Alternative Mobile Photography Processing,  News

Processing Your Mobile Images To Physical TinTypes and Ambrotypes – The Easy Way

As many of our regular readers will be aware, we have been looking at alternative post processing of mobile images for sometime. Most notably with the Impossible PhotoLab, you can read our Impossible articles here. The Impossible Project is in many ways leading the way, but there is also a growing community of mobile artists and photographers experimenting with other analog post processing techniques in an attempt to make their mobile images stand out even more, in galleries, magazines and the like and we have viewed some outstanding images and techniques.

A good deal of my formal photographic training (many years ago) was spent in a huge college darkroom and it is an area that I’ve always enjoyed, I think you will too. I also had a very close working relationship with Polaroid built up through my years as Technical Editor for various UK photography print magazines/titles.

There are so many other ways post process your mobile digital images and we recently published an article on how to do this using plant matter – anthotypes – if you missed that, please go here.

We are also very interested in the process of creating tintypes from your mobile images and are delighted to publish details of a restoration company Digital Tintypes who will do it for you! Traditionally creating tintypes is a laborious labor of love. This new service allows you to upload your mobile digital images and they will do all the hard work for you.

Creating Ambrotypes from your digital images is another service they offer. They are available in three glass styles, ruby red, cobalt blue, and opaque black and they look fabulous.

We hope to speak with the Digital TinType team soon and will provide additional information for you to enjoy.

We also have a new dedicated mobile photography post processing Flickr group – we would love to see your images here, so we can curate and showcase them throughout our networks – please follow this link to view.

Making a True Tintype from the Hipstamatic App





TinType Custom Size








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:


  • slp

    What an amazing and inspiring idea. I am slightly confused viewing submitted images in group.
    My understanding is that the original image is taken via a mobile device and thereafter actual traditional hands on methods (so that we have a tangible piece as end result – as opposed to digital) must be used to be applicable to group. Or am I mistaken and the post processing can be an image using an app or whatever that creates the effect of a traditional medium.

    • Joanne Carter

      Hi Stef, I think a few people are confused – I mean actual hard copy post alt processing – I have added a note to the flickr page but I will also write to each individual artist.

  • slp

    Having seen entries to group I am confused. Is this literal traditional/physical post processing or digital processed alternatives?