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Mobile Photography – Brand New App -SWRLY Giveaway worth $2.99 each

There’s a brand new universal (for iPhone and iPad) app on the streets called SWRLY by accomplished BrainFeverMedia app developers. SWRLY is a modern take on the orginal swirly lens, the Petzval, created in 1840 by Josef Petzval – one of the foremost optical physicists of his day. This lens design was one of the first portrait lenses and is characterised by a unique swirly bokeh effect. Many of the earliest photos (daguerreotypes, tintypes, etc) were captured with Petzval lenses.  The characteristic look developed with this app is of course over 170 years old and optical lens design, in general has developed considerably since then but the reason this app is of interest now, is directly due to the distinctive ‘look’ it produces.

Would you like a code to try this app yourself? If so, please join our Twitter followers here, like us on Facebook here  and Instagram here then post a comment to this post (so we can obtain your email address), perhaps you’d like to give us some feedback, tell us how we’re doing, what you’d like to see…and hopefully, we will then be able to send you a code. All winners are selected at random.

SWRLY retails for $/£2.99

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Joanne Carter, creator of the world’s most popular mobile photography and art website— TheAppWhisperer.com— 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 - TheAppWhispererPrintSales.com 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]


  • Bill Reiff

    I have shot with a Petzval lens, so it would be interesting to see how this app does.

  • Janice

    I already like and follow your posts. They’re always interesting and helpful; thanks for all you do!

  • Geri

    Would love to give it a try. I know the work you put into this site and you provide such an awesome resource for all mobile photographers. I already follow on all three platforms.

  • Armineh Hovanesian

    I’d love to get a code, if they are still available. Thank you.

  • Mark

    Brain fever apps never disappoint! I have all there apps and all are 5 stars … this one also looks like a winner … thanks TAW for a chance of winning this app … appreciate this site and it’s resources

  • Susan Detroy

    Joanne do you know I am a great fan and I look forward to possibly using this new app. I’ve been experimenting with the last two that I down loaded and having a great time.
    Thanks for all your work it’s been extremely motivating and fun to be able to use new tools.

  • Oola Cristina

    Would love to be included in the drawing and have this app in my toolbox!

  • Carlos

    Love the work coming from BrainFever Media. As a photographer, love finding new tools through TAW to explore and share the world around me. Thank you Joanne and TAW Team. Ya’ll have a great weekend. Cheers.

  • Craig Paterson

    BrainFeverMedia create great apps, and I’m sure this will be another winner. I just found your site tonight and it has a great deal of useful info and tips. I can’t wait to read more. Thank you 🙂

  • Lily

    If not for TAW, I will never learn of cool new apps such as this one! Thank you!

  • Shayna

    @theappwhisperer rocks! Always the best info and great giveaways somwould love to try this one. Big fan of Joanne, @theappwhisperer and Brain Fever!!

  • Kate Hailey

    I have loads of their apps and have loved them. I saw this the other day and definitely would love to give it a try, if there are any codes left.

    Thanks for all your work Joanne!

  • Dale

    Thank you so much for the opportunity to win SWRLY! It would be so cool to play with this app! You guys rock with the best app information out there! xx

  • Jessika Johansson

    This looks absolutely lovely. Thanks for posting about it, Joanne. And, of course, I would love a promo code.

  • Pavandeep

    I would love to try out this app. Been a fan of BrainFeverMedia and have everything they’ve offered. Personally, I like your site a lot. It offered content that pushes the type of photos one can make and for me personally, I would like see content that is country or region specific. What I mean is, considering mobile photography is done worldwide, could it be different environments have unique aesthetics? It’s something I think would be very intriguing. Anyway, hope to win and try this app out, as the effects are gorgeous.

  • Carlos Bernal

    Dear Joanne: I do not know for how long the promotional codes of some apps remain available. I would like to be able to access the SWRLY and ShutterSnitch apps if that were possible. If they are not available, I will try to acquire them in the future, as they seem to be very interesting for me. Thank you very much for your attention and I will try to be alert to the upcoming promotions. As always, a lot of thanks for your initiative in the diffusion of photographic technique using the best tools.
    Greetings from Barcelona
    Carlos Bernal