The App Nerds Workshop – Spontaneity – By Lola Mitchell


We’re delighted to publish Lola Mitchell’s latest article to her App Nerds Workshop column with us. 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.

We have a dedicated Flickr group where you can submit your images for consideration, please follow the link to that, here.

This time Lola takes us through her process using a small selection of iOS Photography apps to create the most amazing self portrait and one actually that we published in our Flickr Group Showcase this week.

Over to you Lola (foreword by Joanne Carter).


It has been a while. I have spent most of my summer using my big DSLR and photoshop with Procreate, and Glaze.

I missed my iPhone and specially that freedom, that complete go with the flow creativity.

After being stuck at home, first because my kids were sick and then because I caught the virus they had….

I was almost in pain from not shooting any photos. It keeps me sane.

So today in complete rebellion I wanted to play around with Long expo app. I started taking a few self portraits. The light was nice and I took one Hipstamatic shot I liked.


©Lola Mitchell

This is after two steps in Snapseed where I added brightness to my face.

In ArtRage I smooched my hair. I used Glaze on the leaves on the top and blended on Image Blender.

In Mextures I used the painterly grunge texture. Then realized that ArtRage had saved at 960X960, went onto Iresize.

Here is the result.


©Lola Mitchell

ahhhhhhh I feel much much better. I had a hard time going back to spontaneity when I have been over-planning for shoots.

Lots of great pics in the Flickr Group. Here are a few of my favorites.

Cloud Fishing by Alan Julliard


©Alan Julliard

Hipstamatic. Link to Flickr



Link to Flickr

Morning Preparations by Scott Woodward


©Scott Woodward

Link to Flickr

Untitled by Louise Fryer


©Louise Fryer

Link to Flickr

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