Light Impressions Exhibit Shows State of the Art in Mobile Phone Photography

When photographer Colleen Duffley launched a 24-hour New Year’s Eve iPhone photo competition for her Studio b creative venue in 2011, she sensed that the 8-megapixel camera in the new iPhone 4S might empower people worldwide to become photographic artists.

Since then, Colleen has created a remarkable “Light Impressions” traveling exhibit that has been documenting the emergence of mobile phone photography as an art movement.

Colleen considers mobile phone photography a “a pure art form” because “It’s more about the creativity than expensive gear or intricate technique.” The fourth edition of the Light Impressions exhibit is on display until February 22, 2015 at the Wynwood Building in the heart of Miami’s Wynwood Art District.

As in previous years, Colleen will be taking the exhibit to sites throughout the U.S. this spring and summer. The Light Impressions installation features 40 iPads mounted on a metal structure made from materials salvaged from some wreckage that Hurricane Opal left on the beach in 1995. Each iPad presents 13 of the best images submitted by a single mobile phone photographer.

As 13 images from each featured artist scrolls across the iPads at different rates, the Light Impressions exhibit makes a powerful statement about how people around the globe are using their mobile phone cameras a means of creative expression. LightImpressionsExhibit Colleen Duffley is a professional photographer who shoots, directs, produces creative concepts for magazines, commercials, and campaigns. She has been shooting people, places, and things around the globe for 25 years.

Colleen devised the concept for Light Impressions four years ago as a way to display the best images submitted to the New Year’s Eve iPhoneography photo challenge. One of her goals with that first iPhoneography challenge was to level the photo-competition playing field and demonstrate that all people could be creative photographers, even if they didn’t have expensive equipment or extensive training.

“The camera phone was the perfect tool to encourage people to be creative because everyone had one,” explains Duffley. “The camera phone gives us the ability and freedom to be creative 24/7.” She says viewing Light Impressions is like watching a fish tank. It’s mesmerizing: “It’s hard to walk away from it.”

“Mobile phone photography is still an emerging art form,” says Duffley. “People are going to be astounded when they see what is being done in this movement. All of the work displayed on the Light Impressions exhibit was done on a mobile phone camera — from the capture of the image to its processing and publishing. It’s really mind-blowing and wonderful.”

Duffley mounted the iPads in aged, weather-beaten metal that she discovered on the beach. As an art installation in itself, Light Impressions illustrates the timeless nature of photography as an art. While photography technology has changed over time, the magic of photography as an art form remains solid. Plus, she says “Mobile phone photography has a ‘found-art’ sensibility to it, and what better way to frame it than on repurposed materials?”

The first three editions of Light Impressions traveled to art fairs, museums, and events nationwide. It has been exhibited twice in Miami during the Art Basel week. In March, the new exhibit will be featured at Duffley’s new Studio b site in Florida and at a photography event in Washington, DC at the end of March.

When curating the 2015 Light Impressions exhibit, Duffley chose portfolios that represented a mix of styles, subject matter, and processing techniques. Some images illustrate the creative use of processing apps. Other images are shown almost exactly as the photographer shot them, with only minor tweaks. You can learn more about the artists, the images, and the apps they used in a special book Duffley produced for this year’s exhibit. LightImpressionsBook

Teaching Mobile Phone Photography

Duffley, who has taught university-level  courses in traditional photography, enjoys teaching classes in mobile phone photography. Within a few hours, students go from knowing very little about photography to being eager to experiment with all of shooting and processing tools that are literally at their fingertips.

One participant in a recent class was the editor of a magazine that publishes some of Duffley’s editorial photography. The editor has since invited Duffley to teach other members of the magazine’s editorial staff how to shoot better pictures with their mobile phones.

For her own iPhone photography work, Duffley prefers composing and shooting great images right in the camera. After spending hours editing the images she captures for editorial and advertising clients, she likens using an iPhone to using a Polaroid camera. When she frames a shot, she thinks about composition, lighting, form, texture, and line — all the things that have always gone into making a great photo, painting, or illustration.

