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

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

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



New Options for Printing and Exhibiting Phoneography

It’s amazing to see everything that can be done with images captured on a smartphone these days.  Below are just two examples of how camera-phone images are being displayed and printed for exhibition at major events.

Studio b Will Show Works of 40 Phoneographers at Art Basel Miami Beach

Do you have 13 smartphone images that are worthy of display at one of the most prestigious art shows in America? If so, round them up and send to [email protected] by Sunday, November 4.

If your collection of images is judged to be one of the 40 best, your work will be shown on studio b’s “Light Impressions” display that will be shown at Art Basel Miami Beach from December 6-9.  Art Basel is regarded as a cultural and social highlight for the Americas, attracting more than 260 leading galleries from North America, Europe, Latin America, Asia, and Africa.

Studio b’s “Light Impressions” installation consists of 40 iPads mounted on a piece of metal that photographer and studio b owner Colleen Duffley salvaged the wreckage of a Gulf Coast hurricane.  Each of the 40 iPads displays a 13-image slideshow from a featured artist.

“Because the images are always moving, the Light Impressions exhibit itself is always changing,” Colleen says. “No matter how many times you look at it, you see it differently.”  To enter images or request more information about Light Impressions, e-mail: [email protected]

If you are interested in further developing your creative phoneography skills, Duffley will be leading an iPhoneography 101 sailing adventure in Maine aboard the J. and E. Riggin schooner from August 28-31, 2013. The sailing vessel is operated by Maine Windjammer Cruises.


About Studio b

iPhoneography 101 Sailing Adventure

iPrints Store Makes Prints for LA Mobile Arts Festival

In August, the first LA Mobile Arts Festival 2012 (LA-MAF) showcased how mobile digital-imaging technology is transforming the arts. The LA-MAF garnered international media attention from organizations such as The Huffington Post, The Los Angeles Times, CNN, NBC, NASDAQ news, Daily Mail. During the show’s 8-day run, more than 2000 people came to view the largest exhibition of mobile artistry to date.

The show was organized by (IPA),an online group that enables phoneographers of all levels of expertise to share techniques, evaluate new technologies, and discuss their latest creations.

The organizers of the LA-MAF show believe that the unexpected way the images were presented attracted a lot of attention.

More than 600 images were displayed as different types and sizes of museum-quality prints. Some were mounted on handcrafted bamboo panels; others were printed on specially coated aluminum plates, printed on glass, or on mirrors in vintage Victorian frames.  Some prints were nearly four feet tall

Nate Park, co-founder of said that many people who entered the show asked: “So where’s the work that was done on the iPhone? Little did they know they were already surrounded by it.”

All of the prints displayed at the LA-MAF were produced by IPA’s new iPrints Store, which is now open to the general public.

Through the iPrints Store, phoneographers everywhere can print their iPhone files with the quality necessary to appeal to art buyers and advance their careers. The iPhoneArt team that operates the store are experts in preparing files for output on the types of print surfaces that generated so much buzz at the  LA-MAF.

“The iPrints Store is also a far-reaching sales platform for IPA’s international band of mobile artists,” said Daria Polichetti, co-founder of “The public gallery is a curated space, so you must submit your portfolio for review.” Once accepted, you will have full control over your works. The iPrints Store will handle tasks such as tracking limited and signed editions, offering file-prep assistance for achieving museum-quality prints, and mounting images on eco-friendly bamboo panels.

“It’s not a quick-print system run through one of the online mega-printers.” says Polichetti. “It is not an instant-anything. Instead, each work is printed with personal attention, hand crafted to order, and shipped worldwide.”

“At, we feed each others’ creativity,” said one artist. “The LA Mobile Arts Festival 2012 was one example of what this mobile art community is capable of. The iPrints Store is another.”


LA Mobile Arts Festival

iPrints Store

iPhone Art


Galleries and Print Providers Help Showcase iPhone Photos

Ring in the Creative New Year with Studio b Camera Phone Event

Submit Entry to LA Mobile Arts Festival by July 15

New App Helps You Sell iPhone Images as Stock Photos

A new iPhone app from Pocketstock has opened up the commercial stock photography market to billions of new stock shooters. The app allows you to shoot, then add metadata such as captions, keywords, model and property releases without leaving the app.

“It’s possible for a contributor to shoot an image and have it live on our site for sale within 30 minutes,” says Russell Glenister, CEO of Pocketstock. “When I got into the industry it took three months and for many stock shooters, it still takes a month for their images to go live at other agencies.”

Contributors will earn a minimum of 35% of the royalties Pocketstock makes from their phone images.

Pocketstock clients can either buy their chosen image at the listed price, or submit a bid for what they consider to be a fair price for the image. Clients who submit bids for images will be notified within 24 hours if their bids have been accepted or rejected, and will be given opportunities to justify or reconsider their bids.

If you are interested in becoming a Pocketstock contributor, you can download the Pocketstock app from the Apple app store or from Pocketstock. An Android version of the app is currently being developed.


Pocketstock App

About Pocketstock

Guidelines for Contributors




Exhibition of Phoneography Art at Rebekah Jacob Gallery

An exhibition exploring the artistic possibilities of smartphone photography is now on display at the Rebekah Jacob Gallery in the Upper King Street district of Charleston, South Carolina. Entitled “Ways of Seeing: Phoneography,” the exhibition is further proof that phoneography is quickly gaining acceptance as a new fine arts medium.

Gallery owner Rebekah Jacob says phoneography exhibitions at galleries in other cities have been wildly popular, thanks to Facebook and other social media  New collectors also appreciate the more modest price points of the prints themselves.

“Stairs” by Nick Moss

As an art lover and experienced curator of fine photography, Rebekah Jacob is “fascinated by the immediacy and intimacy of phoneography, particularly the iPhone’s imaging quality.” She likes the fact that the technology is so accessible and that apps enable photographers to quickly express their vision in interesting ways.

The photographs included in the exhibit were selected by the curatorial staff of Rebekah Jacob Gallery following an open call for entries that closed June 3. The exhibition opened July 1 and runs through July 31.

“Sensation is Already Memory” by Katie Wichlinski

The prints are being sold for a uniform price of $200. If you can’t visit the gallery in Charleston, you can view and buy images from the exhibition at the store on the gallery’s website.


Rebekah Jacob Gallery

Exhibition: Ways of Seeing-Phoneography

Store: Rebekah Jacob Gallery

E-book: How to Make Stronger Photos with Camera Phone

Professional photographer Al Smith has published a 45-page PDF e-book that can help you take better camera-phone photographs. Entitled “eyePhone: Making Stronger Photographs with Your Camera Phone,” the e-book features insights, tips, creative considerations, and must-have resources that can help you build a portfolio of camera-phone images you can be proud of.

“Your camera phone is always with you, so whether you’re an amateur or professional photographer, it only makes sense to know how to use it to your advantage,” says Smith.  

The e-book is available for $5.00 (USD) through Craft & Vision, an online community for amateur and professional photographers seeking high-quality photography education at affordable prices.

Other e-books available from the Craft & Vision library include:

Shoot + Share: Getting Your Photographs Out in the Real World by Stuart Sipahigil

Exposure for Outdoor Photography by Michael Frye

Forget Mugshots: 10 Steps to Better Portraits by David duChemin


E-book: eyePhone: Making Stronger Photographs with Your Camera Phone

About Al Smith

About Craft & Vision