Oct 31, 2014

Paul Toussaint - A Mobile Master!

© Paul Toussaint
Paul Toussaint is one of the pioneers in the mobile photography movement. It was a pleasure working with him on this interview. If you happen to be attending the PhotoPlus International Conference and Expo this weekend, be sure to catch Paul there - he'll be demonstrating the Nova wireless off-camera flash for iPhone.

What is your name and where do you live?
PJT:  Paul J. Toussaint. I live in NYC.

Do you have a traditional photography or art background?
PJT:  Yes! I have always loved photography and after taking it for several years at Killingly high in Danielson, CT. I went to the Rhode School of Photography in Providence, R.I. Where I studied portraiture and Fashion photography. I actually ended up doing Biomedical photography for hospitals photographing in the operating rooms. I also did a little wedding photography as well, all before digital was taken over for film. From that I photographed antique American and Mexican Sterling Silver. 

9th Avenue NYC © Paul Toussaint
9th Avenue, NYC

Oct 29, 2014

Robin Robertis - Featured iPhone Photographer

Little did I realize when I attended the L.A. Mobile Arts Festival in 2012 that I would end up interviewing some of the featured artists one day for Art of Mob. It was that event and the work of the many talented photographers that pointed me in the direction of mobile photography. I am pleased and honored that Robin Robertis took the time to answer some questions about her life and her work.

© Robin Robertis
What is your name and where do you live?

RR:  My name is Robin Robertis and I live in a wonderful beach town called Encinitas in California.

How did you get started in mobile photography? 

RR:  I was working with Photoshop, my friend and Photoshop guru, Jack Davis brought over the first generation iPhone and said I had to get it...and so I did.

© Robin Robertis

Do you have a traditional photography or art background?

RR:  Nothing traditional about me. I never went to college and just signed up for art classes of all types here and there. My works have included so many different types of media including: encaustic, bronze, oil, and collage. I learned Photoshop before I ever really picked up a camera, because I could collage images and art that I created in a 2 or 3D form. I was never a photographer, but just hung out with them. I wanted to be a painter, but it’s not my strong suit. So I am really enjoying combining what I have learned and using the iPhone and apps to create my finished work.

© Robin Robertis

© Robin Robertis

Who or what inspires you?

What : People the most, flora, water, and my travels

Who : My my portrait painting teacher Vanessa Lemen. She has had a great deal of influence on my work, inspirationally and I carry over the techniques that she taught me in painting in my photographic work.

My friend Karen Daspit who shoots fine art flora. The most amazing work to me, which I connected with instantly.

I also grew up on the ocean, and was a swimmer and diver in my early years. My father still surfs, so I have a big love of underwater photography and have been experimenting with my iPhone underwater case by Optrix. I'm honored to have a featured shot on their Instagram site a couple of times. My Pinterest page has links to some of my favorites artists.

© Robin Robertis

Do you plan your shoots with an end in mind or do you shoot and decide later as you edit?

RR:  Sometimes if I’m shooting in the pool, but most of the time not. I’m a heavy editor, basically because I shoot fast and I try and cover up a lot for lack of my photographic skills. I'm very ADD, so I’m all over the place.  I shoot with two iPhones. I will shoot the same thing in lots of different apps, and filters and then see what turns outs.

© Robin Robertis

© Robin Robertis

I love your new series of floral images on black backgrounds. Can you share a bit about the shooting and editing process?

RR:  I live in a tree house type flat that is floor to ceiling windows. It's my fire place in the afternoon light, serves as sort of a natural black light box.

© Robin Robertis

© Robin Robertis

© Robin Robertis

What are your favorite apps for editing?

1.  Snapseed. I do all my basic editing here. I love that they have a paste feature. My workflow is usually Crop, Automatic, Tune, Detail, and Selective Adjust tool (which is my all-time fave!). I also like the HDR feature, and my long-time favorite is Grunge. The Frames are tasteful, though I like PhotoToaster's frames the best.

2.  TouchRetouch. I touch up all the spots and obvious flaws.

3.  I have also been liking AntiCrop, along with Handy Photo's Magic Crop. I often extend the canvas and re-crop for Instagram.

4.  Adobe Photoshop Express is my new favorite app for its presets, replacing PhotoToaster, my former favorite. The sharpen and reduce noise feature rivals that of Noiseware.

5.  Blender and Filterstorm

© Robin Robertis

I first saw your work at the L.A. Mobile Arts Festival in 2012. Has your work been exhibited elsewhere?

