Jan 31, 2014

The Whole Story - Photo by Halil Yalçin No. 2

Another installation in The Whole Story series by Halil Yalçin. You can view Halil's first featured image here.

For a chance to be featured just tag your Instagram mobile photos with the hashtag #the_whole_story.

The Photograph

© Halil Yalçin
© Halil Yalçin

tadaa Filter Friday Competition - Berlin Filter Released

Join the tadaa Filter Friday competition for a chance to have your photo printed on canvas and featured in the tadaa community which has grown to nearly five million worldwide! tadaa released the second of 3 new filters  - BERLIN.  Each filter will only be available for a limited time, so you'll want to grab them while you can!

If you don't already have tadaa on your device, it's FREE and you can download here. You'll find the challenge under the AWESOME tab in the tadaa app.

Jan 27, 2014

Painterly Mobile Artist - Cristian Margarita

I just love that I have been able to meet talented people from all over the globe through the medium of mobile photography. Each artist has their own unique style. Today I am happy to present the work of Cristian Margarita. Christian received three Honorable Mentions in the recent Mobile Photography Awards 2013 - 1 in the category of Digital Fine Art and 2 in the VisualFX category. Congratulations Cristian! Please visit the Painterly Mobile Art Flickr group to see more from Cristian and all of the artists! 

Do you like to edit in a painterly style? Please join the group, we'd love to have you!

The Work

The Super Ape © Cristian Margarita
The Super Ape © Cristian Margarita
The Artist 
Cristian Margarita - Born in July of 1976. Lives in the province of Turin, Italy. As a young boy developed a passion for music and art in general later. Collaborated in the mid 90's in audio-visual projects and performances in some small artistic collectives of Turin and province.

In the next decade Cristian collaborates in other musical projects and creates a soundtrack for a short film presented at Corto Corto Film Festival, and uses his early work of generative music for an installation in the studio of a young and now established artist of Turin.

Bought his first iPhone to be able to play with the apps, but was struck by Hipstamatic. So intrigued was he by the discovery, he temporarily dropped music which led him to discover the amazing world behind mobile photography.

Cristian's Commentary

I started with random brush strokes and subsequently processed with Decim8 and Glaze. The strokes and their shadow on the texture of the canvas, in some areas, seem three-dimensional, textured and worn out, as if there was a detachment of the paint film. In other places instead, brightly colored and absorbed by the plot of the canvas.

During processing, the dark spot on the upper side, it was gradually transformed into a face resembling an ape with tribal costume. And the black bars on the left side, the claws that seem to catch us. Everything vaguely outlines the shape of the subject, giving depth and a bit of dynamism.

Find Cristian: Flickr / iphoneart / EyeEm / Instagram

Links to apps mentioned:


Jan 24, 2014

Kickstarter: Moment - Amazing Lenses for Mobile Photography

I'm crazy about iPhone photography and also app addicted. It seems I have an attachment to gadgets and accessories for my iPhone as well. My latest discovery is a Kickstarter project called Moment. The project was started by Marc Barros whose intention was to empower mobile photographers by providing them with lenses that are of the highest quality, sharp, portable and easy to attach. It looks like a good idea to me and apparently other mobile photographers think so as well because with 19 days left to go on their Kickstarter campaign, Moment has already received pledges of over $270,000 which is well over the $50,000 needed to fund the project!

Marc describes his lenses way better than I ever could, so watch the video below to find out more about Moment - I think you'll be as excited as I am to get your hands on these lenses.

Jan 23, 2014

43mm Magazine Releases Mobile Art Exposée

43mm Magazine just released Issue 3 of their online magazine. This issue is totally dedicated to mobile photography and is titled, Mobile Art Exposée. The issue is available to view below (I've conveniently opened it to the pages featuring my work) You can view all of the back issues here

**Some explicit material is contained in the issue** 

tadaa Launches Filter Friday Competition

Join the tadaa Filter Friday competition for a chance to have your photo printed on canvas and featured in the tadaa community which has grown to nearly five million worldwide! tadaa will be releasing 3 new filters and the first will be launched tomorrow - XPII.  Want to see some sample photos using this filter? Each filter will only be available for a limited time, so you'll want to grab them while you can!

