A Day In The Life Of Catherine Restivo – An Unbelievably Talented iPhone Photographer And Self-Confessed Photo App Whore

Welcome to our very exciting new column on theappwhisperer.com, this section is entitled ‘A day in the life of …’ and we’ll be taking a look some hugely influential and interesting people in the mobile app world. Ones that we think you will love to learn more about.

This is our tenth installment to our new series, you can read the others here, if you have missed them so far. Kicking us off today is Catherine Restivo. Catherine grew up in the beautiful Pacific Northwest on a small island north of Seattle, where her days were spent making forts in the woods or roaming the rocky beaches gathering shells and driftwood, and when she became a teenager, attending the obligatory keggers in someone’s barn or on the beach. ;)

After graduating from college (with, what Catherine calls ‘a boring business degree’), she spent two months roaming through Europe with her backpack. To this day she regrets not spending money on a better camera, instead of the weird, crappy, 110 film camera she had at the time. After her trip she moved to New York City, a place she had instantly fallen in love with when she first visited at the age of 19.

Catherine works for her best friends at their boutique PR/Marketing/Event Planning company based in Newark, New Jersey. When she’s not working she loves to spend her weekends gardening, hiking, camping, or walking the streets of New York City, working her way through it’s multitude of restaurants. She is a devout animal lover, with a secret dream of owning her own animal rescue sanctuary.

Catherine has always loved photography, and growing up as her family’s primary photographer, snapping away with their Kodak Instamatic. Her first “grown-up” camera was a Canon AE-1 that she used to capture life in New York. She purchased her first iPhone 3G in 2010, and since discovering it’s camera and the amazing world of post processing available in the palm of her hand, a creative door was opened in her life. She now spends most of her spare time taking photos, apping photos, sharing photos, being inspired by other artist’s amazing creations, and participating on the many online iPhoneography sites and blogs.

Her work has been featured at the Giorgi Gallery in Berkeley, CA; SOHO Gallery for Digital Art in NYC; First Annual iPhoneography Miami Exhibition at Artspace Gallery Miami; “iPhoneography: Updated Visual Dialogs” at the Lunch Box Gallery in Miami, FL; Mobile P1xels Show at the Los Angeles Center for Digital Art; she was a semi-finalist in the 2011 IPA Mobile Art Grant; was included on iPhoneogenic’s list of the 50 Top Mobile Photographers/Artists of 2011; and has been featured in LifeInLofi, Faved on Flickr and Pixels: The Art of the iPhone.

Check out the full interview below…

We have included exif data, in as much as the app or apps that were used to create the final image. As many of the images were cross processed we have listed the apps in the sequential order they were used in the editing process, we have also provided links for each app to the iTunes App Store, just incase you’re inspired enough to try them out for yourself as well as accessories used. You can find all the links at the end of this article.

(If you would like to be interviewed for our new ‘A day in the life of …’ section, just send an email to Joanne@theappwhisperer.com, and we’ll get it set up.

First Things First…

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Copyright Image, Catherine Restivo – ‘Altered State in Real Time’ – Filterstorm, FlowPaper, Blender, ScratchCam, Iris Photo Suite

 

JC – Let’s start at the beginning of the day, how does your day start?

CR - I like to get up early, make some Earl Grey tea and drink it out in my garden, listening to the morning sounds. This scenario very often includes my cat sitting in my lap. I might pull a few weeds or take a few photos. In the cold weather, I’ll drink my tea indoors and catch up on my favorite online sites and blogs.

Magic Hour…

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Copyright Image, Catherine Restivo – And forget not that the earth delights to feel your bare feet and the winds long to play with your hair"~Kahlil Gibran – Apps: ProCamera, BlurFX, ScratchCam, Iris Photo Suite

 

JC – When is your favorite part of the day for taking photographs, do you hanker for the magic hour or shoot whenever the opportunity arises?

