What: A six-week online photography adventure capturing the hidden magic everywhere in astonishing mobile images as we 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: 2-16-17 This course is being revamped to be a self-paced course. Registration will open after I update the course. 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 our wild Muses take us
Who: Anyone who wants to bring more enchantment, play, and innovation into their creative lives
Cost: $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 shortly with the latest Hipstamatic treasures and be available soon.
$199 for the iPhone Image Adventures 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 together and go on an iPhone image adventure! As we amble around exploring the innovative and fun practices in this course, we will produce photographs beyond our 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.
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 overwhelm of so many options and direct you to the best of the best in this revolutionary application.
•Week One: Everyday Magic—The Democratic Camera
•Week Two: Still Lifes—Little Altars Everywhere
•Week Three: Urban Explorer—The Cool But Curious Eye
•Week Four: Wild Beauty—Nature as Muse
•Week Five: Passion Portraits—I Know You’ve Got Soul
•Week Six: Surreal Visions—Capturing the Dream
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:
“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
“With 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
“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 above taken with Hipstamatic
The Photo Mojo Level
•Bi-weekly deep play expeditions and practices including an introduction (13 total)
•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
•Weekly inspiring artist posts highlighting both pioneering masters & contemporary professional photographers (6 total)
•An active, private Facebook group where we share our images, insights, and inspirations in a safe, supportive container. This is the third series of this course and all previous Co-Creators remain in the group (and every level of participation from here on out) to enrich the ongoing dialogue about our creative explorations. 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
• 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) (6 in the last round and more to come)
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 during the six weeks journey. Within the first two weeks of the course you may have a full refund.
About the instructor:
Mellissae Lucia is an artist, adventurer, and apprentice to wild beauty. She has been creating in a wide variety of mediums since she was a child growing up in a family of professional artists and design devotees in Seattle, WA. Her obsessive image adventuring has taken her around the world and her ritualistic Painted Body photography series created alone and nude in subterranean graffiti tunnels and in the New Mexico desert after the death of her husband has over 40,000 images in the series. She has been using the Hipstamatic app almost exclusively for over five years, delighting in its versatility and ability to easily create beautifully surreal images with no post-production work necessary.
She has published three photography books: Earthen Body; The Other Side of the Mountains; and Psychedelic Farmlands and her Painted Body images grace Wendy Mulhern’s poetry collection called Infinite Permission-a healing journey home. Her collages have been published in the influential magazine Art & Life by Teesha Moore, as well as Holly Harrison’s book, Mixed Media Collage-An Exploration of Contemporary Artists, Methods and Materials.
In 2012 MK Barr released a full-length documentary film on Mellissae’s journeys into the wilds of New Mexico called Painted in the Desert. She is also the creator of The Oracle of Initiation divination deck and book with her Painted Body series as the artwork for the deck. The Oracle was voted a top fifty essential deck by Tarot Professionals Association in 2014.
She 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.
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.