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Spring is on its way. iPhoneography by Kate England. 

Spring is on its way. iPhoneography by Kate England. 

Combine your photos in unique and creative ways with the new photo app Union.

Tutorial: How to Take Great Portrait Photographs with your iPhone

Review: Mextures — The Best Photo Editing App for iPhone.

Tips: EyeEm Blog - 5 Questions to Ask Yourself When Framing a Photo

Art: Guide to Projectors for Interactive Installations

Chaos on your photo roll? Have you got trouble managing thousands of photos and videos? Simplify Your iOS Photo Workflow with Tidymatic

Interview: Benjamin Lowy: “The end of Instagram?” 

Interested in joining a friendly mobile photography community? Say hello to MobiTog!

Makr. A Designer in Your Pocket.

Makr is like having a designer in your pocket. Or rather on your tablet computer.

With just a few taps you can create your own stylish designs for stationery, branding and packaging. Start by picking one of the sophisticated templates, and customise it to create your own visual style for invitations, business cards, gift tags, product labels, stickers, menus, thank you notes and more. 

If you like you can tweak the colours, patterns, fonts, shapes and textures and you can add your own logo or other artwork. The Makr blog is full of design tips, ideas and creative inspiration.  

Tip

Here are some tips to think about if you want to add your own graphic: "We recommend importing your logo/graphic as a 300dpi transparent PNG file. That way it can be dropped into your project design without a white overlay and will also be a high enough resolution to ensure optimal printing quality. Learn a bit more about the logo-importing process here."

After you’ve finished your design, you can purchase a high-res PDF and print it out at home, or order professional prints and have your design delivered right to your door. The Makr app itself is available for free

Vintique App

I am in love. You drifted into my life so unexpectedly, and now I don't know how I ever lived without you. Ehem...

Some apps drift into my life temporarily, as they sometimes share the same function or filters as other apps or I just don't find anything about them to be unique or interesting. Vintique falls into the "I Will Never Delete This App...Ever" category. It really is a MUST HAVE photo editing app. The filters speak for themselves, but the ability to adjust the filters is what interests me the most. I don't think I have any other app that allows me to edit the filters, other than Pixlr Express+, which does allow you to adjust the strength.

Vintique has the basic photo app features that allow you to adjust the brightness, contrast, saturation, vibrancy, temp/tint, etc. You can also add various vignettes and textures, frames, and in a recent upgrade, they added a text option and even more vintage filters! The preset filters are GORGEOUS! I don't think I could have dreamt of colors this beautiful. An already beautiful blue sky becomes an aqua green that is vibrant and full of life. Fall leaves become rich reds, oranges, and yellows.

Vintique in action...

Below is an original photo and to the right of it, the same photo with the Vintique treatment:

Original Photo

Edited "Warm Day" Filter - Vintique

In the processed version, I used the "Warm Day" filter, which looks like it dropped a coating of yellow-orange to give the sky a beautiful aqua green hue, and the trees have all of the colors of Fall that I love so much. I also added the painted edges (frame 21) to add to the vintage appearance. The filters in Vintique feel more like they unite all of the elements in a photo and give it the uniformity that is so pleasing to my eyes.

Editing the filters...

Here is another version where I edited the filter and turned off the filter's preset saturation levels:

Post-Process - Vintique "Warm Day" & Frame 21

You can see that it now has a light sage-green sky, and the trees are a little more subtle. This is just one of my favorite filters. I am love with many more, but I don't want to overwhelm you. You should just check them out on your own, as I have no doubt that you'll find it hard to choose only one favorite.

VW Bus - Processed with Vintique

Nothing is perfect...

As much as I rave about Vintique, I do wish for a couple of changes. I had originally planned to tell you how much I wish that it had other resolutions besides a square, but just as I was putting this post together, my prayers were answered. Vintique now supports any size! So now the only gripes I have are that it would be nice to have more border choices, and now that it supports other resolutions, the borders would look nicer if they scaled correctly to those sizes. Right now they look a bit distorted on rectangular formats.

