Jan 30, 2013

Mextures–Mobile Ready Textures FREE!

Merek Davis has an amazing array of FREE mobile ready textures called Mextures.  I just downloaded the three FREE sets and can’t wait to get started.

Mextures © Merek Davis

Watch the video to learn more about Mextures.

Mextures Tutorial | Photoforge from Taylor Allen on Vimeo.

Jan 29, 2013

Portray–An App Tutorial and Giveaway!

PortrayI am so excited to be able to give away one of my favorite apps…Portray!  I only discovered it a few weeks ago and already it’s become one of my go to apps when editing for a sketchy look.  I’ve used it as a stand alone app without any additional editing and also incorporated by blending a layer edited in Portray with other layers edited with additional apps.  The variety of combinations is extensive given all the different styles and adjustments within the app.
© Geri Centonze

Koci Hernandez - Mobile photography tools usher in new era of photography

This 10-minute video by Richard Koci Hernandez examines the role of mobile photography.

Jan 28, 2013

Dan Marcolina’s Mobile Masters Released! I got it FREE!

Mobile MastersI’m not sure if it’s just ME, but I went to purchase the new Dan Marcolina Mobile Masters app and it was FREE!  Head on over to the App Store and see if it’s FREE for you as well.  I was expecting to pay for it and it would have been worth the price, but today turned out to be my lucky day!

Mobile Masters

Mobile Masters (available NOW) from dan marcolina on Vimeo.

Jan 27, 2013

Winner of Aquarella

Aquarella by JixiPixThe winner of the JixiPix Aquarella giveaway is Michael Clawson.  Congrats Michael!  I’ll be in touch to send you your promo code.

To all who entered and didn’t win, stay tuned as next week there will be a giveaway for another really cool app!

Jan 26, 2013

The Phenomenal Mobile Photography of Radu Negru

© Radu NegruAs a long time admirer of @theradu (on Instagram), I considered breaking my rule about only featuring mobile photography just to showcase his work.  I ASSUMED his work was shot with a DSLR.  After all, no one can get the shots he does with just a mobile device…or so I thought!  When I found out that his amazing images were shot with an iPhone, I immediately approached him for an interview.  Below is our conversation and a sampling of his beautiful work.

Geri:  Your IG friends know you as @theradu, what is your real name?  Where do you live?
Radu:  My name is Radu Negru.  Oxford/England it’s been my home for the last eight years

© Radu Negru
Paris (above)

© Radu Negru
St Mary’s – Oxford (above)

© Radu Negru

Geri:  How long have you been creating mobile art?
Radu:  More than 5 years now… I use my phone camera more than making phone calls. One thing I never leave behind it’s my phone charger (indispensable:)

© Radu Negru
Examination Hall – Oxford (above)

© Radu Negru
Style of a commuter – London Tube (above)

© Radu Negru

Geri:  Do you have an art or traditional photography background?
Radu:  Never studied photography however I did study landscape architecture and performing arts. Fashion design advertising also played an important role in defining my approach to photography.

Geri:  Do you have specific photo shoots in mind, or do you just shoot what you see during your day to day life?
Radu:  It happens quite often to see the world around me in photo frames. Instantly I stop and shoot, trying to reproduce what my imagination had “pre-approved”. I commute daily and the advantage of it (apart from seeing the most beautiful sunsets on the countryside of the shire), it’s the fact that I spend a lot of time out and about. Oxford itself it’s a very diverse and eclectic environment and it stimulates my creativity wonderfully.

© Radu Negru

© Radu Negru
Encore une fois black / white (above)

© Radu Negru

Geri:  Your gallery includes portraits, landscape, architecture, color and black & white - do you have a preference?
Radu:  There’s something about architecture and perspective that draws me in.. much prefer black and white shots with heavy dark tones and contrast. Probably because I much admire early photographers like Brassai.. That kind of photography it’s a lost art. They carried heavy equipment along, set up in the right place and waited patiently until the right moment came along and then press the button. Once. And that was it. Photography nowadays it’s affordable and comfortable. I take 100 shots, edit 10, upload one maybe 2… I like editing only to a certain extent – without distorting the reality.

© Radu Negru
Venezia (above)

© Radu Negru
La Roumaine (above)

Geri:  When you shoot with your iPhone, do you use the native camera or a specialty camera app like ProCamera or Camera+?
Radu:  Always relay on the native phone camera with only the HD option activated. I like it as plain as possible in order to edit it afterwards more freely.

Geri:  Do you have any favorite apps?
Radu:  Quite a few, the most useful for me are Snapseed and Photo FX. BlurFX  (lovn’it), FilterStorm

Geri:  Please share a bit about your editing process?
Radu:  Every shot will end up in Snapseed, indisputably. After playing with the tones, brightness, contrast and maybe cropping it goes to Photo FX. This is were I decide whether or not it stays in colour or becomes black and white. If bw, then ends up in Noir Photo and potentially in ScratchCam FX. I much prefer using Juxtaposer and BlurFX lately…

© Radu Negru
Venezia (above)

© Radu Negru
Venezia (above)

© Radu Negru
Long lasting love…(?) back to the basics above)


Geri:Have you ever exhibited your work?  If not, any plans to do so in the future?
Radu:  I do have two Oxford shots on a permanent display in Queen’s Lane Coffee House in Oxford. It’s the longest established coffee house in Europe and quite touristy. Future 10-piece exhibition (mobile photography exclusive) soon to happen.

