Welcome to our very exciting interview column on theappwhisperer.com. This section entitled “A Day in the Life of…” is where we take a look at some hugely influential, interesting and accomplished individuals in the mobile photography and art world… people that we think you will love to learn more about. This is our 108th installment of the series. If you have missed our previous interviews, please go here.
Today we are featuring very talented mobile photographer Giulia Baita. Baita was born near Florence (Italy): her mother was a teacher of Latin and Greek, and her father was in the military. Her grandparents were also both military, Carabinieri to be precise. Baita is very proud of this and believes they communicated to her important values, such as honesty, respect for others, the sense of State and Justice.
Classical studies made her love the culture of the ancient Greece and Latin, literature, philosophy and history of art: as she loves art in all its expressions she studied and took a degree in History of Art and Contemporary Art. Nowadays, she has been teaching for 25 years Italian and History to students aged 14 to 19 years old: She loves her job because she feels it is important and beautiful to help a person grow, educate him/her to become a man or a woman, and a citizen, by teaching them love for literature and history.
We couldn’t wait to find out more about Baita and invited her to take part in this interview. We think you will all enjoy this a lot, it’s full of fabulous insight, images and words.
Under each image you will find the title and a list of all the apps used, links to these apps are at the end of the article.
(If you would like to be interviewed for our new ‘A Day in the Life of…’ section, send an email to Joanne@theappwhisperer.com, and we’ll get back to you.)
‘Self Portrait’ – ©Giulia Baita – Apps Used – Hipstamatic/DistressedFX/Pixlromatic
‘Molentargius’ – ©Giulia Baita – Apps Used – Hipstamatic
Let’s start at the beginning of the day, how does your day start?
My day starts around 7 am. I take care of my dog that I love very much and start to look at my photos and those of friends on Facebook, EyeEm, Flickr, Instagram, Oggl.
‘Forever’ – ©Giulia Baita – Apps Used – Hipstamatic/Distressed FX/Photo Texture
Do you like to head out and take photographs early on?
In the morning I don not take pictures because I have to go to school, where I teach. When I am on vacation, early in the morning, I devote myself to other things, and I take photos later.
‘A Sunday Morning’ – ©Giulia Baita – Apps Used – Hipstamatic
How did the transition from traditional photographer to mobile photographer develop? (Pardon the pun)
I come from a family of passionate photographers. My father loved photography and my brother for two years was the director of a photography course in a private school called IED, European Institute of Design. I have always heard of photography at home, but my true passion was born with Mobile Photography.
‘The future is more than…’ – ©Giulia Baita – Apps Used – Hipstamatic/Photo Texture/DistressedFX
Do you like to download new mobile photography apps regularly?
I like to download new Apps but not frequently; when I have a new App on my iPhone, in fact, I want to know it and use it, before downloading another one.
‘Walking on the beach’ – ©Giulia Baita – Apps Used – Hipstamatic
What is your preferred platform, Apple iOS, Android, Windows?
My favorite platform is the Apple IOS with my iPhone 4S. I use this almost exclusively.
‘Daily Life’ – ©Giulia Baita – Apps Used – Hipstamatic
Would you consider changing platforms and why?
No, I would not think of changing platform because I mainly use the phone. I am not at home that often and Apple IOS is the platform that best suits my needs.
‘The first laundry’ – ©Giulia Baita – Apps Used – Hipstamatic/DistressedFX
How often do you update your existing apps?
I update my apps whenever it is necessary.
‘A rose is forever’ – ©Giulia Baita – Apps Used – Hipstamatic/Blend Texture
What are your favourite photography apps and why, what features do you look for in a new photo app?
My favorite photo apps are Hipstamatic, Glaze, Leonardo, Repix, DistressedFX, iColorama, Satur8, ProHDR and so on. They are simple to use, and provide the features I like to edit my photos. I usually prefer a pictorial effect, the soft texture, warm and sunny colors: consequently I love the apps giving me the opportunity to apply these effects to my photos. Generally, I use three or four apps to edit a photo, but the base is always Hipstamatic. In a new App I look for new effects, the completeness of the performance (the ability to edit pictures in many ways) and features.
‘Marina’ – ©Giulia Baita – Apps Used – Hipstamatic
Where’s your favourite place to shoot and why?
I live in a beautiful island,Sardinia, and I love the sea. I love taking photos of the sea, the harbors, or the historic districts in the city.