These minor gripes will not keep me from using Vintique. I will always love this app. Next Monday, tune in for a more in depth "before & after" of a photo I have processed using Vintique.

About the Author: Jennifer Lynn Bishop is a freelance graphic designer, artist, and iPhoneographer. Follow her artistic journey at Rainy Day Doodle.

For more app tips and tutorials, check out our library of Free Tutorials and Guides for Mobile Photography and Art.

Your iPad: The Creative Tool You Didn't Know You Needed

Your iPad: The Creative Tool You Didn't Know You Needed. Photo Anne Wilemsons. 

Your iPad: The Creative Tool You Didn't Know You Needed. Photo Anne Wilemsons. 

What's it like to use an iPad as your creative tool? How is it different using your iPhone as your main tool? How do you deal with transferring your images and what are some of the advantages with the larger screen?

I asked Anne Vilemsons, who got an iPad for Christmas (!) if she'd be kind enough to write a review, and here it is: 

I Got an iPad for Christmas!

It was cold, heavy and neat. I was told it would be great for my new hobby – IPhoneography. And the day after I got some more presents for the ipad. A cover and a stylus for my iPad. 

I was a bit shocked by the gift. I just looked at it and put it in a safe place. After a few days I got help to get into it. The first thing was to transfer all my photos on to the iPad. First send the photos from the iPhone to the computer and then from the computer to the iPad. And the other way around if I edited some photos in the IPad. 

iPad, iPhone and laptop. Photo: Anne Vilemsons

iPad, iPhone and laptop. Photo: Anne Vilemsons

Editing images on an iPad. Here's an example of an image where I discovered minor mistakes when using the larger iPad screen. Photo by Anne Vilemsons. 

Editing images on an iPad. Here's an example of an image where I discovered minor mistakes when using the larger iPad screen. Photo by Anne Vilemsons. 

It was like crystal on a frosty winter morning

Then I opened all the Apps that I already had on my iPhone. All of them didn´t work in the iPad. At first I was really disappointed because one of my favourite apps, Camera+ didn´t work on the iPad. Later on I realised that there was a separate iPad version for Camera+. That can be good to know for someone who's new to the iPad.

The screen is great on the iPad. It was like crystal on a frosty winter morning. I saw minor mistakes in some photos and how beautiful others were. 

The iPad has a camera as well as the iPhone. Thats great but a bit strange I think. Who takes photos with that? It´s not very handy. I would only use the camera in the iPad at work to take photos of the whiteboard after conferences. Maybe.

I love to edit photos on the iPad

Anyway I love to edit photos in the iPad. All apps are better to work in the iPad than on the iPhone. The Apps Meritum Paint and Touch Retouch are two of the apps that are really good on the iPad. These two are also great when I edit with the stylus i got for iPad. 

Using the iPad to create mobile art and photography. Photo: Anne Vilemsons. 

Using the iPad to create mobile art and photography. Photo: Anne Vilemsons. 

The transferring bit was a bit annoying. Luckily I got help to find a better way of transferring photos. It was the Photo Transfer App. With this installed I can transfer my images by cable or Bluetooth instead. Great change. It was true – iPad is great for my iPhoneography. But honestly I am still a bit shocked.

About the author

Anne Vilemsons is a creative iPhoneographer. She uses the alter ego KislieKapusta for her creative work. She currently resides in Stockholm, Sweden. Read more about Anne's iPhoneography art show, and follow her on Instagram or Flickr

5 Top Photo Apps to Make Your Photos Stand Out from the Crowd

Update

This list has been updated to reflect the latest notable apps.

Take a look at 8 Essential Photo Apps,  Top Art Apps for Painting and New & Noteworthy Apps, in our library of free guides and app tips for iPhoneography


Transform your images into extraordinary, artful photos. Here are 5 photo apps that will help you make your photos pop, so they stand out from the crowd of regular, cookie-cutter filtered images, and don't look tacky. If you're an Instagram user, your photos will look different and unique in the stream of photos, when you use other apps to make your photos, and then share your photos on Instagram! 


