Jul 30, 2014

Eric Kim's FREE Online Course - Composition in Street Photography

Would you like an instructor to teach you more about composing the perfect street photo? Wouldn't it be nice if this instructor was a gifted street photographer and the lessons were free?! Well, we all have that opportunity by visiting Eric Kim's Street Photography Blog.

Eric offers a FREE course in composition featuring the following subjects.






Below is a Slideshare presentation that Eric has also made available to share. He uses it as an introduction to composition in street photography.

Jul 29, 2014

A First Look at Matter, A Creative Design Tool from Pixite by David Hayes

I'd like to thank David Hayes for this excellent tutorial! Hopefully this will be the first of more to come.



The folks at Pixite have recently put out a new app that has everyone’s attention: Matter. What is so uniquely interesting about this app is not only does it have a great array of 3D objects that can be inserted into your photos; it also gives you the ability to animate these objects and create short video clips. I’d like to share with you a “first look” at what this app can do.


Opening Matter brings you to this screen that has a couple of options worth bringing to your attention. The Info (A) icon will take you to three different screens about the app…make sure to give the third screen a close look as it’s a quick tutorial on all the features of this app. The Ideas (B) screen shows you some great pieces created with this app…worth a look as well your first time using the app. Finally, the New icon (C) is what you’ll click every time as it will take you to your Photo Albums.

Mob Street Photographer - えんぞう Enzo

Here is the third installment featuring a photographer from the Mob Street Flickr Group. We are already growing and the work is beautiful. I learn from each photo that I view. Today I present a photo from Japan. The world has become so small with the advances in technology. I love that I can see street life in Japan without ever leaving my living room! 

“The Pictures are there, and you just take them” – Robert Capa

The Work


© えんぞう Enzo
© えんぞう Enzo

Jul 28, 2014

Mob Paint Monday - Sharing Six Apps

Normally I would feature one of the artists from the Mob Paint Flickr Group today. Although I have a few in the works none are ready for prime-time yet. Instead, I decided to share a few of the apps I use regularly that may not yet be in your toolbox.

Focal Lab ($0.99 App Store) - I have been applying more creative blurring to my images since taking the iPhoneography course by Susan Tuttle. Although I have several blur apps, I really love Focal Lab and it's quickly becoming my favorite. With Focal Lab you can add a Dreamy Blur, Soft Focus, Zoom Blur, Motion Blur as well as a Vignette. You can also shift the center of each blur by sliding your finger over the image and also control the intensity of the blur using the slider. Full resolution support only up to 1200 by 1600 pixels, but I can always upsize using Filterstorm or a number of other apps.

Focal Lab Screen Shots
Focal Lab was used in the edit of this piece.

The Eye is Not the Seeing © Geri Centonze
The Eye is Not the Seeing © Geri Centonze

Jul 27, 2014

Giveaway! What's the Matter? Pixite's New APP!!!

Just when you think developers have come up with about everything there is to do with a photo app, along comes one that is a real paradigm shifter. The newest kid on the Pixite block of apps is called Matter and it is quite the game changer, especially for artists that love the surreal! 

And guess what - I have a giveaway - six promo codes to six lucky winners. Just leave a comment to sign up. Winners will be announced Wednesday, July 30th at 8:00 a.m PDT. If you never want to miss a giveaway, subscribe to have Art of Mob delivered to your inbox by clicking here

Chad Rankin specializes in the surreal - his Instagram name is @sirreal and he was kind enough to allow me to feature some of his work created with the new Matter app.

Traversing Mercury ~ Reconstructing Atmosphere © Chad Rankin

Jul 25, 2014

Giveaway! Clean That Screen with WHOOSH! Screen Shine

Did You Know?
  • 30% of a virus can be transferred from your screen to your fingers. 
  • The average cell phone is up to 10 times dirtier than a toilet seat.
  • 18% of mobile phones are contaminated with staphylococcus.
  • 16% of mobile phones are contaminated with fecal flora and E. coli. (okay fess up, you know you take your device in the bathroom with you!)

I didn't know all of those Fun Facts, all I knew is I wanted to find a cleaner for my iPhone and iPad that would get results. I don't use a screen protector because I like the feel of the iPhone/iPad screen when working. However, one of the results of being an avid iPhoneographer is that we edit a lot on our devices. That's hundreds and thousands of swipes with our grimy little fingers on our screens.

