Mobile Photography / Art Tutorial – Training your eye and the use of Snapseed

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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 Snapseed but in a unique way. Read his thoughts as he puts it through its paces (foreword by Joanne Carter). Take it away Jerry…

“I’m a relative newcomer to photography. Not in the sense of handling a camera; I’ve had cameras for decades that I used to capture snapshots. I am a newcomer in the sense that I have never had training, and that I realize that training helps you assess what you want from a shot, and how to get it.

I consider the first part of training in photography, as well as all forms of visual art, to be training your eye. What is your subject? What are you trying to convey about that subject? How do you convey that feeling? There are hundreds of books and articles that go over composition and lighting, and they often contradict each other. I read an article this past weekend that trashed the vaunted “rule of thirds”, and said that method of composition should never be followed.

I can’t and don’t want to dictate what your images should look like. What I can help you with is using apps to get from the image you captured to the image that reflects what your eye truly “sees”. I’m going to be using the powerful and free app Snapseed, but the principles apply across the use of all photo/art apps. It is a beginner tutorial, but I will not be describing how to operate Snapseed in detail; please visit my three-part tutorial from last April/May for that (see here).

The test shot is one I took while walking along Disney’s Boardwalk at Walt Disney World with my iPhone 6S+. A beautiful sky, a nice balance of architecture and nature, and a balance of exposure that has no impenetrable shadows or blown-out highlights. (Look at that histogram!) Is it exactly what I wanted to capture? When I look closer, I have to admit that it’s not a perfect shot”.

 

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APPart – Mobile Art – Pantone Color of the Day – Winner Announced – 12 January 2016

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Huge congratulations to our APPart Color of the Day with Pantone Daily Challenge winner. The Color of the Day was ‘Doe’ 16-1333 with the accompanying descriptives ‘Profound, Ambitious and Spiritual’. We feel that @sukru_mehmet_omur has captured the essence of these with this wonderful image, please check out his Instagram account, it’s fabulous.

Today’s Pantone color of the day is ‘Ginger Bread’ (18-1244) and the accompanying descriptives are ‘Imaginative, Quick and Diligent’. So, we would like to see your creations using this colour in combination with those words, if possible. It’s a challenge after all!

To take part in this challenge, please create an image and post it to Instagram and include the hashtag #taw_appart_coloroftheday we will select a winner and feature them each day!

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TrueView Interview – “What do Mobile Photographers and/or Mobile Artists expect from their Audience?” with Rob Pearson-Wright from London, UK

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As you, most likely know we are expanding our uber popular TrueView Mobile Photography and Art Interview section with a new question – “What do Mobile Photographers and/or Mobile Artists expect from their Audience?”. Today, we are publishing talented mobile photographer Rob Pearson-Wright from London, UK, answer to this. Please watch this film and enjoy…

This is a new section to TheAppWhisperer, we are so proud of all the wonderful artists who are contributing to our new section, ‘TrueView Interviews‘ where we ask one singular question to video. This is such an exciting area, so many of you are working on your videos right now, we all want to see and hear you, what a joy and privilege it is. Thank you so much.

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Mobile Photography/Art – Pic of the Day (270) – via Instagram – TheAppWhisperer

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Here’s day two hundred and seventy of our mobile photography/art Pic of the Day section via Instagram. Each day we will be selecting one image a day for our Pic of the Day section on Instagram with this hashtag – #theappwhisperer. Furthermore, each month we will also offer an overall prize to the image that receives the most love.

To ensure your image receives our attention, please upload it to Instagram with this hashtag – #theappwhisperer

Today, we congratulate @roy.nyc with this image.

Please check out his Instagram feed here for more stunning imagery.

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Mobile Photography/Art – Pic of the Day (261) – via Instagram – TheAppWhisperer

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Here’s day two hundred and sixty one of our mobile photography/art Pic of the Day section via Instagram. Each day we will be selecting one image a day for our Pic of the Day section on Instagram with this hashtag – #theappwhisperer. Furthermore, each month we will also offer an overall prize to the image that receives the most love.

To ensure your image receives our attention, please upload it to Instagram with this hashtag – #theappwhisperer

Today, we congratulate @hemisphere_gauche with this image.

Please check out her Instagram feed here for more stunning imagery.

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Mobile Photography/Art – Pic of the Day (248) – via Instagram – TheAppWhisperer

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Here’s day two hundred and forty eight of our mobile photography/art Pic of the Day section via Instagram. Each day we will be selecting one image a day for our Pic of the Day section on Instagram with this hashtag – #theappwhisperer. Furthermore, each month we will also offer an overall prize to the image that receives the most love.

To ensure your image receives our attention, please upload it to Instagram with this hashtag – #theappwhisperer

Today, we congratulate @imagomimago_ with this image.

Please check out her Instagram feed here for more stunning imagery.

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APPart – Mobile Art – Pantone Color of the Day – ‘Aragon’ – TheAppWhisperer

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Many of you have already seen our new segment to our APPart column here at TheAppWhisperer, edited by Bobbi McMurry.

We would like to inspire all mobile artists to create one image a day using the selected colour of Pantone’s ‘Color of the Day’ – see here (we will announce the colour each day). As well a ‘Color of the Day’, Pantone also link that colour with adjectives and/or nouns.