Wood Camera

wood-camera

wood-camera

Flexible, fast photography app with an intuitive work flow and an elegant interface. Use the in-app camera to shoot with 22 lenses in real-time or import photos. Crop, and rotate. Add and tweak effects, texture, tilt-shift and frames.

What makes Wood Camera stand out

Create unique and interesting effects with Wood Camera's customisable filters that give the user more control over the final look.  

Photo sharing

Twitter, Facebook, Flickr and Instagram.

Platforms

iOS devices.

Snapseed

Snapseed

Snapseed

Powerful, intuitive and sophisticated photo editing with a gesture based interface. Add drama, grunge, tilt-shift, frames, vintage film or make selective adjustments. Auto Correct analyzes your photo and automatically adjusts color and exposure. All effects can be fine-tuned and adjusted to taste. Excellent in app help makes it easy to learn Snapseed.

What makes Snapseed stand out

Versatile & powerful. Innovative touch based interface that's easy-to-use.

Photo sharing

Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Flickr.

Platforms

iPhone, iPad, Windows, Mac OSX.

Pixlr-o-matic

Pixlr-o-matic

Pixlr-o-matic

Turn your photos into art in three easy steps. Begin by picking a moody filter, then add a special effect (such as bokeh, scratches, rainbow or a vignette) and finally a border. Use the Shuffle effect for a random combination.

What makes Pixlr-o-matic stand out

Autodesk's Pixlr-o-matic is easy to use and free.

Photo Sharing

Facebook, Flickr, Imm.io and Dropbox.

Platforms

Android, iOS devices, Windows, Mac OSX.

Hipstamatic

Hipstamatic

Hipstamatic

Hipstamatic brings the romance of the analog experience into the digital age. With this unique camera app you can emulate analog photography by swapping your lens, flash, and film to create artistic photos. Shake the camera for a random combination. Hipstamatic creates beautiful, artful results and offers incredible versatility and control. "Digital photography never looked so analog"

What makes Hipstamatic stand out

The feeling of shooting with an analog camera.

Photo Sharing

Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Flickr, and Tumblr. Order analog prints right from the app.

Platforms

iOS devices.

TouchRetouch

TouchRetouch

TouchRetouch

Remove undesirable elements from your photos by painting over them with your fingers with TouchRetouch. It works like magic.

What makes TouchRetouch stand out

Fast, easy and can save the day photo. 

Photo sharing

Facebook, Flickr, Picasa and Twitter.

Platforms

iOS devices, Samsung Bada and Google Android.

 

For more app tips and tutorials, check out our library of Free App Tips for Mobile Photography.

15 Best Photo Apps for iPad and iPhone

Update

This list has been updated to reflect notable apps in 2014. 

Here are my picks for the best apps in 2014: 7 Essential Photo Apps,  Apps for Photo Effects, Filters and Post Processing and Apps for Sketching, Painting and Applying Painterly Effects, in our library of free guides and app tips for iPhoneography

You'll also find interesting new and noteworthy apps in the Tidbits series – a mix bag of inspiration. 


MOBILE PHOTO EDITORS


Filterstorm

Filterstorm

Filterstorm

Filterstorm's unique touch interface makes it intuitive, easy and fun to use. The versatile and varied set of tools for editing photos includes powerful masking tools, that give you the ability to apply any of the filters by brush, color range, and gradient, as well as to the entire image. Selectively adjust your photo by painting on your adjustments. Filterstorm includes in-app video tutorials. Available for iPad and iPhone.

Photogene

Photogene

Photogene

Intuitive and easy to use to edit, enhance and share your photos on the go. Professional editing tools. Photogene is an excellent everyday photo editor.Available for iPad and iPhone.

PhotoForge

PhotoForge

PhotoForge

PhotoForge is a digital darkroom with an impressive range of tools; image manipulation, painting, retouching, effects, and color correction. PhotoForge is available for iPad and iPhone.

