Crello – An Intuitive and Content Rich Video and Graphic Design Platform

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We have recently become aware of an interesting video and graphic design platform called Crello. At just two years old this successful platform is aimed at freelancers, photographers, bloggers or novices. It is available on desktop PC/Mac and also on mobile within the Apple App store. It is also soon to become available within the Google Play store on Android too.

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Crello have a vast volume of content and have recently expanded their range to include half a million premium images. To achieve this volume of stock, Crello partnered with professional photographers and private photo studios. Resulting in unique content that is not available within other free stock agencies.

Crello represent a compelling and very easy to use platform in order to source images and videos. Their future impressive plans include increasing the number of new videos to 3,500.

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Currently, the stock images themselves can be edited to include motion effects, it’s also possible to add photos within a design.  The premium photographs are organised clearly within 22 categories, including, pets, beauty, business and finance, food and drinks etc.

The 20,000 ready to use templates themselves are a real boon and one that I think will appeal to many users and not only to the market that Crello are specifically aiming at. If you need to promote your work, the preset templates can be a good idea on which to base your design and then further edit. There is also a new option coming soon allowing budding designers of templates to create and sell them within this platform too.

Celebrating their 2nd anniversary, Crello have created a special offer – in addition to the new editing feature, all paid subscribers will receive FREE access to 500,000 premium photos (total worth estimated at $7M). For more information on this, please go here.

To get started and take a look around Crello, please go here.

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Mobile Photography & Art – ‘Intimate Interview’ with Kathleen Magner-Rios from Wilmington, Delaware, United States

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Today, we are publishing our thirty first interview within this series of ‘intimate interviews’, this time with Kathleen Magner-Rios from Wilmington, Delaware, United States. I first became aware of  Magner-Rios’ work through her iPhone photography but in order to publish, with confidence, interviews for our readers, I like to read around the subjects too. In Magner-Rios’ case I have been rewarded by doing so with stunning nature, botanical and travel images. These are not only mobile photography, but digital slr too. The expansiveness of her work builds with my own sense of what photography is about, she’s a visionary, wrestling with the point at which body and spirit meet.

To read the other published interviews in this series including artists, Adria Ellis, Rino Rossi, Mehmet Duyulmus, Alexis Rotella, Lou Ann Sanford Donahue, Irene Oleksiuk, Kerry Mitchell, Filiz Ak, Dale Botha, Lisa Mitchell, M. Cecilia Sao Thiago, Deborah McMillion, Rita Colantonio, Amy Ecenbarger, Jane Schultz, Anca Balaj, Joyce Harkin, Armineh Hovanesian, Kate Zari Roberts, Vicki Cooper, Peter Wilkin, Barbara Braman, Becky Menzies, Sukru Mehmet Omur, Sarah Bichachi, Michel Pretterklieber, Alon Goldsmith, Judy Lurie Whalberg, Andrea Bigiarini, Sean Hayes and myself, go here.

All images ©Kathleen Magner-Rios

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Mobile Photography/Art Pic of the Day (1,073) via Instagram

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Here’s day one thousand and seventy three of our mobile photography/art Pic of the Day section via Instagram. Each day we select one image a day for our Pic of the Day section on Instagram, with this hashtag #theappwhisperer.

Today, we congratulate @changinglight with this image, entitled ‘Light through the windows.’.

To ensure your image receives our attention, please upload it to Instagram with this hashtag #theappwhisperer.

To view more of their work, please go here

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Mobile & Photography & Art – Beet Around The Bush – with Vicki Cooper from the United States

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We are delighted to bring you the fifth interview to our new mobile photography and art food column – ‘Beet Around The Bush’, edited by multi award winning artist, Armineh Hovanesian. This interview is with a talented photographer, Vicki Cooper from Michigan in the United States.

Please continue to post your mobile portraiture to our dedicated Flickr group or use this hashtag on Instagram #tawbeetaroundthebush, this way, Hovanesian will search through these artists to interview next, it might be you! (foreword by Joanne Carter).

To read the others in this series, please go here.

All images in this interview ©Vicki Cooper

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Mobile Photography/Art Pic of the Day (1,072) via Instagram

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Here’s day one thousand and seventy two of our mobile photography/art Pic of the Day section via Instagram. Each day we select one image a day for our Pic of the Day section on Instagram, with this hashtag #theappwhisperer.

Today, we congratulate @allophile – Joseph Cyr with this image, entitled ‘Light and the direction of wind on dunes…’.

To ensure your image receives our attention, please upload it to Instagram with this hashtag #theappwhisperer.

To view more of his work, please go here

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The Rise and Rise of VSCO Photo & Video Editor App – $3m Net Sales in June 2019

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The VSCO Photo & Video app shows no sign of diminishing sales revenue for its founders. Last month alone, June 2019, it achieved $3m net worth of sales with 2m downloads. For a free app, you may well wonder how this is possible. It’s free, yes, but the in-app subscription of $19.99/£18.49 for the annual membership is where they generate their income.

The VSCO membership model on mobile allows access to VSCO’s complete preset library, including 170+ presets. You can recreate vintage film looks by Kodak, Fuji, Agfa, and others with Film X. Use advanced editing tools like HSL, Borders, and Video Editing. Explore tips, tricks, and tutorials tailored for members in Discover. Finally, you can share your work for a chance to be curated by VSCO.

