Dec 31, 2012

Apps Temporarily FREE!

The following apps are temporarily FREE!

TtV Photo StudioTtV Photo Studio 






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Dec 29, 2012

Featured Mobile Artist–Susan Libby

© Susan LibbyWhat I love about mobile photography is the ability to create artistic edits using sophisticated apps that are normally priced for around $1-2.  To get the same effect on a computer would require expensive programs like Photoshop or Corel Painter (I do have both but haven’t touched them since I began my mobile art journey).

Susan Libby uses apps expertly to create her beautiful mobile art which features everything from people to landscapes to whimsical fantasy pieces.  Below is my conversation with this app master - @susetoo as she’s known on Instagram and EyeEm.    (Captions for images taken from Susan’s Instagram gallery)

© Susan Libby
The Three Ladies of Dios de Los Muertos (above)

Friday Favorites No. 18 and Leaving Instagram

After the uproar caused when Instagram changed their terms, I made the decision to leave Instagram.  Although they have reversed their terms, there is still some wording that has many photographers concerned.  My main beef with Instagram has been the recent SPAM that has increased dramatically during my short time on the site.  In spite of the SPAM nuisance, during the five months since I joined IG, many friendships and connections were made, so I plan to continue to keep my account open to visit friends, but will be posting all of my work on Flickr and EyeEm
On to my Friday Favorites!
©Geri Centonze
Shopping Center (above)
App RecipeProCamera and Snapseed
©Geri Centonze
Cows (above)
App RecipeProCamera, Snapseed, Alt Photo
©Geri Centonze
Our Christmas Tree (above)

©Geri Centonze
Sharing Cookies (above)
App RecipeProCamera, Snapseed, Dramatic Black and White
©Geri Centonze
Talking to the Birds (above)
App RecipeProCamera, Painteresque, Snapseed, PS Express
And finally a collaboration at the request of Timothy Steffes who asked if I would edit one of his images.  I jumped at the chance and here is the result.  Roll over the image with your mouse to see Tim’s original photo.  You can see more of Tim’s work @timothysteffes on EyeEm and @dinobrasi on IG)
Collaboration Geri Centonze and Tim Steffes

Dec 28, 2012

An App that Rotates Your iPhone to take Panoramic Videos!

What will they think of next?  Apparently, that little gadget in your pocket has all sorts of potential, including the ability to rotate and take a panoramic video.  Well, there are a couple of things you’ll need – an iPhone 5 (it works with my iPhone 4s but only on a glass surface) and the Cycloramic app (.99 in iTunes store)

Dec 22, 2012

Friday Favorites (A Day Late!) No. 17

This week I’m going to only include one image for my Friday Favorites.  This piece was created for the feature that Instagram’s @mobileartistry ran today.  I thought you may enjoy a more in-depth App Recipe on one image.
© Geri Centonze
Portrait of a Man
App Recipe:  For this image I first cropped it square in Snapseed and then bumped up the detail and tuned it a bit.
Next I used PhotoViva on just the background to get rid of details I didn't like and blended it with the Snapseed version using Sketch Club.
I took the Snapseed edit and did two different versions using Glaze. I combined the two Glaze images with the Snapseed/PhotoViva image blending and erasing sections of the three layers and saved to my camera roll.
The final step was some minor adjustments in Snapseed of the combined image (details bump and white balance).
Thanks to Lanie for the feature (@momma2maxh on Instagram)

The Eclectic World of David Graham aka “Doctor Jazz”

David Graham
Eclectic is the perfect way to describe the work of David Graham aka @doctorjazz on Instagram.  Many moods and styles are exhibited by this very creative photographer. 
Please grab a cup of Joe and enjoy my conversation with the very interesting David Graham.   (Photo captions from David’s Instagram gallery)

© David Graham
Stop Ahead (above)

© David Graham
Car window parking lot reflections (above)

Geri:  Where do you live?
David:  Wisconsin, USA

Geri:  How long have you been on Instagram?
David:  Sometime in October 2011 was my first Instagram posting.  

© David Graham
A foggy morning.  No edits (above)

© David Graham
Heavy Weather (above)

Geri:  Your work is unique and varied including everything from black and white portraits, to painterly edits and photo collages.  Do you have an art or photography background?  Is there any style that you prefer?

