The App Nerds Workshop – Intuitive Tutorial – By Lola Mitchell

Don’t miss this weeks’ installment of The App Nerds Workshop by Lola Mitchell. This time Lola has created a wonderful instinctive and intuitive tutorial for us all to enjoy and be inspired by. Over to you Lola…(foreword by Joanne Carter).


“After many requests, today I will do a straight tutorial. However I will try to also show you how my mind put everything together.

It started with a photo. There was a stain probably paint on the floor in my neighborhood. When I saw it I had to take a photo. To me it looked like buildings, a city.

When I took the photo I had a red scarf on. At first I saw it was in the frame and removed it. Thats when I realized I liked it there. Here is the photo I took with Kitcam, no filters.


Once I went home I knew I wanted to find a photo of a cityscape to blend it with. I looked through my old photos that I keep on my iPhone. There is always a selection of photos I want to eventually use on my phone. I found the perfect photo from last year taken with my iPhone 4 at the time (I have the 5 now). This photo was taken in Kansas City with the app Instant 110.


So, as I always do, I went into Superimpose and blended both images together. I went to the different modes until I was happy with it. I do not remember which one it was but here is the result.



I really like the result and I wanted to add more randomness to the photo. More grittiness. So I transferred the photo onto my iPad and went into Procreate. Somewhere in the saving process the photo got cropped. Looking at it now I wish I had gone and fixed it but I just kept going. So here is the result.



I just remember using the wet round brush on the bottom corners and I kept trying and undoing until I liked the result. oh and I added the clouds and therefore hid the cracked ground detail on top of the photo. Abstract personal choices here.

I was really bummed that the red scarf was gone. So silly, I should have just gone back into Procreate. But I was just having fun and decided to keep going. So I went back into Superimpose and added the red scarf again.




My next step was to add a character to the photo. I usually like doing this. I think it makes it sometimes even more surreal. I chose this photo with my kids. I like adding characters that look into the scene, it gives some company to the person that will look at the photo : )



I ended up adding only my daughter after moving the photo around in Superimpose. But looking at the photo right now, I know I will use my son in another one. I like his posture. There is a sense of wonder and discovery.




You can see a little halo around my daughter, I thought it looked good so I kept it. It is imperfect and that is how I wanted it. At this point I thought I was done with it so I ran through iwatermark and added my signature.




I hope this shows you a little my thought process. I often rely on my instincts. Sometimes I have a full photo idea in my head beforehand but I always allow myself to change my mind, move things around and follow my instinct.


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About Joanne Carter

Joanne Carter is the Founder and Editorial Director of A Professional Photographer and Associate of the British Industry of Professional Photographers, BIPP, as well as a Professional Journalist, specializing in Photography. Joanne is also a Columnist for Vogue Magazine and is Contributing Editor to LensCulture.