EVENT: iPhone Image Adventures Online Photography Course


What: An online photography adventure capturing the hidden magic everywhere in astonishing mobile images as you reclaim the radical power of play! With the best Hipstamatic tips, tricks, and secrets to harness the incredible creative power of this unrivaled app for beautiful, easy, incredible shots.

When: This course is being revamped to be a self-paced course. Registration will open after I update the course June 2017. And look for the next incarnation of this work in the new Creative Digital Collage: Learn the Most Innovative Photo, Font, and Video Apps online workshop where you can take this course to the next level. Go here to learn more: Creative Digital Collage: Learn the Most Innovative Photo, Text, and Font Apps.

Where: Online and wherever your wild Muses take you.

Who: Anyone who wants to bring more enchantment, play, and innovation into their creative lives.

Cost: just $199 for over 25 adventurous photography lessons and inspirations with access to the private Facebook group. After you sign up you will receive a link to the course platform. NOTE: The course will also be updated with Hipstamatic’s  latest and best Paks as of June 2017.

$199 for the iPhone Image Adventures online workshop 





It is the way to educate your eye, and more

Stare, pry, listen, eavesdrop. 

Die knowing something.

You are not here long. 

Photographer Walker Evans 

Let’s be happy vagabonds and go on an iPhone image adventure! As you amble around exploring the innovative and fun practices in this course, you will produce photographs beyond your wildest imagination in surprisingly effortless ways. There are no other workshops on the market like this combining practical tips and tutorials with constantly evolving cutting-edge information to take your mobile photography skills to whole new levels. Along with teaching you how to recognize, trust, and apply your own instinctual knowing to your photography explorations, we will reclaim the deep power of enchantment by capturing the hidden magic constantly surrounding us. You are not here long, die knowing the joy of your true creative voice.

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All devices are welcome on this playground. And that said, after over five-years of obsessively exploring the Hipstamatic app I believe it is the most versatile, fascinating, and delightful tool on the market for easily mastering inspired digital photography. My fiendish dedication offers you the shortcuts, tips, and secrets you need to jump right in and start creating incredible Hipsta images immediately. All of the images here were taken with my Hipstamatic favorites that I teach you about in the course, and the bi-weekly** instructions on the best Paks offer you straightforward, easy to understand guidance on how to harness the creative power of this ever evolving image-making tool. Having been an early adopter I am able to cut through the overwhelming amount of options and direct you to the best of the best in this revolutionary application.


Course Outline:

•One: Everyday Magic—The Democratic Camera

•Two: Still Lifes—Little Altars Everywhere

•Three: Urban Explorer—The Cool But Curious Eye

•Four: Wild Beauty—Nature as Muse

•Five: Passion Portraits—I Know You’ve Got Soul

•Six: Surreal Visions—Capturing the Dream

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Along with the price of the course there will be the cost of the apps if you don’t already have them, including Hipstamatic and others you will learn about. I imagine it could be $20–$40 total depending on how bonky you get.


Some digital devotees share their JOY about the course:

iiaKarenBVignettePicsArt copy“This has been so awesome, it’s like I’ve rediscovered a forgotten sense. On days that I don’t engage with photography I feel a deep longing and … loneliness for my creativity. Quite remarkable and unexpected.”

Karen Brighton using both an Android phone and an iPod to access Hipstamatic


iPhoneWSUcnhitel20 copyWith Mellissae’s suggestions for the best Paks and combinations, her workshop has been really helpful for me to cut through the overwhelming amount of Hipstamatic options. With her help I’ve been able to start taking great images immediately.”

Will Sugg on an iPhone


iPhoneCherylKyle“I am really grateful for this course and so appreciate the opportunity to play. The more I take pictures – the more I notice how flat my world had become – like my life is being played out on a movie screen and I was just surviving. When I was in Ethiopia a couple of years ago, everything popped and everything had dimension and color… the trees, the buildings, the signs, the animals, the people. Everything was buzzing and vibrantly alive.

That experience is opening up for me again as I am being present while tapping the camera button. I look into the world around me now as an invitation to engage.  And it often does – to my surprise – and my internal landscape is shifting as well. Beauty pops all around and there is so much yet to explore. I suspect I am only scratching the surface.”

Cheryl Kyle on an iPhone



“This course gave my creative heart a new voice. I learned a new language that allowed me to communicate my joy in a new way.”

Arwen Lynch Poe on an iPhone




” The questions you put in each lesson are so valuable and thought-provoking, much more than just a photography course, it is an adventure into myself.”

Bette Wappner on an iPhone



Award-winning Greetings From Palm Springs image taken with Hipstamatic 

What you will get:

•Thirteen deep play expeditions and practices including an introduction teaching you how to find, and capture the magic hidden all around you.

•**Very specific Hipstamatic tips, secrets, and shortcuts in each of the practices for sifting through the overwhelming amount of options available now so you can start taking amazing images immediately. And updated best Paks as of June 2017. Hipstamatic now has over 180 mix and match options-you need to know the best.