Geri:  Do you have any interesting stories revolving around your photo shoots?
Radu:  I almost got thrown out of the MOMA (Museum of Modern Art) for shooting in a temporary exhibition space by the security who kept saying ”there’s no debate about it, step outside now sir”. I was not even taking photos of the exhibits but the people around them….I had to play touristy card and pretend not to understanding much. Since English it’s not my first language that came easy. Photos deleted.
In Oxford, while shooting during the graduation ceremony days, I caught some great snaps of drunken but terribly happy students with their university gowns messed up and covered in flour, feathers, glitter and all. They did spot me shooting but since on public space there’s was little they could do. They explained that if seen in official ceremony gowns in that state – could be a problem for them; I did promise not to post them on popular social media platforms such as Twitter nor Facebook. However, hey, did not mention Instagram: ) …. “If you don’t want anybody to find out – then don’t do it” saying couldn’t be more true.

© Radu Negru
Oxford (above)

© Radu Negru

Geri:  Anything else you'd like to add?
Radu:  I have a constant fear :) that one day I’ll get caught snapping shots of people around me and being told off if not more. If my phone would go missing I couldn’t  care less about the contacts nor the phone itself but the photos I have stored on. Out of 64GB more than 20GB are photos… I really should consider an external backup.




© Radu Negru

© Radu Negru
The other side of St. Paul’s on a moody London day (above)

I thoroughly enjoyed my conversation with Radu and look forward to more of his inspiring work. 
Please view Radu’s galleries here:
Instagram @theradu
Tadaa @therdu
EyeEm @theradu



Jan 25, 2013

Friday Favorites No. 21

The latest installment of Friday favorites.  I revisited some apps that I’ve ignored for a while and was very pleased with the results.
© Geri Centonze
Portrait of a Man (above)
App RecipeRealSpyCamera, Collage Painter,Glaze, Image Blender and Snapseed
© Geri Centonze
Her Dark Side (above)
App RecipeProCamera, Mirrorgram, Snapseed, ShockMyPic, PhotoCrash, Image Blender, Old Photo Pro, Rainy Daze HD
© Geri Centonze
Office at Subway (above)
App RecipeProCamera and Snapseed
© Geri Centonze
Winter Decay (above)
App RecipeBracket Mode, iCamera HDR
© Geri Centonze
Dance Like No One’s Watching (above)
App RecipeRealSpyCamera, Diptic, Portray, Snapseed
© Geri Centonze
Nature’s Pod Nest (above)
App RecipeProCamera, Snapseed
© Geri Centonze
Bags of Chips Abstract (above)
App RecipeRealSpyCamera, Snapseed, Glaze

JixiPix releases Aquarella and I have a Giveaway!

Aquarella by JixiPixI couldn’t wait to get my hands (well fingers) on the latest painterly app from JixiPix.  As a mixed media artist, I know how unforgiving watercolor can be, but now with Aquarella, I can create watercolor images from my photographs!  It was just released and the good news is JixiPix was kind enough to provide me with a promo code for the iPhone version to giveaway.  Scroll down and see how to enter, but first take a look at what I was able to create without any practice!  And no brushes to clean!!!

Aquarella Landscape © Geri Centonze

Aquarella Roses © Geri Centonze

 

Aquarella Street Photo © Geri Centonze

Pretty amazing for my first try!  Just load your image into Aquarella and choose from a number of preset styles (there are 32!).  With the Adjust tab, you can adjust Color Detail, Enhance Colors, Wet Edge Strength and Wet Edge Detail.  You can also select from 6 different Paper Styles.  On to the Wash tab to choose from 63 wash styles!  (Wow!  JixiPix went all out with this app!).  And finally you can adjust the bloom on the paint, choosing from 41 styles.  Each style can be adjusted in strength and you can even reverse the bloom.  I have to hand it to JixiPix, they thought of everything with Aquarella.

Right now Aquarella is selling for $1.99 for the iPhone and iPad versions and $7.99 for MAC.  Good news - I have an iPhone promo code to give away.


How to EnterTo enter, just leave a comment below (duplicate entries will be deleted).  If you want another chance to win, just tweet the giveaway and let me know you tweeted in a SEPARATE comment.  You can enter up until noon on Sunday, January 27th.  The winner will be announced after noon.  Be sure to leave contact information so I can send you the promo code if you should win(If I cannot contact the winner, another name will be selected) 

Good Luck!

