Welcome to our very exciting column on theappwhisperer.com. This section entitled ‘A day in the life of …’ and this is where we take a look at some hugely influential, interesting and accomplished individuals in the mobile photography world. People that we think you will love to learn more about.
This is our sixty seventh installment of the series, if you have missed our previous interviews, please go here. Today, we are featuring Lola Mitchell. Lola says she discovered iPhone photography shortly after getting her first iPhone a year and a half ago. Her love of photography started early, thanks to her father who was a professional photographer – Jorge Damonte. Through him, Lola learnt about other photographers and artists. He taught her the ropes and she dabbled in the darkroom. Lola explains that she always took photographs but never felt the urge to share or do anything further with them, that all changed with the iPhone.
Lola’s career, pre-kids was in production of documentary television and once she had kids she kept on taking photos and the iPhone gave her an outlet for more artistic montages. Lola’s work has been featured on many popular mobile photography sites and on Instagram her images were featured by @moible artistry and @wearejuxt. More recently, Lola’s images were displayed at the Los Angeles Mobile Arts Festival.
Read more about Lola in the following interview. You can find all the links to the apps mentioned at the end of this article.
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First Things First
© Lola Mitchell – ‘A Cloudy Day’ – Camera+, Rainy Daze, Dramatic B&W
Joanne – Let’s start at the beginning of the day, how does your day start?
Lola – It starts by dressing and feeding my kids (3 and 1) Then while they watch their morning cartoon and play I check all the iPhoneography sites.
© Lola Mitchell – ‘Bluebird’ – Camera+, Artree, Superimpose, Colorlake, Rainy Daze
Joanne – Do you like to head out and take photographs early on?
Lola – No. Someday I will get out early and take photos. But it has not happened yet.
Photographer vs Mobile Photographer
© Lola Mitchell – ‘Brilliant Encounter’ – Camera+, Hipstamatic, Rays, Superimpose, Wood Camera, Glaze, Image Blender
Joanne – How did the transition from traditional photographer to mobile photographer develop? (pardon the pun).
Lola – When I finally was able to get an iPhone through my cell phone carrier about one year and a half ago. I really wanted Hipstamatic. Then I started noticing my friend Sara Tune’s photos on Facebook and was blown away when I found out everything was done on her iPhone. I started reading all the iphoneography sites and reading tutorials. I started app’ing my photos last December.
© Lola Mitchell – ‘Broken Playground’ – Decim8 of same picture as “My wings”, Rainy Daze, Snapseed, Hipstamatic, Superimpose
Joanne – Do you like to download new apps regularly?
Lola – Yes all the time. But I usually stick to a few apps. Sometimes I discover an app that just inspires me such as Artree right now.
© Lola Mitchell – ‘Calm’ – Artree, Camera+, Superimpose
Joanne – How often do you update your existing apps?
Lola – Every time there is an update available I download it.
Location, Location, Location
© Lola Mitchell – ‘Discovery’ – Camera+, Juxtaposer, Iris, Photocopier
Joanne – Where’s your favorite place in the world for a shoot?
Lola – Everywhere! I think every place has great potential. I would love to travel the world. Walking and see it all. Sometimes the challenge is getting amazing photos in places that might not be that appealing at first glance.
Tools Of The Trade
© Lola Mitchell – ‘Entree des bains et douches’ – Camera+, Superimpose, Snapseed, Image Blender
Joanne – Do you also use iPhone photography tool apps, such as The Photographer’s Ephemeris and if so do you use it to plan your shoots?
Lola – No. I did even know what it was until today.
© Lola Mitchell – ‘Flying’ – Hipstamatic, Native camera, Image blender, Awesome Camera, Scratchcam
Joanne – What are your favorite, at the moment, iPhoneography apps?
Lola – Hipstamatic, Camera +, Snapseed, Rainy Daze, Snow Daze, Artree, Glaze and always Superimpose and Image Blender.
© Lola Mitchell – ‘Freedom’ – Camera+, Superimpose, Vintage
Joanne – Where do you like to upload your photographs? Flickr, Instagram?
Lola – Flickr, Instagram, Eyem and IPA. I also send them to PixelEx and have a Facebook page as well.