Jul 24, 2014

Brandon Kidwell - The Master of Many Styles

I first noticed Brandon Kidwell's double-exposure work and was happily surprised when visiting his online galleries to see that he has an eclectic style that includes various subjects and techniques. Below is my interview with this very talented mobile photographer.

© Brandon Kidwell
What is your name and where do you live?
BK:  Hello, my name is Brandon Kidwell and I'm from Jacksonville, Florida.

How did you get started in mobile photography?
BK:  I bought my first iPhone in the winter of 2012 and saw that my kids were using Instagram to share photos with their friends. I'm not a big social media person, but saw that you could just post photos to share without making them necessarily personal. Then I found a few people using our local @igersjax tag which is a local community and really enjoyed the photos these people shared. From there, I followed the rabbit down the hole and joined the great AMPt Community and was fortunate enough this year to be invited into the incredible GRRYO family.

What device do you use?
BK:  My main tool is an iPhone 5 but I also use a Nokia Lumia 1020.

Love begins at home © Brandon Kidwell
Love begins at home © Brandon Kidwell

Jul 23, 2014

Fold Defy App by Jixi Pix Overview and Giveaway

It's always interesting to see what Jixi Pix will come up with next. They are the developers who created Aquarella, Artista Oil, Dramatic Black & White, Grungetastic, Rainy Daze and so many more - you can view the whole family of apps and software here

They have come up with another creative app - Fold Defy which is available for Mac, Windows Phone, Android Phone, iPad and iPhone! 

I have a giveaway for some iPad and iPhone promo codes - to enter just leave a comment and please specify in your comment whether you would like the iPad or iPhone version. I will draw two for the iPad and three for the iPhone on Friday, July 25th at 8:00 am PDT. 

Here are some samples I made using one of my Art of Mob logos and Fold Defy.

© Geri Centonze
Fold Selection

Inspirational Speech by Neil Gaiman for All Creatives

Do you ever need some inspiration to keep going with your creative projects? Or do you feel like an imposter who is only fooling the world that you have any talent at all? This is a thoroughly enjoyable, humorous and inspiring commencement speech given by author, Neil Gaiman.



The Whole Story by Nick Nowak

This edition of The Whole Story features a very special photographer, my son Nick Nowak. Nick has always had a creative side, so it is no surprise to me that he also has a great photographic eye. I'm honored to showcase his work here.

The Photograph

© Nick Nowak


Jul 22, 2014

Mob Street Photographer Dani Salvadori

Here is another highlighted artist, Dani Salvadori, from the Flickr Group Mob Street. This group is dedicated to mobile photographers and their street photography. I hope you'll join us!

The Work
11am, July 6 © Dani Salvadori
11am, July 6 © Dani Salvadori

Jul 21, 2014

Mob Paint Monday No. 34

‎”Creative work is not a selfish act or a bid for attention on the part of the actor. It’s a gift to the world and every being in it. Don’t cheat us of your contribution. Give us what you’ve got.” ~ Steven Pressfield
All work shown here is chosen from the Mob Paint Flickr Group. Please join us and submit your best painterly mobile photographic art.  
Iron John Revisited © Roger Guetta
Iron John Revisited © Roger Guetta

Jul 16, 2014

Psykopaint Now Available for iPad

The Psykopaint app for iPad released on the App Store today. It's free with an option to purchase the complete brush set for $5.99. I went for the full toolkit and purchased all the brushes. You can read my first impressions at the end of the article.

The Whole Story | Psych Ward by Kevin Harry

When I saw this photo in Kevin's Instagram gallery, I knew I had to have The Whole Story.
“Men have called me mad; but the question is not yet settled, whether madness is or is not the loftiest intelligence.” ― Edgar Allan Poe

The Photograph

Psych Ward © Kevin Harry
Psych Ward © Kevin Harry

Jul 15, 2014

Summer Issue of Snap Available on The App Store for FREE

Everyone likes a freebie! Check out the latest issue of Snap Magazine by downloading the app on the App Store (FREE!)
What is Snap?

Snap is a free monthly digital publication from Hipstamatic on the iPad. Snap showcases the driving forces behind global creative culture, and explores provocative new ways to interpret the beauty around us.



