Sep 30, 2014

Mob Street Tuesday No. 6

"Though we travel the world over to find the beautiful, we must carry it with us, or we find it not." ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

Mob Street Tuesday is one of my favorite days of the week. I love to get a glimpse of street scenes from around the globe to visit places I may never see except through the eyes of someone's camera lens. Thanks to all of you who participate each week! Please visit the Mob Street Flickr Group page to view the street photos from all the members.

The images in this showcase display some of the classic rules of photography that make an image stand out.

Image by Karen Axelrad demonstrates excellent use of the Rule of Thirds placing both subjects along the lower one-third horizontal line of the photo.  UPDATE: It was correctly pointed out to me that I mistakenly noted the Rule of Thirds being used in the photo below. I stand corrected in that none of the subjects actually fall on the intersection of the vertical or horizontal lines when a grid is placed over the image. Sorry for the confusion.

On the Job © Karen Axelrad
On the Job © Karen Axelrad

Sep 29, 2014

Mob Paint Monday No. 38

Somehow I got off schedule and I've missed posting a Mob Paint Monday Showcase. The longer time between showcases made it even more difficult to isolate only a few works to feature here. Please visit the Mob Paint Flickr Group to see all of the wonderful creative pieces this community of artists produces!

Are you a Mob Paint member interested in doing a tutorial for Art of Mob? 
Please contact me using the contact form at the top of the blog. I'd love to feature more workflow posts so we can all learn from each other.

© Lorenka Campos
Kaikala © Lorenka Campos

Sep 28, 2014

iPhone 6 and 6 Plus Review for Photographers

Last week I did a comparison between the iPhone 5s and the iPhone 6 based on my newly acquired device.

If you are still deciding between the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, this article at Take Better Photos may help you decide. It is a comprehensive and detailed look at the newest iPhones from a photographers point of view.  The articles discusses everything from battery life, the infamous purple fringing to autofocus speed.

Photo from Take Better Photos Website
Photo from Take Better Photos Website

Weekly Challenges at Art of Mob on Instagram

You may have noticed the Sunday Showcases from various Instagram challenges.  If you'd like to join in the fun, follow Art of Mob on Instagram. Check out the weekly challenge topic and post your mobile photos on Instagram with the current challenge hashtag.

This week's challenge is "Planes, Trains and Automobiles". Tag your mobile images of cars, trains, boats, bikes, planes - any moving vehicle with #aom_pta. Can't wait to see the entries. There will be a Sunday showcase on October 5th.

© Geri Centonze

Instagram Challenge Showcase - Fall

It's exciting to see the different interpretations of the word "FALL". It's also great to have people participating in this challenge who are new to the Art of Mob Instagram challenges! Thank you to all who tagged their images - be sure to check the end of this article for the new theme.

With a few hundred images entered there were a number of them that used the "seasonal" meaning of the word "FALL"...


Sep 27, 2014

And Uneasy Lies the Mind - Feature Film Shot Entirely on an iPhone

I am not a film critic and have no interest in becoming one. But I am very interested in what innovative people are doing with their iPhones especially in the area of photography and film making. I was contacted by Ricky Fosheim who introduced me to his newly released film And Uneasy Lies the Mind. After viewing the film, I had a few questions for him about this ambitious undertaking.

First of all please tell me a bit about yourself.
RF:  My name is Ricky Fosheim and I'm the founder of Detention Films, where I've produced three feature films and dozens of music videos.  I've been living in Los Angeles for 8 years working as a freelance director, producer, and cinematographer.  

This film project was funded through Kickstarter. Did you exceed the $10,000 budget that was raised through your campaign?
RF:  Yes, we raised $10,000 through Kickstarter, but our total budget was around $18,000.  

Sep 25, 2014

iPhone 5s and iPhone 6 Camera Comparison

Before I sell my iPhone 5s on eBay I thought I'd take a few comparison shots just to see how the new iSight camera compares to the one I've been shooting with for the past year.

In all of the side by side shots, the iPhone 5s is on the left and the iPhone 6 on the right.

Lowlight Indoors (click to enlarge)
There is a bit more variation in the tones in the iPhone 6.

