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Mobile Photography & Art – My Top Five Apps by Geri Centonze from Southern California, United States

We are revitalising our Top Five Apps section to our Photo App Lounge column. This a section within TheAppWhisperer where we ask highly accomplished mobile photographers and artists to list their top five apps and to explain why they have selected them. Kicking us off today is highly respected and talented Mobile Artist and Photographer – Geri Centonze from Southern California, United States, take a look! (foreword by Joanne Carter).

All images ©Geri Centonze

“Only FIVE! When Joanne asked me to participate in the ongoing series “My Top Five Apps”, I eagerly accepted and then I looked at my iPad that contains over 225 photo editing apps and wondered how I was going to narrow it down to just five. The world of mobile photography opens up so many opportunities to let your imagination run wild. There are apps that do just about whatever you want and at a very small cost when compared to the more expensive desktop applications.

Well here goes…”



Snapseed – It’s first on my list because that’s where I usually start. I really like the new “Looks” that were added with the most recent update and the “Bright” look helps me process images like this self-portrait below by blowing out some of the details. I also use Snapseed for basic tuning and cropping.





Adding texture to an image can really change the mood. Formulas allows you to use their built-in settings or create textures in their companion app, Stackables. Formulas then imports them from Stackables where you can apply the intensity from 1-100%.




FaceTune 2

Used especially for portraits. You can relight the faces which can make a huge difference in how they look. Photos with an iPhone sometimes exaggerate the size of the nose when shot fairly close to the face and with this app you can get a more natural look. You can also even out skin tone, defocus areas of the photo and even add a little sparkle to the eyes. With their new Backdrop feature you can easily erase the background and switch to one of their pre-installed choices.




Sketch Club

I normally achieve my final result by blending several versions of different edits of the same photo. There are a number of apps that have the ability to add and manipulate layers and I use Sketch Club. It’s basically a drawing and painting app but you can also blend, erase, change blending mode, etc. so it’s become my go to app when using layers. In the image below, I used Sketch Club to erase the background completely so I could remove the distractions and add some texture.




A Color Story

This one was just recently discovered. It was recently named as one of Apple’s Best New Apps and I can see why. There are different filters, effects and tools to use and you can save your steps to use again later.




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Geri Centonze (@gericentonze on Instagram) has always been drawn to faces. For four years, she created sketch card portraits (trading card sized art) and has sold over 1300 original pieces to collectors worldwide. After stumbling upon the work of various mobile artists, Geri has set aside her art markers to pursue her new passion - the evolving field of mobile photography. Still in love with faces, she uses her art experience and app addiction to produce painterly portraits, but enjoys all aspects of mobile photography. Geri shares her artistic journey on her blog