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A Day In The Life Of Dilshad Corleone aka Italian Brother – One Totally Talented Mobile Photographer

Welcome to our very exciting column on theappwhisperer.com. This section is entitled ‘A day in the life of …’ and this is where we take 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 sixty first, day in the life interview, if you have missed the others, please go here for a fantastic read. Today, we are featuring Dilshad Corleone, Dilshad has been living in London for sometime now, although not originally from here. His background is quite varied: of Italian/Indian descent and born in Somalia. He grew up around the world and has settled in London; which he absolutely loves, for the vibe this city always has.

Despite Dilshad’s stunning images, he is actually quite new to mobile photography. He explains, ‘three months ago I was just roaming the internet and I came across a fantastic iPhoneography course (5 weeks, 3 hour per week, the lecturer gave us homework too, it felt like being back at school… insane! and yet I loved it). The course started with a short video by the Great Koci! This video just changed me completely, I had goosebumps and wanted to go out and snap the world and that’s what I precisely did and I have been doing it every day since then’.

Read more about Dilshad in the following interview. You can find all the links to 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 [email protected], and we’ll get it set up.)


First Things First


© Dilshad Corleone – ‘A Sunset Jump’ – Camera+, Snapseed and a knife


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

Dilshad – Right, I have to admit it, I am an Instagram addict, so my morning would start with a coffee on the one hand and my iPhone or IPad on the other hand, eagerly checking out new photographs and new photographers, it is such a great platform for inspiration!

Magic Hour


© Dilshad Corleone – ‘Walking at Dawn’ – Camera+, BigLens, Scratchcam, Snapseed


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

Dilshad – Yes! But I also love heading out at any time (all the time), and just follow my instinct whenever I feel the butterflies flying in my tummy I know that my 5th-sense-and-half is kicking and there is something in the air…

Photographer vs Mobile Photographer


© Dilshad Corleone – ‘The Peacock’ – Camera+, ColorSplash, Scratchcam, Snapseed


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

Dilshad – Ah! That’s easy to answer… I have never been a traditional photographer… and to be completely honest I never owned or had a camera! When I was a kid, I used to play with my father’s polaroid, and then, just ten years ago, I bought my very first Nokia phone that had a camera (you should have seen my friends’ face when I took their first photo, priceless)… that was it.. I was hooked. Now it’s all about me and my IPhone.

New Apps


© Dilshad Corleone – ‘A Drink One Too Many’ – Camera+, Noir, Superimpose, Scratchcam, Filterstorm


Joanne – Do you like to download new apps regularly?

Dilshad – God Yes!!! I am totally addicted to it! I have to refrain from not bankrupting… lol, I keep looking and searching and buying and trying, although I end up deleting a lot of those apps, I still keep buying.. And I thank you for your reviews and recommendations! I absolutely love https://theappwhisperer.com and I am a complete addict of this website too!



© Dilshad Corleone – ‘London-Punk’ – Camera+, Blender, MoreMono, Scratchcam, Iris, Snapseed


Joanne – How often do you update your existing apps?

Dilshad – I look everyday for updates, and as soon these are available I just press that little button!

Location, Location, Location


© Dilshad Corleone – ‘An Ordinary Football-fan… – Video2Photo, Liquid Scale, Camera+, Phototoaster, WoodCamera, Scratchcam, Grungetastic, Snapseed… -I Know I got carried away on this one…


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

Dilshad – I don’t really have one… I am currently based in London, and I really enjoy the vibe of this city! People are more inclined towards Street-photography, nobody seems minding, except when they pull their knifes at me… but that’s another story… However, I would love to go on a world photo-shooting-tour, Samarkand, Mumbai’s slums, New York!! I’ve done some shooting in Italy, challenging… that’s the only thing I can say..


Tools Of The Trade


© Dilshad Corleone – ‘I Love My Boat!’ – Camera+, BlurFX, ScratchCam, Snapseed


Joanne – 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?

Dilshad – Wow! Thank you for letting me know! And… erm.. thank you for making me spend more money.. lol.

Favorite Apps


© Dilshad Corleone – ‘What Are You Doing?’ – Camera+, BigLens, Vintique, Phototoaster (twice), Snapseed


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

Dilshad – Camera+ is a definite, with which I always start! With Snapseed I end my post-processing work and in the middle anything from BigLens, Scratchcam, After Focus, to Lo-mob, Qbro and PhotoToaster could drop in to say hello and help me out…



© Dilshad Corleone – ‘Alone’ – Camera+, BigLens, Noir, Scratchcam, Lo-mob, Snapseed


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

Dilshad – Literally everywhere! Instagram (as I said I am absolutely addicted to it): @italianbrother, flicker: http://www.flickr.com/photos/italianbrother/ my Facebook fan-page: https://www.facebook.com/DilshadCorleone Tumblr is going to come up very soon! and maybe a proper website work in progress…



© Dilshad Corleone – ‘Daydreame’ – Camera+, ColorSplash, Snapseed


Joanne – Do you take photographs with your iPhone everyday?