RR:  Yes, quite a few places - you can find a Pinterest board here that includes all of my published iPhoneography.

© Robin Robertis

Have you ever sold your work? If not, any plans for the future? 

RR:  Yes, I have. I also do commission work. I was commissioned last year by Emmy Award winner composer Larry Groupe to shoot the cover of his original scores CD using my iPhone and am a signed artist with a book cover publishing company. I was lucky enough to get two covers this year for Mobiography. I currently have some work at The Empty Spaces Project - Putnam, CT. Also, recently I had three pieces in the Pocket Vistas exhibit in Ontario, Canada, the New Era Museum Kansas City as well as New York and Toronto galleries.

Mobiography Magazine Featuring Robin Robertis

© Robin Robertis

What advice would you give mobile photographers just starting out?

RR:  Shoot what you love, your everyday. Experiment...Take that unexpected angle. I’ve been told the best camera is the one you have with you, and it's digital! For those of us who are old enough to remember film, let go of the old instinct of holding back and shoot, shoot, shoot. Connect with iPhoneography groups on Flickr, Instagram and Facebook and share with your fellow artists.

© Robin Robertis

© Robin Robertis

Is there anything else you'd like to add?

RR:  I am so excited to be in this group of new cutting edge artists. It's so exciting to me, and I can’t help but wonder what the artists of the Modernist, Dada and Surrealist movements would have done with this this medium.

© Robin Robertis

© Robin Robertis

Find Robin: Website / Instagram / Flickr / Pinterest / Facebook 

Apps & Equipment Mentioned:
Handy Photo 
Adobe Photoshop Express

Oct 27, 2014

Instagram Challenge - Dark Art

For all of you Halloween fans, this is your chance to explore the realm of Dark Art with this week's Instagram Challenge. Tag old and new mobile only images to #aom_darkart.

Showcase will be posted on Sunday, November 2nd.

Great apps for this challenge:

Bloody Ghosts FREE
Hallows Eve
Horror Cam FREE
Fright PhotoCrash FREE

© Geri Centonze

Instagram Challenge Showcase - contrast by hornbeck

“The most colorful thing in the world is black and white, it contains all colors and at the same time excludes all.”  ― Vikrmn10 Alone

This week it may have been a bit more difficult shooting with just one app, contrast by hornbeck. Sometimes when we're not familiar with a particular app, we give up and move on to the next one. Hopefully you enjoyed exploring the possibilities of shooting with this very unique black and white app. Below are just a sampling of the photos submitted for the challenge. Below each image is the artist's Instagram username. Please visit the aom_contrastbyhornbeck hashtag to view them all.


Mob Paint Monday No. 39

"Beauty of whatever kind, in its supreme development, invariably excites the sensitive soul to tears." - Edgar Allan Poe

I'm very pleased to share some of the work from our Mob Paint Flickr Group. Today is the 39th showcase. Please join us and submit your painterly mobile photo art. To all those participating, please add the apps used if at all possible when posting to the group.

eyes turned inwardly © Susan Tuttle
eyes turned inwardly © Susan Tuttle
Apps Used: Camera+, FocalLab, Mextures, PicFX, Filsterstorm Neu, Image Blender

Oct 23, 2014

Pixelmator for iPad is Here!

If you watched the recent Apple Event you saw the demonstration of an iPad app called Pixelmator that was not available the day of the event. It was projected to be released in late October and it has just hit the App Store.

I haven't even had a chance to try it out yet, but wanted to give you a head's up in case you're interested in reading more about it.

Oct 22, 2014

Chris Sallquist Makes Smashing Art with His Arts Mashing Style

What is your name and where do you live? 
CS:  My name is Chris Sallquist, and I live in Seattle, Washington.

Your work is unique - you photograph images torn from magazines and then recombine them into new works. Do you use a mobile device to photograph the pages?
CS:  Yes, all of my work is shot and edited on an iPhone. I call my technique “Arts Mashing,” as a nod to the mashup factor in my art. I blend different images and pages from fashion magazines into entirely new compositions. I’m revealing scenes and people that are invisible to the naked eye – almost like an alternate universe.

© Chris Sallquist

Oct 21, 2014

Mob Street Tuesday No. 7

It's Mob Street Tuesday again. This Flickr group is growing a bit slower than the Mob Paint group, so be sure and invite your friends to join in with their mobile street photographs. Be sure to visit the Mob Street Flickr Group to see more street photos from around the world.