© Lola Mitchell – ‘Going To See The Wizard’ – Decim8 of Venetian Paris, Superimpose, Camera+, Snapseed, Alien Sky, ScratchCam
Joanne – Do you take photographs with your iPhone everyday?
Lola – Yes everyday. There is always something I want to record, capture and perhaps incorporate into one of my edits.
© Lola Mitchell – ‘Her World’ – Camera+, Hipstamatic, Superimpose, Image Blender, Snapseed, PicFx
Joanne – What are your favorite subjects to photograph?
Lola – Nature, people, beautiful architecture. Whatever I find beautiful.
© Lola Mitchell – ‘Impending Alignment’ – Camera+, Hipstamatic, Superimpose, Rainy daze, Rays, Alien Sky, Image Blender, Flowpaper
Joanne – How did the teaching side come along?
Lola – I do not teach but I am always open about what apps I used. If or when I remember exactly what steps I took, I am always happy to share.
Top Five Tips
© Lola Mitchell – ‘In Plain View’ – Hipstamatic, Camera+, Superimpose, Rainy daze, Smoosh, Image Blender
Joanne – What are your top five tips for iPhone photography?
Lola – The ones I try myself to follow:
1. Shoot! All the time, everyday. Practice practice.
2. Experiment. With apps, with angles, with subjects, with lights…Have fun!
3. Don’t try to follow a trend. Do what you like.
4. Get inspired by the amazing artists that have been doing it.
5. Experiment more. Always always keep learning, taking photos and evolving. keep having fun with it!
© Lola Mitchell – ‘Jelly Fish’ – Camera+, Superimpose, Rays, Snapseed, Image Blender
Joanne – Do you edit images on your iPhone or do you prefer to do that on a desktop/laptop?
Lola – To me that was the revolution. Suddenly I had all these possibilities in my hand and was able to edit on the go. iPhone and sometimes the iPad. I have never really learned on the computer and do not own Photoshop.
© Lola Mitchell – ‘Lady Tree’ – Hipstamatic, Camera+, Superimpose, Rays, Touch Retouch, Rainy daze
Joanne – Do you enjoy videography with your iPhone?
Lola – I focus on the photography. So no. Sometimes I take small videos on it but thats it.
The Future Of Mobile Photography
© Lola Mitchell – ‘Leela’ – Hipstamatic, Camera+, Superimpose, Rainy daze, PicFx
Joanne – Where do you see the future of iPhone photography?
Lola – I think the future is limitless. If the crowd that showed up at the Los Angeles Mobile Arts festival is any indication. I have been seeing calls for submission which were for ‘photographers’ only that seem to be now open to ‘mobile photographers’. I personally think the iPhone is just another camera. Some have DSLR, some have compact cameras, some have iPhones. Imagination and creativity is what makes the real difference.
© Lola Mitchell – ‘Lost’ – Camera+, Hipstamatic, Superimpose, iColorama, Rainy daze, Glaze, PaintFx, Snapseed, Image Blender
Joanne – What do you think is the most popular area of iPhoneography?
Lola – I think they are several genres within the community and they all have their audience.
© Lola Mitchell – ‘Love’ – Instant 110, simply B&W
Joanne – Do you think it’s country specific, are some nations more clued up?
Lola – No I think this is an international phenomenon. Its very clear when on Instagram. People from all around the world are doing it.
© Lola Mitchell – ‘Magic Night’ – Artree, Camera+, Superimpose, Rainy daze, Snow daze, Image Blender
Joanne – Are you pleased with the new iPhone 5 for mobile photography?
Lola – It’s a huge difference for me because previously I worked on the iPhone 4. The bump in image quality on both cameras is great and the bigger screen works really well.
© Lola Mitchell – ‘Memories’ – Hipstamatic, Camera+, Artree, Superimpose, Rainy daze, Pix
Joanne – What do you think of Joanne and theappwhisperer.com?
Lola – The site is fantastic so I think its fair to say that Joanne must be an incredible person. She is passionate about this subject and keeps us all up to date. Thank you for running this site so wonderfully!
Joanne – Wow, thank you so much Lola.
Links To All Apps Used And Mentioned In This Interview
© Lola Mitchell – ‘Music’ – Camera+, Flowpaper, Superimpose, Snapseed, Image Blender
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