Feb 24, 2014

Painterly Mobile Artist David Graham

David Graham, also known as Dr. Jazz was one of the first artists I connected with on Instagram. I've always loved David's work so it's a pleasure to feature him today for Painterly Mobile Art Monday. Please visit the Painterly Mobile Art Flickr group to see more from David 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

Rosette remained strangely obsessed by Great Uncle Thad's portrait © David Graham
Rosette remained strangely obsessed by Great Uncle Thad's portrait © David Graham

Feb 22, 2014

Feb 21, 2014

Stackables Update and Giveaway

The Stackables app just had an update and I have five promo codes to GIVEAWAY! With the new version, you can not only create your own custom formulas and save them, you can also SHARE them with your friends or between devices. Stackables is even asking for submissions of your customized formulas through the app for possible inclusion in their upcoming Featured Formulas category!

I went to work creating some formulas of my own and tried them on a few photos. By using the same formula on several photos, it's easy to create a series of images with the same look. I called this filter Lost and Found.


Feb 20, 2014

The Whole Story - Photo by Rebecca Bayer

What a beautiful scene in today's Whole Story photograph by Rebecca Bayer. When you're done reading be sure to visit Rebecca's Instagram gallery for more of her stunning work!  If you'd like a chance to be featured, just tag your mobile photos with the hashtag #the_whole_story on Instagram. 

The Photograph


© Rebecca Bayer
© Rebecca Bayer

Feb 19, 2014

Yannick Brice - Featured Mobile Photographer


Yannick Brice said his wife describes him as mysterious. I am so happy that despite his preference to be discreet, he has agreed to this interview. It took a bit of back and forth because as I've mentioned before I'm limited to knowing only one language, English fluently, and that doesn't happen to be Yannick's native tongue. It's a good thing that Yannick's English is more proficient than my French!


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

Yannick:  My name is Yannick Brice, I was born in Bar le Duc in Lorraine (East of France). I am a 42 year old fireman, married to Gaetana. We are parents of 4 children.

Touches me © Yannick Brice
Touches me © Yannick Brice

Feb 17, 2014

Painterly Mobile Art Monday No. 23

paint-er-ly 
adjective
of or appropriate to a painter; artistic

I've had a few very nice compliments about Art of Mob lately from people in the community - those people probably don't know how their nice words made my day! I may never reach 100,000 hits a day especially since I don't pay attention to keywords and SEO. My goal however isn't to be the most popular kid on the block, but to share the creative work being done strictly with mobile devices and honoring the many artists who pour their hearts into their work. If you enjoy Art of Mob, please spread the word! Tweet this post...Pin it...Facebook it! Let's get the word out on just how much you can do with that phone in your pocket!

And now for the latest installment of Painterly Mobile Art Monday featuring the work of artists that belong to the Flickr Group Painterly Mobile Art. Do you like to edit your mobile photos in a painterly way? Please join us!

© Gianluca Ricoveri
© Gianluca Ricoveri

Feb 15, 2014

contrast by hornbeck


contrast by hornbeck
I'm not sure how I stumbled upon the contrast by hornbeck app, but it was exciting to find a unique app that was FREE on the App Store and produced such unique and dramatic results. I decided to contact John Hornbeck to ask him about his app and was pleased that he agreed to answer my questions.

John's powerful photographic style is duplicated pretty handily with the contrast by hornbeck app.


Geri:  Why did you decide to create the app contrast by hornbeck?

John:  There are a couple of reasons. The first is that I couldn't find an app that allowed me to express my style through my phone. When I leave the house, I always take certain things with me; my keys, my wallet, my phone, and my camera. My camera is an Olympus OMD, which normally has a 17mm attached to it. I always have the camera because I couldn't get the really high contrast shots with my phone. So we decided to make an app to change that. 

(I'm leaving the above in but it's no longer the case. Since writing this on the 28th, I broke my OMD and have moved to a Ricoh GR.)

The second reason is going to sound really selfish, I did it to promote my work. The app gives others the ability to see the world how I see it and they can take photos in a similar way. The app is free but it includes a link to my website. I've spent my professional career working for internet based software companies, using an app as a window into my work seemed like the right thing to do.

© John Hornbeck
© John Hornbeck 

Feb 14, 2014

tadaa Filter Friday - Sylt Launches Today

Friday again?! That means it's time for another new filter from tadaa. Today's filter, Sylt is especially designed for all of you with the winter blues - "Chase away that winter gray and make those colors POP!" Filter Friday is a competition sponsored by tadaa - Download the tadaa app, the new Sylt filter and start uploading images to be eligible to win a canvas print and be featured in the tadaa community. 