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Mob Street Tuesday No. 2

Here is installment number two of the Mob Street showcase. For a chance to be featured, join the Mob Street Flickr Group and add your favorite street photo each week taken with a mobile device. 
“All the technique in the world doesn’t compensate for the inability to notice.” – Elliott Erwitt


© AJ vdHorst
"All I can do is be me...whoever that is" Bob Dylan © AJ vdHorst

Jul 14, 2014

Summer Haiku - A Tutorial by Kristen Radden

Kristen Radden was kind enough to say yes to my request to post one of her tutorials here at Art of Mob. Kristen can be normally be found sharing these on her own site, Creative iPhoneography

Today she takes us step by step through her creative process for this beautiful image, Summer Haiku.


Summer Haiku © Kristen Radden
Summer Haiku © Kristen Radden


Jul 11, 2014

SquidCam - A Talk with the Creator and a Giveaway!

I love when someone has a good idea and I'm all about promoting people who take the initiative to go out on a limb and pursue their passion. One such person is Charles Mercader, creator of SquidCam. I had the pleasure of interviewing Charles, who not only sent a SquidCam for me to try out for myself, but was generous enough to offer another so I could host a GIVEAWAY! Keep reading to find out how to enter the giveaway. 

What is your name and where do you live? 

CM:  My name is Charles Mercader and I am from Sacramento, California. I’m the founder of SquidCam. My current duties are everything from marketing, social media, assembly, support etc. I started this product a little over a year ago and slowly I'm growing it. Product design and mobile photography are my passion.



Festival Samsung mObgraphia Recap and Call for Entry for Olhar de Torcedor

Press Release:


In June, the first national event in Brazil, held by mObgraphia and Samsung took place at the Image and Sound Museum in São Paulo.

The Samsung mObgraphia Festival presented two exhibitions, workshops, panels and talks about the fastest growing visual art of the world, as we call it mobgraphia or mobgrafia in Portuguese and Spanish.


A national award was started prior to the festival with more than 12.0000 images posted in Instagram under #samsungmobgraphia.

Becken Lima

Call For Entry - Pocket Vistas: A Mobile Photography Exhibition for Landscape, Nature & Wildlife

Press Release:

"Landscape photography is the supreme test of the photographer..."  Ansel Adams


The MPA and the Blue Mountain Foundation for the Arts are pleased to announce an open call for entries for POCKET VISTAS: A Mobile Photography Exhibition for Landscapes, Nature & Wildlife images.

The entry period runs July 10-24, 2014.

Images created with all mobile phones and tablets are eligible. Submissions are open to photographers and artists worldwide. You may enter right here.

A field of flowers with eye-popping color. A tiny figure at the edge of a canyon. Horses in motion, a sun drenched forest, a misty morning oceanfront...Mobile photographers create some of the world's most compelling photographs of the natural world. The best work engages the aesthetics, craft, and tradition of landscape photography while embracing the advantages of the camera phone. The Pocket Vistas jury seeks to curate a set of 40+ images of Landscapes, Nature & Wildlife to showcase the diversity, breadth and talent in the mobile photo and art communities.

The photographs chosen for exhibit will be on view at the BMFA Arts Centre in the Blue Mountain ski resort town of Collingwood, Ontario from September 3rd through 28th, 2014. All selected images are printed on archival exhibition fibre paper, matted and framed.

TO ENTER PLEASE SIGN IN to your MPA profile or REGISTER AN MPA ACCOUNT

For more information please visit the Pocket Vistas FAQ.

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From Static to Dynamic - Creating Photographs with Impact

Here's a chance to sit in on an excellent lecture on photography by Brenda Tharp, "From Static to Dynamic: Creating Photographs with Impact". Obviously impactful images aren't limited to those taken with a traditional camera. Mobile photographers have the ability to do the same. A traditional photographer may use certain techniques to accomplish a shot (like double exposure for example), but we can do the same using apps. Brenda even mentions using apps to manipulate her images.

Brenda Tharp is an award-winning photographer, author, workshop and tour leader and inspirational speaker. You can read more about her here

You'll need some time to view this lecture which is just a bit longer than two hours, but if you want to learn from someone who has taken beautifully dynamic photos, this may be something you're willing to schedule into your calendar to view. There are wonderful resources available online and I'm thankful that I can learn so much for FREE!

Here are just a few of the subjects discussed:

Clarify your vision
Mastering the Craft
Learning to see light
Learn to compose creatively
Incorporate Visual Design
Create Visual Depth
Learn Expressive Techniques
Capturing Gesture, Moment



Jul 10, 2014

I'm Psyched for the Release of Psykopaint for iPad!