Dilshad – Yes, I try too. Again, it’s about that very gut-feeling! If I see something that makes me feel as if I were in the middle of an emotional earthquake, I just take my IPhone out, and that happens a lot recently…

Favorite Subjects


© Dilshad Corleone – ‘And They Lived Happily Ever After… Maybe’ – Camera+, Scratchcam, Qbro, Snapseed


Joanne – What are your favorite subjects to photograph?

Dilshad – I love the grunge, the dirt, the grit! I love the unspoken London, the untold London! Men with big, long beards and hats! Character and peculiar faces! I see, I shoot and I go! It is difficult to analyze the why behind, or to describe what are my favorite subjects. It is very much like when you fall in love and you feel the butterflies, yes, that is exactly how I feel when I see something that I want to shoot. iPhoneography and Street-photography has given me the power to tell my stories, what I see and what touches me!

Top Five Tips


© Dilshad Corleone – ‘The Colonel’ – Camera+, ColorStrokes, Grunge, Pic Grunger, Snapseed


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

Dilshad – Be bold, follow your gut feeling, don’t think too much nor be shy, listen to your heart, find what you like and pursue it!



© Dilshad Corleone – ‘Love is in the Air’ – Camera+, PhotoStudio, Scratchcam, FotoMuse, Blender, Snapseed


Joanne – How did the teaching side come along?

Dilshad – I don’t formally teach, although, I go out with my friends, or I explain to the instagramers, who also love street-photography how I do it, and then I see their photos and I recognize a familiar pattern, it’s quite rewarding and flattering to see that I have influenced people around me!



© Dilshad Corleone – ‘Vampire’ – Camera+, ColorSplash, Photo Fx, PhotoForge2, Color Effects


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

Dilshad – I am iOS through and throughout… I take my photos with an iPhone and edit these on an IPad, no other cameras involved, no computers, no photoshop, only a multitude of apps.



© Dilshad Corleone – ‘Mirror, Mirror…’ – Camera+, ColorSplash, B&W Lab, Blender, Snapseed


Joanne – Do you enjoy videography with your iPhone?

Dilshad – I have a great friend of mine, who loves Videography he is amazing! He makes very short “Silent-Photographs”, that’s how he calls his work, and each time I watch his videos I am speechless and breathless! All this to say, everyone is a master of his own art, mine is photography… or better, Street-photography!


The Future Of Mobile Photography


© Dilshad Corleone – ‘Cowboys and Whiskies’ – Camera+, BigLens, IDarkroom, Pixlromatic, Wood Camera, Phototoaster, Scratchcam, Snapseed


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

Dilshad – Well if I am not wrong, when the digital camera came out, there was a lot of criticism and the purist disregarded this technology, now those who use digital cameras disregard iPhoneography, or don’t really take it too seriously… well I think I said it all…



© Dilshad Corleone – ‘Time Goes By’ – Hipstamatic: John S Lens, W40 Film, No Flash. Filterstorm


Joanne – Why do you think it is so popular?

Dilshad – You can immediately tell a story! You see something, you shoot and you upload it! Boom! The world knows about it! Immediacy is the word!

Worldwide Phenomena?


© Dilshad Corleone – ‘St Paul’s’ – Camera+, ColorSplash, Snapseed


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

Dilshad – I don’t think so, on Instagram I see the whole world, from the USA to Korea, Iran, Italy, the UK… amazing how small this world has become, everyone is embracing this new technology, it’s brilliant!!!

iPhone 5


© Dilshad Corleone – ‘The Big Boss’ – Camera+ ColorSplash, Snapseed


Joanne – What did you hope for in the iPhone 5?

Dilshad – I have it in my pocket now and I am happy.



© Dilshad Corleone – ‘Eye Look’ – Camera+, Snapseed


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

Dilshad – Where can I start!! A heartfelt Thank You is where I want to start from! An incredibly great resource for us iPhoneographers! Love it!!! Utterly addicted to it! AWESOME!!!! There, that’s my answer!!!

Links To All Apps Used Or Mentioned In This Interview


© Dilshad Corleone – ‘The Thinker’ – Camera+, Vintique, Snapseed


Noir Photo
Iris Photo Suite
Wood Camera
Video 2 Photo
Liquid Scale
After Focus

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