Deadline is December 3, 2015 at 11:59 PM PST.  Grand Prize is $3,000 and your own solo exhibit. The MPA Photo essay has it's own $500 prize. 20 photo category winners will be exhibited at the new art gallery near Toronto in April 2016.

Imvio iPhone Lenses - An Affordable Alternative

Imvio Lenses sent me their Ultimate Rig which includes a case for my iPhone 6 + 2 Lenses + Lens Carrying Case. The Ultimate Rig is currently selling at a discounted price of $39.99 (marked down from $69.99). It is available in Black, Teal, Sand and Coral. You can visit the Imvio site to purchase.

My first impression from the packaging was definitely a good one.

Once I opened the packaging, it didn't disappoint. The case easily attached to my iPhone 6S and everything lined up perfectly with the openings and buttons on my iPhone. Looks like it will provide good protection as a stand alone case when not using the lenses. Although I like the sleekness of the iPhone it can be a little slippery in your hand without a case.

The lenses come in a handy and sturdy case that can be attached to a keychain or bag if you like. The lenses fit snugly inside.

Nov 30, 2015

Instagram DrySåk Giveaway and Discount Code Extended

Missed out the first time? Såk Gear has offered another giveaway, this time on Instagram. Enter the giveaway here.

Also, the 10% discount for Art of Mob readers has been extended until December 6, 2015. Enter the code ARTOFMOB at checkout - you can purchase your DrySåk here.

Nov 28, 2015

Featured iPhone Photographer @cokejube

The language barrier with Corinna, @Cokejube on Instagram, did not prevent me from wanting to feature her gorgeously textured imagery. I kept the questions short to make it as easy as possible for us to communicate. The photographs speak a univeral language.

What is your name and where do you live?

My name is Corinna and I live with my son and our dog in a small town in northern Germany. I was born in 1968. My family was living in a village near the border with "West Germany", BRD. So I've been a typical East German girl. Today, everything is almost forgotten.


Nov 25, 2015

Ultimate Filterloop Challenge for Photographers and iPhoneographers

The creators of the Filterloop app would like to announce their Ultimate Challenge for Photographers and iPhoneographers. Here are the details:

  • Beginning December 2, 2015, post a photo on Instagram which best reflects your style and tag it #filterloopchallenge on Instagram. Any apps and editing tools can be used (Filterloop does not have to be used). Each entrant can add up to 3 photos. The deadline is 1:00 a.m. PST, December 17, 2015.

  • Filterloop chooses a winner

  • The winner creates a pack of filters using tools like Lightroom or Photoshop

  • Filterloop adds the pack to the Filterloop app along with the winner’s name and a link to his/her portfolio

  • Several runners-up get a chance to create three, two, or one filter for a special pack dedicated to the challenge

  • You get featured in a popular photo app and your filters are used by thousands of iPhoneographers

Filterloop is available FREE on The App Store

Nov 24, 2015

Giveaway - Red Dot Camera Full Version and Announcing Free Version Release

In September, I ran a giveaway for the newly released Red Dot Camera app, inspired by the Leica M. The makers of Red Dot Camera have just released a FREE version that you can download today to try before you buy the paid version.  If you missed out on that September giveaway I also have five more promo codes for the full paid version to give away. 

Download the FREE version here.

Sign up for the giveaway for the full version by leaving a comment on this post. Winners will be chosen by random draw on November 29, 2015 12 noon PST.

Press Release:

Looking for a free iPhone camera app with the look and feel of a professional manual camera? Red Dot Camera is the first camera app to bring rangefinder-style manual focus and exposure features to iOS, taking creative mobile photography to the next level.

Inspired by the retro craftsmanship of the classic Leica M camera series, Red Dot Camera brings your images to life with unrivaled quality and without the interference of gimmicky filters.

Featuring four basic settings - ISO, Speed, Exposure Compensation, and Focus - Red Dot excels in delivering a retro photography experience coupled with exceptional image capture quality.

Nov 23, 2015

GIVEAWAY!!! DrySåk | The Perfect Waterproof Bag for Your Gear!

Recently my oldest son Nick introduced me to a new venture that he's been working on for quite some time - DrySåk, a rugged waterproof dry bag for storing your gear during water sports and other outdoor activities.

