How Karen Vikke Shoots Minimalist Photos With Her iPhone

Karen Vikke is an iPhone photographer from Copenhagen in Denmark. She has amassed a wonderful collection of minimalist photography on her Instagram feed and with it an enviable following. Her style consists of simple, uncluttered compositions which make superb use of negative space, geometric lines and vibrant colours.

I caught up with Karen to find out a bit more about her approach to her minimalist photography, the compositions and what inspires her about this simple style of photography.

Firstly, could you tell us a bit about yourself?

I live in Copenhagen in Denmark and I love this city. I grew up as a child in the countryside but have lived in Copenhagen all my adult life. I work as a social worker with kids with different handicaps. I have never studied photography but have always been interested in different kinds of art. In my spare time I love going to the cinema, vintage shopping and to explore nature. I also just enjoy walking around in the city, finding new places to photograph.

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How did you first get into mobile photography?

I started mobile photography about 5 years ago. I wanted to learn about photography and gave myself the challenge to take one photo every day. At the same time I started to follow some great people on Instagram to get inspired. Slowly I found my own style and I was hooked. I love to take pictures with my iPhone because it is easy to use. A lot of my photos are the unplanned type of shots taken when I walk around. I love that my iPhone can be ready to shoot in an instant.

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Your work features a lot of patterns, geometric shapes and negative space. What draws you to these types of subjects and compositions?

I think I am drawn to these types of photographs, because I think they are easy to the eye. I think it is nice to just take a photo of a scene, and strip it down to its bare essentials. It helps to make the patterns and geometric shapes stands out more when there is a lot of negative space within the composition.

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Lone people often feature in your work. Is the human element important to you?

Yes, I think it can have a great effect to include a human element in a photograph. I’m especially happy with the effect a tiny person can have in front of a tall building. It helps to give a sense of the size and format of the building. A person can help the photograph to tell a story, especially if it is the right person, the right movement, in front of the right building. When these elements come together it can be magic.

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What do you think are the key ingredients that make a good urban minimalist photographer?

I think lines are important in many urban scenes and also make the subject, be it a building, a wall or whatever, to stand out by removing any “noice” from the picture.

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What are your go-to apps of choice and do you put much emphasis on post producting processing?

My favorite apps to use to edit my pictures is Snapseed, SKRWT and Retouch.

Snapseed is great for making color adjustments and lightening up some areas in the picture. I often like a white background so will use the selective adjustment tool to brighten up the sky.

SKRWT is the perfect app to help straighten up lines and correct perspective problems. It’s really important to me, that the lines are straight on the buildings and SKRWT helps me to correct these distortions.

Beacuse I love a lot of negative space in my photos the Retouch app is great, because I can easily remove unwanted objects and distractions from my photos.

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What would be your top tips for others looking to develop their urban minimalistic skills?

I think my top tip for people who want to develop there urban minimalistic style is just to start playing with your pictures. Start playing about with composition. Remove objects from your photos, use negative space and think about the lines within the scene. Dont be scared to try new things. Often things if you are not sure something will work, very often it actually does work really well but you will only know this when you see it, so give it a go.

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If you could spend the day with any photographer past or present who would it be and why?

I would love to spend a day with Irving Penn (@the.irving.penn.foundation). I really love his work, he liked to be experimental and was one of the first photographers who photographed against a plain grey background. I think he was an inspiring person and had a lot on his mind.

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Which other mobile photographers do you admire and why?

When I started to use Instagram one of the first people I started to follow was @Konaction. I found a lot of inspiration in his pictures. I think they are creative and he photographs urban scenes very well. I also really love Dirk Bakker – @Macenzo. He is a Master of shapes. @Huxterized is another photographer that I admire. His photos are happy and have great composition which always put a smile on my face.

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Could you choose two of your favorite photos and tell us the story behind them?

This picture is taking at the Ireland “Lolland” where so grew up. It was Christmas morning and instead of snow it was a really rainy Christmas. I went for a walk in the industrial area and found this building with a Big puddle in front of. I really like playing with puddels and it Can be another Way to get some symmetri in a picture. I didnt do much editing at this photo, but I removed some unwanted stuff with the Retouch app.

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I found theese Houses when I was walking around in Copenhagen some day and I took a lot of pictures of them. I did a lot of editing on this photo. First I used “SKRWT” to straighten them up and make the Lines straight and then I crooped the picture. I took a White background in the “Union” app and then put the houses in. At last I used “Snapseed” to put Extra colour at the houses.