David: I'm a college teacher by trade, and my artistic background is in poetry.  I've published six books of poetry so far, along with many essays and reviews.  As a mobile photographer I'm happy to call myself an increasingly serious amateur.  No formal training, but I have been married for 37 years to a wonderful visual artist, and much of my love for art is inevitably entwined with my love of her.  We really enjoy visiting art museums and galleries together, and for as long as I can remember I've been interested in photography as an art. I only got serious about taking photos of my own, however, when I acquired my first digital camera in I think 2007.  My first iPhone came in 2010, and things have accelerated rapidly since then.  I suppose my stylistic tastes are fairly wide; my whole life I've appreciated many kinds of photography, from documentary through portraiture to surrealist collage.  It's true that in my own work I can't seem to stick with any particular style.  Whether or not that's a weakness or a strength I guess I am not the one to judge.  Maybe I just have a short attention span!

© David Graham
Happy Hour (above)

© David Graham
"May God us keep From Single vision & Newton's sleep." --Wm. Blake (above)

Geri: What inspires your work?

David:  In some ways it's the other way around:  the work inspires me in my life.  Since I've taken to shooting and editing photos daily (thanks, Instagram!), I notice more, and differently, than I ever did before.  The world is more meaningful and full of energy.  As I say in my Instagram profile, I love that Yogi Berra quote:  "You can observe a lot by watching."  But in terms of specific influences, I look to most of the classic photographers, too many to name, as well as a bewildering array of contemporaries, famous and not. If I had to name one favorite it might be Aaron Siskind.  Of course, I'm also greatly engaged by painters and other visual artists, including my wife. 

© David Graham
Special Handling (above)

© David Graham

Geri: What are some of your favorite apps?  Can you tell me a little about your process?

David:  I never tire of taking straight photos, and if a shot works without much editing, I'm very pleased.  (My most-used camera app is 6x6, which is perfect for taking Instagram-ready shots.)  But I do love messing around with apps.  My process in editing is completely improvisational.  I do multiple edits on most shots, most often using three or four apps on each one, all the time looking for something to "click."  Naturally I wind up deleting most.  Often I'll see things I like on Instagram and elsewhere by photographers I admire, and try to see if I can learn from them, and maybe do something parallel.  I love to explore new apps, and get infatuated for a time with certain ones.  Currently I'm having a passionate affair with Glaze.  Before that it was Decim8 and OutColor.  But by far my most-used apps are Hipstamatic, Snapseed (everyone says that, and everyone's right), Juxtaposer, and Image Blender  As visitors to my feed will see, I make a lot of surreal collages, and so Juxtaposer and Image Blender are my mainstays for that work.  Other favorites include ScratchCam FX, Modern Grunge, PhotoToaster, Dramatic Black and White, and PhotoWizard--all of which are in my main photo app folder.  I also return frequently to a few "utility" apps such as AntiCrop, TouchRetouch, Big Photo, Frame Magic, PS Express, and Squaready.  I relish learning about apps, and devour various blogs, tutorials, and other sources whenever I can pick up some tips.

© David Graham
Walter’s greatest fear was that he would be forgotten (above)

© David Graham
Making cold calls (above)

© David Graham
Asphalt Love – tar patches on pavement (above)

Geri:  There is a dog featured in many of your photographs.  Who is he?
David:  The dog's name is Doctor Jazz (yes, I stole his name for my IG handle!).  He's a 9 year old Springer Spaniel, and I guess I've been featuring him more than usual in my photos lately because he was recently diagnosed with terminal cancer.  Trying to enjoy all the time left with him that we have.  And I admit I get tickled when people enjoy photos of him.  He's a lovely goofball.

© David Graham
A Matter of Trust (above)

© David Graham
Whose dog are you? (above)

© David Graham
Beloved (above)

Geri: Have you ever exhibited your work?  If not, any plans for the future?

David: So far I'm a happy amateur.  Instagram is my gallery.  I've had a couple feelers about exhibiting work offline, but am taking things slow.  We shall see. 

