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Top Five Photo Apps – Photo App Lounge With Gianluca Ricoveri

Welcome to our Top Five Photo Apps – Photo App Lounge section of This is an area on our site where we ask highly accomplished mobile photographers what their top five photo apps are and why.

We recently published the Top Five Photo Apps as recommended by Yannick Brice , Cedric Blanchon, Irene Sneddon, our Columnist and Award Winning Mobile Artist Sarah Jarrett as well as Louise Fryer, Lisa Waddell, Davide Capponi, Ali Jardine, Clint Cline, Elaina Wilcox, France Freeman, Tess Gomm, Lola Mitchell, Vivi, Em Kachouro, Laetitia Harnie-Coussau, MaryJane Sarvis, AlyZen Moonshadow and Jennifer Sharpe’s Top Five Photo Apps including accompanying images demonstrating these selections, if you missed those, please go here.

Today, we are featuring Gianluca Ricoveri’s Top Five Photo Apps. Gianluca is a truly wonderful mobile photographer and artist and we regularly feature his art within our Flickr Group Showcase (which represents the very best of mobile photography and art from around the world, each and every week), he also provided us with a fabulous Mobile Photography Tip of the Day too, if you missed that, please go here and is very well known and represented throughout the mobile photography industry, please see his bio at the end of this post.

Gianluca has chosen some very intriguing apps and provided some gorgeous images to accompany each justification. We’re sure you’re going to enjoy this very much, over to you Gianluca…(foreword by Joanne Carter).


Number One – Oggl


Oggl (Jane Lens –Blanko Freedom 13 Film), Snapseed, Laminar, Procreate


I love the latest creation by  Hipstamatic, it allows to have all the lenses and Films available  and to choose the setting that provides the best rendition of the image  even after taking the picture. Sometimes I save the same photo with different combos for blending in subsequent editing stages.   With 6 x 6 and 645ProMKII this is my camera replacement App.

Number Two – Snapseed


Oggl (G2 Lens – Blanko Freedom 13 Film), Snapseed, Laminar


I use it on all my works, it  is unique because in addition to basic exposure  and contrast adjustment, it makes it possible, thanks to Selective Adjust, dodging and burning on narrow areas of the photo. All the tools available, ranging from Grunge, Vintage and Drama, until the last, Retrolux  are great.


Oggl(John Lens –Blanko Film) Snapseed


Oggl (Lens John –C-Type Plate Film), Snapseed

Number Three – Laminar


6×6, Photogene, Snapseed, Laminar

I use this app to add textures in most of my work , I often find  also useful to apply layers generated by Laminar’s FX & Filters. The brightness and contrast controls as well as the adjustment of highlights and shadows are excellent.


6×6, Photogene, Snapseed, Laminar, Procreate

I Use this app to paint and retouch my photos, it provides a  wide  range of brushes and the ability to create your own, or import them from the web. The tool I use more frequently is artist crayon.I find it useful to create new layers on which I paint using different types of blending.


Hipstamatic (Jane Lens –Blanko Freedom 13 Film), Snapseed, Procreate


Hipstamatic (G2 Lens –C-Type Plate Film), Snapseed, Procreate, Laminar

Number Four – Mextures


6×6, Photogene, Snapseed, Laminar, Mextures


Fantastic app that allows you to combine different layers at will with landscape and vintage effects enhancement, grit, grunge and light leaks. Not easy to handle but with huge potential.
I hope the range of textures will be extended in time.

Links To All Apps Mentioned



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Gianluca Ricoveri was born in 1950 he has always been devoted to the art of painting and photography experiencing the interaction of one genre with another one. In 2012 he discovered the iPhoneography which allows him to blend the different means of expression. He was given the opportunity of showing his own works in many personal exhibitions in Pisa, Lucca, Asuni and San Gimignano. He has been chosen many times as "The artist of the day" in IPA and the picture of the day at P1xels. He is a founder artist of The New Era Museum. His works has been featured in the most important sites and magazines of Mobile Photography.