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Mobiography Photo Challenge: 14 Amazing Autumn Inspired Smartphone Photos

The theme of last week’s Mobiography Photo Challenge was ‘Autumn’, which was inspired by the changing colours of the trees and the landscape at the moment. The photos featured this week illustrate how different photographers have approached the subject. Some like @fotopawelolsztyn, @Mikemantx and Sabine Gromek and captured the atmospheric conditions this time of year. Meanwhile other photographers have approached the subject by photographing the fauna and flora in isolation as still life’s.

Featured photographers this week include: @agnesdnk, Carol Haynes, @fotopawelolsztyn, Kristen Chandler Toth, Lou Ann Marks, Lucrezia Herman, @lulu1510, @Mikemantx, Sabine Gromek, Sandra Nykerk, Shirley Jones, Susan Blanda, Vicki Whicker, and Carla Broekhuizen.

Take part in the next Mobiography photo challenge

This week the theme for the next photo challenge will be ‘Blue’. For this challenge think about sharing your best mobile photos that capture the colour blue in all it’s glory. Think about the deep blue sea, gorgeous blue skies, or vibrantly colour buildings.

To enter the challenge simply start sharing your best images on the theme of ‘Blue’ that were taken and edited with a smartphone by using the hashtag #mobiography_challenge_45 on Instagram.

The best ones will be featured in the next photo challenge showcase, so get sharing now.

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Contemplation

Contemplation‘ by Carol Haynes – “The original photo was captured on a bright sunny day when I was probably just enjoying a cup of coffee outside. Not much to it really. I don’t even remember capturing it to be honest but, a few weeks ago, it caught my eye again. I liked the shape of the leaf and the reflection on the glass tabletop. My editing choices were inspired by other low key photos I have seen recently with a black background.

Photographed and edited on Samsung Galaxy S7 (no flash, no tripod, no additional lense). Edited with Snapseed and tweaked in EyeEm. I never remember the exact steps I use but I do tend to do the same things initially: staighten/rotate and auto-adjust with Tune Image in SnapSeed, I then keep going from there. For this particular photo, I do remember drastically editing with the Brush (Dodge & Burn) and Healing tools to remove the busy background (trees, wood beams, dirt on the table), and I probably used Vignette to complete that “low key” feel. It all seems kind of boring and run of the mill… but now, when I look at the finished product I feel a sense of accomplishment I didn’t feel from the original. “

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Untitled‘ by @fotopawelolsztyn – “This picture was taken in Poland on Lake Wadąg. It was very early and a thick fog was floating over the water. The photo was taken with SONY XPERIA XZ2 smartphone. Edited in the Adobe Photoshop Express application.”

Herzlichen Willkommen lieber Herbst

Herzlichen Willkommen lieber Herbst‘ by Kristen Chandler Toth – “This photo was shot on a hike to the top of the Birkenkopf, which is the highest point in the city where I live, Stuttgart, Germany. The hill is part of a Schuttberg, an artificial hill built out of the rubble from World War II. Nearly half of the buildings in Stuttgart were razed during Allied bombings and much of the rubble was piled on this hill.

I shot this on an old iPhone SE. I used SnapSeed to bring down the highlights, bring up the shadows and increase the saturation slightly. “

Leaves

Leaves‘ by Lou Ann Marks

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Untitled‘ by @lulu1510 – “I passed every day the cuestnut – tree since springtime. Saw the flowers, the little fruits growing till they want to break out of their home. It was every week exciting to see it grow…and finally they become a special place on the top of my PC at work.  Taken by my iPhone 6S and finished with the iOS photo software without many color correction. They shine without filters.”

Up Close and Quakey!!

Up Close and Quakey!!‘ by @Mikemantx – “Nature grounds me. The smell of spruce, wet leaves of the aspen and the earth of Autumn. I stand and breathe it in. My soul rejoices. One of my favorite drive in the autumn is the Alpine Loop, a 20-mile drive that winds through rugged alpine canyons of the Wasatch Range offering stupendous views of Mount Timpanogos and other glacier-carved peaks. Around 7000 feet, spruce give way to aspen groves. How can you not stop? Bewitching really. Walking through this grove in the early morning, I stopped and turned around, seeing this scene. I shoot with an iPhone 8+ and post edit with Snapseed.”