It’s possible to trial membership with a 7 day free trial, after which, if not cancelled, you will be charged the annual subscription fee of $19.99/£18.49.

VSCO Photo & Video app requires iOS 11.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad and iPod touch. Apple TV.

Click here to download

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Mobile Photography & Art – ‘Intimate Interview’ with Sean Hayes from Brussels, Belgium

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Sean Hayes is something of a cultural artist crossing geographic boundaries, one who transforms cultural landscapes. His art is an experience, his portraiture and street work allows for a direct and intimate interaction with the viewer. The meticulous staging of light within his images fills the air with an awareness of living. Hayes’ landscape photography owes its eloquence to its matter-of-fact nature. Everything is observed, Hayes’ images carry the romantic undertow of both myth and mystery. Hayes achieves an engaging style with his art, he not only manages to cross physical borders between countries but I feel, he has a sense of the emotional boundaries between people, his portraiture demonstrates a level of empathy with the subject that brings us into another’s world, another’s pain, another’s joy.

Hayes is an award-winning photographer whose work has been selected for exhibitions in Los Angeles, San Francisco, New York, Miami, Milan, Brussels and Paris. In 2012, Sean was awarded an Honorable Mention in the landscape category of the Mobile Photography Awards and 2nd place in the people category of the MPA 2013. For the 2015 MPA, he received honourable mentions in the Black and White, Portraits and Photo Journalism categories. He also won 3rd place for his Photo Essay of Irish landscapes. For the 2016 MPA, he received Honorable Mentions in the People, Landscape and Transport categories. Sean lives with his Belgian wife and children in Brussels and works as a professional photographer and advertising art director.

This is our 30th interview in this series of intimate interviews. TheAppWhisperer is the world’s most popular mobile photography and art website and we feel it is important that our community feel close to one another, as it is this support that helps us to nurture each others art, gain confidence and continue to grow.

To read the other published interviews in this series including artists, Adria Ellis, Rino Rossi, Mehmet Duyulmus, Alexis Rotella, Lou Ann Sanford Donahue, Irene Oleksiuk, Kerry Mitchell, Filiz Ak, Dale Botha, Lisa Mitchell, M. Cecilia Sao Thiago, Deborah McMillion, Rita Colantonio, Amy Ecenbarger, Jane Schultz, Anca Balaj, Joyce Harkin, Armineh Hovanesian, Kate Zari Roberts, Vicki Cooper, Peter Wilkin, Barbara Braman, Becky Menzies, Sukru Mehmet Omur, Sarah Bichachi, Michel Pretterklieber, Alon Goldsmith, Judy Lurie Whalberg, Andrea Bigiarini and myself, go here.

All images ©Sean Hayes

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Mobile Photography/Art Pic of the Day (1,070) via Instagram

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Here’s day one thousand and seventy of our mobile photography/art Pic of the Day section via Instagram. Each day we select one image a day for our Pic of the Day section on Instagram, with this hashtag #theappwhisperer.

Today, we congratulate @diane.neubauer – Diane Neubauer with this image, entitled ‘Lost in 3D’.

To ensure your image receives our attention, please upload it to Instagram with this hashtag #theappwhisperer.

To view more of her work, please go here

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Honor 20 Pro Camera Quality Review

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The Honor 20 Pro is the latest smartphone from Huawei’s budget-friendly sub-brand with superior camera specifications. With a DxOMark Mobile score of 111 points, the Honor 20 Pro catapults into joint second place among the smartphones we’ve tested to date. Note that, DxOMark scores of each Mobile are generated after testing 1500 photos and 2 hours of video using scientific methods.

DxOMark is the trusted industry standard for smartphone, camera and lens image quality measurements and ratings. For the past 10 years, it has been recognised for scoring cameras using the most rigorous and comprehensive testing and analyses.

We are proud to publish this YouTube video today to our new section – The Business of Mobile Photography. Take a look below.

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WhatsApp, Telegram Files Could be Hacked – ‘Media File Jacking’

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‘Media File Jacking’ is the new buzzword phrase that describes a security flaw and enables hackers to manipulate images and audio files on various platforms, and in this case ‘end-to-end encryption’ apps WhatsApp and Telegram on Android. Symantec’s Modern OS Security team explained ‘neither apps have any system in place to protect users from a Media File Jacking attack’.

“If the security flaw is exploited, a malicious attacker could misuse and manipulate sensitive information such as personal photos and videos, corporate documents, invoices, and voice memos,” wrote Software Engineer Alon Gat and Yair Amit, Vice-President and Chief Technology Officer, Modern OS Security, Symantec.

Image and payment manipulation are arguably the most damaging Media File Jacking threats. For example, in one of the most damaging Media File Jacking attacks, a malicious actor can manipulate an invoice sent by a vendor to a customer, to trick the customer into making a payment to an illegitimate account. As in the previous scenario, an app that appears to be legitimate but is in fact malicious, watches for PDF invoice files received via WhatsApp, then programmatically swaps the displayed bank account information in the invoice with that of the bad actor. The customer receives the invoice, which they were expecting to begin with, but has no knowledge that it’s been altered. By the time the trick is exposed, the money may be long gone. To make matters worse, the invoice hack could be broadly distributed in a non-targeted way, looking for any invoices to manipulate, affecting multiple victims who use IM apps like WhatsApp to conduct business, explained the team.

We detail below how to mitigate these threats:

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