She encourages students to “Take responsibility for what you’re shooting. When you have a good image to start with, you do what you want with it–the app is your oyster.”

Even though Colleen uses a high-end Canon DSLR for her commercial projects, she doesn’t treat her mobile phone camera with any less respect. In fact, some of the images she has shot with her iPhone have been published alongside the images she shoots with her DSLR.

The Resurgence of Studio b

As an editorial photographer, Colleen has traveled around the world, befriended fascinating people, and enjoyed some remarkable adventures. To enable others to experience the same kinds of unique experiences, Duffley founded Studio b in Alys Beach, Florida in 2009. She established it as a creative venue that would bring together the best of the best and the up-and-coming in photography, art, literature, fashion, design, music, and the culinary arts to educate and inspire artists and students. Studio b also hosts and co-sponsors events throughout the U.S. and in Italy, Ireland, and exotic locations around the globe.

Unfortunately, the timing for Studio b’s launch was less than ideal. Just as the economy was slowly starting to recover from the Great Recession of 2008, The Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico in 2010 temporarily decimated the tourism industry on the Gulf Coast.

So Duffley closed Studio b for a while and re-focused her energies on her photography business, Colleen Duffley Productions. Now that the economy and tourism industry are rebounding, she is preparing to re-launch Studio b in a different location on Florida’s Emerald Coast this spring.

On the Run Website

Colleen Duffley is also launching a new website, through which people can order metal prints of some of Colleen’s best iPhone images. When she travels on assignments for commercial projects, she carries her iPhone when she goes for long runs to relax and unwind. “When you run or bike, you get a different perspective on your surroundings,” said Duffley.She is calling her the website “On the Run” because “It’s just me capturing the world on the run.”

The Rising Quality of Mobile Phone Photography

As she curates each Light Impressions exhibit, Colleen Duffley said she is amazed to discover the many different ways people have come to the medium of mobile phone photography and embraced it as a tool of creative expression.

Over the years, the number and quality of entries she receives for the Light Impressions display has steadily risen. While some of that is due to technological advances in smartphone cameras and apps, Colleen says the community of mobile phone photographers is exceptionally collaborative and supportive of one another.

She said the artists featured in the Light Impressions exhibit are doing amazing things with their mobile phone photography: “It’s an amazing art form, and some people are making a good living selling prints of their mobile-phone photographs.”


Ring in a Creative New Year with Studio b’s Camera Phone Event


Studio b: Light Impressions-Profiles of the Featured Artists

Studio b Boutique: The Light Impressions On Tour Book

Colleen Duffley Productions

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Are You a Master of iPhoneography? Enter Mobile Masters PROOF Contest

If your iPhone images might rank among the best of the nascent Mobile Photography Movement, consider entering them in the Mobile Masters PROOF contest. The contest will help generate interest in the full-day iPhoneography Mobile Masters seminar that will be held March 26 before the 2014 MacWorld/iWorld Conference March 27-29 in San Francisco.


The Mobile Masters workshop will be led by three accomplished professionals in photography, design, production, and art direction. All three are passionate and experienced artists in what they consider a fast-emerging genre of photography. The speakers are:

Registered workshop attendees can enter the contest free. If you can’t attend the seminar, you enter a portfolio of images for $30. Entry deadline is March 2.

Each of the 48 contest winners will receive a feature spread in the second edition of the Mobile Masters iTunes eBook along with other prizes.

MobileMastersE-Book“Our aim is to showcase Mobile Photography as a distinctive new movement in the history of the art form,” explains Dan Marcolina. “Last year’s edition was by invitation only. But with so much exciting work emerging from a diverse range of people, we wanted to invite everyone — from novice to pro — to submit work for inclusion. We want to identify the world’s top 48 artists who are breaking new ground in mobile image discovery and invention.”

Since good work is more about a sustained vision across a body of work (instead of one or two lucky shots), the judges want to see e-portfolios of work submitted via a link to Flickr, Instagram or other site.