All photographs are memento mori. To take a photograph is to participate in another person’s (or thing’s) mortality, vulnerability, mutability. Precisely by slicing out this moment and freezing it, all photographs testify to time’s relentless melt.” 
― Susan Sontag

© ScottyMcagent
© ScottyMcagent

Oct 19, 2014

Instagram Challenge - Shoot With Contrast by Hornbeck

This week's Instagram Challenge is a bit different - all images must be taken using the contrast by hornbeck app. It is available FREE on the app store, but it is limited to iOS devices only. You can use any other apps to edit the image. Tag on Instagram with #aom_contrastbyhornbeck hashtag for a chance to be featured in the Sunday Showcase on October 26th.

Here are some examples of my contrast by hornbeck shots.

© Geri Centonze

Instagram Challenge Showcase - Abandoned


[ ə bándənd ]

  1. empty: left empty because of not being used or lived in anymore
  2. alone: left alone without being cared for or supported
  3. unrestrained: without restraint or self-control

This challenge ran for two weeks because I was out of town last weekend. There were so many wonderful entries it was difficult to only select a few for the showcase. Please click on an image to view the photographer's Instagram gallery. 


Oct 15, 2014

Kickstarter: SNAP! 6 Makes iPhone Photography Easier

I already own several lenses for my iPhone 5s, but nothing currently works with my iPhone 6. After reading about The SNAP! 6, at iPhone Photography School, I decided to have a look at the SNAP! 6 Kickstarter campaign. I was impressed by the idea of a case with a dedicated shutter button that also includes lenses, so I backed the project at the highest level, $140 - in December I'll be receiving the full package with a SNAP! 6 case, Leather Strap, Wide Angle Lens + Fisheye Lens and 3x Telephone Lens + Circular Polarizing Lens. For me the leather strap will be a welcome addition. Just this week I was shooting over a bridge and was worried about dropping my iPhone. 

I posted on Twitter and Facebook when I backed the project and one of the comments I received was the nature of the shutter button being accessible in the landscape mode only. Although I also shoot in portrait mode mainly, it should be relatively easy to press the button when holding in the portrait position too, but I won't know that until I give it a try.

Egoz Wickham - Interview and Abstract Tutorial

© CJ "Egoz" Wickham
What is your name and where do you live? 

My name is CJ "Egoz" Wickham, and I hail from Stockton, California. 

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

One day I decided I wanted a cooler looking Facebook profile picture, so I downloaded the app that would start me on this new path: Toonpaint. After I did a few of my friends photos, I downloaded a couple more apps... That began this Avalanche of art. I use only the current iPhone that is out, and only apps on that phone. No PC or Photoshop. 

Do you have a traditional photography or art background?

I have always been creative, but not in the artistic sense. In fact if you were to put a paintbrush in my hand, it would remind you of a kindergartner' style lol. Somehow once I started using apps, it just clicked. 

Who or what inspires you?

Color. I love color in all its glory. Whether it's the art I make or the clothes I wear, I love myriads of colors flowing everywhere.

© CJ "Egoz" Wickham

Oct 13, 2014

Make Your Own Textures With Effexy App

Today is Mob Paint Monday and I'm about 30,000 feet in the air flying back from a visit to St. Louis. I didn't want to totally abandon everyone so I am reposting part of an article I did about the Effexy app a while ago. Effexy was recently free for a limited time but is currently priced at $0.99 on the App Store.


Oct 9, 2014

QuickPics Photo Manager - Temporarily FREE!

You may already have a method for storing your images whether it's in the cloud, on a computer or saved to a flashdrive or desktop computer. But how about organizing your images on your iOS device? There's the built-in system that is provided in your Photos app, but what if there was a way to tag, sort and even name each individual photo? 

QuickPics does just that! This is not an app for storing, but rather for organizing the images on your device...and right now it's temporarily FREE! I'm not sure how long this offer will last, so be sure to download QuickPics as soon as possible. You've got nothing to lose.

A Dramatic Black and White Tutorial by Joshua Sariñana

If you missed the interview with Joshua Sariñana yesterday, you can read it here. Today we'll take a look at a step-by-step tutorial showing Joshua's workflow to take an image from this:

...to this:

Oct 8, 2014

Mobile Photography Awards 2014 Open For Submissions Until December 1st

On October 2nd the 4th Annual Mobile Photography Awards officially opened for submissions. The MPA began in 2011 and each year the response has grown as mobile photography attracts more and more people to this rapidly evolving art form. It is now the largest event of its kind!

