Mobile Movies Showcase – Week 77 – TheAppWhisperer


Welcome to our seventy seventh showcase in our Mobile Movies Column, curated and edited by Giulia Baita. All of the entries were either shot or created on mobile devices. Many congratulations for being highlighted and featured to: Image Artistry, Tom, Dani Salvadori, Claudia Contreras, and Em Kachouro.

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Mobile Photography – Popular App Distressed FX Gets Major Update and The Story Behind It


I am so proud of mobile artist Cheryl Tarrant, Distressed FX is her original idea, an iOS photo editing app that adds texture and atmosphere to pictures, giving them a dream-like quality. Popular on Instagram, with over 90,000 tagged photos, users have found it simple to turn any photo into a work of art.

With well over a million users, it has reached #1 in the App Store charts in 24 countries, and the #1 Photo and Video app in in 43 countries

Tarrant, who lives in the countryside in Tennessee, USA along with her many pets (including peacocks and chickens!), is a texture artist who has made a living selling her painterly textures to fellow digital artists. This exploded once she decided to create an app, enabling many more people to create art using only their mobile phone.

A casual online conversation with a friend resulted in a simple-to-use app that people of all ages and genders love to use. Developer Steve Liddell, who lives in the UK, said, “I wanted to keep the app true to Cheryl’s artistic vision. It really is her work shining through rather than the technology – and that’s what makes it unique in the App Store.”

Neither Tarrant nor Liddell expected Distressed FX to be as popular as it is and have a good working relationship despite never meeting, only corresponding online.

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Mobile Photography Interview – A Day in the Life of Lindy Ginn


Welcome to our very exciting interview column on This section entitled “A Day in the Life of…” is where we take a look at some hugely influential, interesting, newcomers as well as accomplished individuals in the mobile photography and art world… people that we think you will love to learn more about. This is our 123rd interview of the series. If you have missed our previous interviews, please go here.

Today we are featuring Lindy Ginn, a very successful newcomer to mobile photography and art.

We are sure you are going to enjoy this, if you would like to take part in our A Day in the Life interview series, please send an email to myself at and I will get back to you.

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Mobile Videography – MoJo – Interview with Chris Demiris and Terri Morgan from LumaTouch


We are delighted to publish the first of a new series of mobile videography developer interviews edited by Vanessa Vox. This week Vox talks with Chris Demiris and Terri Morgan from LumaTouch. I think you will enjoy this very much… (foreword by Joanne Carter)

“LumaClip and LumaFX (released 2016) are two powerful iOS video apps they come highly recommended and are easy to use. Thus, I was very curious to know more about the developers behind these innovative new products.

In 2013 Chris Demiris (Engineering) and Terri Morgan (Design) co-founded ‘LumaTouch’ in Sandy (Utah, USA). Their intention was to ‘create innovative video products that take full advantage of modern touch interfaces’.

Previously Demiris and Morgan were the principal designer and the lead developer of ‘Pinnacle Studio’ for iOS. Their newly founded company ‘LumaTouch’ is still responsible for the updates of this well known and awarded video editing app. Currently a major overhaul of ‘Pinnacle Studio’ and ‘Pinnacle Studio Pro’ is under way.

The secret behind the success of LumaTouch is the development of the ‘SpryEngine’, the result of three years work. Spry is a powerful framework for developing video apps utilising the latest features of iOS. It is for this reason that LumaTouch is taking a leadership position.

The ‘SpryEngine’ is designed to handle many layers. The app LumaFX as an example is built on this basis, and allows to add up to eight real time effects on a clip. This was almost impossible before. It means more speed, more functions and more fun for the users.

Now let’s have a talk with Terri and Chris about their work and their vision”.

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Mobile Photography / Art Video Tutorial – Procreate 3 – A Complete Guide


We are delighted to bring to your attention this thorough tutorial to guide you through the very popular and accomplished app, Procreate 3.

Procreate retails for $5.99/£4.49 and you can download it here – it comes highly recommended.

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Mobile Photography / Art Tutorial – AfterFocus: Add Some Depth To Your Photographs


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 AfterFocus. Read his thoughts as he puts it through its paces (foreword by Joanne Carter).

AfterFocus retails for $0.99/£0.79 and you can download it here.

If you’re familiar with shooting with an SLR, whether digital or not, you know that a wider aperture (a smaller number, f2 vs. f11 for example) will result in a narrower depth of field (area that remains in focus). The iPhone lens does not generally shoot in the widest apertures, so you lose that ability to set off your subject with lens blur. But editing apps can remedy that situation by allowing you to add blur back to your photos.

Big Lens has been my go-to app for adding blur; it was covered back in January 2013. A few months prior to that, Dilshad Corleone covered today’s app, After Focus by Motion One, on The App Whisperer (see here). I recently added After Focus to my iOS devices, after hearing good things about it. As you should expect, there are features that After Focus does better, and others that Big Lens does better.

