This is one of many stunning images created by students in the Winter 2013 session of the Creative iPhoneography Course. We're celebrating exploration, completion and creative flight with an art show displaying the work we're most proud of! Sometimes the hardest part is to select the very best pieces.
Discover the best apps and techniques to transform simple iPhone snapshots into artistic statements using the tool you already have in your pocket.
"Oggl isn’t ducklips or bathroom selfies—it’s living like you mean it, your best creative work, and amazing life moments." Hipstamatic
Oggle is a promising new mobile app for shooting and sharing images, from the developers of the iconic photo app Hipstamatic. The creative possibilities of Oggle look tremendously exciting.
- 5 “Favorites” pre-loaded styles for situational shooting: Landscape, Food, Portrait, Nightlife and Sunset
- Guaranteed new beautiful lens and film gear each month
- For the first time ever (with Hipstamatic), edit a photo after it’s taken to experiment with different looks
- “Tap to preview” effects before shooting
- Share your best photos in a community of creative photographers
- Curate your favourites and share in a variety of other social media channels.
- Free app with subscription model to access more lens and film gear.
Currently by invitation only. Get yours here.
With the sheer number of apps available, it's fun and often inexpensive to try out new, exciting apps. It can easily become a bit of an addiction (do you ever feel like an appoholic?), and you wind up with so many apps that your smartphone (or tablet) becomes a cluttered mess.
Just like on your computer, unused software takes up extra room on your tablet or smartphone’s storage and makes it harder to find the apps you do use. Cleaning out and organising the apps you use frequently makes it easier for you to focus and find what you need and enjoy to use. It also frees up extra space and helps your device run smoother.
Deleting Unused Apps
To uninstall apps on your iOS device (iPhone, iPod or iPad), press and hold the app you want to remove until it "wobbles" and then tap the small “X” that appears in the corner to uninstall it.
What if I Change my Mind?
If you change your mind you can restore an app that you used to have, directly from your iPhone, iPod or iPad. You won't be charged twice for an app or in-app purchase, provided you use the same iTunes account login. Open the App Store, search for the app and reinstall it. It’s that easy.
Hello Teresita, could you tell us a little about how you got started developing your own iPhoneography app?
Firstly thank you so much for this opportunity! I think starting had a lot to do with my background: I’m an avid user of Photoshop with deep knowledge in plugins. I used the program daily while working as a web designer. At the same time, I’m also an experienced graphic programmer with almost 7 years working in the mobile industry. I think that is a perfect combination for starting to create mobile art apps. It all started back when I bought my first iPad and I felt that so much was missing: there was no Photoshop, and none of these fantastic plugins I worked with. So I started developing iColorama, trying to fill the empty space.
iColorama is, of course, not the only app trying hard to fill the gap. iPhoneography is today a recognized form of art and its development is very accelerated with new apps coming every day and an increasing number of active creators.
What makes you really excited about expressing yourself creatively with your iPhone or iPad?
Well, it is important to note that I don’t consider myself an iPhoneographer. Mostly my “works of art” are reduced to show coming effects in my app. Although, I try to make these pieces as beautiful as possible. Honestly, I wish I had more time for creating my own artsy images. Having said that, I consider developing the app an act of creation in itself. The styles, the algorithms, the effect combinations follow the same process that artists follow when creating composed images and collages. Besides that, programming is also considered a form of art and programming. With Apple’s devices is a fantastic experience. Apple is the best.
How did you come up with the app name?
Many years ago I used to watch a TV program dedicated to art called Colorama so I named the app because of it. There is also a company in Sweden called Colorama that sells wallpapers, the name has nothing to do with that company.
What makes iColorama a unique tool for creative expression?
I think the diversity of effects that includes effects from simple color changes to advanced image mathematical transformations. All these effects can be combined, masked, brushed in infinite combinations. I also try to offer a user interface that is as simple as possible. I can’t say I have succeeded completely with that, but I always try to do my best.
Show us a feature in iColorama that you love.
I especially love the brushes and their algorithms. I see the brushes as localized, limited shape regions where effects are applied. The potential of brushes is huge: almost an infinite combination of shapes, colors and effects just under your finger. I’m working hard to deliver a better brush experience in coming versions. For now, I consider the brushes very experimental, but nonetheless a beautiful and powerful experiment) I love them.
I would not consider it a feature but iColorama is always in continuous evolution: users receive updates as soon as new features are introduced, usually every 3-4 weeks. This is also guaranteed in the future, without additional cost for the users.
What’s the most important element of a well designed iPhoneography app?
I think there are many important elements: But allowing the user to express himself in his own style is the most important. I want each creator to have the chance to differentiate, to create something personal and unique. The second most important is the flow experience: there should not be any kind of obstruction while users are engaged in their creative process (this includes a very simple and powerful user interface)
Which role do the users of iColorama have in the development of the app?
I have direct contact with many users and periodically receive suggestions to improve the app. I respect and value these suggestions and contact very much!
