Open Call For Entries To the SmartFotoFest ‘Connections’ Exhibition

SmartFotoFest – the Festival of Smartphone Photography – has teamed up with Mobiography Magazine and the Mobile Photography Awards to hold an open call for entries to the SmartFotoFest smartphone photography exhibition at the National University of Ireland (NUI) in Galway, Ireland.

About the Competition

The Exhibition Theme is ‘Connections’. Mobile photographers are being asked to submit their best, most evocative images that capture a moment in time, that in some way make a connection with the viewer, that tell a story or convey an emotion.

A panel of judges will select 30 mobile photos that will be featured in this month-long exhibition in the NUI Galway Exhibition Hall. The Connections exhibition opens on 5th June and continues through until 30th June 2019.

Deadline for entry: 30th April 2019

The Exhibition

The winning photographs will be featured in a month-long exhibit held at Exhibition Hall on the campus of the National University of Ireland (NUI Galway.) The Connections Exhibition opens June 5th & continues through June 30th, 2019.

About Smart Foto Fest

SmartFotoFest, is a one-day Festival of Smartphone Photography that’s being held this coming June at the NUI Galway on the picturesque west coast of Ireland. Organized by the people behind the hugely successful mobile journalism conference MojoFest, SmartFotoFest will sit along side this year’s MojoFest conference. It will consist of eight workshops and photo walks led by some of the world’s leading mobile photographers, including Jack Hollingsworth, Nicki Fitz-Gerald, Tim Bingham, Dan Rubin and Paul Moore.

Workshops are going to cover a variety of photographic genres, including street photography, candid portraiture, light painting with the Slow Shutter Cam app, landscape photography, smartphone post-production editing and even underwater photography.

To find out more about SmartFotoFest visit www.smartfotofest.com

To enter the SmartFotoFest Smartphone Photography Competition visit www.smartfotofestawards.com

Mobiography Photo Challenge: 12 Springtime Inspired Photos Taken With a Smartphone

The theme for last week’s Mobiography smartphone photo challenge was ‘Springtime’. Featured photos this week illustrate a various approaches to this subject. Flowers, bright colours and insects were common themes in this week’s submissions.

Featured photographers this week include: @di.monheit19, Elaine Taylor, @the.r.a.b.b.i.t, @mery_pictures, @aishashebbo, @allophile_, @nancy.doyle, @reneetakespics, @beckfost123, @kallyklick, @@kallyklick, and @lasina

Take part in the next Mobiography photo challenge

The theme of this week’s photo challenge is ‘Green’. For this challenge think trees, green fields and meadows, green coloured walls, cars, clothing or anything which illustrates contrasts between the colour green and other vibrant colours. So start sharing your best green inspired images now.

To enter the challenge simply start sharing your best images on the theme of ‘Green’ that were taken and edited with a smartphone by using the hashtag #mobiography_challenge_70 on Instagram.

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

Nature’s perfection!

Nature’s perfection!‘ by @di.monheit19 – “In honor of our wedding anniversary my husband presented me with a beautiful bouquet of flowers from the local farmer’s market. While arranging them in a vase, one broke off. I decided to preserve its memory by photographing it. Placing it on white fabric I clicked many angles. This image was my favorite. I used Snapseed to process it, placing a reverse vignette and also lightening it to give it a more dreamy look.”

Happy Birthday Val

Happy Birthday Val‘ by Elaine Taylor – “I shot this in my local cafe. There’s always vases and jars of pretty stems on the tables, which I usually can’t resist take snaps of, especially against that fab pink wall. I shared the image on my 365 project account as a birthday dedication to my lovely friend Val.

Shot and edited on an iPhoneX through Hipstamatic.
(combo: Anne-Marie/Rasputin)

The National Flower of Nicaragua

The National Flower of Nicaragua‘ by @the.r.a.b.b.i.t – “It was one of those beautiful early morning hours during last Spring I was taking a walk along the park and suddenly this beautiful white Araliya flower struck my eyes. What made it even more beautiful is the grass surrounding it. As they say golden early morning hours are the best to snap pictures and I did not have second thoughts as the lighting was so perfect I took a quick snap with my iPhone 8 plus. The photograph was edited using the Lightroom Mobile App.”

