The App Nerds Workshop By Lola Mitchell – Session One

Last week we announced Lola Mitchell as our new Columnist, if you missed that please go here. Today, we are very excited to publish Lola’s first article for her new column, The App Nerds Workshop.

The App Nerds Workshop is something very different and we are very excited about it. It will become a virtual classroom, an environment for new talent to share their work, for Lola to share some of the ways she uses apps and for the not so new talent to share some secrets. Lola will sometimes assign broad themes to keep the creative juices flowing. We are hoping this will be a grand scale creative interactive classroom. This should be where sharing and creativity abound. We are hoping your mind will be tickled into creating, experimenting, daring, dreaming, making, doing.

We have set up a Flickr group where you can submit your images, we will import a slideshow that will show all submissions. Over to you Lola, (Foreword by Joanne Carter).



I am so excited to have this opportunity. My goals are to share some of the steps I take in my edits and feature new and old talent. I would like you to think of this column as a workshop. We will learn together. I will teach some of what I know and discover from other mobile photographers’ their processes too. I will feature new talents and some not so new talent.

Sharing is very much part of our community. Tutorials got me started playing with apps, so I wanted to do something similar but with a little twist. Interaction!

Part of starting in this field is to make the jump and start sharing your edits. I invite you to do so with us.
What could happen? You could be featured. If not you will definitely get feedback from others and learn. It will inspire you to keep doing it and explore further.

My flickr is like a visual diary, you can see the progress. Start yours and share it!

I will share my findings or tricks I have used, and hopefully sometimes you will do the same.
Occasionally I will give broad themes to focus on, to help if you are stuck creatively. It could be focusing on negative space or focusing on an app and experimenting to learn its deepest secrets. : )
I actually do that myself also to keep it fun and new. Also helps view the same old house, or yard, or neighborhood in a new light.

I am pretty passionate about apps. I do download tons of them, and they are often free, or on sale. Getting to know an app takes a bit of work, lots of experimenting and some lucky accidents.
I am still getting to know superimpose and am amazed at what it does. I am always in awe of how fellow Columnist for theappwhisperer, Mel Harrison uses PaintFX.






This first one is fairly simple but helped me with a sometimes big problem when doing photo montages on the iPhone, PIXELATION…. I used the app MokuHanga from Jixipix to fix this. Let me show you. I took a photo of a pelican at the zoo.

Video Screenshow

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I wanted to do a very graphic, minimalistic image featuring the pelican. I had an iPhone 4 which is 5mp and the pelican was quite small. Once cut off and blown up I knew the pixelation would be visible.

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The answer came with a new app I had seen around and finally bought. Moku Hanga by Jixipix.
I used that app and using blender only kept the outline of the bird.

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The result was exactly what I hoped for. I printed this 12X12 so far and it looks great!

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Final Photo



Since then I have used that trick several times. Now even if I have a small item in an image I want to use and blow up, I am not limited by it. I work around it using an app in an unusual way.

This is a very subtle change. Some will be more dramatic, some will not be so technical but more creative.

So let’s share and discover together. I want to see and feature some great new artists out there!


Experimenting is very much part of art. It is what makes it really fun. When I meet with other mobile artists, we usually spend most of our time together asking each other questions on how we achieved this look and which apps we are using at the moment. Complete photo app nerds.

Let’s do this on a grand scale and make this app nerds workshop the most interesting virtual worldwide phenomenom”.



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About Lola Mitchell

Lola 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.