Jan 22, 2013

Anatomy of an Edit -- “Shine”

Here is a walk-thru of a recent edit.
Anatomy of an Edit © Geri Centonze

Fotor–Photo Effect Studio

Fotor Photo Effect StudioPhoto Effect Studio is now powered by Fotor and is currently FREE (I’m not sure if this is a permanent price or temporary one).  Compatible with iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad.  Optimized for iPhone 5.  Requires iOS 5.0 or later.

 

What’s new in this version?

  • Increased responsiveness
  • Simplified photo importing/capturing process
  • Streamlined coding
  • Added animations
  • Support for 8MP photo processing

Fotor Photo Effect Studio

Bokeh Lens–FREE for a limited time!

Bokeh LensFormerly Bokehlicious, Bokeh Lens has been updated and is temporarily free. Compatible with iPhone, iPod Touch, and iPad.  Optimized for iPhone 5.  Requires iOS 5.0 or later.

 

 

Bokeh Lens

Jan 19, 2013

The Painterly World of Carol Smith–aka Dogsitter

Carol SmithYou may know Carol’s work by her Instagram name @dogsitter80 (yes she owns a dog walking and pet sitting business!).  When I first visited her gallery I thought I was looking at photos of her original paintings.  When finding out these were painterly edits of photographs, I became an instant follower and huge fan of Carol’s work.  After interacting with Carol, I also learned that she’s quite hilarious.  This is a gal I could be best friends with!  I’m thrilled to be interviewing her to find out more about her life and work.

©Carol Smith

©Carol Smith
The Lake in Winter (above)
©Carol Smith
Colorful City (above)

Geri:  Where do you live? 
Carol:  I live in Coastal New Jersey now, lived in Denver for 22 years.

Geri:  How long have you been creating mobile art?
Carol:  I started "messing around" with pics on my iPod Touch 2 years or so ago.  My first efforts consisted of putting hats and funny noses on the faces of friends.  Soon no one would give me any pics   I was sad.   I then practiced on photos on the Internet.   I never posted anything during this time.

©Carol Smith
Flapper (above)
©Carol Smith
The Lady Cardinal (above)

Geri:  Do you have an art or traditional photography background?
Carol:  None at all.  I never took a pic in my life before getting an iPhone about a year ago. (Geri’s note:  Carol is proof that it’s never too late to become a fabulous artist!)

Geri:  How did your painterly style evolve? 
Carol:  It started to evolve after I got an iPad.  The larger screen helped me to do more complicated edits.  I started to look at sites like iphoneart and Flickr.  I realized what was possible.  I tried every app listed by every artist whose work I admire; and there were many.  I practiced and practiced...

©Carol Smith
The Ride (above)
©Carol Smith
Babes in Starbucks (above)
©Carol Smith
The Look (above)

Geri:  What are your favorite apps? 
Carol:  SHOCKMYPICPHOTO COPIER. PHOTO TEXTUREPHOTO FX by TIFFEN, SNAPSEED and   IMAGE BLENDER.  I use these on most images.  I seem to be using fewer filter apps lately.  I am starting to make my own textures too.  I have much more control that way.  I have hundreds of apps.  Some I use just once in a while, many have only one or two worthwhile effects. 

Geri:  Please tell me about your process.
Carol:  I take the photos on the 4s and edit them on iPads 2 and 3.

©Carol Smith
Pink Evening (above)
©Carol Smith
Decimation City (above)
©Carol Smith
Lost in Thought (above)

Geri:  Who or what inspires you?
Carol:  Nature always inspires me. I find the street of NYC wildly inspiring!  I must mention here my collaborator, Oliver Reckert @oliverlovesit.  He provides many great shots of Germany for me to edit.  He is a far superior photographer; but doesn't do extreme edits.  I am also inspired and constantly learn from other artists, particularly those on IPHONEART

©Carol Smith
An Infinity of Kitties (above)
©Carol Smith
What Cats See (above)
©Carol Smith
Where do you think you are…Grand Central Station? (above)

Geri:  Have you ever exhibited your work.  If not, any plans for the future?
Carol:  No I haven't.  If the opportunity arises I will have to think hard about it.  This is a hobby for me. I don't know if I would want that to change.

Geri:  What would your dream app do?
Carol:  Hmmm. You know, I am pretty satisfied with the apps I have.  If there was one perfect app the fun of searching for new and exciting apps would be over.

©Carol Smith
Street Scene (above)
©Carol Smith
Waiting for the Train (above)
©Carol Smith
Brooklyn Bridge (above)

Geri:  Anything you’d like to add?
Carol:   Community is such a big part of this experience for me.  I have been met with such generosity and kindness here!  Having friendships with the best Mobile Artists in the world is mind blowing.  It makes doing this rewarding.  When I see the caliber of art produced by others it motivates me to practice my craft, to become better, to produce art worthy of this community.

©Carol Smith
Another Little House (Above)
©Carol Smith

©Carol Smith
Thank you Carol for your endless inspiration – You make me want to work at my craft even more!  You can follow Carol on Instagram @dogsitter80 and view more of her work at iPhone Art Dogsitter

 
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