Here are some sample images provided by tadaa:




Featured Mobile Artist - Bobbi McMurry

I am currently following 677 people on Instagram. I can't possibly follow any more is my mantra, but then I discover amazing artists like Bobbi McMurry and I quickly click that Follow button! When you see her work, I'm sure you'll understand why I couldn't say "no" to these amazing images.




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

Bobbi:  My name is Bobbi McMurry (aka: Sugarama) and I hate to be cold so I live in very hot and perpetually sunny Phoenix, Arizona. My very stubborn and southern grandfather used to say “the only reason people live in Phoenix, is because they know they are going to hell and they need to prepare” – hope he isn’t right!

The Amazing Flower That Blooms in the Dead of Winter © Bobbi McMurry
The Amazing Flower That Blooms in the Dead of Winter © Bobbi McMurry

Feb 13, 2014

The Whole Story by Arnold Hayes

Some people you meet online you just connect with and you have a feeling you would be fast friends if you were neighbors. Arnold Hayes and I only recently "met" via Instagram and we have had an instant connection based on our mutual love of painting, photography and most importantly iPhone art!  I'm proud to share his photographic creation as a part of The Whole Story series.

The Photograph - The Vision

The Vision © Arnold Hayes
The Vision © Arnold Hayes

Feb 12, 2014

Michael Clawson to Speak at MacWorld/iWorld

MacWorld/iWorld is almost upon us. I thought this was going to be my year to attend, but it looks like I may have to wait until 2015. If I did attend I'd be sure to catch the presentation by Michael Clawson. 

Michael Clawson is ‘Chief Fish’ at Big Fish Creations, an advertising and digital media company in the Sierra town of Graeagle. His background began in Silicon Valley when Apple Computer and Adobe Systems first made their mark in Desktop Publishing. He was introduced to interactive media early in his career, transitioned to production artist, and later, creator and lead principal of an Interactive Department at a major advertising agency. Specializing in branding across multiple media platforms, his diverse repertoire includes a hybrid combination of designer and developer with emphasis on graphic design, branding, photography and communication. Michael is also a published author and often writes about iPhoneography and creative editing.

Geri:  Tell me a bit about your start with iPhone photography.

Michael:  My start with iPhoneography was somewhat accidental, yet meaningful. Around the first of October, 2010, I was on my way to a client meeting. As always, when I discovered something interesting, I would snap a shot with my iPhone. In this case, my interest was caught by the dramatic clouds floating above my client’s hi-tech building. I quickly snapped a picture with my iPhone and headed in to the meeting. Once inside, my clients and I were going through some ideas about a brochure and folder design, looking for an image that really stood out. Nothing really clicked. Then, I recalled the image I had just snapped before entering the building. I pulled out my iPhone, cued up the photo and asked: “Would this work?” Everyone in the room went wild with excitement, and it became unanimous that “that” was the shot. From then on, I knew the iPhone was my new creative tool and have never looked back since.

My First Instagram with “that” shot:

© Michael Clawson
© Michael Clawson

Feb 11, 2014

Stackables App Giveaway

Samer Azzam, creator of ProCam, ProCam2 and PhotoFusion just released a new app Stackables. I could spend hours playing with this app. You can edit your photos by applying textures, filters, color overlays, patterns, fixed formulas or custom formulas you can create and save. You can also adjust exposure, add vignette, convert to sepia tone, blur, add tilt-shift, depth of field, posterize and invert! The app saves at full resolution. Just a note, when you apply any of the default or customized formulas, it takes a bit longer to save. It's available for $0.99 on The App Store for a limited time to celebrate the launch), but you can get a copy free if you're one of the first five to comment on this post! (Thank you Samer!)

The first five readers to comment on this post will receive a promo code for a free download of Stackables. 


Look at the variations I created with this app shown in this collage below.


Painted Camera App Competition Winners Announced

The developers of the Painted Camera app (soon to be released) held a competition recently. Here are the results of the contest, reposted from Mobitog with permission from the developer of Painted Camera. (I'm over the moon that Gilles chose one of my images!)


From Gilles of the 11ers:


After a long delay and many life events (all of them good mind you, but some of them rather big, more of that later), here are finally the winners of the painted camera screenshot contest.

First some numbers: I gave away 28 promo codes total for this contest to mobitog and Geri Centonze blog, Art of Mob. I got over 220 submissions from 24 people!!! Wow!!! Much more than expected!

The quality of the submissions were remarkable, and after my first pass picking anything I loved and deemed worthy of representing my app I was down to... 77 images!!! Now you are starting to understand why it was so hard, I had to pick three!!! Three!!!

After much agony, soul searching, reversals and re-reversals, here are the three winners, in no specific order:

Sandy MacGowan sent a wonderful set of pictures taken on a snowy sunrise, to beautiful and rich results. She made singular yet stunning uses of the app, some of them I love even more than the one I picked for the app store as almost abstract and ethereal, but I pick this image for the contest as it is both simple and strong, and show you what you can get straight out of the app when you see something in the wild that you know will look very special with a glazed treatment.