After Focus is built for the iPhone (and also for Android), and does not have a separate iPad interface. Because my eyesight doesn’t allow for fine adjustments on the iPhone screen, the screenshots come from my iPad running the app at 2X. That will account for the pixelization in the screenshots.

After Focus comes up with a screen that allows you to choose your input: Camera, Photo Library, or something called “Double Take”. We will look at “Double Take” first.

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iOS 9 Available as a Free Update for iPhone, iPad & iPod touch Users September 16, 2015


Apple today announced iOS 9, the world’s most advanced mobile operating system, will be available on Wednesday, September 16 as a free update for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch users. iOS 9 makes iOS devices more intelligent and proactive with powerful search and improved Siri features, all while protecting users’ privacy.

The way you interact with iPad gets even better with iOS 9, thanks to new multitasking features that let users view and interact with two apps at once, side by side. With Picture-in-Picture, users can play video while browsing the web, composing email or using other apps. Built-in apps become more powerful with a redesigned Notes app offering new ways to capture ideas, detailed transit information in Maps, and an all-new News app for the best news reading experience on any mobile device.

“iOS 9 is packed with intelligence that makes every experience with iPhone and iPad even more powerful — Siri can do more than ever and new proactive assistance helps you get more done before you ask, all while protecting users’ privacy,” said Craig Federighi, Apple’s senior vice president of Software Engineering. “With iOS 9 we focused on strengthening the foundation of iOS with a deep focus on quality, and with the help of more than one million users who participated in our first ever public beta program, we’re excited to release the best version of iOS yet.”

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Pixelmator for iOS Gets an Update and We Have Promotional Codes to Giveaway!


Pixelmator is a popular app and it has just been updated with some interesting features:

  • First off, they took their unique Pixelmator for Mac repairing algorithm (that they’ve been developing for more than 6 months) and they implemented it into Pixelmator for iOS. This has made the already great Repair tool faster and incredibly precise.
  • Also, they’ve added a totally new feature called Dynamic Touch, which lets users adjust the brush size of all Retouch tools by painting with their tip or a larger area of their finger.
  • They have also just published a totally comprehensive, illustrated Pixelmator for iOS User Guide for iPad and for iPhone. As for the video tutorials, you can now visit Pixelmator for iPhone Tutorials page and learn about Pixelmator features and how to use them from these short and inspiring tutorials.

Pixelmator retails for $5.99/£3.99 and we have some promotional codes to share with our readers. If you would like to be in with a chance to win a promotional code for Pixelmator we would like you to like us on Facebook (here), follow us on Twitter (here) – and most importantly reply to this post and tell us what you love most about We’ll enter your email address into our magical hat and if you’re a winner you will find a promo code sitting in your inbox very soon.

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iOS Photography App – Mextures Now A Universal App


Popular mobile photography iPhone app Mextures, is now a universal app, meaning natively available on your iPad in version 2.2. The developers have also updated this version for iPhone 6 and 6+ users.

There’s a new Mextures Store: New Textures and formulas delivered directly in the app. They’re launching with five new products and more to come (both free and paid): X-Film Bundle, Anomaly Bundle, Intensity Bundle, Atmospheric Bundle and The Outfitters Formula Pack.

As a way to say “thanks” to all of their users, they are giving away one of the new bundles and the Outfitters Formula Pack for free. Each of the bundles includes a brand new texture pack coupled with a brand new formula pack.

Live editing has also been added, allowing you to view your edits in real time.

Mextures retails for $0.99/£0.79 and you can download it here.

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iOS Photography/Art App – Pixelmator For iPhone – Giveaway! We Have Promotional Codes For You!


We just announced that Pixelmator for iPhone is now available.  A world class image editor for iOS. Pixelmator for iPhone is packed with powerful, fast, desktop-class tools for enhancing photos, drawing and painting, as well as for advanced image editing with layers, text, shapes, and more. Pixelmator is built exclusively for iOS 8 and takes full advantage of its latest features and technologies, making Pixelmator fast, intuitive, and very simple for anyone to use.

“We are super excited to introduce a world class, advanced image editor for iPhone,” said Saulius Dailide, one of the founders of the Pixelmator Team. “Our team created the first-ever mobile image editor that has all the tools you need whether you are a mobile photographer, mobile painter or a mobile graphic designer.”

Pixelmator for iPhone usually retails for $4.99/£3.99 and we have been given some promotional codes to share with you. If you would like to be in with a chance to win a promotional code for Pixelmator we would like you to like us on Facebook (here), follow us on Twitter (here) – and most importantly reply to this post and tell us what you love most about We’ll enter your email address into our magical hat and if you’re a winner you will find a promo code sitting in your inbox very soon.

To read more about Pixelmator, please go here

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