Sep 24, 2014

Just Released Vhoto App Finds Images Inside Your Videos

Did you know you can find amazing photos hidden inside your videos?

Vhoto selects the best photos from your video and presents them to you to share and enjoy. Apparently Vhoto has a "brain" too because it uses machine learning to start recognizing the types of photos you like saving. Although the press release states that it saves the photos in hi-res, I found it saved an image at 720 x 1280 pixels which is far less than a standard photo shot with an iPhone - 3264 x 2448 pixels. When you upload a video from your saved videos it takes a while for Vhoto to find the images, but when I shot a video with the Vhoto app, it happened almost instantly, but the app will only allow you to take a 20-second video. 

There's Still Time to Join the Instagram Fall Challenge

What do you think of when you think of the word "FALL"? Does it bring to mind autumn and the vibrant colors, a fall from grace, the physical act of falling - or something else? There's still time to tag your Fall mobile photos with the hashtag #aom_fall on Instagram. I'll be selecting images from the hashtag to showcase here on Sunday.

Need some inspiration? Here are a few of my interpretations of the theme.

Falling Apart © Geri Centonze
Falling Apart
Above image edited using Decim8 and Snapseed - I shot the original photo of my television screen while watching the series "Forever".

Featured Mobile Photographer Craig J. Satterlee

I have interviewed over seventy artists since 2012. With each one, I learn something new and develop a greater appreciation for the work of the person I'm interviewing - such is the case with my recent discussion with Craig J. Satterlee.

What is your name and where do you live?

CJS:  Craig J. Satterlee, and I live in Powell, Wyoming, which is about 70 miles outside Yellowstone National Park. 

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

CJS:  Curiosity! I saw images spring up on the Internet and with them the possibilities. It seemed very creative and immediate, which I liked because a big part of what I enjoy about photography is creating images and responding to the artistic moment. I started on an iPhone 3 and now use an iPhone 5. I don’t use any external lenses right now, but I am hoping to try the new Moment lens.

© Craig J. Satterlee

Sep 23, 2014

Mob Street Featured Photographer - Gosia Radziszewska

"A photograph is a secret about a secret. The more it tells you the less you know.” Diane Arbus

It's Tuesday, which means time for another highlight from the Mob Street Flickr Group. Today I'm featuring Gosia Radziszewska sharing one of her favorite street photos.

The Work

© Gosia Radziszewska

Sep 22, 2014

Mob Paint Monday - A Painterly Tutorial Using Artomaton

I normally feature a showcase or artist for Mob Paint Monday. I have some in the works which I'm looking forward to sharing when they're ready. In the meantime, I don't want to let Monday pass without sharing something for the painterly mobile artists.

Today I 'll be sharing the Artomaton app. On the App Store Description, it's dubbed as an Artificial Intelligence Artist. The app is Free with available in-app purchases. It comes standard only with the Oil and Sketch modes. For 99-cents each you can purchase Color Pencil, Crayon, Pastel, Ghosts, Cubic, Watercolor, Pointil, Snowflakes, Sketch & Water - or go for the whole set - All Styles for $2.99. 

When you select a preset, you will be shown a preview of the results. To show you some samples, first I'll share the unedited image (below).

© Geri Centonze
Original Image
Below are a few samples using the in-app presets


Sep 21, 2014

Instagram Challenge Showcase - Solitary

This week the response to the Solitary Challenge was overwhelmingly greater than the previous week's Creative Blur. It was very difficult to select only a few images to showcase here. To view all of the entries, visit Instagram and search by hashtag #aom_solitary.

Solitary means different things to different people. It is interesting to see the type of images entered as it reveals a bit about how a person interprets the meaning of the word.

Exquisite lighting and beautiful tones on this entry by @just_dragonfly (below).


iOS 8 Update - My Experience

iOS 8 First Impressions
I was going to wait to download iOS 8, but since I recently purchased the new iPhone 6, it was already installed. I don't know if it was a carrier issue, an iOS 8 issue or an iPhone 6 issue but when I first started using my new iPhone 6, I had a slew of voice mail messages that belonged to a different person. In fact, the phone was not even set up to my phone number, but I hadn't noticed it until I started playing the voice mail messages. Coincidentally the person's name was also Geri! One caller wished me a Happy Birthday for this coming birthday is in November. A quick trip back to the Verizon store and they fixed that issue by restarting the phone??? The store manager said some crazy things had been happening so he wasn't surprised.