© Sandy MacGowan
© Sandy MacGowan

Feb 10, 2014

Painterly Mobile Art - Gerry Coe

Gerry Coe is another regular contributor to our Flickr Group, Painterly Mobile Art.  I'm please to feature his beautiful piece Autumn Colours this week. 

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

The Work

Autumn Colours © Gerry Coe
Autumn Colours © Gerry Coe


Feb 7, 2014

Create a Botanical Illustration with Apps

In this tutorial, I will explain my workflow for taking this photo:


and turning it into this one that has the quality of a botanical illustration:



The Whole Story - Jane Schultz

Better known as @phot0bug on Instagram, Jane Schultz is the photographer featured in today's edition of The Whole Story. If you'd like a chance to be featured, just tag your mobile photos with the hashtag #the_whole_story on Instagram. 

The Photograph


You can’t stop looking me, staring at me 
Be what I be, you can’t stop looking at me 
So get up out my face, 
You can’t stop clickin at me 
Writin’ ’bout me, tweeting ’bout me, 
I can’t stop, it’s what I gon’ be, 
My swagger’s in check 
(The Real California a Milk Song -Cher Lloyd) .

tadaa Filter Friday Competition - Zeitgeist Filter Released

Today marks the release of the 3rd and final filter for the tadaa Filter Friday competition. The latest filter is Zeitgeist - "Travel back to the olden days with the latest in blast-from-the-past technology!"

Download tadaa - it's FREE. Then open the app and go to the Awesome section and scroll over to the Challenge column. Shoot or edit existing images using the Zeitgeist filter for a chance to have your photo printed on canvas and featured in the tadaa community.

Of course I wanted to experiment with it - below are a few of my quick edits. It reminds me of the photos we used to take with Kodak Instamatic cameras back in the 1970's.




Feb 6, 2014

Published in iPhoneLife Magazine!

I'm excited to announce my first print article for iPhone Life Magazine. The upcoming March/April issue features an article written by yours truly, "Unleash Your Inner Van Gogh - 9 Apps That Add Painterly Effects to Your Photos". In the article I mention nine of my favorite painterly apps and demonstrate their effects on a single image.

iPhoneLife is available as a single issue or you can subscribe for the whole year for only $12.99. You can download the app for free and subscribe through the app.

In this issue you'll also find a Productivity App Roundup, The Best of CES 2014, Innovative iPhone Photography Apps and more!



ColorTime Releases Major Update

ColorTime just released a major update, and it's now FREE to download. Thanks to developer, Jerome Dewhurst, I had a chance to try this app out before the release so I've been playing with it for a few weeks and highly recommend it.  Although it is a universal app, it's designed primarily for the iPad. The video below shows you just what ColorTime can do.




Here are a couple of versions of an image I edited with ColorTime (below). With this app, it's not a matter of applying a filter, but rather adjusting an Shadows, Midtones, Highlights, Contrast and Saturation using a very intuitive user interface.

The one issue I had a little trouble with at first was the Select button. A sold white square means you are applying the changes to the entire image, a light square with a black circle in the middle adjusts only the outer edges of the image and the unedited center can be moved and made larger or smaller. The reverse, a dark square with white circle in the center indicates that adjustments are applied only to the center of the image. Finally there is a Brush which allows the user to mask a particular area for applying changes. To activate the Brush, select the paintbrush icon under Select and press your finger on your device screen until the red dots appear and then move your finger to paint in the area you would like to work on. Once you get the hang of it, it's really quite simple and quite clever at that!

Be sure to press the center Modulate Color button which is designed to cycle through various color grades. Press it again to stop the cycling and you can save as is, or further edit the image to your liking.

© Geri Centonze

The Whole Story - Photo by Elena Bouvier

Have you ever encountered someone like Sybil? Have you ever wanted to know more? I am pleased to feature this beautiful image and story by Elena Bouvier.

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


The Photograph

::Sybil:: © Elena Bouvier
::Sybil:: © Elena Bouvier

Feb 3, 2014

Painterly Mobile Art Monday No. 22

Looking through the Painterly Mobile Art Flickr Group is like strolling through an art gallery. It's really amazing to see all the work being done using only mobile devices. Please visit the group page on Flickr and if you're inclined to edit in a painterly way with your mobile device, please join us!

Toy Soldiers: Battle of Waterloo reenactment 2013 © Sean Hayes
Toy Soldiers: Battle of Waterloo reenactment 2013 © Sean Hayes

Little Red Barnhouse © Trevor Wilson
Little Red Barnhouse © Trevor Wilson


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