He offered to sponsor a GIVEAWAY (one 10 L size in your color choice) for one lucky Art of Mob reader. I'm sure this will come in handy when toting around your iPhone and other gear. If you're not the lucky winner, you can still get a 10% discount - keep reading to find out how!

What is DrySåk? 

NN:  DrySåk is a line of roll down style, premium waterproof dry bags created to protect gear and belongings from the elements.

Why did you create the line?

NN:  For many years I have used roll-down style dry bags. My work in Utila, Honduras finds part of my daily commute on a boat, and these type of bags are particularly helpful keeping my stuff dry. Despite loving the concept of these bags, I found myself constantly wishing that they had an outside splash-proof pocket so that I could have quick access to a few essential items (keys, wallet, ID etc.) without having to open up the bag and rummage through all of my things. Your readers that have used these style bags will understand what I mean. One day after complaining about this to myself I decided to to take action and produce my ideal dry bag...

Nov 22, 2015

Kickstarter Campaign - The Magic of LifePrint with Augmented Reality

One of the cool things about blogging at Art of Mob is that I get contacted by the creators of iPhone related gadgets and accessories. When I was approached about LifePrint and introduced to their Kickstarter page I actually said, "WOW!" Not many products provoke that response. I figured if it provided the Wow factor for me, it would be of interest to Art of Mob readers as well. Robert Macauley was kind enough to take some time out from his campaign to answer a few of my questions.

Augmented Reality with LifePrint

What is your affiliation with LifePrint? 

RM:  I’m the founder of the company and the head of product development.

Nov 16, 2015

Mob Paint No. 46

Many places are experiencing the autumn season right now - perhaps that is why I was drawn to all of the images with rich fall tones. Even as a child it was my favorite time of year and I even penned this poem in elementary school which I still remember:

Fall my favorite time of year
Let's me know that winter is near
The bright colored leaves high in the trees
Fall with a rhythm in the breeze. 
~ geri centonze (circa 1962)

There are so many possibilities to create with a mobile device. Just have a look at all of the images below created by manipulating photographs on a phone or tablet. (When available I have listed the apps used by the artist).

This is only a sampling of the talent in the Mob Paint Flickr Group - stop by and have a look! And if you like to edit your mobile photos in a painterly fashion, please join the group - we'd love to have you.

Michael Trombley
Michael Trombley

Nov 15, 2015

Get Inspired with Living the Photo Artistic Life

The latest issue of Living the Photo Artistic Life is now available for FREE online. Although the imagery has been created using desktop software (Photoshop), it is still inspiring for all of us who like to create art that begins with a photograph or a collage of photos.

The Editor, Sebastian Michaels, kindly allowed me to repost a couple of screenshots from Issue No. 9. You can view the entire publication and past issues here.

Nov 13, 2015

Relight App Released by Code Organa and I have a Giveaway!

I was part of the beta testing team for the new Relight app by Code Organa (creators of Brushstroke and ToonCamera). When using the app I found that when I reduced the style intensity I got some very subtle corrections that I really liked. Below are a few before and after photos. 

Code Organa has supplied me with five promo codes to give away. To enter the draw, just leave a comment on this post. Winner will be selected by random draw and announced on Saturday, November 14, 2015 at 4 PM PST. 

© Geri Centonze
I love the Gray tones found under the Color tab

Nov 11, 2015

Is Social Media Anti-Social?

"Did you know the average person spends four years of his life looking down at his cell phone?"

After a discussion with my son about the merits or lack thereof of social media I stumbled upon this video posted by a friend. I've been thinking about the impact of social media on my own relationships. More and more I see entire families out to dinner each absorbed in their device rather than interacting with each other. I'm starting to sound like my mother, longing for the "good old days". She often says "No one talks to each other anymore! You're all on your phones!" Maybe not everything new is a step in the right direction.

The video below pretty much sums up the way I've been feeling lately. So when you see less of me online, you'll know why.

Nov 10, 2015

Mob Street No.14

“The purpose of a storyteller is not to tell you how to think, but to give you questions to think upon.” ― Brandon Sanderson, The Way of Kings

A good street photo tells a story or at least makes you ask the question "what's going on here?" Each of these images makes me want to know more. What's going on here? Who are they? Where are they going? What are they thinking? And, what happens next?

