Mobile Photography – Tip Of The Day – Number 15

Welcome to another brand new section from your favourite mobile photography website and one of the most popular in the world. Today, we’re publishing our fifteenth Mobile Photography/Art Tip Of The Day to our brand new section of the site.

Every day we will publish a short quick tip to help you with your mobile photography, this may be related to editing your image, capturing your image, printing your image, all manner of things, across the complete photographic and art mobile genre – we’ll be featuring great mobile street photography tips, great blending tips, great cloning tips, we will cover it all from some of the greatest mobile photographers and artists in the world. We’ll also have a widget in our right hand column, displaying the Tip of The Day every day, just click on that and you will be taken to our tip of  the Day archive.

We are delighted to publish our fifteenth Tip Of The Day today with a very key one from Janine Graf. Janine is one of our wonderful columnists and runs iSights, if you haven’t visited that, then we strongly suggest you do so, it’s really fabulous, go here. We have also featured Janine in many of our Flickr Group Showcases and we have published many interviews and photo app articles with her too – please go here to view her archive.

Over to you Janine (forward by Joanne Carter)…


The Importance of Image Titles


©Janine Graf


‘I guess this isn’t so much a tip as it is a suggestion . . . a “suggestion of the day”? In my humble opinion, giving your image a title is equally as important as creating the darn thing. It honestly boggles my mind that someone could pour their heart and soul into creating a piece of art, hopefully one that conveys a bit of a story, only to stop short of the finish line by leaving it untitled. I see time and time again beautiful imagery simply titled “untitled”. Why?

Take for example my image, “She Was Always Late to the Party”. If left untitled, would it be received by the viewer in the manner of which I intended? Would anyone get it? Viewer: “I see a rhino flying in the air and lots of balloons in the distance . . . I don’t get it.” Me: “But she was LATE to the party . . . the balloons up and left without her.” Viewer: “Ah, now that makes sense . . . it’s totally stupid but it makes sense!”

Most of the time when I’m creating an image, I have the title already predetermined; the chicken before the egg methodology. In times when a title isn’t so easy flowing, I’ll often go with song lyrics that fit both my mood and finished image. Using song lyrics is a great way to cheat a title!
So my fellow artists, I beg you, take that one last step and name your images. It really does make a difference’.


About Janine Graf

Janine’s mobile photography has been exhibited in art galleries across the United States and in Europe, has been featured on various websites and in publication. She is currently a proud member of the traveling iPad photography exhibit called “Light Impressions” along with 40 very talented mobile photographers. In publishing news, Janine was honored and delighted to have participated in an upcoming book about creating surreal digital photography. This book is set to be released in the spring of 2013 by Ilex Press. Janine is a mobile photographer who enjoys belly dancing, bacon cheeseburgers, cappuccinos, the smell of old books, slapstick comedy, the color orange and movies about gladiators. Since discovering mobile photography in the early fall of 2010, Janine has set aside her professional DSLR and desktop editing programs in favor of the iPhone and its myriad of wonderful editing apps. In regards to subject matter, she tends to gravitate towards subjects that allow for a whimsy feeling or vibe; she likes to have fun!