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A Day In The Life Of Roger Clay – Former US Marine On An iPhoneography Mission


Welcome to our very exciting new column on theappwhisperer.com. This section entitled ‘A day in the life of …’ and this is where we’ll be taking a look at some hugely influential, interesting and accomplished individuals in the mobile photography world. People that we think you will love to learn more about.

This is our forty fourth installment of the series, you can read the others here, if you have missed them so far. Today, we are featuring Roger Clay. Roger grew up in the small town of Hanford which is located in the Central Valley of California. He now resides in the city of Corona which is about 50 miles east of Downtown LA. After leaving Hanford he served four years in the United States Marine Corps. He now works as a Peace Officer for the State of California and has been there for the past 17 years.

We asked Roger how he first become interested in iPhone photography and this is what he said, ‘iPhone Photography in general started for me in late 2010 when I was approached by my oldest son who showed me the App Juxtaposer and how he made his friends look silly by pasting there faces in funny situations. I got the App and started doing the same thing having fun with family and friends.Then one day while looking for Apps to compliment Juxtaposer I found Hipstamatic and decided to get out of the house and take photos using just Hipstamatic and just got hooked from there on out . I don’t use big words or try to impress by writting grand intellectual thoughts I wouldjust like my photos to eventually speak for themselves and that’s still a work in progress’.

Want to find out more about Roger? Read this exclusive interview below. Each image is titled with the apps used to create it in sequential order. You can find all the links the the apps mentioned at the end of this article.

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


First Things First…


Copyright Image – Roger Clay – ‘The Times With Signs’ – Apps used – Snapseed


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

RC – My day starts when I get off work and head home through some of the city of Chinos Dairies, occasionally stopping to catch a sunrise through the low fog that this area is good for. Once I get home I take the kid to school and its off to sleep for a while. I usually try and get out one day out of the week and target a place to go photograph .

Magic Hour…


Copyright Image – Roger Clay – ‘Fog Procedures’ – App Used – Snapseed


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

RC – I do at times plan ahead to go out early, usually I go out once week for that. It depends on my mood if I want to head out to LA and shoot some street stuff or keep it rural and stay home .

Photographer vs Mobile Photographer…


Copyright Image – Roger Clay – ‘6th Street’ – App Used – Snapseed


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

RC – No transition for me Joanna, I have learned so much and seen so many things with just my iPhone on me, I am almost scared to use anything else.

New Apps…


Copyright Image – Roger Clay – ‘#33’ – App Used – Picfx and Snapseed


JC – Do you like to download new iPhoneography apps regularly?

RC – I am really big on Apps that let you regulate the filter strength “PicFx, Snapseed and Scratchcam are good for that” . If they have that feature I most certainly will give it a try .



Copyright Image – Roger Clay – ‘Black Alley Beauty’ – App Used – Snapseed, PicFX, ColorSplash


JC – How often do you update your existing apps?

RC – I update my Apps on average once a week or when I hear there’s a new update out .

Location, Location, Location…


Copyright Image – Roger Clay – ‘Central Valley’ – App Used – Snapseed, Photoforge2


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

RC – Right now photography is so new to me I am really happy finding places out here in the Inland Empire and even better up in the Central Valley of California . But if I had a dream place to photograph it would be the country of Somalia . I was there back in the early 90’s and would love to go back and photograph.



Copyright Image – Roger Clay – ‘Early Morning Sugar’ – App Used –   Hipstamatic Tejas/Sugar


JC – What are your favorite subjects?

RC – None for me Joanna, I really like to keep things simple . If I see something I want to take a photo of I will stop and take it if the lighting is wrong I can always go back when it is.



Copyright Image – Roger Clay – ‘Everyday illusions’ – Apps used – Snapseed, Scratchcam


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

RC – I am on EyeEm, Instagram , Flckr and Facebook. I would say that the Facebook groups is where I have learned the most from folks.

Favorite Apps…


Copyright Image – Roger Clay – ‘The Fullerton Mall’ – Apps Used – Snapseed


JC – Do you also use iPhone photography tool apps, such as The Photographer’s Ephemeris and if so do you use it to plan your shoots?

RC – Right now I am hooked on Scratchcam and the tones of the black and white filters.