If you don't already have tadaa on your device, it's FREE and you can download here.

PocketShot and JUMP Cable- My Latest Kickstarter Pledges

One of my favorite television shows is Shark Tank - I love to see the ideas people come up with and imagine what I would do if I were given the opportunity to invest in them. I'll never be a billionaire investor on Shark Tank, but with Kickstarter, I can help smart people with good ideas bring them to fruition and get some cool new gadgets as well.

Here are two Kickstarter projects that I recently backed.

PocketShot - a portable smartphone accessory for mounting any phone in any case. This folding universal smartphone mount consists of two parts, the Cradle and the Handle. The Cradle will hold any phone and the Handle will mount on any tripod (including monopod, suction cup, Gorillapod, etc).

This project has received nearly $7,000 of the $35,000 goal and has 28 days to go for their campaign. The pledge amount is $25 and the item is scheduled to ship in May 2014. (Note: if you back a project and it is not fully funded, you will not be charged).

Featured Mobile Photographer - Todd Leban

Todd Leban's work is unlike any that I've seen in any online gallery. It is not only unique, it is of the highest caliber. In fact, Todd recently received an Honorable Mention in the Mobile Photography Awards 2013 in the category of Still Life (no surprise to me!) Here is the latest installment in the Featured Mobile Photographer series.

Image below received Honorable Mention in the MPA 2013 - Still Life.

I'm a loner, dottie, a rebel © Todd Leban

Jan 22, 2014

Mobile Photography Awards - Are They Fair?

The build up to a competition is always exciting. Everyone who throws their hat into the ring is hoping for a chance to take home the prize or at least get a mention. Today is one of those days when hopes will be crushed as eyes scan the winning list of the Mobile Photography Awards and don't see their name among them. I know I was hoping against hope that one of my images might miraculously appear as an honorable mention. Oh darn! Maybe next year.

I have had a few people ask me about the results of this year's competition:

Was it fair?

Should one artist get several honorable mentions in one category?

Should one image get an honorable mention in more than one category?

I kind of remember a similar discussion last year. Here's the way I look at it. A competition like this is subjective - if there had been a different set of judges, there would probably be a different set of winners. It's not like a foot race where the first one across the finish line is the winner. Not every image was my cup of tea, but then again, that's why they make different types of tea! That said, each of the winners and those given honorable mention are deserving by mere virtue of the fact that they were chosen by the judges in what must have been a very difficult process.

Now, to answer the other questions about one artist getting several honorable mentions or one image getting an honorable mention in more than one category. I thought a bit about how I would organize a competition like this one. The "mom" in me wants things to be fair, so I would probably limit the number of honorable mentions to one per category, although I would allow a photographer to be mentioned in more than one category. But I imagine the organizers of the MPA wished for each image to be judged on merit alone and therefore allow an artist who is particularly accomplished to be mentioned several times. And, let's be honest, if I were one of those artists to get more than one honorable mention, I would be over the moon!

While I'm discussing this year's results I do want to congratulate all of those who won or were mentioned. There were names that are quite familiar - people I consider my friends although we've never met, and some  new names to investigate. Each and everyone of you must feel particularly proud to be recognized for doing something that is close to your heart.

So to the winners, a hearty "Congrats" and to those of us who didn't win or get a mention, we will lick our wounds and continue to create in this wonderful art form that allows us such a wide variety of expression. I started this journey because of the love of it and it is for that reason that I will happily continue.

Here's to next year!

(Please feel free to share your comments below.)

Mobile Photography Awards 2013 Results are In!

The waiting is over and the results are in! The winners and honorable mentions have been posted. You can see the full results by clicking on the image below.