If your work is chosen for inclusion, the judges will select six of your images to feature in the e-book. The two entry categories include:

  • Image Discovery: straight shots (street photography) with minimal image manipulation
  • Image Invention: images that use app stacking techniques to create abstracted reality, composite images, or painting-like effects.

To help ensure that the results will serve as a historical record of the best work in this emerging new evolution in photography, the Mobile Masters PROOF content will be judged by three experts in traditional photography and three experts in mobile photography. The winners will be announced on March 26 and your images will be shown at MacWorld/iWorld.

iPhoneography Mobile Masters Workshop

MobileMastersImageIf you want to fine-tune your mobile photography skills, the all-day (10 am to 5 pm) workshop can be a good place to start. Marcolina, Hollingsworth and Kuster have researched and refined the best workflows for shooting, using apps, and sharing images. They will not just teach you how they work, but why they choose to do things a certain way.

At the iPhoneography workshop held at the 2013 Macworld/iWorld, the seminar leaders discussed how mobile photography was crossing the threshold of viability and acceptability. Now, they believe the public has begun to recognize that mobile photography is unleashing a vast new genre of art, products and services.

They regard the Mobile Masters PROOF competition as way to prove to the world that mobile photography is maturing as an art form.


Mobile Masters PROOF Contest

Mobile Masters Workshop at MacWorld/iWorld

Mobile Masters E-Book on iTunes


iPhone Obsessed: Photo editing experiments with Apps

App Makes It Easy to Blend iPhone Photos and Video Into Narrated Stories

explory_logo_blackIf you need a fast way to produce explanatory videos for your blog or website, check out Explory. It’s a new app for iPads and iPhones that lets you blend images and/or video clips right on your phone. Adding narration is as easy as talking on your phone.

Explory offers an easy way to make “how-to” videos or tell “behind-the-scenes” stories about photo shoots, your art or design project, or research for your book project. You could use it to create promotional videos, document special events, or tell the stories behind selected projects in your portfolio.

“Many of us want to share experiences that are more in-depth than what can be conveyed with a single photo or a six-second video clip. At the same time, few people want to take the time and effort required to edit a video,” said Peter Goldie, one of the founders of Explory. “Explory makes it fun for anyone to quickly create rich, interactive stories, right on their phone.”

Even better, your audience can control the pace at which they view the story and the level of detail they want to explore.

“I’ve been having a lot of fun with Explory, sharing stories with family and friends. It’s easy to use and creates great results quickly. I know my clients are going to be excited to use this to craft their business stories in a compelling and cost effective way. It’s really the next evolution of corporate video,” said Chuck Easler, owner of Easler Communications.


Creating a story with Explory is simple and fast. The “Story Ideas” feature automatically creates stories for you by analyzing the time and location data of photos and videos on your device. Just edit the draft, dictate some narration, and add text and music if you wish.

Or, you can start with a blank canvas and pick content from your photo library. You can also choose to use Explory’s camera to record a story as it happens.

Each story can be as long as you wish; you are not limited to short video clips. You can zoom in on high resolution photos, and play high quality video without aggressive compression.

Explory’s blended media story has a “play” button, but it’s not a traditional video: it’s interactive. Explory allows viewers to easily swipe ahead to skip sections, or explore details that would not normally be part of watching the main story. Your stories won’t bore anyone because they choose the length!

ExploryPizzaRecipeExplories can also be embedded in a Web page or blog, just like a traditional video. Or, you can share your “explories” privately with friends and family via email, messaging, and social media.

If you publish your “explories” publicly in the Explory gallery, people don’t need the Explory App to view your stories; they can use a mobile or desktop Web browser.

Explories are stored in the cloud and optimized for playback on your device. You can share your story immediately and continue to refine it over time. Explory’s cloud synchronization feature lets you work on the story from multiple iPhones and iPads.

Potential Uses

Creative pros will undoubtedly find all sorts of ways to use Explory — either to tell their own stories or to tell stories for their clients.