Details

Details‘ by @mery_pictures – “My husband brought me this beautiful bouquet of white and pink daisies but this particular daisy caught my eye, not only for the intense pink of the petals but the detailed yellow and red dots at the center… the contrast was perfect! I used my Samsung Galaxy S8 without any filters, nature’s real beauty!”

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Untitled‘ by @aishashebbo

Spring in the Sonoran Desert is not to be taken for granted…

Spring in the Sonoran Desert is not to be taken for granted…‘ by @allophile_ – “
We’ve had a remarkable spring in the Arizona desert this year; perfectly timed rains last autumn along with a couple of rare snowfalls this winter have led to a plethora of wildflowers. Mexican gold poppies are delicate, simple flowers, but in large numbers, they truly transform the normally arid landscape. Shooting these ground-loving blooms from below—so much easier to do with a smartphone than with a traditional camera—gives them a monumental feel. I took this with my iPhoneX, edited with snapseed, and then accentuated the sunflare with the LensFlare app. Spring in the desert is not to be taken for granted…

Simple pleasures

Simple pleasures‘ by @nancy.doyle – “I titled this photo “Simple Pleasures” because in Michigan, in March, we have to find something to brighten our days and make them more pleasurable! The snow and cold is only enchanting for a short time and then we can’t wait for Spring! I purchased these perfect Gerbera Daisies for about $5 and they entertained me all weekend. I began with Macro shots as that was my original goal. I was pleased with the macros but after a few days I thought I wanted to try something new for me – a minimal still life. I had never done one before but thought I would give it a try. I used my new lightbox Christmas present from the kids, set it near my morning east window and added a few lights through the side screens. I cut down the stems (gasp) so they would fit in my smaller shorter vase. It was a much tighter shot originally.

Shot on iPhone 8+ with Camera+2 app in Tiff format. (I shoot exclusively with this) I expanded the canvas in Snapseed since it was much tighter, and so I could crop it square for IG and place it on the right vertical line. I drastically used reverse vignette and then masked the subject to brighten and whiten up just the wrinkles and gray areas of the white background. Some tweaking to details of the flowers and vase only, and finally the brush to leave just a hint of a shadow at the base of the vase. In my opinion the masking function in Snapseed is the most valuable tool out there and I use it whenever needed (often).”

Baby wine on the ground, party in the sky

Baby wine on the ground, party in the sky‘ by @reneetakespics

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Untitled‘ by @beckfost123 – “This photo was taken recently at Garvan Gardens in beautiful Hot Springs Arkansas. My device is an iPhone 6s. Photo was captured using the live option. I’m still learning to use this to create the smooth flowing water scenes. Most of my edits are created in Snapseed app and occasionally in LightRoom app. ”

Apple Blossoms

Apple Blossoms‘ by @kallyklick – ““Apple Blossoms” taken with the Hipstamatic App. Lens – Tachman, Film – MilesTMAX, Flash – Standard”

The ghostly winter silence had given way to the great spring murmur of awakening life. ~ Jack London

The ghostly winter silence had given way to the great spring murmur of awakening life. ~ Jack London‘ by @kimskaptures – “This photo was taken with my iPhone X using the Camera+ app in macro mode. As I walked by these flowers, not only did the color catch my eye but the trichomes on the buds had perfect backlighting. I couldn’t walk by without taking the shot. I used Snapseed for editing.”

Pollinating

Pollinating‘ by @lasina – “I love capturing the tiny details of my garden through a mobile phone and macro lens. I have arthritis and the weight of a DSLR camera is often too much for me to handle. One morning I was determined to capture a bee in flight while it was feeding on my flowers and after many failed attempts this was my favorite image. It needed very little editing. I used Snapseed to crop and to lighten the shadows with the selective tool. I think I ran it through VSCO but opted to use the original. ”

Don’t forget…

The theme of this week’s photo challenge is ‘Green’. For this challenge think trees, green fields and meadows, green coloured walls, cars, clothing or anything which illustrates contrasts between the colour green and other vibrant colours. So start sharing your best green inspired images now.

To enter the challenge simply start sharing your best images on the theme of ‘Green’ that were taken and edited with a smartphone by using the hashtag #mobiography_challenge_70 on Instagram.