With only a day of using iOS 8 on my new iPhone 6, here are some of the features I already like:

Double-clicking on the Home button now brings up a list of recent contacts which allows easy access for phone calls, messages and email.  

Sep 19, 2014

Win a Square Meter Wall Art Print with Picerty

Picerty is an app available for the iPhone and on the web for creating a collection of nine images. These collections can be used for sharing on social media, displaying a group or series of photographs as part of a portfolio, organizing your family or event photos and so much more. This would be a great tool for people who do digital scrapbooking. 

I created this grid to post as part of an online journal I keep. Photos are from a recent family wedding.
All Images © Geri Centonze
First select nine images. The images can each be placed in a grid of nine square or round frames (included with the free app). Flower and heart frames are available with an in-app purchase of $0.99/each. You can also purchase the option for Hi-Res Download for an additional $2.99. 

Once you've created and saved your grid, you can also buy prints directly from the app - Greeting Cards, Posters, Wall Stickers with more items coming soon.

Win Wall Art!

Sep 17, 2014

Featured Photographer 7thkind

Through the Steller App, I discovered a photographer who shares his work under the name of 7thkind. The story of how he learned to appreciate his city through photography was my introduction to his work. He was kind enough to agree to an interview.

What is your name and where do you live?
NJ:  My name is Nick Junior but social handle is "7thkind" and I'm from Toronto.

© 7thkind

Sep 16, 2014

iPhone Photography School Releases New Video Series

Most of us in the iPhone photography world are familiar with the name Emil Pakarklis. Emil is the creator of the iPhone Photography School website and has impacted tens of thousands with his knowledge about this genre of photography. I'm pleased to have had a recent conversation with Emil about his site, his advice for iPhone photographers and his exciting new video course!

© Emil Pakarklis

Sep 15, 2014

Fish Story - A Tutorial by David Hayes

David Hayes has once again agreed to share his secret for creating another beautiful mobile photo art piece. This one is titled Fish Story. Take it away, David!

Fish Story 

Apps used: Laminar Pro, PS Touch, Repix, Snapseed
Stock photo credits: Jar – Holliewood Altered Reality; school of Goldfish – Holliewood Beast of Burden 

It was my pleasure and honor to have Fish Story as the lead image in a recent Art of Mob showcase so when Geri asked if I’d share my workflow on this image, I was happy to do so. I’ve listed the apps I used above, but these are not mandatory by any means…use what works for you! Two of the elements in this piece are stock images that I purchased from Holliewood Studios but everything else I shot or created on my iPad. 

Sep 13, 2014

Instagram Challenge Showcase - Creative Blur

News must be getting out about the challenges I've been having on Instagram. The first was Face Collage and the most recent was Creative Blur. Blur adds a bit of movement a bit of mystery to an image and I'm happy to present some of the creative interpretations of the theme. The Instagram usernames are listed below each photo.

Brent Mosely, aka Sleekmaus, really tied in the zoom blur with the victorious stance of the figure in his creation below. The warm colors also add to the excitement of his piece. 

Achieved @Sleekmaus
Achieved @Sleekmaus

Sep 11, 2014

Museum of New Art Selfie Show - Interview with Jef Bourgeau

Just in the nick of time I learned about the Museum of New Art's open call to artists to submit their best selfie for the upcoming Selfie Show. With only twelve hours to go, I submitted a selfie shot in a bathroom mirror while getting my hair colored recently. I thought the juxtaposition of the timeless beauty of Marilyn against myself in disarray made for an interesting shot. I was notified by Jef Bourgeau that my entry was accepted. The term "selfie" has become part of our lexicon - there's even a new fall show of the same name premiering soon. I wanted to learn more about Jef and the Selfie Show, so I approached him about an interview and he was happy to answer a few questions. I have inserted a few photos from some familiar names in the mobile photo community who are part of the upcoming show.

