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Mobile Photography Interview – A Day in the Life of Lindy Ginn

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, newcomers as well as accomplished individuals in the mobile photography and art world… people that we think you will love to learn more about. This is our 123rd interview of the series. If you have missed our previous interviews, please go here.

Today we are featuring Lindy Ginn, a very successful newcomer to mobile photography and art.

We are sure you are going to enjoy this, if you would like to take part in our A Day in the Life interview series, please send an email to myself at [email protected] and I will get back to you.

Let’s start at the beginning of the day, how does your day start?

My day usually starts very early..not by choice really!  I love sleeping, but the older I get..the earlier I wake up.  So..usually I am awake with coffee in hand by 6 a.m.   I get on Facebook and Flickr right away to check on posts from friends and loved ones!  I’m addicted..

Image ©Lindy Ginn

Do you like to head out and take photographs early on?

Sometimes yes, sometimes no..depends on the weather here in southwest Arizona!  But..I do usually check out the sunrise..we have gorgeous skies here..the clouds and the mountains around my home are exquisite and sometimes I can catch just the right moment.  If I’m very lucky, I get shots of cottontail rabbits, quail and Gila woodpeckers.  We have a huge variety of wildlife that live in the desert and the mountain right in front of our house.  I even see the occasional kit fox!  They are very elusive and I have only one photo of a kit. I also love taking photos of the flora around us…

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How did the transition from traditional photographer to mobile photographer develop?

Wow…not sure.  I guess when I got my first Android..it was just a natural transition.  It was a gradual change for me, as I also love to draw and paint so some of my time was taken up with that.

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Do you like to download new mobile photography and/or art apps regularly?

YES!  I’m always checking for new apps.  I do have favorites, but I love to experiment with new ones. I tend to look for apps that have the ability to add mystery and magic to a photo.

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What is your preferred platform, Apple iOS, Android, Windows?

Well..hmmm..I prefer to use my iPad believe it or not!  I seem to be able to take great photos with it.  I love being able to see a large photo and start manipulating it right away…I also use my Samsung phone..but I am in process of purchasing an iPhone..I’m sure many will be shocked to find out that I have never owned an iPhone!  I’m really looking forward to new adventures with it!

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Would you consider changing platforms and why?

I guess I would, considering I’m in the process now!  It’s kind of exciting to start something new..

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How often do you update your existing apps?

As soon as the update comes out!  Always something great to try out.

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What are your favourite photography/videography apps and why, what features do you look for in a new app?

My favorites are:

DistressedFX– fantastic textures, moods

Laminar Pro – countless textures, distresses, color manipulation

Photo Wizard – masking, distortions, color manipulation

Enlight – textures, light

Procreate – adjustments, layers

BeCasso  – great masters look alikes

Waterloguewatercolour styles

iColorama – fantastic effects of all kinds

I always look for apps that create some kind of mystical, dreamy, unexplained effects.  Love the magical feeling that those types create.  I especially like apps that create an ethereal or surreal atmosphere.

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Where’s your favourite place in the world for a shoot and why?

Right now I would have to say it’s here in my home state of Arizona.  I love the diversity we have here..the desert, mountains, fabulous skies, pine covered hillsides, all kinds of wildlife..the list is pretty endless.  That being said, I love travelling and when the opportunity arises, I love shooting anywhere in the world.

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Where do you like to upload your photographs to  Flickr, Instagram etc?

Flickr and Facebook right now.  When I discovered all the wonderful things you can do on Flickr, I knew it was right for me.  I haven’t tried Instagram..but am open to it also.

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Do you use your mobile phone everyday to take images?

Well, I mostly use my iPad..but use my phone also.  I wouldn’t say I take photos every single day, but almost! When I do shoot, I take tons of photos.  It always pays to have more photos than you need..and you never know,  the photo you think is not going to work, might be the one that does.

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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?

I haven’t, but am open to trying them in the future.

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Do you edit images on your mobile devices or do you prefer to use a desktop or laptop computer?

I do all my editing on my iPad.

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Where do you envisage your mobile photography passion will take you? Have you been involved with exhibitions etc.

I am a newbie to mobile photography, so I have only been in a couple of exhibitions.  I am totally open to wherever this passion leads!  I think I will eventually have my own website that will give me a larger platform to display and share my work with the world.  I would like to possibly make some income from my work..wouldn’t everybody!?

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Where do you see the future of mobile photography?

Oh wow, I think the sky is the limit!  Probably much more sophistication in the apps that we use.  I think mobile photography will be the mode of photo taking for generations to come.

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What do you think is the most popular area of mobile photography?

I would say street scenes and landscapes.  Seems to be very popular.

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Do you think it is country Specific, are some nations more clued up?

This is totally just my opinion, but I really think mobile photography is a world wide movement.  I don’t see that some nations are more clued up.  Each one of us has a unique personality to offer. In fact, I’ve been kind of blown away by the amount of friends I have made throughout the world through mobile photography.  It really makes me happy to see all of us drawn to each other through our art.  We really are a community!

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If you could select a specification for a smartphone, what features would you select, photographically speaking?

Wow, this is a hard one for me.  Maybe more memory and more lens features..

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What do you think of Joanne and theappwhisperer.com?

Okay, this is easy!  Joanne is awesome!!  She not only has been an encourager, cheerleader and promoter of my work as a new mobile artist..but has become my friend as well.  She is tireless in her work to champion mobile photography and art.  She is simply the best!

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One Comment

  • Deborah McMillion

    Dear Lindy,
    I am so happy you so quickly found in this wonderful group a home for your photo art. I wish you many successes, old friend.