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A Day In The Life Of Ernesto Diaz – Classically Trained Photographer, Successful iPhoneographer

Welcome to our brand new section on theappwhisperer.com, this section is entitled ‘A day in the life of …’ and we’ll be taking a look some hugely influential and interesting people in the mobile app world that we think you would like to learn about.

Kicking us off today is Ernesto Diaz, he came to our attention a while back as we have been so impressed with his iPhoneography, or if you read below, perhaps we should call it ‘mobile photography’. Ernesto believes that the world needs to rid itself of the word ‘iPhoneography’ as ‘it’s market sensitive and carries several prejudices’. You may agree or disagree but whichever side of the fence you’re on, you will find this interview quite enthralling.

Ernesto studied architecture and art throughout High School and switched to photography when an assignment entitled ‘shooting your favorite buildings’ came up. He then went on to study photography at Columbia College in Chicago for the following six years. Following college he shot theatre and catalogue work in Chicago both as a freelancer and for a couple of production companies. He soon discovered that the pressures and constraints of commercial work were inhibiting him artistically speaking. He soon quit and dedicated himself to his own artwork.

For a living Ernesto has set up digital workflows for sheet and web printers, helping expand their capabilities as well as introducing them to new opportunities in the printing market. Being classically trained, Ernesto found this career adaption easy.

Ernesto is now working on a new project to better serve this new ‘mobile’ genre and he hopes to have his project completed before the summer.

In between of course, he takes great mobile images. He shoots using the Pro Camera, 6×7, 6×6, ShakeitPhoto, and PinHole HD app’s exclusively. When processing he uses both Mac versions of iPhone apps as well apps in his iPhone. The Mac versions of apps that he owns include: Plastic Bullet, Ripped from Reality, FX PhotoStudio Pro, Dramatic B&W, and SnapHeal.

Check out the full interview below…

(If you would like to be interviewed for our new ‘A day in the life of …’ section, just send us an email and we’ll get it set up).


First things first…


Copyright Image Ernesto Daiz, taken on Apple iPhone 4, image processed with FX Photo Studio

Let’s start at the beginning of the day, how does your day start Ernesto?

I set up Digital Printing Workflows for sheet and web printers. From buying machinery to training new employees I do it all. Depending on what the particular printer is looking for, projects can last 6 months, some 3 years.

Time of day…


Do you like to head out and take photographs early on?

Yes I am a morning person when it comes to shooting. Small weekend road trips are my favorite for landscape and architecture. Though my fav is studio.


Photographer vs iPhoneographer…


Copyright Image Ernesto Daiz, taken on Apple iPhone 4 using Hipstamatic 185 iPhone app with John S Lens and Kodot XGrizzled film, no flash


How did the transition from traditional photographer to iPhoneographer develop? (pardon the pun)

Believe it or not, when I bought my first iPhone (3) that was my first digital camera. I stayed away from digital since inception. I have always felt a disconnect from shot to edit to final. With the iPhone….It offers a darkroom in your pocket.

New Apps…


Do you like to download new iPhoneography apps regularly?

Not really, no. I have a few favs and until someone does something “special” I’ll stick to mine.



Copyright image Ernesto Daiz, Shot on iPhone 3, processed in Lo-Mob and FX PhotoStudio



How often do you update your existing apps?

Whenever updates are available.



Copyright image, Ernesto Daiz. This image was not shot by Ernesto, but by a friend Sugey Garcia. It was however processed by Ernesto at her request. Apps used: FX PhotoStudio, Scratch Cam and Filter Storm.


Where’s your favorite place in the world for a shoot?

…a Studio!!!




Copyright Image, Ernesto Daiz, iPhone 3 Shot processed in FX PhotoStudio.



Do you also use iPhoneography tool apps, such as The Photographers Ephemeris?

No, not at all, I sketch ideas I want to communicate when planning a shoot.


Favorite Apps…




What are your favorite, at the moment, iPhoneography apps?

Scratch Cam, FX PhotoStudio, Magic Hour, Lumiére


Sharing Images…


Copyright Image, Ernesto Daiz. This is an iPhone 4 shot processed in FX PhotoStudio, Magic Hr. and Filterstorm.


