Mobile Photography & Art – My Top Five Apps by Sukru Mehmet Omur from Turkey

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We are revitalising our Top Five Apps section to our Photo App Lounge column. This a section within TheAppWhisperer where we ask highly accomplished mobile photographers and artists to list their top five apps and to explain why they have selected them. Kicking us off today is accomplished mobile photographer and artist from Turkey, Sukru Mehmet Omur.  Take a look at his Top Five Apps… (foreword by Joanne Carter)

“It is not easy to answer this question because I have more than four hundred iPhone photography and art Apps on my iPhone, iPad and to narrow it down to just five is a real challenge. And those top five change all the time.

These days I love creating collages with…”

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Mobile Photography and Art – A Picture’s Worth with Sukru Mehmet Omur from Istanbul, Turkey

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‘A Picture’s Worth‘… is where we ask mobile photographers that have created powerful mobile photography/art to explain the processes they took. This includes their initial thoughts as to what they wanted to create, why they wanted to create it, how … Read more

Mobile Photography & Art – My Top Five Apps by Bonobo Stone from Montreal, Canada

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We are revitalising our Top Five Apps section to our Photo App Lounge column. This a section within TheAppWhisperer where we ask highly accomplished mobile photographers and artists to list their top five apps and to explain why they have … Read more

Adobe’s PaintCan: A Nifty Addition to Beginner Paint Apps

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We are delighted to publish Jerry Jobe’s latest mobile photography/art tutorial for our reading and viewing pleasure. This time Jobe takes a look at the app Adobe’s PaintCan app. Read his thoughts as he puts it through its paces (foreword by Joanne Carter). Take it away Jerry…

PaintCan is free and you can download it here

“Painting apps can take several different forms. There are the auto-painting apps, that apply the brush to the canvas in a specific, software-driven way. Glaze, Brushstroke and the AutoPainter series are among the auto-painting apps I’ve covered. There are those that allow you to “trace” photos, but the user completely controls the brush strokes and they can even paint completely from scratch. Procreate, ArtRage, Sketch Club, and the Brush menu in iColorama fall into this user-intensive group.

There’s a third group of painting apps which I’d call “software-assisted”. These apps do not allow for painting from scratch like user-intensive apps, but require users to touch the screen and make strokes (unlike the fully automatic apps). Mobile Monet, Photo Viva, Foolproof and today’s app, PaintCan, fall into this third category. These software-assisted apps fall into that middle ground between fully user-controlled and fully automatic. They give you more control over the result than a fully-automatic app, which can help your “eye”: the decisions you make about form and details. At the same time, they help with the brush strokes so that you aren’t immediately frustrated with lack of drawing skills.

PaintCan is an Adobe app. To me, that means it’s pretty solid, and has a team of developers that will back it up as long as the company maintains interest in it. Of course, the flip side is that you don’t have a single developer with the passion to keep it going, either”.

 

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APPart Mini – Featuring Mobile Artist Michael “Bonabo” Stone

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Please enjoy our second post to our new section within our APPart Column entitled – APPart Mini. This time our editor Bobbi McMurry talks with Michael ‘Bonabo’ Stone to find out more about his work, over to you Bobbi. (Foreword by Joanne Carter).

Apps: FingerCrop, Union, Repix, Glaze, DXP, Vintage Scene

For our second AppArt Mini, I’ve selected a fabulous photo collage created by Michael “Bonobo” Stone who created this piece in a manner that retained the look of traditional collage (those created pre-digital). He is a fan of some of the all-time greats, Hannah Hoch, Jesse Treece, and Joseph Cornell.

The very nature of collage can open up a huge can of worms in regard to copyright laws. The vast sharing of imagery on the web, the collaborations we do, and the ease with which we are able to download other artist’s work has made this an even more sensitive topic. To me, the bottom line is this, create your own work, if you do incorporate someone else’s image into your own, you need prior permission to do so, and you need to give the originator credit.

The shirt in Michael’s piece was “appropriated” from one of my favorite artist’s Rogelio Manzo. Michael did the right thing here by asking Rogelio’s permission – which was granted. We’ve included Manzo’s piece here so that you can see how Michael has incorporated the shirt and made it his own.

A little sidenote: Manzo thought Michael’s final image was great  who knows where that might lead?

Bonobo Stone:

When I began shaping, where Collage, Photography and Painting meet my objective wasn’t to disguise a finished tableau that could pass either as a photo or a painting. I wanted the viewer to see the process in the work, to showcase the digital tools that I use and how truly unique the digital medium is.

In my humble opinion, mobile art is the ultimate mixed media hybrid. It’s essentially a sophisticated form of finger-painting. No studio is required. The only tool I need is the iPod Touch I carry around in my pocket!

To me mobile artists are part of an evolutionary leap in collage. The apps on my mobile device are the scissors and glue that make my work possible.  During the construction ofWhere Collage Photography and Painting Meetthe apps I employed included:FingerCrop- for cutting and pasting – Union -to double expose images – Repix -to add painterly effects -Glaze – for texture -DXP -to create blends – andVintage Scene -to create a distinct photographic feel.

 

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Mobile Photography/Art Tutorial – Brushstroke Part 1 – A Dizzying Amount of Presets

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We are delighted to publish Jerry Jobe’s latest mobile photography/art tutorial for our reading and viewing pleasure. This week Jobe takes a look at the popular mobile photography and Art iPad app Brushstroke. This is Part 1 of what will be a two Part series. Read his thoughts as he puts it through its paces (foreword by Joanne Carter).

Brushstroke retails for $3.99/£2.99 and you can download it here

“I’ve covered a few apps that turn your photos into paintings. Glaze has several fine presets, but doesn’t offer a lot in the way of control. Artista Impresso gives you quite a bit of control, but it is over a particular style of painting. iColorama gives you both automated painting, as I discussed in my tutorial on the Auto2 feature last time, as well as the ability to make the strokes yourself (the ultimate control).

There’s always room for one more app, however, trying to hit the appropriate balance of various styles and amount of control. Brushstroke, by Code Organa, falls into the first category, offering only a moderate amount of control over a dizzying number of presets. So my two-part tutorial on this app will not be structured around how you control your output, but comes across more as a sampler of the different styles available. There are many, so let’s get started.

I’m going to work with this flower image, which has already been modified from the original in iColorama. The background foliage has been faded, and a “drawn” border was applied”.

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Streets Ahead Interview: Liz Traynor – Mobile Street Photography

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This week, the Women’s Street Photography Collective (Streets Ahead) is pleased and honored to feature Liz Traynor in our interview segment. I first noticed Liz’s work when I joined the Streets Ahead group on Flickr. Her photographs immediately stood out … Read more

Mobile Photography Interview – A Day In The Life Of Meri Walker – A Fabulously Proficient Mobile Photographer

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Welcome to our very exciting interview column on theappwhisperer.com. This section entitled “A Day in the Life of…” is where we take a look at some hugely influential, interesting and accomplished individuals in the mobile photography and art world… people … Read more

Mobile Photography Interview – A Day In The Life Of Fiona Christian – A Wonderfully Talented Photographer

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Welcome to our very exciting interview column on theappwhisperer.com. This section entitled “A Day in the Life of…” is where we take a look at some hugely influential, interesting and accomplished individuals in the mobile photography and art world… people … Read more

Mobile Photography Interview – A Day In The Life Of Giulia Baita – A Beautiful and Very Talented Photographer

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Welcome to our very exciting interview column on theappwhisperer.com. This section entitled “A Day in the Life of…” is where we take a look at some hugely influential, interesting and accomplished individuals in the mobile photography and art world… people … Read more

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