To enter you'll have to create an account on the MPA site. You can enter your images until December 1, 2014. The Grand Prize is $3000, a $500 prize will go to the top Photo Essay and there are other prizes as well.

I am proud to announce that I am among the Jurors for this year's awards.  You can find the complete list of Jurors here.

If you'd like to view last year's winners, you can visit the MPA 2013 Winners Gallery. I'm looking forward to seeing the work of mobile photographers from around the world. Good Luck to all!

#Hairgate - Is This the Latest iPhone 6 Issue?

You may have heard of #Bendgate - the issue of iPhone 6 Pluses bending. Apple was quick to dismiss this explaining that the event is rare. I guess you could bend just about anything if you apply enough pressure.

The latest discussion revolves around the issue of the seam of the new iPhone 6 snagging and pulling out hair. It's been called #Hairgate and #Beardgate. I just call it Ouch!! I actually put my iPhone 6 up to my ear and ran it over my hair and sure enough on the first swipe, it pulled out not one but several hairs! This isn't a huge deal, but I would have thought with Apple's attention to detail this wouldn't be happening. Maybe all of the beta testers were bald and beardless. Luckily I purchased a case for my device which covers that pesky little seam, so I'm safe.

Neuroscience and iPhoneography - A Discussion with Joshua Sariñana

It's not every day that I get to have a chat with a neuroscientist about iPhone photography! When I submitted the interview questions to Joshua Sariñana, I couldn't wait to read his answers. I knew I would be getting a completely different perspective on this passion of mine. Now you get to read his thoughts on the subject as well as enjoy his beautiful imagery too!

Tomorrow the feature with Joshua continues with a step-by-step tutorial - you won't want to miss that! To make sure you never miss a post, you can subscribe to get Art of Mob by email here.

Image of Structure © Joshua Sariñana
Image of Structure

What is your name and where do you live? 

JS:  My name is Joshua Sariñana, and I currently live in Cambridge, MA, by way of Los Angles, CA, by way of San Jose, CA.

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

JS:  I started with mobile photography in 2004, when I bought the Palm Treo 650, which had a whopping 0.31 megapixels camera sensor. Although I’ve taken images with my camera phone for the past 10 years, it wasn’t until 2010 that I started to take mobile photography much more seriously. I found myself snapping images with my Canon 7D and then following with the iPhone. With Apple’s app store, I could immediately post-process my images rather than having to wait until I got back to my computer. It was this immediate access to post-processing that reinforced my use of the iPhone. Today, most of my images come from the iPhone 5s, which I’m a little troubled by because I have some rather costly equipment that gets used less often.

Oct 7, 2014

Mob Street Photographer - Dariusz Sobiecki

When we think of street photography we often think of people frozen in motion on a crowded city street, however street photography is more than that. Wikipedia describes it: 
Street photography is photography that features the human condition within public places and does not necessitate the presence of a street or even the urban environment. 
Today's mob street feature showcases just such an image.

The Work

The Kite Whisperer © Dariusz Sobiecki
The Kite Whisperer

Oct 6, 2014

Mob Paint Monday - Featured Artist Christine Sobczak

The Work

© Christine Sobczak
The Magic Bubble

The Artist - Christine Sobczak

My career journey started as a Registered Nurse. I loved science. When my children were young, I decided that I wanted to become an artist. I had zero background in art at that time. However, I loved and still do interior styling. The university that accepted me did not require a portfolio (they do now). It took me a long time to complete my degree. Oh, it was so difficult at times!

I have a degree in fine art with a major in photography. The darkroom was a wonderful place and I remained in it until two to three years ago. I call myself a gallery artist. My images were printed on silver paper that I hand colored. I sold them in art galleries. And, I have had my successes. From that ancient way of functioning, straight into mobile photography! Wham! All of the struggles in that darkroom, were solved with my smartphone and apps ! I have been creating mobile images since Fall 2013. 

Oct 5, 2014

Instagram Challenge - Abandoned

What does "Abandoned" mean to you? Is it a place, a person, or a more abstract interpretation? Our new theme for the Instagram Challenge is Abandoned. Be sure to tag your mobile photos #aom_abandoned. You are welcome to tag old and new photos, but it would be great to go out and shoot something new. Use the theme as a prompt for your next photo walk.

The showcase will be delayed until October 19th, but that means you have two weeks to post your images. I look forward to seeing your work.

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