Where do you like to upload your photographs? Flickr, Instagram?

I never liked Flickr, and I don’t use Instagram. Funny you should ask, Im actually working on an alternative to Flickr, at the moment.




Do you take photographs with your iPhone everyday?

More like once a week.


Favorite Subjects…


Copyright Image, Ernesto Daiz. This was a studio shoot with both a Mamiya Twin Lens and iPhone 4. It was such a long shoot that Ernesto is not entirely sure what is what anymore. This image was processed in both FX PhotoStudio and Lo-Mob.


What are your favorite subjects?

People, and architecture.


Top Tips For Mobile Photography…



What are you top five tips for iPhoneography?

The iPhone is simply nothing much more then a tool. What makes it special are the apps that are available for editing. They provide you with many tools within one. So I say, know your tools, know your tools, know your tools….




Copyright Image, Ernesto Daiz iPhone 4 Shot, processed in Filter Storm and FX PhotoStudio


Do you edit images on your iPhone or do you prefer to do that on a desktop/laptop?

Depends on many things, mainly the shoot.





Do you enjoy videography with your iPhone?

Haven’t tried it yet.


Future of iPhoneography…



Where do you see the future of iPhoneography?

I truly feel that if it is to have a future it must start with getting rid of that “iPhoneography” label. Its market sensitive and carries several prejudices. I prefer “Mobile” photography, its general enough to build upon a new Genre. I.e.…Large Format, Medium Format, Small Format, Panoramic, Digital, and Mobile.


Popular Mobile Photography


Copyright Image, Ernesto Daiz


What do you think is the most popular area of iPhoneography?

Concept photography, the building of an image by using several apps and images together.


Where is mobile photography most popular?



Do you think it’s country specific, are some nations more clued up?

Yes, I feel that European countries’ are taking it to another level.

iPhone 5 Hopes?



What do you hope for in the iPhone 5?

Higher resolution camera, that’s it.





What do you think of Joanne and theappwhisperer.com?

I find it incredibly informative and entertaining to read. I think its the only one out there created with passion for what it represents. Not just a blog on what’s popular. Keep up the great work.


Joanne Carter, creator of the world’s most popular mobile photography and art website— TheAppWhisperer.com— TheAppWhisperer platform has been a pivotal cyberspace for mobile artists of all abilities to learn about, to explore, to celebrate and to share mobile artworks. Joanne’s compassion, inclusivity, and humility are hallmarks in all that she does, and is particularly evident in the platform she has built. In her words, “We all have the potential to remove ourselves from the centre of any circle and to expand a sphere of compassion outward; to include everyone interested in mobile art, ensuring every artist is within reach”, she has said. Promotion of mobile artists and the art form as a primary medium in today’s art world, has become her life’s focus. She has presented lectures bolstering mobile artists and their art from as far away as the Museum of Art in Seoul, South Korea to closer to her home in the UK at Focus on Imaging. Her experience as a jurist for mobile art competitions includes: Portugal, Canada, US, S Korea, UK and Italy. And her travels pioneering the breadth of mobile art includes key events in: Frankfurt, Naples, Amalfi Coast, Paris, Brazil, London. Pioneering the world’s first mobile art online gallery - TheAppWhispererPrintSales.com has extended her reach even further, shipping from London, UK to clients in the US, Europe and The Far East to a global group of collectors looking for exclusive art to hang in their homes and offices. The online gallery specialises in prints for discerning collectors of unique, previously unseen signed limited edition art. Her journey towards becoming The App Whisperer, includes (but is not limited to) working for a paparazzi photo agency for several years and as a deputy editor for a photo print magazine. Her own freelance photographic journalistic work is also widely acclaimed. She has been published extensively both within the UK and the US in national and international titles. These include The Times, The Sunday Times, The Guardian, Popular Photography & Imaging, dpreview, NikonPro, Which? and more recently with the BBC as a Contributor, Columnist at Vogue Italia and Contributing Editor at LensCulture. Her professional photography has also been widely exhibited throughout Europe, including Italy, Portugal and the UK. She is currently writing several books, all related to mobile art and is always open to requests for new commissions for either writing or photography projects or a combination of both. Please contact her at: joanne@theappwhisperer.com