Thank you to all who contribute to the Mob Street Flickr Group. If you enjoy street photography using a mobile device, be sure to join us.

Marco Lamberto - Black and White
Marco Lamberto - Black and White

Nov 2, 2015

iPhone Photo Recognized in 1st ROYGBIV Color Awards

The winners of the 1st ROYGBIV Color Awards were just announced. I was honored and very surprised to find my Fuchsia in Pink chosen as 2nd Place Winner in the Landscape and Nature Category. This was not a mobile only photo competition so I'm pleased to see that an iPhone photo was considered worthy competition.

Oct 31, 2015

Elaine Taylor - Making Everyday Life Extraordinary with Her iPhone

Huge apologies to Elaine for my tardiness in publishing this interview. I'm getting back on track after our recent move and I'm sure you will agree her work and words were worth the wait.

What is your name and where do you live? 

Hello! My name is Elaine Taylor. I live in Leeds, Yorkshire (UK) with my husband (Stephen) and our sons (Charlie & Billy).

How did you get started in mobile photography? What device do you use?

I’ve always loved taking snaps and looking at other people’s photos. I never get bored! When I got an iPhone 3S, nearly 4 years ago, I discovered a whole new world of photography. A friend introduced me to Hipstamatic, and soon after that I found Instagram. That was it. I was hooked! I have an iPhone 5S now and it’s the only camera I use. I love mobile photography; it’s become a huge part of my every day life.

© Elaine Taylor

Oct 27, 2015

Memory Reconsolidation by Joshua Sariñana

I am fascinated by the many ways the iPhone aids artists and even neuroscientists in their work. With permission from Joshua Sariñana (neuroscientist and photographer), I am reposting an article he recently published on his own site. When asked what role the iPhone played in this particular series, Joshua provided me with this answer: "The original images were captured on multiple cameras, including my iPhone. All of the images were post processed on my phone and then transfered to polaroid film using my iPhone and the Impossible Universal Lab."

In this series of images, I aim to connect past and present through the reconciliation of disparate identities I’ve formed between two vastly different cultures on opposite sides of the United States (more specifically, Los Angles, CA and Cambridge, MA). These images are of emotionally salient and important points in my life. Using the circular frame to telescope back in time I conflate distinct representations of who I am. Some images are of solitary figures while others are superimposed upon one another, newer images with older ones. I reflect upon how poignant and hybrid photographs represent the unstable nature of memory and how the brain assembles narrative.

Oct 12, 2015

GIVEAWAY! Assembly by Pixite - Graphic Design for Everyone

Pixite has a new app, Assembly... and I have a giveaway!! Leave a comment below to enter the draw - there are two promo codes available. Winner will be announced on Friday, October 16th at noon PDT.

You know the name Pixite - the creative company that has given us Shift, Matter, Union, Fragment and Unbound! With their latest app, Assembly anyone can create icons, logos and even scenes using the unique building block approach to design, one shape at a time.

Oct 7, 2015

Jack Hollingsworth Interview by Mobilni

Recently my friends at Mobilni interviewed the very talented photographer Jack Hollingsworth.  With their permission, I am reposting that interview here, in case you missed it!

Good morning Jack. I’m very happy to have you here for the interview. You are one of the most prolific and impactful mobile photographers in the world, sharing your knowledge and techniques with the community. Let us start from the beginning: can you tell us how you started your photographic adventure; when did you realize that it is photography that you want to do for a living?
After graduating from high school, in the early 70s, I took my very first overseas trip. Over the summer I worked in the kitchen on a 600-cadet merchant Marine ship that sailed from Buzzards Bay (Cape Cod) to Scandinavia. My uncle, Leigh Harrington, was the president of the Massachusetts Maritime Academy, one of six State Maritime Academies in the country. As a going away gift, my dad bought me a Minolta 101 SLR. As I look back, that experience sent me on a path but I’m still on today – travel and photography.

Oct 5, 2015

Mob Paint #45

Creativity can release you from the limitations that the world has constructed around you; the everyday, mundane, 9-5 jail cell where everybody is waiting for the weekend to party so they can get outside of their head.
~Robert LaSardo

Is that what makes creating so attractive? Is it the ability to carry us to another world where time stands still and we release our inner imagination to the world? The Mob Paint Flickr Group is comprised of creatives and I'm pleased to feature some of their work here. If you enjoy editing your images in a painterly way, please join us!