CR – In a perfect world I’d be up at 5:00 am and out snapping away before heading to work, but my life doesn’t always work out that way. So I get my photos when I can. Mostly on the weekends, but many times while driving to and from work. I’m participating in a 366 Project on MobiTog and have become quite good at snapping a shot while stuck in traffic or stopped at a light. ;)

Photographer vs iPhone Photographer

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Copyright Image, Catherine Restivo – ‘Anoesis’ – Apps: ProCamera, BlurFX, Juxtaposer, ScratchCam, PicGrunger, Iris Photo Suite

 

JC – How did the transition from traditional photographer to iPhone photographer develop? (pardon the pun).

CR – I have a Canon AE-1 that I received in 1988 as a gift. I loved it at the time, and had a lot of fun developing film and hand tinting photos. But I hated the technical aspects F-stops and apertures and bracketing, oh my! It took away from the creativity, way too much like math (ewww). I am also very impatient; having to wait until I shot a whole roll of film, then develop it just to see if maybe 1 or 2 came out was excruciating. I also don’t like to carry a lot of “stuff”, so schlepping around all the accoutrements became a chore. I had to schedule “shoot days” and remember to bring everything. So I moved to digital which gave me the instant gratification I crave, and a nice little slender camera to fit in a pocket.

Then came the iPhone [play angelic singing here]. At first it was basically an iPod that made calls. I was a bit of a game app and productivity app whore. Until one day I took a walk and snapped a photo, and ran it through one of the 3 or 4 photo apps I had at the time it was probably LoMob or PictureShow and was instantly and completely hooked. I could take pictures any time, anywhere, because my phone was always with me AND I could post process while standing in a checkout line. I have now deleted most of my game apps, and am a certified photo app whore, with around 200 to date. ;)

New Apps…

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Copyright Image, Catherine Restivo – ‘Arboreal’ – Apps: Decim8, FXPhotoStudio, Superimpose, 100Camera, Iris Photo Suite

 

JC – Do you like to download new iPhone photography apps regularly?

CR – Um, see above mention of “Certified App Whore, with around 200 to date.” ;)

Updates…

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Copyright Image, Catherine Restivo – ‘Art in Odd Places’ – Apps: Hipstamatic Loftus lens + Ina’s 1969 film

 

JC – How often do you update your existing apps?

CR – I’m rather anal, so I check regularly. Sometimes every day, or maybe every 2 or 3 days. I like everything to be up-to-date.

Location, Location, Location…

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Copyright Image, Catherine Restivo – ‘Empty Spaces’ – Apps: ProCamera, Iris Photo Suite

 

JC – Where’s your favorite place in the world for a shoot?

CR – I can find a photo op just about anywhere, but I do love New York City for it’s plethora of opportunities from people to store window mannequins to architecture…you name it. I’m also a nature girl so I love to be outside photographing Mother Nature’s bounty.

Tools Of The Trade…

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Copyright Image, Catherine Restivo – ‘Fallen’ – Apps: ProCamera + Olloclip Macro, ScratchCam, SnapSeed, Iris Photo Suite

 

JC – Do you also use iPhone photography tool apps, such as The Photographer’s Ephemeris?

CR – I have not used anything like that, but it does sound intriguing!

Favorite Apps…

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Copyright Image, Catherine Restivo – ‘Girl in the Blue Scarf’ – Apps: ScratchCam, Iris Photo Suite, Blender, ProCamera

 

JC – What are your favorite, at the moment, iPhone photography apps?

CR – Iris Photo Suite, ScratchCam, Pic Grunger, Pixlromatic, Snapseed and Hipstamatic are my staples. I’ve also just discovered PhotoWizard which is fast becoming a favorite. I love Camera+, PhotoForge2, PictureShow, FilterStorm and BlurFX. Juxtaposer and Blender are irreplaceable for doing montages. To achieve the painterly looks I love, along with Iris there’s AutoPainter, ArtistaHaiku, Painteresque, ShockMyPic and Moku Hanga. Flowpaper, ArtPad, addLib and Brushes are all great for abstracts or adding a special touch to a photo.

