Photo App Lounge

Top 5 Apps For iPhone Photography – Photo App Lounge – With Lisa Waddell

Welcome to our new Photo App Lounge section of This is a very small area on our site where we ask highly accomplished iPhone photographers what their top five photo apps are and why.

We previously asked Dixon Hamby for his top 5 apps, if you missed that you can read it here. Kicking us off today is Lisa Waddell from Houston, Texas. Lisa’s work is extraordinary, botanical in a sense and also so mysterious and creative in other ways too. And, it’s not just the way she creates the image, it’s in the titles too. Each title has been so carefully chosen to match the image. When you read the title you learn a little more about the image.

We caught up with Lisa in between shoots and asked her what her top five photo apps are, this is what she said:



Copyright Image – Lisa Waddell – ‘Helter Skelter’ – Apps Used – Hipstamatic (Float/Adler9009), Iris Photo Suite (Craquelure filter), Moku Hanga

Number 1 – 645 PRO


My camera app of choice is 645 Pro. There are so many features to like about this camera; not the least of which is the owner’s manual located on the camera itself! (Because I did not transition from traditional photography to mobile photography I was a bit intimidated at first. The manual helps…lots!)


Number 2 – Iris Photo Suite



For an overall photo editor I rely on Iris Photo Suite. I’m sold on the cropping and re-sizing tools; the masking and layering tools are easy to use with good effect; and it has a nice, albeit, basic set of effects.


Number 3 – FX Photo Studio



When I’m looking for a variety of effects I look to FX Photo Studio. I appreciate the fact that it is well organized; has almost 190 effects from which to choose; and favorite combinations of effects can be saved for future use. The creative possibilities are limitless with this app.


Number 4 – ScratchCam



To achieve the grunge look Scratchcam, without a doubt, is my go-to app! I love the editing options; the fact that you can save your favorite edits; and the ability to download new effects from within the app itself. This app is a one trick pony but it does it very, very well.


Number 5 – Decim8



If I want to create an abstract Decim8 never disappoints. I’m impressed with its limitless ability to deconstruct photos; the range of effects; and the ease of use. Again, it is a one trick pony but it does it very, very well.


You can read more about Lisa here


Copyright Image – Lisa Waddell – ‘Suspended in Time’ – Apps Used – Hipstamatic (Float/Adler 9009), Iris Photo Suite

Extension of the I

A day in the life of


Joanne Carter, creator of the world’s most popular mobile photography and art website—— 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 - 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:


  • Egmont van Dyck

    Greetings dear Joanne,

    I think this is going to be a fantastic new division of your wonderful website. Though I have a few I use often, I am always on the lookout to see what others are using and how they apply it to their art.

    Wishing you a wonderful weekend,