Monday, July 18, 2011

Introducing My Photo Apps!

I'm obsessed with downloading photo apps.  I have an entire folder dedicated to photography on my iPhone as you can see below.  I've collected these apps for years.  Some have come and go but the ones pictured are the ones that I love and are the most useful, in my opinion.  I am not affiliated with the creators of these apps and by no means am I getting paid to advertise them.  I just thought it would be great to highlight the ones that I use on a regular basis. 

ColorSplash, ColorBlast!, Colorize, and Color Effects are all pretty much the same app.  They do what the app looks like and that is to highlight a particular portion of a photograph and give it color while the rest of the photograph stays black and white.  I did the photo on the left with ColorSplash which is the simplest app.  That is my app of choice for simple color highlighting because it is very intuitive.  The good news is that it's CHEAP!  It's only 99¢ in the iTunes store.

If you want more out of these apps then you should go for either ColorBlast! or Colorize or BOTH!  (I seriously recommend both.)  I've actually come to prefer ColorBlast!  It incorporates everything that ColorSplash does with extras thrown in.  (So pretty much it makes ColorSplash obsolete but I keep it for it's simplicity.)  Not only can you do the photo above but you can also change the background color.  I used the sepia filter in the photo to the right.  You can also change the hue & saturation of the highlighted/colored portion of the photo.  Price?  A whopping 99¢ in the iTunes store.  =)

The last app, Colorize, is also simple but it allows you to pick the color that you want the focal point to become.  Look at the photos below and you can see this wonderful app at work.

As you can see... looks like I gave my precious baby, Haley, a purple dye job.  LOL  She looks adorable either way.  If you like this effect go ahead and buy it for $1.99.

While iMovie, technically, isn't a photo editor, it's still a pretty cool app all on its own.  I used it to make a video montage of one of my friends' doggy, birthday party.  I included both photos and clips to create the final video which I sent out to all the party participants.  It's easy, intuitive, and great for short little movies.  Price: $4.99.  (It's well worth it!)  If you are curious, you can view the final product here:

The next app that I frequently use is Camera+ purely for it's editing features.  Yes it's a fantastic camera app, better than the one the iPhone comes with (at least that's what I've heard/read) but I've only used the editing feature which is AMAZING!  

Unfortunately, I can't show you all the features that are available to you with this app but the best thing about it is being able to quickly turn a blah picture into a vibrant, eye-popping, work of art.  All cameras have scene modes and Camera+ gives you this feature to optimize your picture based on the type of picture you are taking.  You can see some of the samples of scene modes that are available on the lower half of the picture to the left.  The adjust button lets you turn the picture 90° degrees to the left or right and flip it horizontally or vertically.  The crop button is self explanatory.  The effects button is fantastic.  You have so many different choices that you are bound to find one that looks good to you.  Lastly, you have many different borders to choose from to finish your photograph.  For all that this app does I can't believe it's only $1.99!  I know that I got this app when it was only 99¢ and I'm glad I did.  With it's growing popularity I wouldn't be surprised if the price went up again.

Last, but surely not least, is the only other app that I currently take pictures with.  Instagram!  It's got the best price...  FREE!!  It doesn't get any better than that.  What I love about this app is it's array of filters that can be immediately applied to the photo you've just taken.  I also like this tilt-shift feature which allows you to focus on a part of the photograph, bring out its clarity and blur the rest.  Great right?

So those are the apps on photography that I'm currently obsessed with.  I hope the descriptions were helpful.  I know that when I was first beginning to accumulate my apps I relied heavily on online reviews.  It always helps to know what other people thought of it and how they used it for themselves.  Till next time...

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