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Untitled‘ by Sabine Gromek – “This photo was taken at Lake Neusiedl in Austria. It was shot with my iPhone 6s and edited with Hipstamatic using lens Jane and film Love81.”

Autumn on the Shields River

Autumn on the Shields River‘ by Sandra Nykerk – “The fall colors in Montana have been stunning this year, so I have been out photographing at every chance. Many of Montana’s rivers are lined with cottonwoods, and the Shields River in south central Montana is a ribbon of gold flowing through the prairie and ranch landscape. Most of the land is private with limited access, but at this spot, the river flows next to the road and I was able to stop and photograph. It was raining lightly when I took this, providing the perfect light and saturating the colors of the cottonwoods. Taken with an iPhone 7+ and processed in Snapseed, iColorama, and Stackables. “

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Untitled‘ by Shirley Jones – “This photograph was taken in woods local to me in Pershore in Worcestershire. Its one of my regular dog walks and when I do most of my landscape work. This image was edited in snapseed. Not a lot but I used a bit of HDR as I think it helps to bring the contast down a bit and it enhances the mist.

This summer has been amazing but I so love the changing angle and quality of light when the autumn comes. I find my landscapes transformed and I start feeling inspired again.

Photography at its very essence is all about light after all. I take all my work on my iPhone SE. I love the immediacy of the phone camera, I’ve always got it with me so I never miss an opportunity for a shot.

The editing apps I use mostly are snapseed (my got to everytime app), Hipstamatic and Distressed FX. I have rediscovered my personal style through these editing apps and I love that I can achieve similar effects that used to take hours in the darkroom with lots of equipment, with just my phone!”

“She put on her best dress and celebrated among the birds and trees. And in the energy of the moment, she found a grace beyond measure.”

She put on her best dress and celebrated among the birds and trees. And in the energy of the moment, she found a grace beyond measure.‘ by Susan Blanda – @susanblanda – “I created this image entirely on an iPhone7 Plus. I use an intuitive editing “flow” between ios apps— in a back and forth fashion—until the image feels right. My primary editing apps are VSCO and Snapseed. I also used the Reflect app in this composition.”

My kind of Heaven

My kind of Heaven‘ by Vicki Whicker – “Living on a remote piece of land in upstate NY, I create Bucholia (iPhonic meditations on rural beauty). My Instagram page is an OCD glimpse of my one square acre as it passes through the seasons, year after year. One week, each Autumn, brings a crop of magical Amanita Frostiana underneath my great pine tree. On the morning of this capture, light was hitting the membrane of the mushroom just so. In no time, I’m on my knees with my iPhone 7 in order to capture the angle that both locates the light and puts the mushroom into the farmland context in which I live. To edit – first, I used Distressed FX to give the photo depth and texture and the illusion of clouds. Then, I used Snapseed tools to bring out light, depth, color, softness, and to highlight the water droplets. Finally, before the post, I use Instagram presets to further set the mood. These are the only three editing tools I use in my mobile photography. “

Autumn

Autumn‘ by Carla Broekhuizen – “We had such a lovely summer and the sunflowers were still on my garden table. I could not say goodbye to the summer so II left them there and saw them change in autumn state.

In my studio is that very small spot were the light looks amazing at the end of the afternoon. It’s only there for 10 of fifteen minutes but that’s enough for a lovely stillife. I use that spot often for my stillifes, I like the moody atmosphere. Snapseed is my favoriet app for editing what I usely do on my iPad.”

Good morning!

Good morning!‘ by @agnesdnk

Don’t forget…

The theme for the next photo challenge will be ‘Blue’. For this challenge think about sharing your best mobile photos that capture the colour blue in all it’s glory. Think about the deep blue sea, gorgeous blue skies, or vibrantly colour buildings.

To enter the challenge simply start sharing your best images on the theme of ‘Blue’ that were taken and edited with a smartphone by using the hashtag #mobiography_challenge_45 on Instagram.

The best ones will be featured in the next photo challenge showcase, so get sharing now.

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Mobiography Photo Challenge: 20 Beautiful Nature Inspired Smartphone Photos

The theme of the last Mobiography Photo Challenge was ‘Nature’. From an amazing collection of images that were submitted to this photo challenge, the photos in this weeks showcase were pain-stakingly selected. These photos illustrate how the photographers have approached the subject of nature. Whether it is capturing a wide landscape vista or a close cropped or macro photo of autumn leaves or flowers.

