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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. 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!

15 Essential Smartphone Photography Tutorials

Before and After: A Vintage Record Cover

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I'd just updated my profile picture and wanted to see if I could do something creative with it. I thought I'd take the opportunity to create a vintage record cover with VinilyzeMe!, one of the apps featured in Apps for Design and Visual Story Telling. This is a fun app that taps into our nostalgia for retro artwork and music on LPs. 

My original self portrait was rather small in size, since I'd taken it with my iPhone's front facing camera. Because of that, my selfie became jagged and pixelated when I brought it into VinylizeMe!. With Big Photo I could resample my original image, resizing it without losing quality.  

Next I flipped my photo with Leonardo to create more variation to my album cover. 

Putting together your album cover in VinilyzeMe! is an easy process where you start by selecting one of the beautifully designed templates and add your own images and words. You can create your own record label, and as you can see I founded Moontone Records! Optionally you can also add scratches and wear and tear to your album cover. 

This was a fun and charming project. Lighthearted. 

How to Redeem a Free Promo Code for an App

Lately I've been giving members of Club Marmalade Moon free promo codes for top quality iPhoneography apps. If you aren't sure how to redeem your code, here's a guide

Apple provides developers with promotional codes to allow developers to give away the app for free to reviewers, beta testers or lucky users. These codes are valid for 28 days, so if you're lucky and get one, you'll need to redeem it as soon as you can. 

Redeeming a promo code in the App Store. 
  • Open the App Store on your iPhone, iPod or iPad.
  • Tap the Featured tab at the bottom navigation bar.
  • Scroll to the bottom of the list and tap the Redeem button.
  • Enter the promo code and tap the Redeem button in the upper right.
  • After a second, you should see the new app installing, when it's finished you can launch the app. 

It's that easy!  

 

The Magical Light of the Golden Hour

The Magical Light of the Golden Hour

The Golden Hour or Magic Hour

Natural light is a powerful tool for photographers. Find out how you can make the most of the light during the golden hour. 

Photographers love the golden hour (also known as magic hour). The first and last hour of sunlight during the day, when the sun is low, shadows are longer and the light is soft and warm. During this time photographers are gifted with, extraordinary, diffused light and saturated colors that make everything look beautiful and magical. This is when many movies are shot and photographs taken.

Portraits

The golden hour brings soft, flattering light to your portraits. The diffused light produces gorgeous, warm lighting and eliminates harsh daylight shadows.

Landscapes and Cityscapes

The sun illuminates buildings and landscapes with a desirable ambient, golden and orange tint. Landscapes are saturated and architecture gains more depth and character.  

Shadows

The golden hour is a perfect time for playing with shadows. Add dimension and depth to your street and landscape photography by catching elongated shadows. Add a creative layer by capturing the shadows from your own body.

Silhouettes & Backlighting

Silhouettes convey contrast, mystery, emotion, mood and drama and work very well during sunsets. Both bold and simple, yet they give the viewer something to fill in with their own imagination. 

Backlighting

Thin objects like hair and grass, can get an interesting halo effect or rim lighting. The trick is to hide the light either behind the person or object you're photographing, or out of frame. 

 

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