© Jef Bourgeau
Please tell me a little about yourself.
JB:  I initially wanted to be a writer. I started writing short stories when I was twelve, and illustrating them too. By the time I was thirty, I realized I would never be a very good writer. A hard truth, but one any artist should face if it is true. I would get the stories back from the editors with notes that read: We liked the illustrations and photographs, but the fiction not so well. At thirty, I just locked away the typewriter and quit cold.

After that, I spent the next ten years experimenting with film, photography, prints, painting, installation and performance work. By the time I was forty, I realized I had found a good merging of all those mediums and my writing managed to pull it together as well. I walked into a gallery and had my first show a few weeks later. Within four years, I was participating in exhibitions from NYC to Tokyo. Sometimes it takes a long time to discover that what's wrong as an artist can be reshaped into something very right. So, I was a late bloomer.

© Sarah Jarrett
Sarah Jarrett

Sep 10, 2014

Connie Gardner Rosenthal - Hipstamatic Journey Through India

I was very intrigued by the series of photographs from India by iPhone photographer Connie Rosenthal. What a pleasure to learn more about the artist and her experience there. Connie lives only about 45 minutes from me in Southern California and we've never met...yet! Connie credits the L.A. Mobile Arts Festival for sparking her interest in iPhone photography and this was the impetus for my journey as well. I'm guessing when we do meet, we won't run out of things to talk about!

© Connie Gardner Rosenthal
What is your name and where do you live?  
CGR:  My name is Connie Gardner Rosenthal.  I live in Los Angeles.

How did you get started in mobile photography? What device do you use? 
CGR:  In August 2012, my husband and I  went to a photography exhibit at the Santa Monica Airport. The exhibit was the The L.A. Mobile Arts Festival and my first introduction to mobile photography. I loved the work I saw and the idea of taking photos on my phone. I went home, bought some apps and started playing. Though I had no idea what I was doing, it was fun and I quickly became hooked. I started following websites and blogs, reading and watching tutorials and eventually started taking workshops which I continue to do. I currently use an iPhone 5S.

 Girls at festival in Jodphur © Connie Gardner Rosenthal
Girls at festival in Jodphur

Sep 9, 2014

Mob Street Tuesday No. 5

A lot of rich, gritty textures in today's showcase. Here are some highlighted images from the Mob Street Flickr Group .  In this week's edition, you'll travel from California to India, walk the beach and even board a tram!

“And above all, watch with glittering eyes the whole world around you because the greatest secrets are always hidden in the most unlikely places. Those who don't believe in magic will never find it.” ― Roald Dahl 

Sounds of the old town © Michal Koralewski
Sounds of the old town © Michal Koralewski

Sep 8, 2014

Creative Blur Challenge

Announcing the 2nd Art of Mob Instagram challenge - just for fun! Creative Blur Challenge. Use #aom_creativeblur hashtag on Instagram to enter. Edit your mobile photos using creative blur. 

This time, let's see what you can do with Creative Blur. Suggested apps: iColorama (you'll find Blur under "Effects", Effexy has some interesting blur effects in the "Effex" folder and FocalLab offers several customizable blur effects. You don't have to use these apps, these are just some suggestions. 

On Sunday, September 14th I'll showcase some of the submissions here at Art of Mob. Use the hashtag #aom_creativeblur to enter.

Mob Paint Monday - Featured Artist Allan Copson

The Work

Pull of the Moon © Allan Copson
Pull of the Moon © Allan Copson

Sep 7, 2014

Get Ready for iOS 8!

With iOS 8 release just around the corner, I thought it was a good idea to repost this information from earlier this year.

iOS 8 offers lots of new features, but what exactly is in store for those of us whose basic interest is iPhone photography? Here's what we have to look forward to with the release of iOS 8 this fall.

Photos Available on All Devices - With iOS 8, every photo and video will be on iCloud and available across all off your devices or on the web. This differs from Photostream which is either on or off and only allows a limited number of photos to be stored. With iCloud you get 5GB of free storage and purchased plans start at just $0.99 per month for 20GB and 200GB for $3.99/month. When you crop, straighten or enhance an image on one device, you'll see the changes on all your devices when using iCloud. But you can always revert back to your original photograph with nondestructive editing.