© Ivy Newport
Ivy Newport
Repix, Procreate, iColorama and Stackables

Sep 27, 2015

The Dramatic iPhoneography of Vassilis Rogakos

© Vassilis Rogakos
What is your name and where do you live?

VR:  My name is Vassilis Rogakos. I was born and live in Athens, Greece.

How did you get started in mobile photography? What device do you use?

VR:  I resisted getting a cell phone for a very long time, but I was introduced to Instagram through my good friend (@blackbirdtales) and he set up an account for me about one year ago. Then I bought my first iPhone 5S in August 2014 and I am still using it. Its simplicity was a relief. I was amazed how easy taking and editing my photos on my iPhone turned out to be. That’s how I got hooked on mobile photography.

© Vassilis Rogakos
Midnight in China Town

Sep 22, 2015

Mob Street No.13

"I'm a voyeur. I say that with no embarrassment. If I could have a superpower, being invisible would be it, no question. I'm fascinated by human behavior; observing people and seeing how much story gets told without a lot of dialogue, and how much our brain fills in."
~Thomas Schlamme

I wonder of we all realize how endlessly fascinating we are to one another. I could people watch all day. When I was younger, my Dad would often drive our family down to the L.A. Airport and we would sit in the waiting area and watch the departures and arrivals. That was before all the airport security kicked in and you could sit right at the gate. I particularly remember the reunions of returning soldiers from the Viet Nam war with their loved ones. Maybe that's where I developed my love of people watching. Now I get the same feeling looking at the photos from the Mob Street Flickr Group. If you're a street photographer using a mobile device, you're welcome to join in!

Goha Radziszewska
Goha Radziszewska

Sep 18, 2015

Time Out!

I'll be taking a time out from blogging as we prepare to move to our new home. I have a few articles scheduled which will be posted but won't be working on anything new until around mid-October.

See you all then!

Sep 10, 2015

What New Apple Devices Do You Want?

With the recent Apple Event we were introduced to the iPhone 6S and iPhone 6S Plus, All-New Apple TV, Watch OS 2, iPad Pro, Apple Pencil and Smart Keyboard.

Here are some details about a few of the new devices and accessories to tempt you:

iPhone 6S and 6S Plus will feature the all new 12 MP iSight Camera, 3D Touch which will register force (pressure) in their new Peek and Pop gestures along with the usual multi-tasking gestures. Live Photos will be introduced which allows you to capture 1.5 seconds before and after the capture in a "living photo". For videographers, you will be able to capture 4K video and process in the all-new iMovie app. With the 12 MP camera, you can capture panoramas at a whopping 63 MP!

The new iPhones will have the A9 64-bit chip which is faster while improving battery life. Available in 4 colors including the new Rose Gold, pricing will start at $199 for a 16 GB iPhone 6S with a 2-Year Contract.

Sep 8, 2015

GIVEAWAY - Red Dot Camera Released

There's a new manual camera app that just launched - Red Dot Camera. Honestly, I'm not very knowledgeable when it comes to the ins and outs of manual camera apps, so rather than do a "review" I decided to interview the creator of the app and let my readers decide for themselves. I will note that compared to other manual camera apps I have used, this one is way simpler in its design and ease of use which may be enough for me to do more experimentation!

You may get a chance to try the app for FREE by signing up for the giveaway. Five lucky winners will receive promo codes. Winners will be selected by random draw on Thursday, September 10th at 7:00 p.m. PDT. Just leave a comment on this post to enter the draw.

The app sells for $2.99 in The App Store.

Red Dot Camera
What is your name and what is your affiliation with Lifelike Apps, Inc? 

DS:  My name is Dotan Saguy. I am the founder and CEO of Lifelike Apps, Inc. But I’m also an avid photographer.

Although Lifelike Apps has developed other applications the focus of this interview is on your latest app, Red Dot Camera. Please tell me what inspired the development of this manual camera app for the iPhone.

