I was really honoured to be asked to share some images and thoughts on iPhone photography with Emil at The iPhone Photography School. Thank you Emil.

This image of Rene is the lead image in the feature. I invited Emil to select any of my images to be included in the interview. One of my favourite photography quotes comes from Ansel Adams and it’s one I’ve mentioned before:

There are always two people in every picture: the photographer and the viewer.

Ansel Adams

I was therefore very interested to see which of my iPhone photographs Emil would select. I am delighted with the images he chose.

iphone photography - rene

{ iPhone Photography Interview }



The interview

The feature starts…

Today I’m really excited to interview Paul Brown, who is also known as Skip in our community. Paul is an incredibly talented iPhone artist whose photos have been repeatedly exhibited, and who shares his knowledge and photo editing workflows on his blog about iPhoneography. In this interview you’re going to find out how Skip approaches iPhoneography and what you can do to become a better iPhone artist yourself.

It would be unfair of me to replicate the article here but the questions I discussed are:

    Emil: Tell us a little bit about yourself.

    My real name is Paul but absolutely everyone calls me Skip…

    Emil: Do you have arts background, or is iPhoneography your first venture in visual arts?

    …I wouldn’t say I have an arts background and I have no academic qualifications.

    Emil: How did your passion for iPhoneography begin?

    …A professional photographer friend of mine said I was an iPhoneographer and I thought he was pulling my leg. I had no idea such a thing existed. After that I discovered a few communities and social networks and started joining in. What I saw was inspirational…

    Emil: What inspires you to keep taking photos?

    I’m painfully introverted. That means that the majority of my inspiration comes from within me… / …amazing work of the Community. Not a day goes by that I’m not stunned by iPhoneography I see and it could come from anyone.

    Emil: What app(s) do you normally use for taking photos?

    I started out on Hipstamatic and Camera+ and flicked between the two. Now I use either Oggl or ProCamera but also switch back to Camera+ occasionally for the headphone volume control shutter functionality…

    Emil: What are your favorite photo editing apps?

    If I could only use one it would be Snapseed. I have folders and folders full of apps though. Picking another five, if I wanted to cover as much functionality as possible I’d say…

    Emil: You sometimes combine elements from multiple photos to create complex composite images. Could you explain your workflow for achieving this result?

    This is all about having suitable images and using layers, masking and blending techniques. For me this is a big part of the joy of iPhoneography. It is my Sudoku or crossword puzzle – how I relax…

    Emil: What advice do you have for new iPhone photographers who want to start taking artistic photos with the iPhone?

    …when you share by all means take on board comments and likes but don’t be too swayed by opinions you don’t agree with. If you’re starting to develop a style you enjoy go with it. For me some of my favorite images have been relatively poorly received but that doesn’t influence… We are all unique.

    Emil: Could you briefly explain the story and editing behind your three favorite iPhone photos?

    I think the easiest thing for me to do is to provide links to 3 images / tutorials on my blog. I try to share one tutorial a week. My favorites are probably…

    Emil: Which other iPhoneographers do you respect the most?

    Oh that’s such an unfair question. I guess I respect the work of those people almost opposite in style to me. I’ve always maintained that the community as a whole is just a massive source of inspiration…

    Emil: I couldn’t find your profile on Instagram. Is there a reason why you are not active on this social network?

    I try to post daily on Instagram but my name on there is @phoneograph.

    Emil: Where else can we see your work with the iPhone?

    …I’m not one who suggests “thanks for following me here, now follow me there”. I have a presence on quite a few networks so that my friends can choose to follow my work (or not) where they prefer to spend their time…

To read the rest of the article, my opinions and view the images please visit iPhone Photography School… (contd.)

About iPhone Photography School

iPhone Photography School is the best place to learn how to take and edit magnificent photos with your iPhone. (Emil) write(s) about basic photography techniques, advanced tricks, photo apps, photo editing and everything else you need to know to create the photos of your dreams.


  1. Thank you once again Skip for doing this interview! I don’t know if I told you this already, but you did a really amazing job with the answers and I think this was one of the best interviews I ever did.

    And your photos are really, really good. You’re a source of inspiration for me and so many other mobile photographers. Keep up the good work!

    • Skip says:

      Thank you Emil, that’s really generous. You know how I feel – we all inspire each other but I’m delighted that you include me in that group.

  2. […] I was really honoured to be asked to share some images and thoughts on iPhone photography with Emil at The iPhone Photography School. Thank you Emil.  […]

  3. Gerry Coe says:

    Lovely interview Emil and Paul, Great image too. Always an inspiration.

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