Adobe Photoshop Express

Adobe Photoshop Express

Adobe Photoshop Express

Adobe Photoshop Express is a free, basic mobile photo editor that lets you upload, view and share your photos. Available for iPhone, iPad and Android.


MOBILE PHOTO EFFECTS


Pano

Pano

Pano

Take beautiful, seamless 360° panoramic photos directly from your mobile device. Pano's handy semi-transparent guide helps you line up all your shots perfectly. For Android, iOS & Windows Phone 7.

 

QuadCamera

QuadCamera

QuadCamera

4-8 serial shoots are taken in sequence by the iPhone’s camera, then composed into a single shareable image with 6 selectable effects. QuadCamera is one of many toy apps by Takayuki Fukatsu that allows you to do fun and artistic things with the iPhone’s built-in camera.

4-8 serial shoots are taken in sequence by the iPhone’s camera, then composed into a single shareable image with 6 selectable effects. QuadCamera is one of many toy apps by Takayuki Fukatsu that allows you to do fun and artistic things with the iPhone’s built-in camera.

TiltShift Generator

TiltShift Generator

TiltShift Generator

Create more dramatic-looking images, focused only on one spot. Processes your photos with blur, color, and brightness to apply radical depth-of-field effects. With TiltShift Generator you can make even flat cell phone images look like DSLR-quality shots with depth of field. Available for iPhone & iPad


ARTISTIC VINTAGE FILTER EFFECTS


CameraBag

CameraBag

CameraBag

Recreate the magic of film by emulating photography’s most beloved and iconic vintage cameras, film, and processing techniques. Effects can be stacked. CameraBag is easy to use with an intuitive, simple interface. For iPhone, iPad, Windows & Mac.

lo-mob

lo-mob

lo-mob

Retro lo-fi and photographic experiments on your iPhone. Select or snap a photo and lo-mob immediately generates a list of previews of all the different effects. Pick the one you want, tweak it if you like, and save or share your photo via e-mail as well as through a range of social media services. Available for iPhone and Windows Phone 7.

PictureShow

PictureShow

PictureShow

Choose between 37 analog presets or mix your own style with frames, light leaks, noise and vignetting. Features lens kit, random shuffle effects and social photo sharing. Find your own style and save it as a PictureShow recipe. For the iPhone.

Plastic Bullet

Plastic Bullet

Plastic Bullet

Randomly generates the look of many combinations of cameras, lenses and films turning your photos into gloriously unpredictable works of art. A true electronic lomography app that encourages you to explore the “happy accidents” of your photography. Share directly to Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr and Flickr. Plastic Bullet gives you instant, high quality results. Available for iOS devices and Mac OSX.

Film Lab

Film Lab

Film Lab

Recreate the look of analog film stocks with Film Lab's impressive set of film and film styles from brands like Ilford, Kodak, AGFA, Calotype, FORTE, GAF, Polachrome, Rollei and Fuji. Transform your iPhone into a film camera with Film Lab.

FX Photo Studio

FX Photo Studio

FX Photo Studio

Tons of effects that can be stacked on each other, combined, randomised and saved as new presets. FX Photos Studio includes basic photo editing like cropping, rotating, flipping, as well as social photo sharing. For iOS devices and Mac OS X.

Hipstamatic

Hipstamatic

Hipstamatic

Hipstamatic brings back the look, feel, unpredictable beauty, and fun of plastic toy cameras from the past. Swap between a variety of camera components, film, lenses, and flashes, for a variety of different looks and styles. Beautiful. For iPhone

Instagram

Instagram offers a selection of vintage inspired filters and borders but what really sets this app apart is its focus on social media and photo sharing. Easily share photos through Facebook, Flickr, Tumblr, Foursquare and Twitter. Get started in no time with this Guide to Instagram. Available for iPhone & Android


For more iPhoneograpy app tips and tutorials, take a look at out our library of Free Guides for Mobile Photography and Art.


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