EVENT: Hipstamatic iPhone Image Adventures Online Mobile 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 by January 2018. 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.

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 $259 for over 25 adventurous photography lessons including the best Hipstamatic combinations that would be almost impossible to learn on your own now. After you sign up you will receive a link to the course platform.

$259 for the iPhone Image Adventures online workshop: 


Bundle both this course with the new Creative Digital Collage course for just $399

(saving $119!) to take your digital art to cool and astonishing places:




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 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 six 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…

Staggering Amount of Hipstamatic Options Now

I began with Hipsta six years ago when it had fewer options and learned the best combinations along the way. Diving into Hipstamatic now with the intention of methodical experimentation would be nearly impossible with the nearly 200 mix and match potentials now available. And they keep adding new Paks every single month, which makes it a very dynamic tool, and there are simply too many options now to easily find with the best ones. In this course I cut through those bewildering amount of options to teach you the very best combinations, and how to use these to come up with some really great images instantaneously that do not need any post production editing. And as a bonus you will get an updated list of the best Hipstamatic Paks as of September 2017.


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. Hipstamatic now has nearly 200 mix and match options-you need to know how to find and use the best ones to really get the most out of this astonishing application. BONUS: And you will get an updated list of the best Paks as of January 2018.

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

• 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 #LuciaGraffiti around the world.

Online courses: 

Online she is offering both the new Creative Digital Collage class and a six-month process on creating your own magical Oracle/Wisdom cards that combines the visionary aspects of making a deck with practical production knowledge for non-techies (the next deck making series will begin January 16th, 2018).

By mid-January 2018 her popular iPhone Image Adventures class will be available again to guide you in finding the hidden magic all around you in astonishing mobile photographs.

Look for the new Sacred Selfies course launching January 2018.

2018 in-person courses: 

February 3, 2018 Lucia will be presenting with her Oracle of Initiation deck near Albuquerque, NM.

March 2-4, 2018 she will be presenting at the Northwest Tarot Symposium in Portland, Oregon.

April 7-8, 2018 at The Museum of Photographic Arts in San Diego’s Balboa Park she will be offering the two-day iPhone Image Adventures Hipstamatic class.

April 20-23, 2018 she will also be part of the raucous good time of Camp Souldust in the Pacific Northwest.

September, 2018 Our Temples Illuminated, a four-month earthen body journey into the wild feminine will begin, including an initiation into Lucia’s hidden canyons and caves of her Oracle deck in Abiquiu, NM. Contact Lucia for more information.

November 10-11, 2018 Camp Souldust mini-camp Open Studio Art pARTay fun with Whitney Freya near Seattle, WA.


The Painted Body series in The Oracle of Initiation deck

The Painted Body series in The Oracle of Initiation deck

Lucia has taught a variety of workshops on creativity and spiritual transformation, including 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.



Oracle of Initiation


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: Hipstamatic iPhone Image Adventures Online Mobile 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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