Featured photographers this week include: Nicoloas Xanthos, Kathleen Weber, Joseph Cyr, Arturo Lopez, Amo Passicos, Ana Carolina Silva, @di.monheit19, @eikihosomi, @heidiloevdal, Jason Bloom, Jill Lian, Paule Briere, Debbie Rawson, Rosie Karel, Maciek Pakosh, Elaine Taylor, Joel Worthington, @vollygda, Maria Rebelo, and Mike Christoff.

Take part in the next Mobiography photo challenge

This week I have noticed that the colours are changing and autumn is starting to set in, so for that reason, the theme for the next challenge will be ‘Autumn’. For this challenge think about sharing your best mobile photos that capture the theme of autumn, it’s vibrant colours and the changing of the season. Think landscapes, leaves, wrapping up warm and the colours.

To enter the challenge simply start sharing your best images on the theme of ‘Autumn’ that were taken and edited with a smartphone by using the hashtag #mobiography_challenge_44 on Instagram.

The best ones will be featured in the next photo challenge showcase, so get sharing now.

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Untitled‘ by Nicoloas Xanthos – “With many peaks and trails, the region of Charlevoix, Quebec, is a paradise for hiking. For a year, I greatly enjoy discovering, and of course taking pictures. This photo was taken at the famous “Acropole des Draveurs”, which overlooks the Malbaie River. The landscape is absolutely amazing, with the river below and the surrounding mountains. Moreover, the day was a bit cloudy, so the light was constantly changing.

It’s not always easy to make an interesting picture of this kind of landscape, which is almost more an experience than a spectacle. The composition is important in this photo, because it divides the space and makes perceptible its size: the rocks in the foreground, the river below, the mountains in the distance. And the colors mark this space: the dark red of the foreground, the green / yellow around the river, the bluish tones of the background. I finally get the impression that the force of the natural elements is also noticeable in the rocks in the foreground.

I edited the light and the tones in Lightroom and VSCO. A final touch of Snapseed made visible some details of the photo.”

I knew I loved you before I met you…

I knew I loved you before I met you…‘ by Kathleen Weber – “I took this photo during our vacation in Oregon this year. The first place we went after landing in Portland was to the coast. I had only ever seen pictures, and I was already half in love from those alone, even though I’m not a “beach person” by nature. But, as soon as I stood on that beach and looked out at that quiet and still, solitary giant surrounded by the constant movement of the ocean, I was completely enthralled. The magical beauty of the Oregon Coast is hard to truly capture in words or even photographs. The beauty of it is really an emotion, and you have to be there to feel it in order to really understand it. The photo was taken with the iPhoneX native app and edited in Snapseed. ”

The humble desert thistle

The humble desert thistle‘ by Joseph Cyr – “I took this photo while on a hike in the late spring. The humble desert thistle is a common enough wildflower, but all wildflowers in the desert are always a treat. Scenes like this always make me think of those words by poet William Blake: “To see a world in a grain of sand, and a heaven in a wild flower hold infinity, in the palm of your hand, and eternity in an hour…”

I took this with my iPhoneX, using the snapseed app to isolate the bloom from its background. Studio close-ups of flowers are always striking, but for wildflowers, that’s almost impossible. With the snapseed app, using the ‘select’ tool to gradually desaturate and darken the surroundings, you can achieve almost the same effect as isolating flowers against a black background indoors.”

C a t a r a t a s

C a t a r a t a s‘ by Arturo Lopez – “This waterfall is located in Triberg, in the Black Forest region in Germany. To get the sense of movement of the water I had activated the live photo option in my iPhone and tried to keep hands frozen during the shot. Little editing in Snapseed and voilà.”

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Untitled‘ by Amo Passicos – “This picture is part of a floral series, using cut flowers or flowers from garbage, mainly from cemetaries. Given them a second life.”

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Untitled‘ by Ana Carolina Silva – “The Huayhuash Mountain Range is located in the south of Huaraz, in Peru, and I got to know it for sheltering the Siula Grande (6.344m), which is the scene of an almost tragedy narrated in Joe Simpson’s book, as well as in the film “Touching the Void”.

On the first day we had a long trip to the Cuartelwain camp (4.100m). The night was sleepless and under heavy rain, which made our first day trekking harder. At dawn, in that Andean cold, we faced mud, rocks and a trail with slopes greater than 40° to reach the highest point, the Paso Qaqanan (4.750m), just to be in awe with this image.
The majesty of nature around us is breathtaking. It is worth facing any difficulty for such landscapes!””