For your information Pantone’s ‘Color of the Day’ was originally created by renowned astrologer Michele Bernhardt – you can read more about her here.  

Today’s Pantone color of the day is ‘Aragon’ (17-1532) and the accompanying descriptives are ‘Communicator, Sharp and Quick-Witted’. So, we would like to see your creations using this colour in combination with those words, if possible. It’s a challenge after all!

Once you have created your image, please post it to Instagram with the following hashtag #taw_appart_coloroftheday (please don’t forget the underscores). We will view each uploaded image a day and select a winning creation and this will be published to our main website here as well as being featured throughout our vast social media channels.

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Mobile Photography/Art – Pic of the Day (237) – via Instagram – TheAppWhisperer

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Here’s day two hundred and thirty seven of our mobile photography/art Pic of the Day section via Instagram. Each day we will be selecting one image a day for our Pic of the Day section on Instagram with this hashtag – #theappwhisperer. Furthermore, each month we will also offer an overall prize to the image that receives the most love.

To ensure your image receives our attention, please upload it to Instagram with this hashtag – #theappwhisperer

Today, we congratulate @medusean_muse Maartje Bronkhorst, with this image “Etherealm V”

Please check out her Instagram feed here for more stunning imagery.

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APPart – Mobile Art – Pantone Color of the Day – ‘Malaga’ – TheAppWhisperer

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Many of you have already seen our new segment to our APPart column here at TheAppWhisperer, edited by Bobbi McMurry.

We would like to inspire all mobile artists to create one image a day using the selected colour of Pantone’s ‘Color of the Day’ – see here (we will announce the colour each day). As well a ‘Color of the Day’, Pantone also link that colour with adjectives and/or nouns.

For your information Pantone’s ‘Color of the Day’ was originally created by renowned astrologer Michele Bernhardt – you can read more about her here.  

Today’s Pantone color of the day is ‘Malaga’ (17-1723) and the accompanying descriptives are ‘Intuitive, Profound and Imaginative’. So, we would like to see your creations using this colour in combination with those words, if possible. It’s a challenge after all!

Once you have created your image, please post it to Instagram with the following hashtag #taw_appart_coloroftheday (please don’t forget the underscores). We will view each uploaded image a day and select a winning creation and this will be published to our main website here as well as being featured throughout our vast social media channels.

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Mobile Photography Exhibition by Alix Carmichele

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Alix Carmichele is a mobile photographer from South Africa, she studied Photography in London, UK and thus began the long process of establishing herself in this field, polishing & refining her technique by learning all the tricks of the trade from various experienced professionals. Extensive travel throughout Africa and many other exotic locations in the world has further inspired and imbued her work with a unique quality. With a seemingly effortless gift for composition, she manages to entice the viewer into a direct experience with her subject matter. Much of her work is created digitally and her long experience with practical darkroom theory is applied to enhance this new media. She also makes use of square format manual cameras.

Carmichele has a wonderful exhibition opening on 9 October 2015, at The Tin House – 1730 hrs – she would love to welcome you, if you are in the area.

I asked Carmichele to explain, in her own words, what this exhibition is all about, please enjoy this read:

“The use of the character as a tool to represent a basic story line and to express a natural progression of the elements in this case a solitary image using various weapons and props which represent the elements from different cultures, as well as a few new ones, shot on iPad4 using Hipstamatic’s Lowy blanko film and lens combination and editing in Photoshop gives the impression of graphic novel or anime. Although not fully stylised as a drawing the image still maintains a photographic integrity however the image could go either way… 5% to the left a photograph or 5% to the right a graphic drawing.

My Inspiration: I love the interconnections between Zen Buddhism and popular culture, notably anime, an animation style which originated in Japan. It is characterised by distinctive characters and backgrounds (hand-drawn or computer-generated) that visually and thematically set it apart from other forms of animation; and or Manga, which is Japanese for “comics” or “whimsical images”. Manga developed from a mixture of ukiyo-e and Western styles of drawing, and took its current form shortly after World War II. Anime and manga share many characteristics, including: exaggerating (in terms of scale) of physical features, to which the reader presumably should pay most attention (best known being “large eyes”), “dramatically shaped speech bubbles, speed lines and onomatopoeic, exclamatory typography

In anime, there are a lot of powerful characters who have unique special abilities’, so I decided to try and interpret the elements through my camera using an autonomous and independent warrior character to explore this theme. For my own purposes I’ve used an umbrella, a Katana (Japanese sword); a whip; an old muscat; a stick, cards, powder, a bow and fire so giving my warrior character the space to play with and create new interpretations of the elements through the freedom of artistic and theatrical expression. Photographing my warrior in mid air is my way of showing the exaggeration of Manga and I’m hoping that I have achieved a sense of drama and magic in this action without the use of speech bubbles and exclamatory script!

Earth, air, fire, and water: these four elements, in the Western tradition, are the foundation of natural magic, alchemy, philosophy, modern science, and life itself. “Life is the fire that burns and the sun that gives light,” said the Roman philosopher Seneca the Younger. “Life is the wind and the rain and the thunder in the sky. Life is matter and is earth, what is and what is not, and what beyond is in Eternity.”

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