Copyright Image – Roger Clay – ‘Fernando’ – Apps used – Snapseed


JC – Do you take photographs with your iPhone everyday?

RC- Everyday Joanne, Not so much around the home. But when I am driving around its almost automatic I am gonna take a photo of something.

Favorite Subjects…


Copyright Image – Roger Clay – ‘Free Range Cable’ – Apps used – Snapseed, Picfx, ColorSplash


JC – What are your favorite photographic subjects?

RC – Tractors, Dead Trees and People. I am not sure if that is an order of priority but it just depends what mood I am in.

Top Five Tips…


Copyright Image – Roger Clay – ‘Good Dawg’ – Apps used – Hipstamatic Tejas/Pistil


JC – What are your top five tips for iPhone photography?

RC – I really only have one tip to give. Never have that regret of not stopping and taking that photo that you really wanted too. Even if it means walking up to that house with the no Trespassing sign and the NRA member sticker in the front window of the house go up and ask anyway the worst thing they will tell you is ‘NO’ .



Copyright Image – Roger Clay – ‘On a windy day’ – Apps used – Snapseed


JC – How did the teaching side come along?

RC – I am still learning Joanne.  I have been fortunate to meet some wonderful folks like Paul Posados, Rosanna Cappiello and Cara Gallardo Wiel they have helped me out a bunch and still do.



Copyright Image – Roger Clay – ‘One sided winds’ – Apps used – Snapseed, Picfx


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

RC – I only edit with my iPhone its just the way I do it plus when I can honestly say ‘I did that with my iPhone’, it sounds a lot better.



Copyright Image – Roger Clay – ‘Paradise Knolls’ – Apps used – Snapseed


JC – Do you enjoy videography with your iPhone?

RC – Not at all.

The Future Of Mobile Photography…


Copyright Image – Roger Clay – ‘Relax’ – Apps used – Snapseed/iPro Lens 2x tele


JC – Where do you see the future of iPhone photography?

RC – It has to  eventually blend in with every other type of photography . Its being accepted just fine for the most part except for that person who just spent Ten Grand of his parents money on his Cannon Super Lens 1000 and has to justify it by knocking someone who takes a great photo with an  Iphone. And by the way Joanne the LA times doesn’t have a problem with it they have posted up a few of my iPhone photos and I don’t think they really care.



Copyright Image – Roger Clay – ‘Ricky the Pirate’ – Apps used – Snapseed, Alien Sky, Juxtaposer, iProLens 2x tele


JC – What do you think is the most popular area of iPhone photography?

RC – I would have to say its Street Photography. Maybe it’s just me but I am starting to notice a lot more of it lately.

Where In The World…?


Copyright Image – Roger Clay – ‘Skid Row Sofa’ – Apps used – Snapseed


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

RC – have really enjoyed seeing photos from all over the world. This really has made me want to travel more so now than ever.

iPhone 5…


Copyright Image – Roger Clay – ‘Stratford’ – Apps used – Snapseed, Iris, Scratchcam


JC – What do you hope for in the iPhone 5?

RC – I am really not sure Joanne, I really would like the Iphone to have better battery life and most certainly a lens that is sharper the megapixels don’t really matter to me much.



Copyright Image – Roger Clay – ‘Tehachapi’ – Apps used – Snapseed


JC – What do you think of Joanne and theappwhisperer.com?

RC – I think Joanne should be applauded for her work. And her site is a really great place to get the know all the great the iPhonographers out there.

Links To All Apps Used And Mentioned In This Interview


Copyright Image – Roger Clay – ‘Wasting Time’ – Apps used – Snapseed, Scratchcam, Iris, Picfx, Juxtaposer


Alien Sky
Iris Photo Suite

Schneider iProLens

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


  • Robert Lancaster

    Great interview! Amazing photographs! 🙂
    You should come to South Africa too … we have amazing things to photograph.
    From the “Big 5” through to the awesome Baobab trees.

  • Cara Gallardo Weil

    You already know I’m a huge fan Roger… (and thanks for the mention too!) 🙂

  • Rosanna Cappiello

    Awesome interview Mr Clay 🙂
    Even more awesome Work!!!!!

    Thank you for the mention 🙂

    You are the man!!!!! 🙂 x

  • Lee Thatcher

    Great interview and fantastic images. It’s great getting to know more about the guy behind them.