Moody skies

Moody skies‘ by @di.monheit19

One way to go

one way to go‘ by @eikihosomi – “With this photograph, I felt it had a story with characteristics on a big scale so I felt the need to photograph it. I wanted to express the leadership of the woman.

I took this photograph with my iPhoneX and Moment wide lens and Procam app. The editing app was Lightroom and VSCO app.”

Things you come across in Norway

Things you come across in Norway‘ by @heidiloevdal – “I came across this amazing “treehouse” while I was on Christmas vacation in the mountains of Hemsedal in Norway. In the car, on our way to go cross-country skiing we passed this spectacular house and I could barely believe my own eyes and luck and shouted “stop”! Making sure we had no cars behind us on this small country road, we made a short stop so that I could snap a shot from my car window. A small adjustment in Snapseed and this was ready to go in Instagram, becoming one if my absolute favourite pics. I recently saw a fall shot of the house so it still stands. It has apparently become a very popular sight for photographers. No wonder!”

In bloom

In bloom‘ by Jason Bloom – “I don’t have a very exciting story about the inspiration for the photo. I took it as I was walking past while at my job as I do most of my photos. I have only been seriously putting work into developing my photography skills since the beginning of this year, I think this was part of one of those steps. I suspect everyone goes through an evolution of their style. I started capturing close up shots of flowers, realizing that it isn’t always important to include the entirety of the subject as the whole can be inferred from a part. I’m sure I captured dozens of images of the type of flower, but this one stands out to me because of the details and the 3D effect caused by the shadows and perspective. It was taken with my iPhone SE, and I did the post-processing in Snapseed. ”

Spiderweb decorations

Spiderweb decorations‘ by Jill Lian – “I was sad that my Zinnia flowers were being taken over by this spiderweb. I then noticed the reflection in the dewdrops and was quite pleased! I think the fading Zinnias gave just the right mood and reflection.

I used my iPhone 7 Plus with an olloclip macro lens attachment. This shot was taken through the Hipstamatic app. I then used Mextures to soften the look. ”

Fallen angel

Fallen angel‘ by Paule Briere – “Bird bones are part of the natural life cycle, but on a metaphorical level, I see those as a symbol of how the dreams of the last century (aka Jonathan Livingstone) are now being drag down by ecological concerns.

I often move my finds onto a better background but this one would have been destroyed so I only cleaned around. Then I took some shots with my iPhone 6 then did some basic Instagram editing to sharpen the definition. ”

Autumn reflections

Autumn reflections‘ by Debbie Rawson – “This photo was taken on an iPhone 7+ and edited in Snapseed. I was with my family kayaking on a beautiful autumn day in New Hampshire and was drawn to this tree and the reflections shown in the water. I thought it would be a good illustration of nature in New Hampshire.”

Dressed in POWerful pollen

Dressed in POWerful pollen‘ by Rosie Karel – “I live in a beach town in North County San Diego. The change of seasons are subtle here as contrasted to the midwest where I grew up. Finally our weather had started to shift slightly and it was getting a bit cooler. As the saying goes, “Fall was in the air”. I was out looking to capture some images of autumn and I walked past this small house with a front yard full of all types of sunflowers. Sunflowers always reminded me of autumn. Some were just budding, some had already faded and then this amazing welcoming fully opened sunflower caught my attention. As I studied this flower contemplating angles and perspectives to shoot, the honey bee flew over and landing right on it. Of course I knew then, the shot had to be a macro so that I could capture him too. The bee had been very busy gathering pollen and was laden with the golden dust so he was quite cooperative as I moved in closer, focused and snapped away.

Shot with an iPhone 6s using Camera+ macro. Slight crop and tuning done in Snapseed.”

Sheepfighter

Sheepfighter‘ by Maciek Pakosh

A little bit of Autumn

A little bit of Autumn‘ by Elaine Taylor – “I took this shot on day 263 of my 365 Hipstamatic project. I’d been walking with a friend and found myself looking down at the fallen leaves. I picked up a few that caught my eye up and carried them home. I lay them out on a piece of white paper on the table to decide what to do with them, then realised I quite liked how they looked just as they were. After a little adjustment to fit them in to a square frame, I stood above on the table and took a the shot with my iPhoneX through Hipstamatic, settling on an Anne-Marie/Irom 2000 combo. I absolutely love Autumn and it’s wonderful colours.”

