Aug 30, 2015

Luis Rodríguez "Mobile Photography Has Changed My Life"

© Luis Rodríguez
What is your name and where do you live?

LR:  My name is Luis Rodríguez, and I live in Madrid, Spain.

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

LR:  I started thanks to a double coincidence: I bought my first iPhone 3GS in February 2010 and 8 months later Instagram showed up. I had always been self-employed and happened to suffer the worldwide crisis and had almost no work at all. So, instead of using my energies on finding a job, I started to shoot and edit the pics on my iPhone and got hooked to mobile photography.

© Luis Rodríguez

Aug 25, 2015

Mob Street No.12

“Photography is a way of feeling, of touching, of loving. What you have caught on film is captured forever… It remembers little things, long after you have forgotten everything.” — Aaron Siskind

The Mob Street showcase is making its appearance again with No. 12. Photos are selected from the Mob Street Flickr Group. Anyone shooting street photography with a mobile device is welcome to join in.
As someone who has an endless fascination with people watching, the images below give me a chance to visit streets around the world through the lenses of these very talented photographers.

© unaisa momoitio
Unaisa Momoitio

Aug 15, 2015

Nowvel - Simply Beautiful Photobooks

What is your name and how are you associated with Nowvel?

Ed Han, I’m one of the co-founders of Nowvel.

How did Nowvel get started?

I suppose you could say that it started from a long history of being sentimental and being interested in memories. The last company I helped start and was the CEO for 8 years was Tiny Prints, now part of Shutterfly. At Tiny Prints, we printed cards and stationery - most with photos to help families connect with loved ones. But I’ve personally always loved printed books and photobooks in particular as a way to always rediscover precious memories on purpose or accidentally because they are printed in physical form. Having left Tiny Prints over 2 years ago, I teamed up with a couple of great folks who shared this common interest to start Nowvel about 6 months ago.

Our goal is to make photobook creation super simple with a casual yet high quality photobook, which is why we are starting with mobile first. Given so many of our photos are taken on our smartphones, we hope that by making the process simple and using technology to automate as much of photobooking making as possible that more photographers will print, gift and hold onto their memories in a physical way to share and experience with others.

Exactly what can you do with Nowvel?

Nowvel helps organize your photos into memories that are grouped based on software we’ve built that looks at the digital information on your iPhone photos and Facebook. We group them into a visual format that looks like a book, which you then can simply enjoy reliving the memories, share with friends and even print as a photobook in our very unique, premium format. Our photobooks are printed on the latest digital press technology onto stiff, lay flat paper that has 3 eco friendly certifications and costs just $10 flat. With up to 5 photos per page, users can print up to 100 photos into each book.

Aug 10, 2015

A Conversation with David Hayes - iPhone Photographer

© David Hayes
What is your name and where do you live? 

DH:  My name is David Hayes. My wife, our Brittany, and I live in the small city of Milford, OH that is a bit northeast of Cincinnati. 

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

DH:  I have been a photographer for quite sometime...trained in film and all that. I didn’t go over to digital right away and even when I did, I still leaned towards my film cameras. It wasn’t until I started hearing about “iphoneography” and saw the images people where creating that I caught the bug. I started with an iPhone 4 and now am using an iPhone 6. I also have an iPad 3 that I use for most of my editing work. 

© David Hayes

Aug 8, 2015

9 Composition Tips Featuring Steve McCurry Photography

You can find just about anything online. There is an informative short video that demonstrates the excellent use of the fundamentals of composing a great image utilizing the work of Steve McCurry.

Watch the video below to see how McCurry uses:

The Rule of Thirds
Leading Lines
Figure to Ground
Fill the Frame
Center Dominant Eye
Patterns & Repetition and how Interrupting Patterns can create even more drama


Centering the dominant eye is something I wasn't familiar with but I certainly see how effective it can be. I also didn't know the term Figure to Ground but it explains what I find so attractive about images that have a strong contrast between the subject and the background.

Is there any tip that stood out for you?

Aug 3, 2015

What is The Grid?

I signed up to be a founding member of The Grid. To be honest I'm not sure how it's going to work but the video was so intriguing I didn't want to miss out on the chance to get it at the reduced rate of only $8/month. Once the founding membership drive is over, the charge will be $25/month.

The Grid will use artificial intelligence to build your site. You'll even be able to add e-commerce. No knowledge of coding, no templates...can't wait to see how it all comes together.

But there's so much more, so just have a look at the video below and learn more about The Grid.

If you don't have a site and are considering creating one, this may be the format you've been looking for to express yourself in a unique way.

Mob Paint Monday No. 43

“Curiosity about life in all of its aspects, I think, is still the secret of great creative people” 
– Leo Burnett

I have been checking in to the Mob Paint Flickr Group even though I haven't been posting Monday showcases this year. Hopefully time will allow at least one showcase per month. I'm kicking off the series again with this wonderful array of images by some artists I'm familiar with and others that are new to me. I can't wait to see what they come up with next.

If you're wondering what some of the favorite apps are for accomplishing painterly edits, here's a short list:

Distressed FX
Sketch Club

Please be sure to join us on Flickr if you like to edit your images in a painterly way.  See you there!

Clay Railton
Clay Railton

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