I think my painterly photos are about to get a boost from the soon-to-be-released Psykopaint app for iPad. I've been on the mailing list for Psykopaint to be notified of the release date and it looks like it's going to be next week!



The Psykopaint web version (try it!) is something I played with when I first started experimenting with digital art. I always hoped they would develop an app and after two years in the making it's ready to release.

Matthew Burlem - Signal Lost

As part as an ongoing effort to highlight mobile photographers who are exhibiting their work, I am pleased to present this interview with Matthew Burlem. If you're in the London area, be sure to stop by to view his work in person.

© Matthew Burlem
What is your name and where do you live?
MB:  My name is Matthew Burlem, and I live in North Greenwich, in London, UK, right by the Thames.


How did you get started in mobile photography?
MB:  My background is in photography, having done a degree in Photography at Blackpool in the North of England, in 1995.

This was before digital, of course, so I was dealing with several different formats of cameras and film, from 35mm and 6x7 rolls right through to 5x4 and 10x8 sheet film, developing and printing most of it myself.

Doing this degree taught me to develop my eye for a good composition, and my work was mostly still-life on 5x4 at the time, requiring meticulous lighting, props and sets, where each picture could take days, if not weeks to finish, from setting it all up, getting all the lighting right,  doing Polaroids, processing the film, darkroom printing etc., so it was all very involved but a good exercise in patience and detail.

© Matthew Burlem


Jul 9, 2014

Jul 8, 2014

Mob Street Tuesday - My Favorite Black and White Conversion Apps

I was hoping to have another artist feature ready for Mob Street Tuesday, but it's still in the works so instead, I'm going to devote this post to recommending some of my favorite black and white conversion apps. Much of our street photography is either shot in or converted to black and white, so I am hoping these recommendations come in handy.

If you're not up for buying any more apps, a number of the ones listed below are free so you can give them a try to see if you like them. Also, if I've left off your favorite black and white conversion app, please mention it in the comments. I'd love to know what you prefer!

Below is the original image. This is actually not an iPhone shot, but captured with my Samsung NX300. 

© Geri Centonze
Original Photo © Geri Centonze

Snapseed
My first choice is almost always Snapseed because I begin most of my edits here. Snapseed's black and white module allows you to apply a color filter (Neutral, Red, Orange, Yellow or Green). You can also choose between Presets (Neutral, Contrast, Bright, Dark, Film, Darken Sky). Within this module you can also adjust Brightness, Contrast and Grain by sliding your finger up and down over the image). In Snapseed you also have access to all of the other tools, so it can definitely be a one-stop app. Snapseed FREE on the App Store.

© Geri Centonze
Snapseed 

Jul 7, 2014

Mob Paint Monday No. 33

Highlights from our Mob Paint Flickr Group. Human beings never cease to amaze me in their desire to create solely to share beauty with the world.
Don’t think about making art, just get it done.  Let everyone else decide if it’s good or bad, whether they love it or hate it.  While they are deciding, make even more art.” Andy Warhol 

Ying and Yang © Arnold Hayes
Ying and Yang © Arnold Hayes

Jul 3, 2014

Grouper - Step by Step Painterly Edit

Below is a step-by-step workflow from start to finish for this painterly piece, "Grouper". I will provide a list of links to the apps used at the end of the tutorial. As always, this edit was done entirely on my iPad 4.

Grouper © Geri Centonze
Grouper © Geri Centonze
Below is the original photo taken of a grouper with an iPhone 5S through the glass of a marine aquarium in Dana Point, California. I had the camera set to shoot in Square mode.

Jul 2, 2014

The Whole Story | Maiden's Tower by Halil Yalçin

This is the third Whole Story feature for Halil Yalçin. You can find his first one here and his second one here. I am so pleased that Halil continues to submit images through Instagram using #the_whole_story hashtag because his images have some fascinating tales to tell! As a side note Halil always makes my day a little brighter by adding music to his email for my listening pleasure when he sends me the image details. What a kind person! So nice to meet people like him from across the globe!

The Photograph


The Maiden's Tower © Halil Yalçin 

Jul 1, 2014

Mob Street Tuesday No.1

This is the first showcase for the newly created Mob Street Flickr Group. I'm so glad to see everyone signing up and look forward to seeing more from each of you and welcoming new members.

If you'd like to get some pointers from some of my favorite street photographers, check out this article Tips From Ten Street Photography.

Lucio Fontana © Cecily Mariece Caceu
Lucio Fontana © Cecily Mariece Caceu

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