DS:  I’ve been a serious amateur photographer for the past 20+ years and recently have fallen in love with street photography. So after using Nikon SLR's for many years, I migrated to rangefinder style equipment. I shot Fuji mirrorless cameras for a while and eventually it became my gateway drug to Leica. I’ve been shooting a Leica M Monochrom for the past year and absolutely loving it. That’s what inspired me to design Red Dot Camera: I wanted a rangefinder style manual camera I could always have with me for the many times I don’t have my Leica around.

iPhone Screenshot Red Dot Camera

Sep 7, 2015

Mob Paint Monday No. 44

“We are no longer in an age of needing to be approved and edited by larger companies before we are allowed to share our creations. This is the era of Do-It-Yourself. Research, investigate and try. You owe it to yourself, to your art and to the Creator to find a way to share that which you are and that which can help, aid, inspire and encourage others. Go for it and prepare to win, because you get what you prepare for.” ― Lala Mae ButterflyFreedom's Daughter: Poems & Art

Showcasing samples of the beautiful images shared in the Mob Paint Flickr Group is one of my favorite activities here at Art of Mob. Each showcase provides a chance to view work being done by various artists around the world.

In order to help this be not only a visual delight but a learning experience, I have asked the artists to provide a list of the apps used. Not all were received in time for posting. If you are a member of the Mob Paint Flickr Group and would like your work considered for the monthly showcase, I ask that you include the apps used when posting to the group. Thanks in advance for sharing your process.

The Tree © Julie Hollow
The Tree © Julie Hollow 
Apps Used: iColorama Glaze Impresso Superimpose Snapseed DistressedFX

Sep 3, 2015

GIVEAWAY - JixiPix RipPix Released

JixiPix has brought us a number of photo apps that offer great special effects. You may be familiar with Artista Impresso, Artista Oil , Portrait Painter, Aquarella Watercolor, Grungetastic just to name a few!

Their latest release, RipPix is perfect for those of us looking to collage elements or isolate elements of our images and apply textures separately to the background and foreground.

Here's the description from the App Store:

"RipPix uses worn and stained photo effects to give your photo a nostalgic quality then gives you the ability to turn any subject into a center detail by simply tracing around on the image. Cut out a bird, flower, person or tree then size, rotate and move it around on the background photo to create a beautiful paper accent piece with soft shadow. Using a foreground and background photo, this remarkably easy app can add subjects back into photos, create simple collages of friends, blend scenery together, or add focus with cut out objects. From the romantic to the whimsical each piece you create will have a unique and distinctive touch."

The app includes 55 Worn Textures, 34 Aged Papers, 20 one-touch presets, ability to replace foreground photo, Rip Tool to add or remove edges and cut photos, Move Image Tool, and Three Edge Styles.

I grabbed a few of my already edited images and applied a little RipPix magic to them. I didn't spend a lot of time on these as I wanted to get the blog post written. I can't wait until I have more time to experiment and layer using RipPix.

Sep 1, 2015

GIVEAWAY! Sumoing Retype for Wonderfully Creative Typography

I'm so thrilled to be able to offer five promo codes for the newest member of the Sumoing App Family. You will know Sumoing for their quality apps Repix, Relook, Recolor and Camu.

You'll love the many styles, 3D shadow effects and color changes you can make with just a tap! Stuck for words, don't worry, they have a quote bank included in the app. Use it to create word art, posters, banners, invitation...let your imagination run wild!

Choose a background from within the app, or upload one of your own images. Can't wait to see what YOU do with Retype!

Leave your name in the comments below to be eligible for the giveaway. I'll announce the five lucky winners on Thursday at 2 p.m. PDT. Good Luck!

Aug 31, 2015

True Confession on my TrueView Interview

Several weeks ago Joanne Carter asked me to participate in the TrueView Interview series she is publishing at The App Whisperer. I tried a few times to record a video of myself answering the question but each one was so stilted and unnatural that I deleted them. I figured out a way to make a video where I showed a bit of my work and spoke about it while the images moved across the screen. I was quite pleased with it and sent it off to Joanne.

Before it was posted on The App Whisperer, I read a few comments on other interviews done in a similar manner and many people were disappointed that they didn't get to see the person face to face. What to do? I shot a second video wearing a silly white wig and at my request, that is the version that Joanne published.