•Six inspiring artist posts, highlighting both pioneering masters & contemporary professional photographers.

•An active, private Facebook group where we share our images, insights, and inspirations in a safe, supportive container. I also post content only shared there including my latest image discoveries and wild style adventures, as well as answering questions and chiming in with suggestions and tips on your latest experiments. Technology is constantly evolving and this is an invaluable portion of the program offering you ongoing, cutting-edge information about mobile photography’s latest innovations

• Six* exclusive extras, surprises, and funky fun experiments potentially including Beauty Breaks, Manic Mondays, Five Minutes of Funk, Cool Tools, and Martha Moments (Miss Stewart if you’re nasty)


Practical Stuff

I want you to LOVE this experience. Please reach out to me if you are struggling or have some questions and or concerns about the course. Awakening new levels of creative awareness can bring many things up in us. Reach out for the support you need.

Mellissae Lucia

Mellissae Lucia

About the instructor:

Mellissae Lucia is a Sunny Surrealist with a passion for adventure. She has been creating in a wide variety of mediums since she was a child growing up in a family of professional artists in Seattle, WA. Her photos and products have won numerous awards and she is currently teaching both online and in person workshops. She continues to obsessively make experimental mobile media in many forms, as well as pasting up her collaged graffiti throughout the western United States. Look for her series Art as Play: Liberate Your Innocent Eye classes at the Palm Springs Art Museum this fall 2017, as well as a Hipstamatic adventure in the Coachella Valley, March 2018, and the raucous good time of Camp Souldust in the Pacific Northwest, April 20-23, 2018.

The Painted Body series in The Oracle of Initiation deck

The Painted Body series in The Oracle of Initiation deck

Mellissae has taught a variety of workshops on creativity and spiritual transformation, including Art as Play: Liberate Your Innocent Eye at the Palm Springs Art Museum; Illuminating our Temples: Women’s Journeys into Their Sacred Inner Landscapes; The Art of Change: A Women’s Retreat with Horses; and The Wild Heart of Initiation. She has presented at LETS: Land of Enchantment Tarot Symposium; The Women of Wisdom Conference; The Northwest Tarot Symposium; and Readers Studio Tarot & Psychology Conference. She just released the new Creative Digital Collage: Learn the Most Innovative Photo, Font, and Video Apps online workshop to continue the iPhone Image Adventure fun.



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All of the square images in this post were taken with the Hipstamatic app and there is no post-production work. Straight with no chaser out of the camera (a couple of them do have low-tech tools placed over the lens at the time of image making though-easy peasy fun!). All images here copyright Mellissae Lucia 2015.

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Hipstamatic lenses

Hipstamatic Lenses


  4 comments for “EVENT: iPhone Image Adventures Online Photography Course

  1. Gabriel Tamaya
    July 5, 2015 at 7:10 am

    Dear Mellisae,

    I wanted to let you know that the Oracle of Initiation arrived last week, and I am blown away by it. You have connected and bridged something extremely powerful and needed in the deck, your images and book. I feel a very strong resonation with the m and an taking my first steps in getting to know her.

    I shall let you know how my relationship with the Oracle blooms and unfolds. I know for sure that one aspect I will be working on with the Oracle’s help is centered around the Sacred Masculine as well as our human potential and future beyond gender. Thank you so much for this work and sharing it with the world. 🙂

    I also was very interested in the sound of your 6 week course. However I do not have an ï phone or ï pad, would this be a real hindrance? I have looked at the Android apps and vignette seems to be the best alternative (they even claim it has more functionality? ). Would you be able to tell me what kind of features will you focus on most? I can then see if vignette has these.

    The moment I saw your email, I immediately thought how it would potentially be great course to do with my upcoming travel and helping me to articulate my relationship and interactions with the spirits of the land and place I will meet.

    Thank you again and may you receive many blessings on your path.



    • July 6, 2015 at 2:56 pm

      Gabriel, The Oracle is beyond thrilled to be in your own deeply magical field. Your own glowing artwork speaks from realms beyond the visible (and is amazing if you all are not aware of his gifts) and I look forward to hearing how it supports your own journeys.Your question about using other devices has been something I have been sitting with since the vision for this course came through. What emerged from those contemplations was that there are layers to this offering. There will be some specific information about iOS (Apple) tools, and overall the process is about intuitive photography. When I did the Painted Body ritualistic artwork series in New Mexico graffiti tunnels those were done with a digital camera, and I have also explored analog (film) photography with different Lomography cameras (eight-eye and Holga). And hearing about your impending travels as part of this gathering made my entire body light up with the possibilities of sharing this sacred quest you guys are on the edge of with all of us.The heart of this offering is to open to the enchantment around us. Deeper connections to the land, to the spirit within everything, to our own powerful gifts and destinies. The time is for the courageous creators to weave ourselves in a sustainable, powerful, and joyful web to do the work we came to do (and have FUN doing it). This is a web building process where we inspire our own and each others instinctive knowing to create beauty that feeds us. Big love my dear and looking forward to co-creating with you in whatever form it takes. Mellissae


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