I post almost daily at the community page, featuring new effects or the best artworks by users. I read every comment and I check every piece published at Instagram with the #icolorama tag. There is a flow of inspiration coming back to me from the users' creations: very often presets and effects are directly inspired from their fantastic pieces of art.
Lately some users are starting to publish their own tutorials on their blogs, I don’t have enough words of gratitude for that, it's a service highly valued by the community and they can count on me for spreading and advertising their tutorials.
And finally the nice user reviews: The latest version of iColorama version 3.1 has only 5 star reviews in USA, 5 stars 27 times! That is probably the best way to support and encourage me to continue the app development.
What would be your advice to someone who's just starting out using iColorama?
A good start is to read the very short user guide; then search the web for tutorials and inspiration. e.g. by checking at Instagram the #icolorama tag, visit the community page at FB or just contact me directly if you need it, I’m daily available online.
What do you find to be the greatest challenges and rewards of developing your own iPhoneography app?
The greatest challenges are in the areas of performance and user interface. These are very complicated areas when going mobile; as the devices are limited in graphic power and screen size.
The biggest rewards received are the friendship with many amazing creators and the absolute joy of looking at what they are creating.
Any suggestions to others who would like to develop their own app, but don’t know where to start?
There courses available online on developing apps for iPhone. I think Stanford University has a recurring course. There is also a course of Computational Photography on Coursera that I recommend. Then there are plenty of papers and books on the subject.
All the above is worthless without the patience and perseverance that you will need to success in delivering your app. It is also important to know that writing the code is just a little part of the process: engaging your users, advertising your app and competing in the App Store is much, much harder.
Can you share any of the goals you have for iColorama during 2013?
This year started with the introduction of brushes. I will continue developing new algorithms and improving the performance and the brushes' user interface in coming versions. In the next version I will let the users define their own brushes shapes, glasses, textures, masks. I will also try to remove the gap between the iPad and the iPhone versions, especially by bringing the brushes to the last.
Finally I will put some effort in tutorials that are very necessary. I recently purchased the icolorama.com domain and I have big plans for building a tutorial site!
I thank again to you for the opportunity and I wish you very good luck with your blog and your iPhoneography teaching!
Lately, I've been thinking about paying more attention to the bigger picture and making room for the people and things that really matter.
For Marmalade Moon this mindset means building blocks of really useful tutorials and guides for harnessing your creativity with your iPhone or iPad. To make room for this development, I'll be slowing down my blogging pace, publishing new posts once a week, on Mondays.
Just now I'm writing a tutorial for how to organise your digital iPhone photos and I've only just put together a new guide for Top Apps for Photo Effects, Filters and Post Processing. Hope you enjoy it!
I'm delighted to introduce free promo codes for interesting art and photo apps as a new club perk for members of Club Marmalade Moon! Promo codes are handed out on a first come, first serve basis and they have been going like hotcakes!
What ever happened to solitude? The pause, the space in-between? That moment of reflection and day dreaming. Time to reframe, refresh and renew. To be present in the moment and connect deeply with other people and ourselves?
It's so easy to gradually fill that space with busywork. Internet tasks like Facebook updates and blog statistics and suddenly find yourself out of time.
During my Easter break I reestablished some of the things I love to do to relax, and since then I've been guarding that space like a hawk.
- Reading books
- Writing actual letters and notecards
- Doing Yoga
- Creative me time (without any purpose)
- Going for walks
- Writing in my notebook
And this has put me in a different frame of mind. I'm thinking more about the bigger picture and structure. Simplifying and streamlining the smaller things both in my online and offline life.
This spring, you'll find more writings here at Marmalade Moon, about giving your digital life a spring cleaning, developing a slower pace, more focus and turning your bloated iPhone photo roll into a tidy, organised space.
There's something about the energy, both in the spring and in the autumn, that makes it feel like a good time for renewal?
Here's a peek at what's going on in the Marmalade Moon world:
- New in the resources section: New & Noteworthy Apps for Mobile Photography and Art and I've started working on The Artist's Toolbox: Top Art Apps for Sketching, Painting and Applying Painterly Effects.
- Tinkering with my personal portfolio and journal site: Kate England.
- We're just getting started with the first Freestyle Alumni Workshop. Gathering together and planning out our personal iPhoneography projects. It's very exciting!
And with that I leave for a spring break. Time for family, friends and creative expression.
It's been rumoured for the past weeks that a new HipstaPak and RetroPak were on their way to release. Now they're here!
This weekend only, you can get all the Hipstamatic RetroPaks on sale for just 99¢ each including the all-new retropak three! A great opportunity for collectors to catch up and fill any gaps in their Hipstamatic camera gear.
The new update also introduces a completely new pak, the Silver Lake HipstaPak. The Mabel lens adds a muted palette to your photo, washes the image in very warm, yellow tones with unpredictable light leaks. The Dixie Film is described “a light and feathery edge licks the edge of your print like a flame when you use this hip film.” The film adds saturation through a red undertone to your photo. I'm personally most excited about the Dixie Film and its lovely, irregular imperfection.
You'll need to update Hipstamatic to the latest version (Hipstamatic 262) be able to download these new, exciting goodies.