The creators of Explory envision that “makers” will use the app to share step-by-step, how-to instructions for assembling, repairing, or cooking. Digital journalists can use Explory to quickly assemble a story that combines photos, videos, and audio. Small businesses that don’t have the time, skill, or money to create corporate videos can use Explory to demonstrate products, answer frequently asked questions, or provide technical support.

The app is also being promoted as a tool for students, educators, people who want to share special moments in their lives with family and friends, or anyone who wants to describe the world around them and share it with others.

Explory is a free download in the Apple App Store. It requires an iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch running iOS 6 or better. Once you’ve installed it, tap on “Story Ideas” and see your stories! If you want more than the 50 MB free storage Explory provides, you can sign up for a month-long or annual subscription.




New iPhone App Makes It Simple to Monetize Photos

123RFPhotosAttendees at the Cannes Lions Festival of Creativity were among the first to learn about 123RF On-The-Go, a microstock photography app that lets you tag, upload, and monetize images that you have taken on your iPhone.

The app was developed by the creators of the website, which generates 20 million unique visitors each month. “To date, we have 62,000 verified stock content contributors and 20 million digital assets in our media library,” says Leon Hudson,’s vice president of sales and marketing.


In launching the app, Hudson noted that, “You may not carry a DSLR camera with you at all times but you certainly have your smartphone handy. Now, anyone can capture a moment wherever they are and cash in on their amazing shots. Users can also participate in exciting contests which promises a bounty of $300 each time. There is nothing better than making money from what you enjoy doing. The 123RF On-The-Go iPhone app allows you to do just that!”

When you send your photos to via the 123RF On-The-Go app, your photos will undergo inspection by a team of Image Reviewers. They will inspect your photo to ensure that they meet the site’s content guidelines and requirements. Within 24 hours from the time of acceptance, your image will be made searchable and licensable on the website.

123RF On-The-Go is now available as a free download from the Apple App Store.

Founded in 2005, is a royalty-free microstock library that offers more than 20 million royalty-free content items, including stock photos, illustrations, footage, audio files and logos.


123RF On-The-Go Mobile App

YouTube Video: On-The-Go Launch

Adorama Offers iPhone Photography Accessories for Summer Adventures

AdoramaLogoAdorama, one of the world’s largest photography, imaging, video and electronics retailers, has become a leading destination for iPhone photography accessories. Their iPhone Toolshed offers unique and useful accessories for iPhoneography including tripods, cases, lenses and filter kits. In the Adorama Learning Center, you can learn techniques for shooting photos and videos on your smartphone.

Just in time for summer, Adorama is promoting iPhoneography accessories such as waterproof cases, bike mounts and solar chargers. With these accessories, no moment needs to go undocumented, whether you are backpacking on rugged trails, splashing around in the ocean, lounging by the pool, riding a jet ski, or sleeping under the stars.

Adventure-Ready Gear in Adorama’s iPhone Toolshed Includes:

OtterBox Armor Series Waterproof Case for iPhone 5: A reinvention of the wildly popular OtterBox classic, the OtterBox iPhone 5 Armor Series protects against water, dust and crushing force. A strong combination of metal latches, an O-ring seal, port covers and mesh coverings keep water out, making the case completely waterproof while still allowing for full functionality.

GOBlogAdoramaWaterproofSleeveThe Joy Factory BubbleShield Reusable Waterproof Sleeves for Large Smartphones, 5 Pack: These reusable sleeves can keep your phone safe from water, sand, and splatters. The super-strong, magically thin covering enables full touchscreen capabilities, is sound permeable and keeps phones photo-ready. A carabiner loop can help keep your phone safe while on the move.

The Joy Factory aXtion Go Rugged Water-Resistant Case for iPhone 5: This thin, lightweight, shock-resistant case is dust-, oil- and mud-proof and resists spills, bumps and scratches.

Aryca Wave 3 Waterproof Case for iPhone 5: Wave 3 protects against water, sand, dirt and other elements that can damage a phone when on the go. Its hard outer shell also provides shock absorption for extra protection. The transparent silicone membrane gives you full access your favorite features including the iPhone camera.

