A Day In The Life Of Pirmin Föllmi – A Talented Mobile Photographer Based In Switzerland


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 fifty second installment of the series, you can read the others here if you have missed them so far. Pirmin is 36 years old and lives in Switzerland, right next to the capital Zürich. He is an architectural draftsman and plasterer by profession. His family is the centre of his life. One of the most beautiful things that makes Pirmin happy is watching his two daughters grow up.

Most of his photos were taken during walks or hikes with his family. There are a many mountains and lakes nearby where he lives and why it’s easier for him to take landscape pictures rather than street art shots. Pirmin enjoys the silence and beauty of nature a lot. The colors of the fields, mountains or lakes are very important to him. He very seldom shoots in black and white – colors are simply more important to him to express a certain atmosphere.

Pirmin has had his iPhone for about two years now, he never actually took photos before. He came across mobile photography through his Twitter feed and was immediately hooked. To Pirmin it’s amazing to see how much you can do with a picture with various apps.

Read more about Pirmin in our 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


© Pirmin Föllmi – ‘Aufpasser’ (Camera+, LensLight, ScratchCam)


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

PF – Me and the morning are not the best of friends. I seem to be always running late, and never have time for coffee and breakfast.


Magic Hour


© Pirmin Föllmi – ‘Berge’ – (Camera+)


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

PF – No, never.

Photographer vs Mobile Photographer


© Pirmin Föllmi – ‘Brücke’ (Camera+, MagicHour)


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

PF – I never could seem to develop an interest in photography. My wife is a professional photographer and always took the pictures when we were on vacation. Then I discovered iPhoneography through Twitter and Instagram.


New Apps


© Pirmin Föllmi – ‘Dunkle Orte’ – (Camera+, MagicHour)


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

PF – Not as often as I used to.


Location, Location, Location


© Pirmin Föllmi – ‘Fisher’ – (Noir, Snapseed)


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

PF – I like to take pictures at different places around the Zürichsee and in the mountains.


Tools Of The Trade


© Pirmin Föllmi – ‘good morning from italy’ ( Camera+, Noir, 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?

PF – No, I usually just try something out, or when I see somebody else doing something I find interesting, I try to do it in my own way.




© Pirmin Föllmi – ‘Herzlich’ – (Camera+ ScratchCam)


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

PF – I use Instagram and Flickr frequently. I also like EyeEm and Tumblr, and then I upload my pictures to my Facebook wall and to my blog. http://www.facebook.com/iPhotography.ch http://iphotography.ch/itourdesuisse/ (http://iphotography.ch)




© Pirmin Föllmi – ‘Hey You’ – (Camera+, Snapseed)


JC – How often do you update your existing apps?

PF – Whenever an update is announced.


Favorite Apps


© Pirmin Föllmi – ‘Magic Hour’ – (Camera+, MagicHour, PhotoFX)


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

PF – Camera+, Noir, Magic Hour, ScratchCam, PhotoFX, Snapseed and Blender




© Pirmin Föllmi – ‘Morning’ – (Camera+, PhotoFX)


JC – Do you take photographs with your iPhone everyday?

PF – I mostly photograph during the weekend. Then I take about 500 pictures and go on to edit some of them during the week.



Favorite Subjects


© Pirmin Föllmi – ‘nichts ist schöner als fliegen’ – ( Camera+ Blender)


JC – What are your favorite subjects?

PF – I really like to take pictures of landscapes, especially lakes and mountains. But quite often you can also find my children in my pictures.


Top Five Tips


© Pirmin Föllmi – ‘Peter’ – (Camera+)


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

PF –

Take lots of pictures

Do a lot of editing

Do not be scared of taking bad pictures

Be trigger happy

Have fun with iPhoneography




© Pirmin Föllmi – ‘Regatta’ (Camera+, Snapseed)


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

PF – I edit on my iPhone.




© Pirmin Föllmi – ‘Riesenrad’ – ( Camera+, MagicHour)


JC – Do you enjoy videography with your iPhone?

PF – No, I have never tried that.


The Future Of Mobile Photography


© Pirmin Föllmi – ‘Stille’ – (Camera+, Snapseed


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

PF – I hope that this art form will receive more recognition and publicity.


Where In The World?


© Pirmin Föllmi – ‘The Hill’ – (Camera+, MagicHour)


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

PF – I think iphoneography is a global phenomenon where you find smaller and larger groups in the different countries. I really enjoy getting to know and share with other iPhoneographer in my region, and try to promote that in Switzerland through the group iTourDeSuisse.


iPhone 5


© Pirmin Föllmi – ‘Two Hearts’ – (Camera+, Snapseed)


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

PF – A better camera.




© Pirmin Föllmi – ‘Whuusch!’ – (Camera+, MagicHour)


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

PF – Regrettably I do not know Joanne personally, but I really appreciate what she does through theappwhisperer.com. I am also very honored to have gotten the opportunity to be a part of theappwhisperer.com through this interview.


Links To All Apps Used And Mentioned In This Interview


© Pirmin Föllmi – ‘Winner’ (Camera+, PhotoFX)

Image Blender

14 thoughts on “A Day In The Life Of Pirmin Föllmi – A Talented Mobile Photographer Based In Switzerland”

  1. Pirmin…your work is food for the heart! So rarely do I see a photographer that it almost seems like…’the scene comes to them as they would wish’, that is how exceptional I think your eye and work is! Each is beauty and story combined!

  2. Pirmin was one of the first people I found when I began looking for other iPhoneographers. He blew me away with his stunning landscape images. I voted for him as iphoneographer of the year in 2011. He’s still one of those artists at the top of my list!

  3. great Pirmin !!!!!
    Joanne you say : “..lives in Switzerland, right next to the capital Zürich….” oups the capital from Switzerland is not Zurich…but BERN

  4. Exquisite images Pirmin! I would love to find you on Flickr – what is your Flickr name? (Apologies if it’s up there and I’ve just missed it!)


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