© David Graham
Time’s Fool (above)

© David Graham
Follow the leader (above)

Geri: Anything else you'd like to add?

David: For some time now I've hash-tagged all my Instagram photos with the names of the apps used to create them.  This helps me to remember if someone asks later, or if I'm looking to reproduce an effect. I sure wish more IG artists would do this!

© David Graham
Wingback (above)

You can view David’s work on Instagram @doctorjazz where he spends most of his time.  He’s also is on iPhoneArt and on Tadaa (doctorjazz) on a limited basis.  
All images in this feature are copyrighted property of David Graham published on iART CHRONiCLES with the consent of the artist. 

Featured Mobile Artists

Dec 19, 2012

Get Dramatically Black and White While it’s FREE!!

imageNot sure how long this will last, but in the U.S. iTunes store, Dramatic Black & White by JixiPix is FREE.  This is a must have app if you’re a lover of black and white photography, and like all JixiPix apps, it allows for a lot of adjustment along with several Presets.


iPhone Screen Shot © JixiPix

Dec 15, 2012

Friday Favorites No. 16

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App Recipe:  Shot with ProCamera  Edited with Snapseed and InstaEffect FX HD

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Fall Flower (above)
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App Recipe:  Shot with Sneakypix  Edited with Snapseed, Filtermatic, iColorama and Image Blender 
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App Recipe:  Shot with ProCamera  Edited with Snapseed, Photo FX, PS Express 
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Self-Portrait (above)
App Recipe:  Shot with ProCamera  Edited with Portrait Painter, Photo Artista Oil, ShockMyPic, Photo FX, PhotoCopier, PictureShow, Sketch Club and Snapseed

Featured Mobile Artist–Andrea Barbarano

When I discovered the gallery of Andrea Barbarano @osokijack on Instagram, I had only one complaint – I want more!  Andrea’s main focus is black and white portraiture.  Instagram is a very friendly community and Andrea agreed to allow me to feature his work here on my blog. Below is my conversation with the very talented Andrea Barbarano.  (Photo captions taken from Andrea’s Instagram gallery).

© Andrea Barbarano
Karam (above)

Dec 14, 2012

Distressed FX is FREE to celebrate launch of app!

Distressed FXI can’t wait to try this one!!!  Distressed FX just launched and to promote the launch, the developer is giving it away FREE for a limited time.  I have a feeling this one is going to get a lot of use in my editing.

Well, what are you waiting for – GRAB it while it’s FREE!!!


Distressed FX Screen Shots

Dec 13, 2012

Instagram Parody–For everyone tired of cliché photos!

If you’re a regular user of Instagram, you’ll get a kick out of this video parody. 

***Warning*** if you are offended by explicit language, do not view!


Dec 12, 2012

App Compatibility Guide by Life in LoFi

The editors of Life in LoFi have put together an amazing resource for iPhone photographers.  It’s an App Compatibility Guide which lists over 400 iPhone photo apps.  Before plopping down a chunk of change for a new app, you may want to refer to this guide.  I especially like the Max Resolution column.  I plan to use the list to group my lower resolution apps together in a folder on my iPad.  For the apps I don’t use very often, if they are lower resolution, they just may end up deleted (note to app developers – we like higher resolution!)
This chart is updated regularly (below is a sample page posted here with permission)
App Compatibility Guide by Life in LoFi
For the complete chart, please visit the Life in LoFi website by clicking on the image above.

Dec 9, 2012

PhotoStamps–Temporarily FREE

imageWith PhotoStamps you can create your own stamps or use one of the stamps included in the app to add to your photos.  You can also create a signature stamp for adding to your images.  Great for bloggers!

Get it while it’s temporarily FREE!



Dec 8, 2012

Mobile Artist Eric Dijkstra–A Signature Style

© Eric DijkstraI can spot one of Eric Dijkstra’s beautifully edited mobile art pieces as soon as they cross my Instagram feed.  Eric’s signature slow shutter style silhouettes captivated me from the first moment I saw them.  In fact, at first glance, I thought they were photographs of paintings that he had done.  Grab your favorite beverage and enjoy my conversation with this very talented mobile artist.  (Photo captions taken from Eric’s Instagram gallery)

 © Eric Dijkstra

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