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The Apps Nerds Workshop – The Importance Of Taking Your Time

We’re delighted to publish the latest article to Lola Mitchell’s App Nerds Workshop Column. In case you’re new to this wonderful column we wanted to give you a little background. Lola’s bi-weekly Column is called The App Nerds Workshop‘. 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 sometimes assigns broad themes to keep the creative juices flowing. Your minds will be tickled into creating, experimenting, daring, dreaming, making and doing.

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This week is another inspiring article and we are sure you will love it, over to you Lola…(foreword by Joanne Carter).


“I always read that you should take your time editing and taking photos, creating. That it is not a race and the goal is not to post daily but post quality pics.

Well I did not really listen, I always posted right away. Especially at the beginning.

My process was take the photo, that I could sit on for a while. But once I started editing, I would do it in one sitting and post immediately. In fact to me it was to help me call a photo done and helped me avoiding over-editing. Or so I thought.
It turns out I do not post right away. In fact in the past months I have done the opposite. Even if I am extremely happy with an edit, I sleep on it.

I actually think that it is a really good advice that is given time and time again. Now the funny thing is that I edit a lot (on my iPhone) it is like knitting or cooking for me. Since I am constantly taking photos I always have things I want to tweak, play around with, try. And most times these pics will never be posted anywhere. Today I was looking for a photo in my hard drive and I came across one of these. But I was surprised at how much I liked it : )

It is an iPhone pic I took back in April. From what I can deduct from the photo, I used shake it photo, repix, superimpose, and maybe art studio…maybe.


©Lola Mitchell


So I guess the moral of the story is do take it slowly, sleep on it, but do look back. 🙂 Even when you think you are just playing the results can be interesting.

So many great photos in our Flickr Group Please please keep uploading here

‘They came to my yard 1’ by Craig Cecil Corbin


©Craig Cecil Corbin

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Untitled by Alexey Ovsyannikov (want snow)


©Alexey Osvyannikov

Apps used: art studio, alien sky, mextures, snapseed, vscocam, photocrash, effextures


Frustrations by Clay



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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.


  • Mark Schnidman

    You’re so right about this. We should all slow down and re-evaluate the photos we have taken in the past. I shoot 30 to 40 photos a day and quickly collect three or four I feel are worthy of edits, and proceed to edit and post. I will step back a little, especially when the new 5s arrives, to leave more time to compose, As always thanks for the great advice.

    • Lola Mitchell

      Thank you. It is something I have a hard time with as well. I think when I work on a photo sometimes I like it so much I want to share. But so many times I would wake up and look at it again and think ummmmm….should have waited and fixed this or that. So now it is my new rule : )