Destiny

Destiny‘ by Joel Worthington – “This image is from a famous spot near Point Reyes, California just north of the San Francisco Bay Area. It’s a shipwreck that I had seen many times on Instagram and knew I had to check out since we were going to be on vacation nearby. I actually took this picture at dusk on a scouting trip to the site right as we were arriving to our destination (I spent more time there the next morning at dawn). There was a photographer just off to the right of this crop who was creating long exposure images, and I didn’t want to interfere by getting too close. So, I settled for this more distant yet dream-like shot with some long exposure of my own on my iPhone. I edited in VSCO and Lightroom to emphasize the dream-like atmosphere.”

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Beauty in Aging

Beauty in Aging‘ by Maria Rebelo – “The second law of thermodynamics says that entropy grows over time, that disorder is ever increasing. I see this law at work in living beings. Time replaces evenness with irregularity, vibrancy with grayness, ease with tension. While the results are unappealing to some, I see in the old the clay of youth shaped by the chaotic marks of time. And in that disorder, I find beauty.”

The image was shot with my iPhoneX. I only did a few adjustments on Instagram; used the Clarendon filter, increased structure and shadows and decreased highlights.

Quakies in Autumn

Quakies in Autumn‘ by Mike Christoff – “Hiking in the Wasatch Mountains of Northern Utah is my place to recharge and in breathe in all things nature. Fall at this elevation is short lived, so I get out when I can. I am always in awe with the Quaking aspens. So, I am always looking up. I got up close and low with this shot, looking up as their brilliant yellows danced agains the deep September blue skies. I used Snapseed to as my post editing tool and added a splash of Mextures to add an emulsion effect of an old polaroid.

(Fun factoid: A grove of quaking aspens in Utah is the largest known living thing on Earth. Nearly 50,000 stems protrude from a single root system. The entire organism covers over 100 acres and weighs 6,000 tons.) ”

Don’t forget…

The theme for the next challenge is ‘Autumn’. For this challenge think about sharing your best mobile photos that capture the theme of autumn, it’s vibrant colours and the changing of the season.

To enter the challenge simply start sharing your best images on the theme of ‘Autumn’ that were taken and edited with a smartphone by using the hashtag #mobiography_challenge_44 on Instagram.

The best ones will be featured in the next photo challenge showcase, so get sharing now.

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Mobiography Photo Challenge: 20 Beautiful Portrait Photos Taken With a Smartphone

The theme of the last Mobiography Photo Challenge was ‘Beautiful Portraits’ and from the superb collection of images submitted to the photo challenge, the following selection was curated. The photos in this weeks showcase illustrate how the photographers have all managed to create a compelling portrait by making a strong connection between the subject and viewer. By creating a strong connection like this the images are much more emotive.

Featured photographers this week include: @applewhite67, Steven Biggs, Charles Read, Dina Alfasi, @gerbs62, Isabella G.A. Pereira, Jessica Kaplan, @laz_images, Liana Solis, Mina Juveler, @thepg23, Tommy Wallace, Glyn Evans, Pier Luigi Dodi, Kimberley McComber (@Reefermadness), Samuel Okocha, @Scallieman, Susan Blanda, Joel Worthington, and @Vollygda.

Take part in the next Mobiography photo challenge

The theme for the next challenge will be ‘Nature’. For the challenge think about sharing your best mobile photos that capture the beauty of nature and the natural world. Think about landscapes, trees, animals, flowers or macro photos.

To enter the challenge simple start sharing your best images on the theme of ‘Nature’ that were taken and edited with a smartphone by using the hashtag #mobiography_challenge_43 on Instagram.

The best ones will be featured in the next photo challenge showcase, so get sharing now.

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American Dream

American Dream‘ by Charles Read – “Teresa, bemused, stands in indirect summer light flooding her Hudson Valley wine shop from north-facing windows. She and her husband Michael had dreamed of opening the shop here, and interest had been high in the few months since they had opened for business. I noticed that the vintage flag had just 48 stars, and thus would have been pre-1959 (the year that Alaska and Hawaii were granted admission to the Union), and post-1912 (when Nevada and Arizona became numbers 47 and 48, respectively) – so I asked her how it had come to hang there. It was a family heirloom, she said, and she and Michael had loved how it filled the wall near the entrance to the shop (itself in a vintage building from the same era). As Michael poured samples for customers in the back, she obliged me with a smile when I asked her to stand in the light, here near the entrance to their own American Dream.

