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The App Nerds Workshop – Intuitive Tutorial – By Lola Mitchell

Don’t miss this weeks’ installment of The App Nerds Workshop by Lola Mitchell. This time Lola has created a wonderful instinctive and intuitive tutorial for us all to enjoy and be inspired by. Over to you Lola…(foreword by Joanne Carter).


“After many requests, today I will do a straight tutorial. However I will try to also show you how my mind put everything together.

It started with a photo. There was a stain probably paint on the floor in my neighborhood. When I saw it I had to take a photo. To me it looked like buildings, a city.

When I took the photo I had a red scarf on. At first I saw it was in the frame and removed it. Thats when I realized I liked it there. Here is the photo I took with Kitcam, no filters.


Once I went home I knew I wanted to find a photo of a cityscape to blend it with. I looked through my old photos that I keep on my iPhone. There is always a selection of photos I want to eventually use on my phone. I found the perfect photo from last year taken with my iPhone 4 at the time (I have the 5 now). This photo was taken in Kansas City with the app Instant 110.


So, as I always do, I went into Superimpose and blended both images together. I went to the different modes until I was happy with it. I do not remember which one it was but here is the result.



I really like the result and I wanted to add more randomness to the photo. More grittiness. So I transferred the photo onto my iPad and went into Procreate. Somewhere in the saving process the photo got cropped. Looking at it now I wish I had gone and fixed it but I just kept going. So here is the result.



I just remember using the wet round brush on the bottom corners and I kept trying and undoing until I liked the result. oh and I added the clouds and therefore hid the cracked ground detail on top of the photo. Abstract personal choices here.

I was really bummed that the red scarf was gone. So silly, I should have just gone back into Procreate. But I was just having fun and decided to keep going. So I went back into Superimpose and added the red scarf again.




My next step was to add a character to the photo. I usually like doing this. I think it makes it sometimes even more surreal. I chose this photo with my kids. I like adding characters that look into the scene, it gives some company to the person that will look at the photo : )



I ended up adding only my daughter after moving the photo around in Superimpose. But looking at the photo right now, I know I will use my son in another one. I like his posture. There is a sense of wonder and discovery.




You can see a little halo around my daughter, I thought it looked good so I kept it. It is imperfect and that is how I wanted it. At this point I thought I was done with it so I ran through iwatermark and added my signature.




I hope this shows you a little my thought process. I often rely on my instincts. Sometimes I have a full photo idea in my head beforehand but I always allow myself to change my mind, move things around and follow my instinct.


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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: