Apr 28, 2014

New Era Museum Open Call For Kansas City Exhibition


New Era Museum Open Call
For Kansas City Exhibition

Kansas City will open a series of exhibitions around the globe throughout the year by the New Era Museum (NEM). NEM is a museum without walls committed to the humanistic initiative of the mobile arts. The New Era Museum's goal is to spread the concept that the making of a popular art form as a worldwide artistic movement is available to everyone with mobile device; a new Renaissance available without censorship or ļ¬lters for anybody who wants to change the 


Submission Deadline - May 15
Results announced - July 1st
Exhibition to be held from September 5 through September 30th 2014
Opening Reception September 5th 2014
Gallery Talk - September 14th
Jurors Gina Costa, Brett Chenoweth

2nd Zebra Awards and GoPix Award Winners Announced

The results are out for the 2nd Zebra Awards and GoPix Awards. The Zebra Awards are, as suggested by the name, for black and white photography (traditional and mobile photographers welcome). The GoPix Awards are for mobile only.

The Grand Prize for the GoPix Awards was given to Aylin Argun better known on Instagram as @xxfromneptune



Painterly Mobile Art Monday No. 28

paint-er-ly 
adjective

of or appropriate to a painter; artistic

The words of Alberto Giacometti best sum up my thoughts about today's showcase:

The object of art is not to reproduce reality, but to create a reality of the same intensity.” 

Please visit the Painterly Mobile Art Flickr Group to see more stunning creations from mobile artists around the globe. If you like to edit mobile photos in a painterly way, please join us!

Currents © Michael Trombley
Currents © Michael Trombley

Apr 25, 2014

Flashback Friday - Anatomy of An Edit | Shine

For all the readers who started following recently I'll be reposting some of the most popular posts for Flashback Fridays. Original post date January 22, 2013.

UPDATE: This image was exhibited at the DIVE Festival in Barcelona in April 2013. (Bottom Row, Far Right)

DIVE Exhibit in Barcelona, Spain
DIVE Exhibit in Barcelona, Spain
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Here is a walk-thru of a recent edit.

Anatomy of an Edit © Geri Centonze

The Rate Friday Initiative - Help Indie Developers!

Apparently this initiative was started early this year, but I just found out about it and wanted to spread the word.

This week I was showing my daughter-in-law how I edit photos - she was amazed at what I was able to do with apps that cost only a dollar or two. When you think about it, most of us started with traditional photography and editing with expensive software programs on our computers. Now we can do almost anything on a mobile device thanks to the incredible work of independent app developers.

The App Store
What is The Rate Friday Initiative?

The Rate Friday Initiative was started by Luc Vandal of Edovia as a New Year's Resolution. Luc is a developer himself (I have his Screens VNC app which allows me to access my Mac from my iPad!) Each Friday, find an app you enjoy on your iPhone, iPad, or Mac and go to The App Store and rate it. Then tweet the app with the hashtag #RateFriday. It's that simple.

Giveaway | Word Swag - The AutoMagic Photo Text Designer

In honor of Photo App Friday I'm launching another giveaway today. This one is for my go-to app when I want to add text to my images ~ Word Swag. I have also used this app to create personalized greeting cards. Design your image, print it out and attach to card stock for a beautiful and unique greeting card.

Pearls for Jocelyn © Geri Centonze
Pearls for Jocelyn © Geri Centonze
Add beautiful text designs to your photos!

Select your own photo or a background from Word Swag.

Apr 23, 2014

Sketch Club App Giveaway | Will You Be One of Five Lucky Winners?

I'm super excited about this giveaway. At first glance you may think that Sketch Club is only for people who like to create digital drawings and paintings. That's how I was introduced to it. Back in the days when I was selling my digital art creations, it was my app of choice. When I began my iPhoneography journey, I didn't think it would be of much use, but boy was I wrong!

Keep reading to find out how you can win a copy of this app!

How Do I Use Sketch Club?

Layers ~ It's my go-to app for working with layers. Although there is no mask function I still use it as my first choice because of two great features - you can zoom to 12800% magnification. YEP! That's right, 12800%. You can almost erase or recolor a single pixel! The second feature that I love about Sketch Club is the ability to rotate your photo rather than your device. Then all you do is tap with three fingers on the screen and it returns to the correct orientation at 100% zoom.

Painting Backgrounds ~ Often photos of people have busy backgrounds and I choose to paint over them. Sketch Club is great with the variety of brushes included with the app and the brush library. You can even create your own brush from any image and save it to Sketch Club.

Blur - A Blur brush is included in the Tools, and the opacity and strength are adjustable, so you can use it to blur parts of your image - remember that 12800% magnification and rotation feature I told you about? Well they come in handy here as well.

Smudge - Like the Blur brush, the Smudge brush can be customized for strength and opacity but you can also vary the style of brush too. This is a great one for those painterly images!

Textures - There's also a texture library within the app that you can use to layer over your work, or import any texture image from your device.

Sketch Club is for Digital Painting Too!

There's a social aspect to Sketch Club if you choose to participate - app.sketchclub.com. You can check out the work of other artists for inspiration, participate in daily challenges or visit any of the online forums where you can find everything from classes, tutorials and even stylus suggestions. 

Below is a digital painting I did completely on Sketch Club (mainly done with the Vector Brush) - You can even record your drawing session and upload it to YouTube!

Frida Kahlo © Geri Centonze
Frida Kahlo © Geri Centonze

Apr 21, 2014

Painterly Mobile Artist Davinia Algeri

Before interviewing Davinia for this Painterly Mobile Art Monday feature, I had no idea we had so much in common. We both had a similar background with art and mixed media and both created ATC's (artist trading cards) as part of our art journey. Too bad I don't live in Perth - we could go on a photo walk together!

The Work

Abstract 2 © Davinia Algeri
Abstract 2 © Davinia Algeri

Apr 18, 2014

COVR Photo Campaign on Kickstarter

With only 17 days left to fund the $80K target amount, COVR Photo has received pledges totalling over $45K. I just backed this project and wanted to share it with my readers.



What is COVR Photo?

COVR Photo is a case for iPhone 5/5s (ONLY) with a built-in lens that allows you to capture photographs while holding the phone horizontally. We all know that when you point a camera at someone, even if it's a mobile phone, they are suddenly aware of being photographed and it's often difficult to capture a natural pose. Sometimes we just don't want them to say CHEESE!

How Does it Work?

COVR Photo is a case with a built-in lens. Once the case it attached to your iPhone and the COVR Photo app is downloaded you'll be ready to shoot both photos and video. The lens is also retractable so if you want to shoot in the "normal" mode and angle, you can do that without removing the case.


Flashback Friday - Making a DIY Macro Lens for your iPhone

Before I got an Olloclip - macro photography could only be accomplished using my homemade macro lens. For Flashback Friday, we'll take another look at how to DIY.

My wish list includes an Olloclip, but until I get one, I wanted to find a way to get some macro shots with my iPhone.

After viewing a few tutorials for making one, I decided to give it a try with a cheap $1.99 camera I bought at a thrift store.

make your own iphone macro lens from cheap camera

I broke it open to remove the lens (with help from my husband).  A ring dropped out of the camera so I have no idea where it was located, but I knew it would come in handy.

parts for making an iphone macro lens

Next, I glued the lens to the ring with super glue.  Sorry the shot is fuzzy, but I didn’t have a macro lens yet!

Apr 17, 2014

A Video by Lomokev

"It's not about expensive gear...it's not about expensive studios. For me, it's all about gettin' out there with my camera and plunging into whatever there is going on around me." ~ Kevin Meredith, AKA lomokev.

I ran across this video while browsing online and thought I'd share it with the Art of Mobbers.


Take lomokev's advice, and get out there and start shooting!

Find lomokev: Website / Instagram / Flickr / Facebook / Twitter / YouTube


Living Planet - Create Tiny Planet Videos and Photos | Giveaway

We've all had fun creating tiny planets with various apps, but now there's an app that allows you to create videos - it's called Living Planet - and I've got five promo codes to giveaway!!! Leave a comment to sign up - winners will be chosen by random draw on Sunday, April 20th at 9 AM PDT.


See Living Planet in Action!



Just Released Union App | Giveaway!

When it comes to apps, you can count on Pixite for quality and innovation - do Tangent and Fragment ring a bell?! Today I'm happy to have a giveaway for the newest app in Pixite's portfolio - Union.  With Union you can create superimposed, silhouetted and double-exposure photos on both your iPhone and iPad.


How it works:

1. Load a background image, solid color, or transparent layer
2. Load a foreground image, solid color, or shape
3. Efficiently erase areas of the foreground image using Union’s palette of intuitive, user-friendly tools
4. Adjust the position and size of the foreground image to reach desired composition
5. Make color adjustments on the background and foreground so they blend seamlessly
6. Save your work in full resolution and, if you want, share Union images on Instagram, Facebook, or Twitter – or email it to your friends.



Apr 14, 2014

Painterly Mobile Art Monday No. 27

paint-er-ly 
adjective

of or appropriate to a painter; artistic

As I was putting together this showcase, I noticed a curiosity - nearly all of the images I selected this week have a very obvious circle in them (and some not quite so obvious) - I wonder what a psychologist would say about that? I am fascinated that almost all are tied together by this common thread.

If you like to edit images taken with a mobile device in a painterly way, join our Painterly Mobile Art Flickr Group - you might be featured in the next showcase!

Carnival of Basel © Vanessa Vox
Carnival of Basel © Vanessa Vox

Apr 13, 2014

Photographer's Playground - Renaissance Faire in Irwindale, California

Normally when I'm out and about and see an interesting person I'd like to photograph, I usually hesitate because I'm not sure they want their photo taken. Not the case with my day trip to the Renaissance Faire in Irwindale, California. 

People come from all around in full costume and they not only don't mind, they actually enjoy having their photos taken. This makes for a great chance to capture a few hundred shots or more in an afternoon. In addition to the photo opportunity, the Faire is also filled with things to do, shows to watch, music to listen to and good food to eat. To find out if there is a faire near you, check this online directory

Here are just a few of my favorite images from the afternoon along with the app recipes below.

Blowing Bubbles © Geri Centonze
Blowing Bubbles
App Recipe | Splitter Pro, Snapseed

Apr 11, 2014

Flashback Friday - Tips From Ten | Street Photography

Some of the readers of Art of Mob are new to the site. Flashback Friday will be a repost of some of the more popular articles. I'm kicking off the series with this article originally posted on April 12, 2013.

Street photography fascinates me, but maybe that’s because I’m an avid people watcher.  Staged portraits are beautiful and can be very powerful but capturing people being themselves when they think no one is watching provides a completely different perspective.

I asked ten of my favorite photographers from Instagram and EyeEm if they would share some of their tips for capturing these images.  Included are professionals and hobbyists, mobile photographers and traditional photographers (yes, I’m breaking my rule here about only including mobile photography on this blog!)

If you have any tips you’d like to add, please post them in the comments below the article.

Street Photography

Photo App Friday Giveaway - Stackables for iPad is Here!

Attention all iPad users - here's your chance to win one of five promo codes for a FREE copy of Stackables for iPad. This version, just released on The App Store was built from the ground up for users of the larger screen and fully optimized for iPad. To celebrate the launch Stackables is currently on sale for 50% off for a limited time - just $0.99 on The App Store. My readers have a chance to win a free copy - keep reading to find out how to enter!

For those of you who like to layer your images with lush textures, light leaks, bokeh effects, grit, grain and more, you'll love Stackables for iPad. You can also save your custom formulas, share them and even submit them to the developer for possible inclusion in a future update!

Selecting several of the in-app formulas here are nine different versions of my image.

Stackables Edits © Geri Centonze
Stackables Edits

Apr 10, 2014

A Photographic Series by Armineh Hovanesian

Armineh and I have been Instagram "sisters" for a while. At the beginning of the year a series of photos she posted there really grabbed my attention. Armineh was kind enough to answer a few questions about the series. Hopefully this will inspire you to create a series of your own!


What is your name and where do you live?

Armineh:  My name is Armineh Hovanesian and at the moment I live in Los Angeles, California where I relocated in 2003.

How did you get started in mobile photography? What device do you use?

Armineh:  The first phone I had which had a camera was my LG Xenon. When the iPhone hit the market, at the time I decided not to get one and wait. Finally, I broke down and got the iPhone 4S. My brother told me about an ingenious app called Leme Camera and the rest is history. Then I fell in love with the phone, loved the freedom I had with it and was blown away by the various apps that were available.

Achievement © Armineh Hovanesian
Achievement © Armineh Hovanesian

Apr 9, 2014

FYI | Heard of Heartbleed Bug?

As a user of IFTTT, I receive their email newsletters. Today I was notified that due to The Heartbleed Bug, "A major vulnerability in the technology that powers encryption across much of the internet was discovered this week".

Advice from IFTTT was to change not only my password on their site but ALL of my passwords. This will take some doing, but I've got a project for tonight! (see Update Below)

Find out more about The Heartbleed Bug on this site created by the Google Security and Codenomicon that included FAQ about the bug.


UPDATE: Looks like I may have jumped the gun - Other sites warn that changing passwords may make you more vulnerable. Read the full article here


Product Review | BooksTo.Me

Remember the days when we shot photos with film, went down to a local drugstore to get them developed and then put them in albums for all to see? For the majority of us, those days are gone. Our photos live online and that's about it. There is a way to get your Instagram photos in hardcover books and receive them automatically on a monthly or quarterly basis...with BooksTo.Me. BooksTo.Me is a family-run business based in Colorado and they very generously offered me a two-month subscription to try out their service.

BooksTo.Me © Geri Centonze

How it Works:

Sign up and choose your plan - monthly ($24) or once every three months ($44). That's it. BooksTo.Me does the rest. All of your Instagram images are then compiled into an 8" x 8" hardbound book and shipped to your door free of charge (currently shipping to USA only). It comes with a front cover jacket displaying the dates and some of your most-liked images.

Apr 7, 2014

Painterly Mobile Artist Roger Guetta

Roger was one of the early influences on my decision to explore mobile photography. After my initial introduction to this very addictive hobby, I attended the L.A. Mobile Arts Festival in 2012. Roger's work was front and center. At that time I had no idea my passion would grow and I would eventually start up the Painterly Mobile Art Flickr Group. I was even happier when talented artists like Roger started to contribute to the group.

This week I'm honored to feature one of Roger's favorite painterly pieces.

The Work

The Handmaiden's Tale © Roger Guetta
The Handmaiden's Tale © Roger Guetta

Apr 6, 2014

Mobiography Magazine First Anniversary Issue Now Available

Press Release

Mobiography Magazine Anniversary Issue 2014
Mobiography, the digital magazine specific for mobile phone photography reaches its first anniversary this week.

The niche bi-monthly magazine, which has featured leading iPhone photographers, Dilshad Corleone, Jennifer Bracewell, Sarah Jarrett and Richard Koci Hernandez, has built a loyal following and consistently achieves a five-star rating in the app store.

Mobiography first launched onto the shelves of the Apple Newsstand 12 months ago and at the time was only available to iPad users. Since then increasing interest has prompted the magazine to release an iPhone version and more recently onto Android. This makes the magazine available to everyone with a keen interest in mobile phone photography.

Publisher, Andy Butler commented: Weve had some pleasing results in the magazines infancy and have witnessed a growing demand for the education of this style of photography.

The multi-platform launch has enabled Mobiography to reach a wider audience and create the highest quality of content by tapping in to knowledge of experts.


To mark Mobiographys first birthday, the magazine has launched a competition for one lucky reader to win two detachable mobile phone lenses, one fish-eye lens and one wide angle/macro lens. To enter, simply visit the iTunes App Store or Google Play, download and install the Mobiography app and complete the entry form inside the anniversary edition.

Geri's Commentary - I don't miss an issue of Mobiography. Andy puts a lot of work into this top notch publication and I'm happy to recommend it to all my readers. Be sure and purchase this month's issue - you get a better deal if you subscribe ($1.00 off each issue for subscribers) and join in the competition for a chance to win some lenses for your mobile phone!


Add to Flipboard Magazine.

Apr 4, 2014

Featured Mobile Photographer - Shane Martin

It's been quite some time since I first asked Shane Martin if I could feature his work. Our schedules never quite meshed but I'm happy to finally be able to present this featured interview with a most talented iPhone photographer.

Foothills © Shane Martin
Foothills © Shane Martin
Small Town © Shane Martin
Small Town © Shane Martin

Photo App Friday - Creative Blur and an Effexy App Giveaway!

It's Photo App Friday and I'm here to share a way to use Snapseed and Effexy to get a creative blur effect. Also, don't forget to Tweet one of your favorite photo apps and hashtag it #photoappfriday. I'm looking forward to finding some I don't already know about.

If you have a USA iTunes account, keep reading to find out how you can win a promo code for Effexy (used in this tutorial).

I really love this image just as it is, but with the method below I can get a little different result. 

iphoneography by Geri Centonze

Step 1 - Open the image in Effexy and click on the + sign at the top. Open the Effex folder and select Zoom Lite. Pinch the image to create a custom zoom. For my image I had the Blurring and Intensity sliders set to maximum. Click the arrow in the upper right hand corner and Save Image.

 photo copyright.jpg
envye template.