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Mobile Photography Tip Of The Day – Number 10

Welcome to another brand new section from your favourite mobile photography website and one of the most popular in the world. Today, we’re publishing our eighth Mobile Photography/Art Tip Of The Day to our brand new section of the site.

Every day we will publish a short quick tip to help you with your mobile photography, this may be related to editing your image, capturing your image, printing your image, all manner of things, across the complete photographic and art mobile genre – we’ll be featuring great mobile street photography tips, great blending tips, great cloning tips, we will cover it all from some of the greatest mobile photographers and artists in the world.

We’ll also have a widget in our right hand column, displaying the Tip of The Day every day, just click on that and you will be taken to our tip of  the Day archive.

We are delighted to publish our tenth Tip Of The Day, with a wonderful mobile hardware tip from one of our most avid supporters and wonderful photographer and photographic teacher at the University of Texas, Carlos Austin. Over to you Carlos…





Keep it sharp.

Being a 3rd generation photographer and trained in old school photography with film and darkroom, my tip is get a tripod to mount your phone or iPad.

There is nothing like starting with a good sharp image to work with if that is your choice. Many people love the instant gratification you get by pulling out your mobile device and taking a snap. Having to carry a tripod around changes that…or least one would think so.

My experience of creating images with a tripod has evolved to where I don’t think of it as a hassle to carry an extra piece of gear; but rather as a friend that is there to help me create the best possible image. I even use the self timer of the app to let the vibrations settle down. And by all means to do not touch the tripod while it is exposing. Just your heart beat can travel down your arm and affect the sharpness of your image.




There are many choices out there for tripods,…some cheap at a box store or more expensive at a camera store. What ever you decide to use…never turn your back on your device and tripod. A sudden gust of wind can knock your tripod over and kill your device. The better tripods come with a plate called a quick release. You attach this to the rig that holds your phone or iPad. This allows you to quickly drop the device into the tripod head. I myself prefer ball heads which allow you to turn a knob and that releases the ball head to move in any direction you wish. Quickly and safely. The tripods that have poles sticking out make it hassle to get the device in the extra spot you want it. Remember, the tripod should be there to help you and not the other way around. Also make sure you buy a tripod that comes up to your eyes when you stand straight. Do not buy a tripod that is short and forces you to lean over to take images.




One other option are the table top tripods. You can carry one in your pocket and attached it to the rig that holds your device. Then use a table, bridge or whatever is near by to have the tripod sit on.

As to camera app, I prefer PureShot from Mike Hardaker. Wonderful camera that generates 14MB TIFF’s. Also has a self timer up to 60 seconds…plenty of time for you to get in the picture. I generally use 2 seconds delay.
Good luck and keep it sharp.

What ever rig you get for your device make sure it is secure and is not going to let go of your device. Don’t cut corners by buying something that seems cheap. You get what you pay for’.

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:


  • Carolyn Hall Young

    This is good. Thank you, Carlos, and Joanne! Do you have any recommendations on iPad, or iPhone holders. I am happy with my iPhone tripod case, sun shade,and accessories from DiffCase
    I have several other tripod mounts for both the iPad and iPhone, but I have yet to find a solution that I can easily use for the iPad. I have a rig I built with a Nootle and a universal camera mount kit, both from Amazon, however, I have a challenge getting the iPad into the Noodle, with a lack of strength in my hands. I have a great mount called the CaddieBuddy, which costs about about $50 US.
    It has a tripod mounting screw, and expandable arms for holding the iPad. It comes with a table clamp, and a gooseneck. It works better for me, because I can leave my Pong case on, and it makes a terrific Skype/FaceTime rig, mounted to a table, or mounted to a camera tripod, for photography or Camera Lucida app use.
    I’m curious if you have found better solutions.

  • MiniBlueDragon

    I used to be a huge PureShot fan (love how clean it is compared to 645 Pro) but have slowly graduated over to ClearCam for it’s ability to blend multiple shots to lessen noise when lighting isn’t optimal. I tend to use my headphones to fire the shutter for a clear pic rather than the timer but only because I’m then in 100% control of when the shutter fires. Can’t wait to get my Muku Shttr soon! Great article though and it’s always good to find out other people’s processes as learning is an integral part of iPhoneography. 🙂

  • Tracy Mitchell Griggs

    This would have been a better tip if recommendations for manufactures were provided. Also, I realize that tip authors are not necessarily writers, but I could not understand some of this post due to lack of clear communication – some editing help would assist your contributors.