Tidbits No. 36

How to Create Mobile Images Using Plant Matter: Anthotypes For Mobile Photography

Is your photo really sharp? Is the focus where you want it to be? Don’t lose good moments with bad photos. Evaluate every pixel of your photo on the go with Photo Quality Check.

Looking for an Instagram viewer for your iPad? Take a look at Retro

Give your photos an analog look with AnalogColor. New filters include the ability to transform your photo into polygons. Another new preset is called Shift and imitates the look of old print when each color was added to the paper using a separate plate. Most of the time these plates didn't align perfectly. The result was slightly overlapping colours in areas and small white gaps. Beautifully retro! 

Free this week at Creative Market: 24 Folded Paper Overlays that you can use to blend with your smartphone photos to give them a folded look using an app like Image Blender. If you prefer to use your computer, you could use these overlays with Photoshop instead. I'll be posting a tutorial on how to blend textures with your smartphone photos later on this week. Keep your eyes peeled. 

Levitation Photography is a type of optical illusion where the subject appears to float in the middle of the air. Fun and easy with Levitagram

Tidbits No. 35

Wild Carnations. iPhone photo by Kate England

Wild Carnations. iPhone photo by Kate England

Why do we take selfies?

Use Your Smartphone to Train Your Eye.

A Little Guide to Hand Lettering by Emily Eck

Two simple and elegant podcast apps for your iPhone or Android: Castro and Pocket Casts

In Our Time. The history of ideas - including topics drawn from philosophy, science, history, religion and culture. Subscribe to the podcast here. [Thanks Tracy for the tip!]

10 iPhone Photography Resources To Help You Take Better Photos.

Create impressionist art by "smooching" (smearing or blurring) the photo pixels on your iPhone with the app Smooch

FREE Limited Edition HYPEBEAST Preset Pack for VSCO Cam.

Tidbits No. 32

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!

How to Automatically Backup Your Mobile Photos With Dropbox

Camera phones make it so easy to take photos when the moment strikes. Chances are that you're carrying your cell phone with you at all times, but not your camera, which is one of the reasons that mobile photography makes it so convenient to take photos on the go. 

The only snag is that it's easy to lose your smart phone, and with it your photos. But what if you could wirelessly save your photos and videos to the cloud, and access them later on from any device? Thanks to Dropbox that's possible. 

How to backup and sync your photos with Dropbox
Backing up your photos with Dropbox
Backing up your photos with Dropbox

How you get started started backing up your photos and videos with Dropbox on your mobile device

Begin by installing the free mobile Dropbox app on your smart phone. There are mobile versions for iPhone, iPod, iPad, Android and Blackberry. 

Next click the Dropbox icon on your screen, you'll see a welcome message with two options to select either logging in as a Dropbox user or creating a free account as a new user. 

When you log in to Dropbox for the first time, you'll be asked if you want to save your photos to Dropbox. You can choose to save all your photos and videos or only new ones. Now Dropbox will backup your images when you're connected to WI-FI. 



Your photos and videos will now be synced to all your devices. Not only will you have access to your photos in your pocket all the time, but you'll also be able to reach your photos from your Mac, Windows or Linux computer as well as all your mobile devices. 

You might also like to take a look at our Free Tutorials, App Tips and Guides for Mobile Photography and Art

How to Save an Image to your iPhone, iPod or iPad ​

How to Save an Image to your iPhone, iPod or iPad

Saving pictures from websites or emails on to the iPad, iPod touch or iPhone is very easy and comes in handy when you want to change your wallpaper or create mobile art. 

How To Save Images from Your Browser

  1. From Safari, navigate to the image you want to save
  2. Tap and hold on the image until the pop-up selection menu appears, then tap “Save Image”
  3. You'll find the saved image on your Photos app

How to Save Images from Your Email

  1. Open the email with the images
  2. Tap and hold on an image and select “Save Image” from the pop-up menu. If there are several images and you want to save them all, tap “Save # Images”
  3. Open your Photos app to find the images you saved 
How to save images from Safari to your iPhone, iPod and iPad
How to save images from Safari to your iPhone, iPod and iPad
How to save images from email to your iPhone, iPod and iPad

How to save images from email to your iPhone, iPod and iPad

How to Change the Wallpaper on your iPhone, iPod and iPad

How to Change the Wallpaper on your iPhone, iPod and iPad

One of the fun things about the iPhone (iPad and iPod touch) is that you can customise the wallpaper to make your device personal. It can be a fun way to express your personal taste. You could use a photo you've taken yourself, or find a wallpaper you like at one of the many online resources for wallpapers, save it to your device and use it as a backdrop.  

There are actually two different kinds of wallpaper you can change. First the Lock Screen, the screen that you see when you wake up your iPhone to unlock it. Next the Home Screen, the image you see behind your apps. You can either use the same image for both screens, or use different ones for each screen. 

How to set your wallpaper

  1. Tap on Settings
  2. In the Settings screen select Brightness & Wallpaper
  3. Tap Wallpaper
  4. Now you'll have several options. This includes Wallpaper (Apple's pre-installed selection of Wallpapers), Camera Roll (pictures taken with your built-in camera), photos taken with any photo apps, or the names of folders you've synced to the phone. Pick the collection you want to use as a wallpaper by tapping it
  5. Select the image you'd like to use as a wallpaper by tapping it. If it's a photo, you can adjust the photo by moving and scaling it (if it's one of the built in wallpapers, you can't zoom in or adjust it). When you're happy, tap Set (or Cancel if you change your mind).
  6. Next, choose if you want to set this image for your home screen, lock screen, or both. Tap the option you prefer, or tap Cancel if you've changed your mind.

You're done! 


You can make a photo library in iTunes for your iPhone wallpapers and name it something like iPhone Wallpapers to easily find wallpapers you want to use on your iPhone.

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