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

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If you haven’t already done so, follow Mobiography on Instagram and hashtag your photos with #mobiography. Don’t forget to sign up to the Mobiography email list to get the latest news and updates direct to your inbox.

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SmartFotoFest – The Festival of Smartphone Photography

Do you want to take the photos you take with your smartphone to the next level? Are you interested in meeting other like-minded mobile photographers, immersing yourself in this rapidly evolving genre of photography and learning new skills and techniques?

If so, then you’re not going to want to miss SmartFotoFest, the one-day Festival of Smartphone Photography that’s being held this coming June at the National University of Ireland (NUI) in Galway on the picturesque west coast of Ireland.

Organized by the people behind the hugely successful mobile journalism conference MojoFest, SmartFotoFest consists of eight workshops and photo walks led by some of the world’s leading mobile photographers, including Jack Hollingsworth, Nicki Fitz-Gerald, Tim Bingham, Dan Rubin and Paul Moore.

Workshops are going to cover a variety of photographic genres, including street photography, candid portraiture, light painting with the Slow Shutter Cam app, landscape photography, smartphone post-production editing and even underwater photography.

SmartFotoFest organizer Glen Mulcahy has been at the forefront of mobile journalism, filmmaking and mobile content creation for many years. The idea behind SmartFotoFest was born from the popularity of the photography sessions, workshops and photo walks at MojoFest.

I asked organizer Glen Mulcahy where the inspiration came from for SmartFotoFest. “Every year at MojoFest, the smartphone photo workshops and photo walks are the things I hear repeated, huge praise about. Each and every year, I get a multitude of DMs, emails and calls from members of the public who really want to attend those sessions but who either have no interest in the extended schedule or simply can’t afford the overall event tickets.”

Mulcahy went on to say, “This year, I wanted to offer the skills and experience that professional mobile content creators have been learning over the last five years at MojoFest and make them as accessible as possible to a broader audience. I also wanted to give the team of regular photography hosts and trainers a chance to run a workshop of their choice that really delves into their expertise. For the very first time at SmartFotoFest, you can book a specific workshop of your choice at a modest fee.”

SmartFotoFest promises to be a truly unique event where the key takeaways will be skills, experience and making new friends. Each workshop is going to be limited in numbers to ensure participants get hands-on time with the trainers and learn the theory behind the session.

Glen also enthused, “It can be a rare experience to take time out of the daily bustle and really give yourself the opportunity to ‘see’ images. It’s a skill that develops in groups as they respond to each other and even compete with each other. All the workshops have a practical photography element ­– even the underwater session – so it’s very much going to be a hands-on experience.”

“As a result, you’ll not only learn new and valuable skills, but you’ll also join a network of like-minded, passionate smartphone photographers who often go on to build communities online around their shared experiences.”

To find out more about SmartFotoFest workshops, visit

www.smartfotofest.com

and book your place. Be warned: places are limited, so don’t delay.

Mobiography Photo Challenge: 17 Smartphone Photos of Stunning Skies

The theme for last week’s Mobiography smartphone photo challenge was ‘Stunning Skies’. The Mobiography community have been sharing their best stunning sky photos. Featured photos this week include a mixture of colour and black and white images showing some stunning sunrises and sunset’s, dramatic cloud formations over breathtaking landscapes and some more artisitic filter enhance backdrops.

Featured photographers this week include: @bibimyhuong, @chasread, @db.cooper, @detailsofberlin, @jawdoc2, @jensebringphotography, @kallyklick, @lollykakumani, @rosiekimages, @shirleyjones246, @vdiazarcal, @fsotos, @hipsta_ok, @mjhmalibu, @pixels.for_.life, @rodem10, and @lauriekeiko.

Take part in the next Mobiography photo challenge

The theme of this week’s photo challenge is ‘Springtime’. For this challenge think flowers, easter eggs, the changing of the season and new beginnings. So start sharing your best images of spring time.

To enter the challenge simply start sharing your best images on the theme of ‘Springtime’ that were taken and edited with a smartphone by using the hashtag #mobiography_challenge_69 on Instagram.

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

Peace

Peace‘ by @bibimyhuong “Hometown is where our story begins”

water dissolving

water dissolving‘ by @chasread – “An early morning visit to a miles-long stretch of beach on Florida’s Atlantic coast coincided with brilliant light and amazing atmospheric conditions. Broad sheets of water left by receding waves created shimmering reflections that seemed to linger for minutes at a time.