GOBlogBikeMountKitAryca Bike Mount Kit: This kit provides a way to secure your smartphone onto a bicycle, motorcycle, or jet ski. Bundled with the Wave 3 Waterproof Case and the Aricase Adapter, the iPhone can be snugly mounted and used for anything from capturing action shots to keeping tabs on location using the phone’s GPS.

Aryca Floating Lanyard Wrist Strap: The Aryca Floating Lanyard Wrist Strap is designed for use with the Aryca Wave 3 Waterproof case. It keeps the iPhone from sinking, and is a must-have whether you’re spending a tranquil day floating down the river or going white-water rafting.

LifeProof Fre Case for iPhone 5: This case protects phones against water, dirt and shock. It can be submerged in water up to 2 meters deep for 30 minutes or withstand being dropped from heights up to 2 meters.  With speaker ports designed to provide optimal sound and the perfectly clear optical glass covering over the camera, iPhones perform at prime conditions while remaining safe and sound in even the most rugged situations.

Wagan Tech 2558-5 Solar e Charger™ with Built-in Li-ion Battery: When your adventures take you away from electrical outlets, this device lets you use the sun’s powerful rays to recharge your mobile devices. The built-in Li-ion battery fully recharges in five to eight hours via the sun, and in two to three hours via an AC adapter.

Eton BoostTurbine 2000Eton BoostTurbine 2000: The Eton BoostTurbine 2000 is a durable back-up battery pack with a 2000mAh lithium ion battery and a hand turbine power generator that provides power when it’s needed most. In just one minute the hand turbine power generator can produce enough power for an urgent 30-second call or a few critical texts. BoostTurbine 2000 is made of tough but lightweight aluminum and is compact enough to fit in a pocket.

“With the warm weather rapidly approaching, people are ready to get out of the office and enjoy the sun, and they want to have their phones with them when they do. Luckily, there’s something for everyone in the iPhone Toolshed, so iPhoneographers will never have to miss a photo op this summer,” says Brian Green, vice president of marketing, Adorama. “These products have been carefully selected by Adorama’s expert team of photography and mobile specialists, and are the perfect accessories for all types of summer activities. Users can stay connected, capture awesome action shots and summer memories, and use their phones’ GPS and other apps to enhance the outdoor experience – all while keeping their iPhones safe and sound from the elements.”



iPhone Toolshed

Adorama Learning Center: iPhoneography


Two Fun Ways to Learn More About Phoneography

Photojojo University and Studio b offer two very different ways to learn how to shoot better photographs with your camera phone. Both courses sound like serious fun!

Photojojo University: Phoneography 101

PhotoJoJoUniversityTo use your smartphone to learn about photography fundamentals as applied through your camera phone, sign up for Photojojo University’s four-week Phoneography 101 course. (The next one starts May 1.) The course costs $10 and if you graduate, you’ll get a $5 gift card for the Photojojo store.

Twice a week, you’ll get an email with a simple and fun lesson that ends with an assignment that challenges you to practice what you learned. In addition to discussing camera phone basics, the course will cover composition, lighting, experimental lighting, creative effects, tools, editing, and sharing.

If you aren’t yet a Photojojo fan, check out their free newsletter that suggests insanely fun things you can do with photography. The articles include some DIY display projects such as how to make a stained glass window out of Instagrams.

The Photojojo store sells useful accessories such as touch-screen gloves, cameraphone lenses and an iPhone boom mic, and a new, back-up battery that lets you re-charge your smartphone anywhere simply by cranking the handle. (As Photojojo describes the Crankerator: “Power for your camera phone, a little extra exercise for your arms.”)

About Photojojo

Photojojo University

iPhoneography 101 Course Aboard a Maine Windjammer

If you would enjoy a sailing adventure along with your phoneography education, the creative venue Studio b is conducting an iPhoneography 101 course August 28-31 aboard a 24-passenger Maine Windjammer. The course will be taught by Colleen Duffley, the experienced advertising and editorial photographer who founded Studio b as a “playground for the imagination.”