Extending my warmest congratulations to all of the photographers.

Jan 20, 2014

Trying Out a Skipology Tutorial - Creating Atmospheric Fog

Living inland in Southern California, it's not very often that we get a foggy morning, but I do love the look of fog in a photograph. Luckily Skip Brown, author of the Skipology website recently posted a tutorial to help you create your own foggy atmosphere.

I decided to give it a try. I didn't have a suitable photo in my camera roll, so I am using a royalty free image from MorgueFile by clconroy.

Here's the before photo

Original photo by clconroy
Original photo by clconroy

Painterly Mobile Art No. 21

Curating this feature every two weeks is getting more difficult. I hope that you will visit the Painterly Mobile Art Flickr Group so that you can appreciate all of the work that has been submitted. If you like to edit mobile photos in a painterly way, please join us.

Sometimes I love too much © Lanie Heller
Sometimes I love too much © Lanie Heller

Jan 19, 2014

The Whole Story - Photo by Joel Adam

This week's image is by the very talented Joel Adam. This is Joel's second Whole Story feature. His first can be viewed here

For a chance to be featured just tag your Instagram mobile photos with the hashtag #the_whole_story.

The Photograph

I'm Not Sleepy © Joel Adam
I'm not sleepy © Joel Adam

Jan 16, 2014

Anatomy of an Edit

Earlier this week @mobileartistry on Instagram featured one of my painterly images. I'm posting it here because it included a detailed walkthrough of the editing process.

© Geri Centonze
© Geri Centonze

Jan 15, 2014

Painted Camera Pre-Release Promo Codes & Contest

For the past few months I have had the pleasure of beta testing Painted Camera, created by The 11ers (the same brilliant minds who brought us Glaze and Photospector).

How would you like a promo code to get Painted Camera BEFORE its release on The App Store? But wait, there's more (see below).

I have ten promo codes to give away.  These promo codes will also entitle the recipients to enter an exclusive Painted Camera contest. Winners of this contest will have their images featured and credited on the Painted Camera App Store page AND will also receive a 16 x 12 giclée print of their artwork (shipped worldwide)! What an amazing opportunity - I'm so thankful to the 11ers for giving my readers this chance!

Below are a couple of images I shot this morning using the app.

© Geri Centonze

The Emotional Art of Alex Visage

© Alex VisageIt has been a while since I posted a featured full interview with a mobile photographer, but I'm sure you will agree when you see the work of Alex Visage that is was well worth the wait!

Geri:  What is your name and where do you live? 

Alex:  My name is Alex Visage (Alex Drozhin). I live in Moscow, Russia.

Geri:  How did you get started in mobile photography?

Alex:  I have been taking photos since 2008, when the first iPhone appeared in my life. In those days camera capabilities were modest and I had to process photos on my computer. Nowadays, thanks to modern technologies we have unlimited possibilities, so you can take pictures, immediately do post-processing on your gadget and then upload photos on the internet. It makes things easier and all depends on your imagination.

Tommy © Alex Visage
Tommy © Alex Visage

Jan 13, 2014

Painterly Mobile Artist Vanessa Vox

Vanessa's painterly style brings to mind the works of Rembrandt, El Greco or Anthony van Dyck with her use of dark and golden tones and heavy textures. It is a pleasure to feature her work here. Please visit the Painterly Mobile Art Flickr group to see more from Vanessa and all of the artists! 

Do you like to edit in a painterly style? Please join the group, we'd love to have you!

The Work

Inside the Music © Vanessa Vox
Inside the Music © Vanessa Vox

Jan 12, 2014

The Whole Story - Photo by Crystal Spellman

Here's another photograph in The Whole Story series. I'm so glad I asked Crystal about this image because the story is even more interesting than I imagined. I have a feeling the subject of this photo will be talking about this shoot many years from now. You may know Crystal as the very talented and popular @faithmichael on Instagram.

For a chance to be featured just tag your Instagram mobile photos with the hashtag #the_whole_story.

