We are delighted to publish Part 2 of 3 mobile photography app tutorials with the app Stackables by Jerry Jobe, if you missed Part 1 please go here (foreword by Joanne Carter).
‘A Picture’s Worth‘… is where we ask mobile photographers that have created powerful mobile photography/art to explain the processes they took. This includes their initial thoughts as to what they wanted to create, why they wanted to create it, how they created it, including all apps used and what they wanted to convey. We also ask these incredible artists to explain their emotions and how the image projects those feelings. We have published a few A Picture’s Worth articles recently, if you have missed those – please go here.
In this A Picture’s Worth today we asked Margherita Maniscalco to tell us more about her image “Sguardi gemelli”. Maniscalco has detailed her thoughts below, we think you’ll find this invaluable…
We are hugely delighted to publish this absolutely fantastic creative mobile photography tutorial by Wayman Stairs, an amazing surreal mobile artist. Stairs has provided a video tutorial as well as stills and text descriptions of each step. We are sure you will love this! Over to you (foreword by Joanne Carter).
“In this video I will show the steps I took to create my image titled “Everyone Has their Cross to Bear”. All images were captured using my iPhone 5c and edited on my iPad 3, primarily with Art Studio. Other apps used include iColorama and Glaze. I use the photo transfer app to transfer images from my phone to my iPad because it does not lose the quality of the image and its easy to use. All images are my own and I did not use a stylus for any of this, just lots of finger painting. I am going to break this down by layer to hopefully simplify it.
1. Like many of my images, I start by creating a background. So first thing I do is import (File/Import/Insert as a Layer/Import from Photos) a landscape image. This one was previously blurred, but I did this using Art studio (AS) [Filters/Blur/Gaussian Blur] and set both the horizontal and vertical radius to the maximum setting and hit apply”.
Karen Divine is an internationally recognised artist with more than a dozen prestigious awards for her iPhone art. She is also an established member of the mobile photography community and last year published a beautiful book entitled ‘A Small Amount of Courage’. Inside this elegantly bound hardback book are 64 images, loosely based on the 64 Hexagrams of the iChing. If you’re unsure of the understanding of iChing, please read the following:
"The I Ching is based on Yin and Yang, the two fundamental ordering principles in Taoist philosophy and cosmology. Typically, one formulates a question for the I Ching and then tosses three coins a total of six times.
Depending on the configuration of heads and tails for each throw, one gets a straight line (representing the Yang principle) or a broken line (representing the Yin principle). After six throws with the three coins one has what’s called a hexagram, a collection of six straight and/or broken lines stacked on top of one another. There are sixty-four possible hexagrams, and all have their own particular meaning, often with a Confucianist ethical angle to them. The hexagram one receives is believed to provide an answer to the question asked.
Other advice offered by the I Ching is much harder to understand and may refer to ancient, culturally specific Chinese symbols and proverbs. Including: “A shoal of fishes. Favor comes through the court ladies,” “Darkening of the light injures him in the left thigh. He gives aid with the strength of a horse.”
Welcome to our ninth Portrait of an Artist Showcase! This Showcase complements our Portrait of an Artist Column edited by Jennifer Bracewell. Every two weeks Jennifer will review and curate work that has been submitted to our dedicated Flickr group. In addition, to creating a showcase video which features a sampling of submitted work, we will also highlight a few images that have caught our attention… offering some thoughtful commentary about technique, composition and subject matter.
This week Jennifer has selected her favourite images and reviewed them. We hope you enjoy this.
If you are not a member of our Facebook group… we highly recommend that you join us! This is our space for sharing newsworthy information and conducting discussions (what, when, where, why and how) regarding mobile portraiture and portraiture in general.
We hope you enjoy this weeks’ showcase…Many congratulations to all the artists featured this week, links to their images can be found below:
A wonderfully comprehensive second part to this new series of tutorials on the app Union by Jerry Jobe. If you missed Part 1, please go here. Over to you Jerry (forward by Joanne Carter)
As I worked through all I wanted to show you in the second part of this tutorial on Union, the blending app from Pixite, I found the screenshots piling up. Normally I like to keep the number to 20-30, but I’ve got close to fifty this time. Let’s get started!
This week, the Women’s Street Photography Collective (Streets Ahead) is please and honoured to feature Basak Aytek in our interview segment. Although relatively new to street photography, Basak’s work reveals that she has a gift for capturing the moment. Her willingness to learn and absorb information and advice given to her by other street photographers has resulted in an engaging body of work.
I highly recommend a visit to her galleries
You can follow Basak on Instagram and Eye’Em: @basakaytek
We are delighted to publish this fabulous tutorial to help you make the most out of your Photo 365 assignment for 2015. Over to you Jerry, (forward by Joanne Carter).
“As one year draws to an end and another begins, everyone looks to set goals for the next year. For some the goal is to lose weight or get fit; for others it’s to start a new job or career. For many photographers, the way to get obsessed and stay obsessed about their craft is through challenging themselves to take a photo a day for an entire year.
Some will take the photos as a way to journal their life, and there are several apps out there that help organize your photos for each day of the 365 challenge, like Photo 365 Everyday Photo Calendar for Your Life (long names are a staple for this type of app).
But some want a challenge. They want their 365 project to lead them to new ideas, new ways of looking at the world. They want it to spark their creativity and want to use it as a learning experience. For these people mere journaling, while a worthy project that gets you to use your camera, just isn’t enough.
Noel Chenier has developed a series of apps called Learn Photo365, some free and some paid, that take on the daunting task of teaching you something new while challenging you. The version I am showing today is the paid iPhone version. This is purported to be for SLR users as well as smartphone photographers, even though the splash screen shown below clearly states “iPhotography”.
Afterlight is an incredibly popular image editing app for iOS devices and it has just been updated with a new Wander Pack ($0.99/£0.69). Created by Angel Dorr includes 15 new filters and 12 new textures.
If you haven’t downloaded Afterlight yet, now might be an interesting time to take a look. Click here to download.
At the beginning of the year it’s traditional to make a promise to oneself to improve in some way, this could be to improve finances, improve education, improve mental health, improve physical health and so on.
We decided to speak with mobile photographers to find out what their New Year Resolutions for 2015 are. We have communicated with over 100 people for this article, we would love to include everyone, but we simply can’t, we’d never finish. So please don’t be upset if you’re not in this article, you have not been forgotten, we’re very aware of who you are and will be making a huge effort to include you within our other articles in the near future.
We hope you enjoy this and find it inspiring, we certainly do