‘An island in the Wind’ – ©Giulia Baita – Apps Used – Hipstamatic
Where do you like to upload your photographs to – Flickr, Instagram etc?
I like to upload my photos to Flickr and EyeEm because there are my friends and I follow better my photos. Recently I signed up on Instagram, Twitter and Oggl and the photo sharing occurs with photographers that I don’t know, or the photos shared are very different from mine.
‘Give me a morning on the beach’ – ©Giulia Baita – Apps Used – Hipstamatic/Glaze
Do you use your mobile phone everyday to take images?
I use my mobile daily to take pictures, yes.
‘Daily life in the old town’ – ©Giulia Baita – Apps Used – Hipstamatic
Do you like to use external hardware products with your mobile device for image and video capturing, such as lenses, tripods, external storage and battery packs? Please elaborate as much as possible.
I do not use external hardware, easels or special lenses, except for those Hipstamatic. The only thing I use is the charging cable for the iPhone in my car to keep it always charged, or special batteries with a cover that allows you to use your phone while charging.
‘Ethnic coffee’ – ©Giulia Baita – Apps Used – Hipstamatic/DistressedFX/iColorama
Do you edit images on your mobile devices or do you prefer to use a desktop or laptop computer? 100% mobile.
I have always edited my pictures on the phone because I do it during the day when I am free of other commitments such as my job as a teacher, my children or my house.
‘Boats’ – ©Giulia Baita – Apps Used – Hipstamatic/Glaze
Where do you envisage your mobile photography passion will take you? Have you been involved with exhibitions etc?
I do not know where the passion for the Mobile Photography will take me . I would like it became a job to be applied to public or private events in my city. I was involved in several group exhibitions and it was a great experience. I wish I could soon organize my solo exhibition.
‘A cup of tea’ – ©Giulia Baita – Apps Used – Hipstamatic
Do you also enjoy shooting videos with your mobile phone? If so, what do you do with them? Have you considered uploading them to our Mobile Movies Flickr group?
I do not happen to shoot videos with my iPhone. I only did it for a few times and for a few minutes. Soon I would like to use Photomotion to make a video out of my photos.
‘Lunch on the beach’ – ©Giulia Baita – Apps Used – Hipstamatic
Where do you see the future of mobile photography?
I believe the future of Mobile Photography is in its ever increasing spread, and it may have humanitarian purposes also in culturally and economically depressed areas of the world. I think the systems, the techniques and the Apps will be more and more sophisticated. However, what seems difficult to me is the future of traditional photography, as the system of taking a picture, edit and broadcast on the network develops very fast and it makes irreplaceable, unique, extraordinary the use of the Mobile Photography.
‘Hey Jude!’ – ©Giulia Baita – Apps Used – Hipstamatic/Pixlromatic
What do you think is the most popular area of mobile photography?
I believe that the area where Mobile Photography is most popular is North America, and in particular the United States. There is a great interest for the Mobile Photography in that part of the world, and a community of photographers who pay attention to the news and the possibilities of this form of art.
‘Me’ – ©Giulia Baita – Apps Used – Hipstamatic/iColorama/DistressedFX
Do you think it’s country specific, are some nations more clued up?
I do not know whether there is a specific Country where this phenomenon is more widespread. Maybe the United States …
‘Drops of rain on me’ – ©Giulia Baita – Apps Used – Hipstamatic/Glaze/Repix
If you could select a specification for a mobile smartphone, what features would you select, photographically speaking?
A phone that offers good photo opportunities should have, first of all, a good camera, must be fast, especially a wide memory and long battery life. It should also be light and have a pretty big screen. Those involved in mobile photography, in fact, take many photos, edit them and need to be able to work comfortably.
‘Old Town’ – ©Giulia Baita – Apps Used – Hipstamatic/Leonardo/iColorama
What do you think of Joanne and theappwhisperer.com?
Joanne Carter is a very serious and professional woman. I admire her skill and great professional preparation. She is also a lovely woman, and it is undoubtedly both an honor and a pleasure to know her. TheAppWhisperer.com is a great opportunity to “meet” professional photographers around the world, share their work and grow professionally. Because of all this I thank Joanne Carter.
List of Apps Used With Links
‘Marina in Green’ – ©Giulia Baita – Apps Used – Hipstamatic/Glaze/Repix/Leonardo