Instagram Challenge Showcase - Face Collage

For the first time I issued a challenge on Instagram. The rough guidelines for the challenge were to take various parts of different images and combine them into a face. There was a wide range of entries and some very inspiring and unique interpretations of the concept. Those that participated commented that they enjoyed the challenge of approaching a project outside of their normal workflow. 

Are you interested in more challenges like this? Let me know in the comments.

Here are just a few of the works submitted.  Below the image is their Instagram username in case you want to check out their IG gallery!


Sep 6, 2014

Square Jellyfish Smartphone Tripod Mount, Jelly Legs, Micro Ball Head and Flashlight Remote

Today I had an opportunity to "test drive" my latest iPhone accessories courtesy of Square Jellyfish who supplied me with some of their best-selling products:

Jelly Flashlight Remote (Retail $29.99)
Spring Tripod Mount & Jelly Legs with Micro Ball Head  (Set Retail $29.99)

Sep 5, 2014

15-Second Tutorial

I've been doing some fifteen-second tutorials on Instagram. Here's the latest in the series demonstrating how I took an image and transformed it into painterly portrait.

Here's the original image as taken with the iPhone 5s. The only editing at this point was to crop it using Snapseed.

Sep 4, 2014

Women Street Photographers Please Read!

Tracy Mitchell Griggs is looking for female mobile street photographers. Please pass this post along to your favorite women who are shooting street photos with their mobile devices. Below is informaiton from Tracy about the project.

Textures - Make Your Own

Make Your Own Custom Texture

Sep 3, 2014

Featured Mobile Artist - Mohammad Mahdi Azimi

We may be worlds apart and not even speak the same native language, but the beauty of photography is that it doesn't have a language barrier. I'm happy to present this interview with mobile photographer Mohammad Mahdi Azimi. If only the whole world could get along as well as the mobile photography community! I'd also like to congratulation Mohammad on his recent image selected for Pocket Vistas

What is your name and where do you live?
MMA:  My name is Mohammad Mahdi Azimi. I am from Iran, and I live in Qom. (a city 130 kilometers from capital city of Tehran).

How did you get started in mobile photography? What device do you use?
MMA:  My very first experience with a camera goes back to when I was only 4. In those days my father had an old Canon camera that he used to take photos. I remember my dad let me take photos of my family with it just for fun. After that, I started taking photos with "Zenit" analog camera but not professionally, just to record a memory. Later on, when I got interested in graphic design, I used a Canon S5IX. After that I experienced photography with a Sony Ericson mobile K­510 -  this goes back to about five years ago. As you know, mobile cameras five years ago were not as good as the ones we have today. I started professional photography with mobile using Galaxy S4 and currently use a Galaxy S5.

© Mohammad Mahdi Azimi

Sep 2, 2014

Mob Street Featured Photographer - Richard Pilon

“I fell in love with taking pictures, with wandering around finding things. To me it feels like a kind of performance. The picture is a document of that performance.” Alec Soth

I am pleased to feature Richard Pilon in this ongoing series of mobile street photographers selected from the Mob Street Flickr Group

The Work

© Richard Pilon

Sep 1, 2014

Mob Paint Monday No. 37

“I’m always thinking about creating. My future starts when I wake up in the morning and see the light.” 
― Miles Davis

Here is another installment of Mob Paint Monday with a selection of images from the Mob Paint Flickr Group. A few of the members have expressed an interest in having app recipes listed for the images that are featured. To make this easier, it would be extremely helpful if members could list the apps used in the Description on Flickr when posting.

Here are just a few of the 416 members of the group. We are all passionate about creating painterly images with our mobile devices. Please join us!

Mob Paint Flickr Group
Mob Paint Artists

Fish Story © David Hayes
Fish Story © David Hayes

Mob Paint Monday - Tutorial by Mike Bowers

The following tutorial is by Mob Paint Flickr Group member Mike Bowers. I'm pleased to share his work, tutorial and wonderfully humorous wit here at Art of Mob. If you'd like to join us at the Mob Paint Flickr Group, please join us!

The Photo

Varoom © Mike Bowers
Varoom © Mike Bowers

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