Sharing…

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Copyright Image, Catherine Restivo – ‘"Grow old with me, the best is yet to be."~Robert Brownin – Apps: ProCamera + Olloclip Macro, ShockMyPic, SnapSeed, Iris Photo Suite

 

JC – Where do you like to upload your photographs? Flickr, Instagram?

CR – I use Facebook, MobiTog, Flickr, IPA and Pixels. I had been uploading to Instagram but found it to be a bit overwhelming and am currently on hiatus there.

Favorite Subjects…

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Copyright Image, Catherine Restivo – ‘I Carry Your Heart’ – Apps: FlowPaper, LoMob, Iris Photo Suite

 

JC – What are your favorite subjects?

CR – If I had to pick (and I’m glancing through my camera roll to see what’s in there) I would say nature by far, and objects with lots of texture or form. I’m also attracted to doors for some reason, although most of those don’t make it to the “publish” file. I really LOVE old dilapidated factories and buildings, but they’re usually in neighborhoods that I’m not comfortable hanging around by myself (anyone wanna go on a dilapidated factory photo shoot with me?) Street photography is challenging to me; I’m a bit intimidated by taking photographs of people. It’s hard to be stealthy when I want to frame the picture just so, and take a few different angles. So I generally stick with inanimate objects. LOL. I’m also really enjoying creating abstracts.

Frequency…

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Copyright Image, Catherine Restivo – ‘Mon amour’ – Apps: Camera+, Pic Grunger, Iris Photo Suite

 

JC – Do you take photographs with your iPhone every day?

CR – Yes! I am really loving the 366 Project because it forces me to take at least 1 photo a day. I use Hipstamatic for the project because with all the great films and lenses, the photos come out pre-apped and that helps to make the project realistically attainable for me. Many times I use Hipstamatic as the capturing camera, and then run the shot through a few apps.

Top Five Tips…

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Copyright Image, Catherine Restivo – ‘New York State of Mind’ – Apps:  Iris Photo Suite, Pic Grunger, Snapseed

 

JC – What are you top five tips for iPhone photography?

1. Shoot lots and lots of photos.
2. Be App Happy! Try out new apps, see what they can do.
3. Join a photo group/challenge. Facebook has many themed groups, and MobiTog has lots of interesting themed challenges, all of which are a fantastic way to extend your creative boundaries. I think I’ve grown a lot in my photography because of this.
I just have 3 top tips…hope that’s okay!

JC – Of course, that’s fine Catherine, although we might add that readers should check out theappwhisperer.com everyday, of course ;)

Editing…

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Copyright Image, Catherine Restivo – ‘Pineapple’ – Apps: Hipstamatic John S + Float, Iris Photo Suite, SnapSeed

 

JC – Do you edit images on your iPhone or do you prefer to do that on a desktop/laptop?

CR – All of my photos are edited completely on my iPhone 4.

Videography…

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Copyright Image, Catherine Restivo – ‘Renaissance Man’ – Apps: ProCamera, FilterStorm, Pixlromatic, ScratchCam, Iris Photo Suite

 

JC – Do you enjoy videography with your iPhone?

CR – That’s one area I haven’t played around with much, but would like to try. I have a few video apps that look interesting FiLMiC Pro, Super 8, Film Director…

The Future Of iPhone Photography…

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Copyright Image, Catherine Restivo – ‘I Am Touched But Not Broken By the Waves’ – Apps: FlowPaper, LensFlare, LensLight, Pixlromatic, ScratchCam, Iris Photo Suite

 

JC – Where do you see the future of iPhone photography?

CR – I’m hoping that iPhoneography will continue to grow and prosper and become a well-respected genre. There is so much amazing art being created by this community, it blows my mind, and I’m so very proud to be a part of it all.