Shot on iPhone 6s using the Blackie app; edited and cropped in Snapseed. ”

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Untitled‘ by @db.cooper – “This photo was a shot of an early May sky by Mono Lake, California.”

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Untitled‘ by @detailsofberlin – “This lookup is very famous in Berlin and early this week I was lucky enough to finally see it during and Instawalk. I shot this on the natural iPhone cam of my iPhone X and edited first with Enlight and VSCO.”

upswing

upswing‘ by @jawdoc2 – “As the sky was transforming into this explosive colour feast, a guy gets on the swing to create the perfect silhouette against the amazing backdrop. Shot on my iPhone 7 plus and edited using the iPhone software.”

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Untitled‘ by @kallyklick – “It was one of those mornings where there was not a cloud in the sky. My son ran out to the beach to watch the boats head out for the day, one of his favorite activities. I captured the moment using the Hipstamatic App: Lens – Antoni, Film – Daydream, Flash – Apollo.”

Paris me fait rêver!

Paris me fait rêver!‘ by @lollykakumani – “This was taken last year with iPhone X. I edited it in snapseed, and hipstamatic. I wanted to make it a bit dramatic so changed the color of the sky in hipstamatic using Denali hipstapak (aurora lens and midnight sun film) and double baked with Sergio lens, hackney film and Apollo flash.”

Dreaming in pink

Dreaming in pink‘ by @rosiekimages – “This image was shot on an early evening walk with an iPhone XS. I saw this beautiful tree and loved how it looked with the soft curvy line of the horizon and the amazing cloud formations. I wanted the tree to stand alone so I used Touch Retouch to remove the other trees that were along the same line. I then took the image into Hipstamatic and decided on the combo Aurora NCL lens, Midnight Sun film and Apollo flash as it made the image come alive and then added the dreamy blur with the Sergio lens. I extended the beautiful colors and patterns of the sky into the foreground using the Reflect app and then finally iColorama to add a paper texture to the image.”

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Untitled‘ by @shirleyjones246 – “Croome Courts wonderful Capability Brown landscape is on my doorstep so my friend and I walk there regularly with our dogs (they are in this shot in fact) I love to revisit places in different seasons weather and lighting conditions. I really like to get intimate with a place, and I never tire of photographing the same view. Croome Court gardens are wonderful and it’s a big rolling landscape, in true Capability Brown style, and as such it can be quite tricky to capture. I find myself drawn to the bridge and the amazing trees and they have there as my main subjects.

This shot was taken this January on one of those blustery days where the sky changes by the minute. It was late afternoon and the sun was getting low which brought out the golden colours in the reeds and grasses.

I edited this shot in Snapseed. Added a little HDR to bring out the sky, but only a little. Then I upped the warmth a touch to enhance the richness of the colour in the sky and the grasses. ”

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Untitled‘ by @vdiazarcal – “Wonderful day in Sierra de Gredos, in the center of Spain. Sunny and not so cold. A nice walk by the ice and snow. Very beautiful views. Just walking back to the car, an amazing blue sky torn by a white line. Framing with a mobile is difficult when having a high daylight and wearing sunglasses: I couldn’t practically see the image in my screen, but the photo was there. I like minimalistic photography, and of course black and white, so I used Snapseed to crop a little and to eliminate the color and adjusting curves.”

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Ducks and gulls at Lake Overholser

Ducks and gulls at Lake Overholser‘ by @hipsta_ok

More rain

More rain‘ by @mjhmalibu

Spray it

Spray it‘ by @pixels.for_.life

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She Changes

She Changes‘ by @lauriekeiko

Don’t forget…

The theme of this week’s photo challenge is ‘Springtime’. For this challenge think flowers, easter eggs, the changing of the season and new beginnings. So start sharing your best images of spring time.

To enter the challenge simply start sharing your best images on the theme of ‘Springtime’ that were taken and edited with a smartphone by using the hashtag #mobiography_challenge_69 on Instagram.

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

Join the Mobiography Facebook Group

If you haven’t already done so, follow Mobiography on Instagram and hashtag your photos with #mobiography. Don’t forget to sign up to the Mobiography email list to get the latest news and updates direct to your inbox.

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