StudiobLightImpressionsDuffley also curates Light Impressions, the 40-iPad exhibit of camera phone images from 40 iPhoneographers that is traveling to art venues throughout the U.S.

During the Studio b’s iPhoneography 101 course, you will learn how to:

  • turn ordinary smartphone snaps into extraordinary images
  • use the most powerful and creative apps
  • come up with innovative ways to share and present your work.

StudiobMobileArtChandYou can practice what you learn when the schooner sails into beautiful Camden Harbor for the annual Camden Windjammer Festival of the Maine Windjammer fleet. Explore the other ships, visit downtown Camden, and enjoy a schooner-crew talent show and fireworks.

Call for Entries for Mobile Art Chandelier! Can’t attend the cruise? Check out the Studio b website and Facebook page to see where the Light Impressions art installation and Mobile Art Chandelier will be displayed next. Because the Light Impressions exhibit will be displayed at the Studio Amanda Talley in New Orleans in May, Studio b is currently seeking camera-phone images of what the “Big Easy” means to you (food, music, fun, mystery, etc.). Entry deadline is 5 pm EDT on April 24.


Studio b: iPhoneography 101 Windjammer Cruise

Call for Entries: Mobile Art Chandelier in New Orleans

Light Impressions on Facebook

Studio b on Facebook



Win Trip to Warhol Museum for Trying Warhol D.I.Y. Pop App

This looks like fun! For a chance to win a private tour of the current exhibition at The Andy Warhol Museum in Pittsburgh, enter the “Pop Your Culture with the Warhol D.I.Y. Pop App” social media contest. The contest launched March 21, 2013 and closes March 31, 2013 at 12 am EDT.

To enter, simply use The Warhol D.I.Y. POP App to transform an iconic picture of your culture into a Warhol digital screen print. Entries can be submitted via the Acclaro Facebook accounts.

“POP Your Culture with The Warhol D.I.Y. Pop App” will have four winners, three of which will be hand-selected by Nicholas Chambers, the Milton Fine curator of art of The Warhol.
The grand prize will be a trip for two to Pittsburgh including airfare, hotel, museum entrance, and a private tour of the current exhibition. Second and third place winners will receive gift certificates to The Warhol Store (at the museum or online) in the amounts of $300 and $200 respectively.


The fourth winner will be chosen by the public via Facebook after Chambers selects ten finalists. This People’s Choice winner will have their submitted image displayed for 24 hours on The Warhol Facebook and Twitter profiles, which have over 550,000 combined followers.

The contest is sponsored by Acclaro, a New York-based translation and localization agency that helps the world’s leading brands succeed across cultures.  Acclaro is presenting the contest to celebrate a fruitful partnership with The Warhol, a non-profit arts organization that is expanding its presence to key cities across Asia.

The Warhol first called on Acclaro to translate and localize its education website and materials, as well as The Warhol D.I.Y. POP App, into Chinese and Japanese. The visitor materials and mobile application were used to launch the largest retrospective of Warhol’s artwork to travel to Asia, Andy Warhol: 15 Minutes Eternal that opened in Singapore and currently is on view in Hong Kong, with futures venues to include Shanghai, Beijing, and Tokyo.

Over the past 10 years, Acclaro has developed a specialty in the cultural and non-profit realm, providing translation and localization services to such influential organizations as The Metropolitan Museum of Art and The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York City. This contest is a unique opportunity to promote cultural awareness and art appreciation to the online communities of both Acclaro and The Warhol.

“Our goal from the beginning has been to seamlessly communicate The Andy Warhol Museum message across cultures. The beauty of this contest is that everyone has a cultural identity. Now individuals of all backgrounds can experience Warhol by doing exactly what he did: turning an iconic image into a work of art,” said Michael Kriz, founder and president of Acclaro.

Located in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, the place of Andy Warhol’s birth, The Andy Warhol Museum is one of the most comprehensive single-artist museums in the world. The Andy Warhol Museum is one of the four Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh.



Official Warhol Contest Page

App: The Warhol: D.I.Y. Pop

Pinterest Page with Sample Entries

The Andy Warhol Museum