After viewing the wigged version, I think the video says more about my insecurities than it does about my mobile art. For me, the original version below, in which I gave a completely different answer is still my favorite and truer to who I am. I prefer to remain in the background which is probably why I enjoy blogging. So, I wanted to share it here.

My advice to any of the artists who are still wondering how to present their own TrueView interview is to do what seems most comfortable for you without worrying about what the response will be. I look forward to viewing them all whether you are hiding like me or boldly standing before the camera!

What does my work say about mobile art? from Geri Centonze on Vimeo.

Aug 30, 2015

Luis Rodríguez "Mobile Photography Has Changed My Life"

© Luis Rodríguez
What is your name and where do you live?

LR:  My name is Luis Rodríguez, and I live in Madrid, Spain.

How did you get started in mobile photography? What device do you use?

LR:  I started thanks to a double coincidence: I bought my first iPhone 3GS in February 2010 and 8 months later Instagram showed up. I had always been self-employed and happened to suffer the worldwide crisis and had almost no work at all. So, instead of using my energies on finding a job, I started to shoot and edit the pics on my iPhone and got hooked to mobile photography.

© Luis Rodríguez

Aug 25, 2015

Mob Street No.12

“Photography is a way of feeling, of touching, of loving. What you have caught on film is captured forever… It remembers little things, long after you have forgotten everything.” — Aaron Siskind

The Mob Street showcase is making its appearance again with No. 12. Photos are selected from the Mob Street Flickr Group. Anyone shooting street photography with a mobile device is welcome to join in.
As someone who has an endless fascination with people watching, the images below give me a chance to visit streets around the world through the lenses of these very talented photographers.

© unaisa momoitio
Unaisa Momoitio

Aug 24, 2015

TrueView Interview at The App Whisperer

In case you haven't visited The App Whisperer lately, there is a wonderful series of interviews with mobile photographers all answering the question, "What does your work say about mobile art?". Joanne Carter has invited many from our community to answer the question.

I was asked but very hesitant to film myself due to my own insecurities, so I found a work around and donned a Sia-like white wig and managed to get through it.

You can visit The App Whisperer to see my TrueView Interview. Thank you Joanne for inviting me.

Aug 15, 2015

Nowvel - Simply Beautiful Photobooks

What is your name and how are you associated with Nowvel?

Ed Han, I’m one of the co-founders of Nowvel.

How did Nowvel get started?

I suppose you could say that it started from a long history of being sentimental and being interested in memories. The last company I helped start and was the CEO for 8 years was Tiny Prints, now part of Shutterfly. At Tiny Prints, we printed cards and stationery - most with photos to help families connect with loved ones. But I’ve personally always loved printed books and photobooks in particular as a way to always rediscover precious memories on purpose or accidentally because they are printed in physical form. Having left Tiny Prints over 2 years ago, I teamed up with a couple of great folks who shared this common interest to start Nowvel about 6 months ago.

Our goal is to make photobook creation super simple with a casual yet high quality photobook, which is why we are starting with mobile first. Given so many of our photos are taken on our smartphones, we hope that by making the process simple and using technology to automate as much of photobooking making as possible that more photographers will print, gift and hold onto their memories in a physical way to share and experience with others.

Exactly what can you do with Nowvel?

Nowvel helps organize your photos into memories that are grouped based on software we’ve built that looks at the digital information on your iPhone photos and Facebook. We group them into a visual format that looks like a book, which you then can simply enjoy reliving the memories, share with friends and even print as a photobook in our very unique, premium format. Our photobooks are printed on the latest digital press technology onto stiff, lay flat paper that has 3 eco friendly certifications and costs just $10 flat. With up to 5 photos per page, users can print up to 100 photos into each book.

Aug 10, 2015

A Conversation with David Hayes - iPhone Photographer

© David Hayes
What is your name and where do you live? 

DH:  My name is David Hayes. My wife, our Brittany, and I live in the small city of Milford, OH that is a bit northeast of Cincinnati. 

How did you get started in mobile photography? What device do you use? 

DH:  I have been a photographer for quite sometime...trained in film and all that. I didn’t go over to digital right away and even when I did, I still leaned towards my film cameras. It wasn’t until I started hearing about “iphoneography” and saw the images people where creating that I caught the bug. I started with an iPhone 4 and now am using an iPhone 6. I also have an iPad 3 that I use for most of my editing work. 

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