Popularity…

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Copyright Image, Catherine Restivo – ‘untitled (abstract 01)’ – Apps: ProCamera, PhotoWizard, Iris Photo Suite

 

JC – What do you think is the most popular area of iPhone photography?

CR – I have eclectic tastes and like variety street photography, montage/art pieces, painterly, B&W, abstracts, landscapes. I see all these styles in the places I inhabit online, but I have no idea which area would be considered “popular”. If I had to pick maybe street photography or landscape.

Where In The World…?

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Copyright Image, Catherine Restivo – ‘untitled (abstract 02)’ – Apps: BlurFX, TwistCam, PhotoForge2, Iris Photo Suite

 

JC – Do you think it’s country specific, are some nations more clued up?

CR – In my experience, I see amazingly talented artists from all over the world. In the groups I belong to there are people from literally every continent…it’s fantastic!

iPhone 5…

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Copyright Image, Catherine Restivo – ‘"Untwisting all the chains that tie the hidden soul of harmony." ~John Milton – Apps: Hipstamatic John S lens + BlacKeys SuperGrain, Iris Photo Suite

 

JC – What do you hope for in the iPhone 5?

CR – More megapixels!! (I’m greedy that way) And Siri…I hope she stays as I’m dying to meet her. It would also make me very happy that when you move a photo from your camera roll into a sub-folder, it doesn’t stay in the Camera Roll too. Because then I have 2,000 photos in the camera roll, plus 2,000 photos in sub-folders. That’s just annoying.

TheAppWhisperer.com

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Copyright Image, Catherine Restivo – ‘Waiting For a Sign’ – Apps: Hipstamatic John S + BlacKeys B&W, Juxtaposer, Blender, Pixlromatic, Iris Photo Suite

 

JC – What do you think of Joanne and theappwhisperer.com?

CR – I absolutely LOVE Joanne and TheAppWhisperer!! It’s loaded with great information on all things iPhone my favorite topic! Thank you so much for this wonderful opportunity I really appreciate it so much.

JC – Thank you Catherine, we are totally in love with you and your work too, thanks so much for contributing to our A Day In The Life series, it makes all worthwhile when we speak to such talented and wonderful people, such as yourself. Many thanks Catherine.

Complete Links To All The Apps And Accessories Used And Mentioned In This Article

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Copyright Image, Catherine Restivo – ‘Wanton’ – Apps: Hipstamatic Melodie + Ina’s 1969, ShockMyPic, ScratchCam, Pixlromatic, Iris Photo Suite

Apps Used

Filterstorm
Flowpaper
Image Blender
Scratchcam
Iris Photo Suite
ProCamera
BlurFX
Juxtaposer
Pic Grunger
Decim8
FX Photo Studio
Superimpose
100 Cameras in 1
Hipstamatic
Snapseed
ShockMyPic
LoMob
LensFlare
LensLight
Pixlromatic
PhotoWizard
TwistCam
PhotoForge2

Accessories used

Olloclip Macro

 

Catherine’s Favorite Apps

As well as the above also include:

Camera+
PictureShow
PhotoArista Haiku
AutoPainter
Painteresque
Moku Hanga
ArtPad
AddLib

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About Joanne Carter

Joanne Carter is the Founder and Editorial Director of TheAppWhisperer.com. A Professional Photographer and Associate of the British Industry of Professional Photographers, BIPP, as well as a Professional Journalist, specializing in Technology. A contributor to National and International publications, including DPreview.com, The Times, The Sunday Times, The Guardian, Professional Photographer, NikonPro, Graphix, Digital Arts, Readers Digest, Popular Photography & Imaging and Which? consumer magazine and ePhotozine.com. Joanne most recently became a Columnist for Vogue Magazine writing about mobile Photographers - http://theappwhisperer.com/2014/08/07/new-mobile-photographer-column-with-vogue-by-joanne-carter/