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The App Nerds Workshop – Exclusive – Ali Jardine Feature


The App Nerds Workshop is something very different and we are very excited about it. It is a virtual classroom, an environment for new talent to share their work, for Lola to share some of the ways she uses apps and for the not so new talent to share some secrets. Lola will sometimes assign broad themes to keep the creative juices flowing. We are hoping this will be a grand scale creative interactive classroom. This should be where sharing and creativity abound. We are hoping your mind will be tickled into creating, experimenting, daring, dreaming, making, doing.

We have set up a Flickr group where you can submit your images, we will import a slideshow that will show all submissions. Over to you Lola, (Foreword by Joanne Carter).


This week I am letting Ali Jardine teach us how she makes these wonderful magical images.(we previously published a similar article with Wayman Stairs, if you missed that you can read it here)

From the moment Ali got her first IPhone in 2009, she knew that iPhoneography was her passion. Today, she shoots and edits using her IPhone 5. It is a challenge that constantly pushes her to think in new ways and keeps her eyes open to the world around her. She has been featured in numerous blogs and publications, including National Geographic online, Leveled Magazine, KIOSK magazine and Le Nouvel Observateur. She has had work exhibited in Animazing Gallery in SoHo, NYC in March 2012, at the LA-MAF in Santa Monica Art Gallery, and was part of the Digital gallery at Macworld in San Francisco January 31-February 2, 2013. Her photo, Summer’s End; was recently named runner up in the Mobile Photography Awards. She also received honorable mentions on five other images. All will be shown at the SOHO Gallery for Digital Art February 22-28 2013, and Summer’s End; will go on the Mobile Photography Awards gallery tour.

You can see more of her work:
Ali Jardine Blog
Facebook page

And now I will let her show us one of the steps she takes using PicShop.


When I am editing a photo that I haven’t planned out, the editing app PicShop is always a first choice to experiment with. It is very user friendly and has simple editing tools and a few filters.

For this photo, I wanted to give it more of a mysterious, fairytale feeling. The best way to give a photo a feeling is to focus on colors.



I opened the photo into PicShop, and went into the Edits category and clicked on Color. I played with the hue and saturation a bit. I liked the purple, it was soft and quiet, but the robust red was what I settled on. Color (or the lack of) is something that I consider with each photo that I edit. It will draw on the viewers emotion and speaks volumes about what you are trying to get across.





I used the straighten tool to straighten my horizon and then the fisheye tool to draw the eye back to the foggy opening, where surely something magical is waiting to happen.



Next, I used the Tilt & Shift tool horizontally to further take the viewer into the photo and then finally used the crop tool to square the photo.



Here is my finished image.


© Ali Jardine – ‘Come in’

Below you will find more examples of her work using PicShop.


© Ali Jardine


© Ali Jardine


© Ali Jardine


Wonderful images! Thank you so much Ali Jardine for sharing this step. This is one app I really have never used. Off to practice I go. Hope you will too!

Please keep uploading into our Flickr group, there are wonderful images being posted.


In the next session I will talk about ‘experimentation’.


The App Nerds Flickr Group

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Please remember to upload to our Flickr group, we are working on getting a slideshow going!

Flickr App Nerd Workshop Group link

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Lola discovered iPhone photography shortly after getting her first iPhone a year and a half ago. Her love of photography started early, thanks to her father who was a professional photographer – Jorge Damonte. Through him, Lola learnt about other photographers and artists. He taught her the ropes and she dabbled in the darkroom. Lola explains that she always took photographs but never felt the urge to share or do anything further with them, that all changed with the iPhone. Lola’s career, pre-kids was in production of documentary television and once she had kids she kept on taking photos and the iPhone gave her an outlet for more artistic montages.


  • Janine Graf

    I love Ali’s work so much! Thank you for sharing! Off to check out PicShop now . . . 🙂

    • Janine Graf

      Oh mercy, I just saw that PicShop is $4.99! Ali, do you think this is worth the price? I’m assuming you’ll say “yes” because you obviously do amazing work with this app. But golly, $4.99?? 🙂

  • Ali Jardine

    Thank you, Geri and Robert! Thanks to you too, Janine:). Ouch, 4.99 is pretty steep. I can’t imagine that I paid that much for the app, I must have caught it on a sale day! It is a good app, but you can probably do the hue/ saturation work in a dozen other apps.