Shot on iPhone 4s and edited in Snapseed.”

Memories

Memories‘ by Dina Alfasi

Thoughts make beautiful expressions

Thoughts make beautiful expressions‘ by @gerbs62 – “I took this photograph of a good friend, while at dinner. A very candid moment. I love how the photo captures his heart, and kind spirit. I took photo with iPhone 7, while using provoke app. Provoke app is one of my favorite apps for shooting black and white photography.”

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Untitled‘ by Isabella G.A. Pereira – “This is my pet dog (dashund Ed Cristino): the photo was taken using an iPhone with Snapseed and Hipstamatic filters.”

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Polka dots and more polka dots‘ by Jessica Kaplan

Gene

Gene‘ by @laz_images – “I noticed Gene hanging around a coffee shop I was in. He grabbed my attention because of his big white beard and head scarf, I approached him and introduced myself and asked him his name and if it was ok to take his picture. Which he agreed was fine. I took a few snaps using my iPhone in portrait mode. I offered to buy him some food for his time but he only wanted a cup of coffee so I did. We chatted a bit about where he was from and that he hoped his daughter would see the picture. I said you never know. I edited the photo in Darkroom app also using Focos app, adjusting bokeh and color. It was a pleasure to chat with him and take a good portrait of him.”

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Untitled‘ by Liana Solis – “This portrait was made during my visit to a photographic exhibition. While we discussed the pictures with some friends, this man who also visited the exhibition in the art gallery participated in our conversation. It was so eloquent and interesting that I kindly asked him if he would allow me to make a portrait of him. He agreed very cordially and posed for me with great confidence in himself.

Image made with iPhone 5
Hipstamatic App: Film BlackKeys B + W, lens Loftus”

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Untitled‘ by Mina Juveler – “The photo was taken during the workshops on mobile portraits with @jc_artphotography during ‘Yes I’m Mobile’ – Mobile Photography Festival Wrocław 2018. The ring lamp held by one of the participants created a frame around the model’s head. The photo was taken with iPhone 8 plus and edited with Snapseed.”

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Untitled‘ by @thepg23 – “This is an ongoing portrait series of my children. Shoot at home in our kitchen with natural light from a huge window with the blinds providing the bold lines. The light is always at its best this time of the year. So we always try and have a few photos in and around the house. I find inspiration from a lot of amazing photographers around the world. And the internet has been such a great space.

Camera Used : Shot with Apple iPhone7Plus, Portrait Mode.
Apps Used : Snapseed is my go to app and also used the app InShot. “

Dad

Dad‘ by Tommy Wallace – “This photo of my dad was taken when our family was together after laying my middle brother to rest. We had gathered at a small country church shortly after our time at the cemetery. I wanted to get group and individual shots of family members. My dad has certainly been a cattleman for years but I’ve never seen a photo of him in a suit and his hat. I’m glad I asked to take this.

It was shot on the Samsung Galaxy S9 plus and edited with Lightroom CC mobile, Snapseed, and HandyPhoto. ”

The face of Egypt

The face of Egypt‘ by Glyn Evans

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Untitled‘ by Pier Luigi Dodi – “I’m a vet and visited the dog but then I couldn’t resist: I shot the photo! Phone and Apps used: I shot it with my iPhone 8 Plus and processed in Snapseed.

My sweet little 8 week old

My sweet little 8 week old‘ by Kimberley McComber (@Reefermadness) – “This is a picture of my newest son, Logan. He was 8 weeks old when I posted the picture. I was holding him after being fed and he just looked so angelic wrapped in his blanket, perfectly content. His little face was exactly what I needed to take a picture of after working on a graduate course assignment.

I took the picture with my Galaxy s8, and used snapseed to make a few simple edits.”

Street diary

Street diary‘ by Samuel Okocha – “The portrait is of an elderly woman, by the road side, selling some hot street food behind an old shipping container on a sunny afternoon in Lagos. The emotion she evoked while at work inspired me to make the portrait and the old container served as a good natural background.

I had been under her make-shift kiosk, in a queue, waiting to buy my own food when the idea hit me and the opportunity later appeared right in front of me.

