Tools & Tips

Photo 365 or A Photo A Day (PAD)

One way to keep your iPhoneography momentum going is to participate in a photography challenge like Photo 365 or a A Photo A Day (PAD). The routine gives you structure and taking a photo every day will make you a better photographer and sharpen your eye, your visual awareness. As a result you'll also get a rich visual story of your life, a photo album with snapshots from your whole year, giving you an insight in what you did and how you felt. 

Of course taking a photo every single day is a huge undertaking and it can be tough to feel inspired sometimes. That's when it can be a big help to participate in a group, like MobiTog's 365 Project or use an app like Learn Photo365 Photography Assignment Generator that assists you with random prompts, assignments, themes, scavenger hunts and daily reminders. 

Noel Chenier who develops Learn Photo365, has just added more polish, more assignments and features to his app, including an exciting Selfie365 challenge list generator "to take your selfies to a new level!" 

15 Essential Smartphone Photography Tutorials

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

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. 

Tidbits No. 29

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Here's a fresh bunch of inspiration for your smart phone photography:

See the world like an artist. You don’t need to paint to create beautiful water-colour images, Waterlogue captures the essence of your photos in brilliant, liquid color.

Stuck in a creative rut or looking for challenges to stretch your photography muscles? With the photo app OKDOTHIS you can turn photography into a game, with tasks as your goal for an image. Connect with other photographers and turn challenges into flashes of inspiration. 

Or maybe turning photography into a to-do list shared with a community sounds like it might kill your creative spark? Perhaps it's time to give yourself a photo detox?

New App Guides for 2014

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I've just updated my free library of resources for mobile art and photography, adding a brand new section, Graphic Design and Visual Story Telling! I hope you enjoy it! 

2014 Guides and Tutorials for Mobile Art, Photography, 
Graphic Design and Visual Story Telling

© 2014 Marmalade Moon