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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

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: [email protected]