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Creative Compositing – By Irene Oleksiuk

We were delighted when Irene Oleksiuk a very talented mobile photographer contacted us to tell us about the inspiring photography workshop she attended ‘Creative Compositing’ lead by Mark S Johnson earlier this summer. We’ll let her tell you more about it in her own words below, over to you Irene (foreword by Joanne Carter).


“As Mobile photographers, we know how great our little devices are at taking images and how advanced
some of the apps are.  I want to share with the readers of The App Whisperer and experience that showed me
how true this is.

This June I was attending a photography workshop in Boulder Colorado called “Creative Compositing”
lead by Mark S. Johnson(

Mark is not a mobile photographer but he is a wonderfully creative big boy camera photographer and he
knows Photoshop inside and out. You could call him a Photoshop guru.  The reason I went to this workshop
is Marks’ creative approach to photography, to get some inspiration and to learn from him.

I still shoot with my other camera, though I spend more time with the iPhone and iPad, I am not ready to give up
on my big girl camera.  It was my first passion and I feel that my iPhone and my DSLR can co-exist.

At some point in the workshop, Mark asked if we wanted to share some images of things we had done before the
workshop.  All I had on my laptop was 2 folders, mostly with my iPhone images. One of my flower images grabbed Marks’ attention and he wanted to know what I used to get the effect. I told it was an iPhone image and that one of the apps used was “Photo Tangler HD” by Solid Eight Studios.

I went on to explain how I used Photo Tangler and what other apps and textures were used. Mark says he was inspired by the flower image  and was going to try recreating the look in Photoshop. He did it!  You can see his method in video tutorial below.

I was honored that Mark liked my image and it made me realize how advanced mobile photography is
becoming, when a wonderful photographer and Photoshop guy like Mark S Johnson gets excited and inspired
by an image shot with an iPhone and created with apps.

I am definitely going to try out Mark’s method in Photoshop.  I am not a purist. I love my iPhone and apps,
also my DSLR and Photoshop.  Just love the creative process.

You can see more of Mark’s work at www.”


Irene’s Original Image


©Irene Oleksiuk

Video Tutorial By Mark S Johnson



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:

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