The Photograph

Jan 11, 2014

LightBomber is FREE Forever!

How do you like the sound of FREE?! When it comes to apps that's good news, right?

As of January 7th, LightBomber is forever FREE so here's your chance to get creative and try your hand at light painting. You can also use LightBomber as a slow shutter camera. There's a whole creative community on LightBomber that you can share with, but that's optional.

Description (from The App Store)

LightBomber is a lightpainting/long exposure app. The only one created by professional lightpainters. The camera, the lights, the instruction and the community are all there. The only thing missing: You.

The Streets Are Dark, Light 'Em Up!

If you have questions and you are on twitter, hit us up directly @lightbomber. Or, just email us directly at ryan@mrilightpainting.com. We'll be happy to help you out.

Jan 6, 2014

Tadaa SLR Currently FREE!

Tadaa SLR has a really smart masking tool that allows you to create the look of depth of field similar to what you could get using a DSLR camera. This tool allows you to zoom in very close to mask even the tiniest details. And it's currently FREE! I'm not sure if this is temporary and how widely available it is for FREE, but as of this post, it is FREE in the U.S. App Store.

Edited with Tadaa SLR © Geri Centonze
Edited with Tadaa SLR © Geri Centonze

Created by the team behind the popular photo editing and sharing apps tadaa & tadaa 3D, tadaa SLR lets users add breathtaking SLR-like effects to their photos

Key features
  • Create realistic depth of field and SLR-like Bokeh – works with any photo
  • “Tap-to-Focus” feature let’s you focus on background or foreground AFTER you’ve taken the photo
  • Breathtaking image quality of up to 16 megapixels
  • Incredible level of detail - perfect round aperture blade simulation for beautiful results
  • Make use of the app’s editing suite to choose from over 20 different filters or add a final touch with the cropping & adjustment tools

Painterly Mobile Art Monday - No. 20

of or appropriate to a painter; artistic

As the Painterly Mobile Art Flickr Group continues to grow, I've found it necessary to limit the number of entries per week to 3 per member. To view more work by each artist, just click on an image below.

All mobile artists who edit in a painterly way and would like to join our group are welcome.

Bouquet © Roland Boesiger
Bouquet © Roland Boesiger

Jan 5, 2014

The Whole Story - Photo by Brett Chenoweth

When I saw this image by Brett Chenoweth, I figured there must be something more to this than just the convergence of lines  and an empty chair. The story didn't disappoint, as you will see below. 

For a chance to be featured just tag your Instagram mobile photos with the hashtag #the_whole_story.

The Photograph

© Brett Chenoweth
Once Upon a Time, 1969...© Brett Chenoweth

Jan 2, 2014

Recommended Reading

It's probably not the best move to steer you away from this site to view another, but there are some fabulous articles that have been released in the last few days and I wanted to make sure you all had a chance to read them. Click on the image to read the article.

Emil at iPhone Photography School just posted The 11 Most Important Genres of iPhoneography. I really enjoyed reading all the tips from the various photographers. I offer my advice for Painterly Mobile Photos as a part of this feature.

Joanne at The App Whisperer has a wonderful two-part series highlighting some of the major players in the mobile photography world along with their resolutions for 2014 relating to mobile photography.

Jan 1, 2014

Look Who's One! Happy Birthday AMPt Community!

2013 ended on a high note for me with the Tap-In feature at Susan Tuttle Photography. When I was in my 20's (in the 1970's!) a good friend of mine used to say the first day of the year sets the tone for the whole year. Well, if that's any indication this will be a great year. 2014 started with a huge honor by the AMPt Community who featured an image I posted on January 1, 2013 to highlight their one year anniversary today.

I'd like to congratulate all at AMPt Community for creating a site where mobile photographers can post their work, learn from each other and exchange ideas. I look forward to seeing what 2014 will bring to this art form we all love - we've come so far already but who knows where it will all go?

Photo by Geri Centonze

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