For the processing, I used the snapseed editing app. I slightly tuned the image to adjust the white balance and then cropped it to deliver the composition I had in mind. That in turn gave the image a little grainy effect. I liked it. With the black and white feature, I maximized that grainy look which really worked well for the image.”

The Most Beautiful One

The Most Beautiful One‘ by @Scallieman – “The woman in the picture is my wonderful wife Hanna. I always wanted to make a great portrait of her, so i asked for one of her incredible and beautiful smiles. This was the result…

Shot with the iPhone 6S Plus using the Blackie app and very little editing in Snapseed.”

You could feel her contentment from across the park. And the girl in the yellow hat added a little bit of sunshine to this cloudy day.

You could feel her contentment from across the park. And the girl in the yellow hat added a little bit of sunshine to this cloudy day.‘ by Susan Blanda @SusanBlanda – “This photo was taken with an iPhone7plus (my current camera) at Point State Park in Pittsburg, PA on a busy Sunday afternoon. Though there were many people out enjoying the park this day, the woman in this portrait sat in quiet reflection. I had to time the shot carefully because there were dozens of kids playing and running around her. I took a single shot of this beautiful stranger and edited it to reflect her amazing presence and grace.

My style of editing is an intuitive process that flows between apps as I build an image. I enjoy taking an ordinary photo into my imagination and back again.

Since there are many steps in my editing process it is impossible to retrace each stage. I look at each edited image as having a unique imprint that is born through the emotion of the moment at capture. And—photo editing is a fabulous creative journey that I cherish.

I do 100% of my image editing on my iphone. My fav apps that I use in almost every image are Snapseed and/or VSCO. I use so many of the creative tools in these apps to tweak tones, saturation, framing, and more. In this photo I also used Snapseed’s healing tool to clear the background of distractions and bring the focus to my subject. Other apps that I use frequently are Mextures and Stackables to add texture or color tones. I also like the Enlight and Darkroom apps.”

New Muse

My new muse: our son‘ by Joel Worthington – “This is a picture of our son at about 2 months old. Mom had just finished bathing him and wrapped in an adorable animal towel/robe combo. She was in her own white robe as well, and they were standing together in front of our bedroom window, which was beautifully lighting their faces. It was still pretty novel to be giving him a bath at all, so I was of course ready to take some portraits to capture the moment. I zeroed in on his face while the soft light and textures emphasized his newborn nature and want to be nurtured by Mom. A black and white edit seemed perfect for giving the monochrome image an appropriate amount of nostalgia, which I processed gently in VSCO and Lightroom to make happen.”

Ewa

Ewa‘ by @Vollygda

Don’t forget…

The theme for the next challenge will be ‘Nature’. For the challenge think about sharing your best mobile photos that capture the beauty of nature and the natural world. Think about landscapes, trees, animals, flowers or macro photos.

To enter the challenge simple start sharing your best images on the theme of ‘Nature’ that were taken and edited with a smartphone by using the hashtag #mobiography_challenge_43 on Instagram.

The best ones will be featured in the next photo challenge showcase, so get sharing now.

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Out Now: Mobiography Magazine With Jo Bradford & Jill Lian, New Ways To Be Creative & More

The latest issue of the Mobiography Magazine has just been release onto the Apple App Store and Google Play. Once again, I’ve been working hard to bring together some of the best tips, insights and sources of inspiration from the mobile photography world.

What’s inside the summer issue of Mobiography?

Mobiography Magazine Issue 40Inside the latest issue, we start off by talking to two talented mobile photographers, Jo Bradford and Jill Lian. Both photographers have developed their own unique style and built a loyal following by simply photographing what is around them. Jo lives on the rugged moors of Devon in the UK and is known for the dramatic and moody landscapes that surround her home. Meanwhile, Jill Lian has specialized in capturing the tiny world at her feet by shooting her amazing, abstract, macro photography.

Inside this latest issue of Mobiography Magazine, we also take a look at this year’s much-anticipated new phone release, the iPhone XR, XS and XS Max. We check out the capabilities of the camera to see if this is a cutting-edge upgrade or merely a redesign of the existing iPhone X and whether it’s worth the investment.

Looking for some creative inspiration? Rob Dunsford looks at different ways you can get more creative with your photography. Meanwhile, Nicki Fitz-Gerald offers another creative look at the capabilities of the iColorama app and walks us step-by-step through the creation of an urban portrait that includes text.

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