A few photos from the past to motivate your 2013
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There are lots of free photo apps you can download, but one of my favourites is InstaEditor for iPhone and iPad.
Just like Instagram, it has a basic range of colour filters you can apply, but the extra bonus is that InstaEditor has Brightness, Saturation, Sharpness and Contrast settings that you can dial in.
Once you have your image – you can take a photo or choose from your library, then choose a colour filter, add backlighting, or night settings, then swipe the dashboard menu at the bottom of the screen.
Tap Brightness if you want to enhance a night time photo, or if you have something that’s looking a little washed out, dial in some extra colour saturation.
You just click Apply after adding each effect, the app saves your tweaks as you go along.
You can dab away things like Red Eye, or add a splash of white to sections of the photo too.
When you’re finished, tap Done and the photo is automatically saved to your iPhone photos. You can share it immediately, or put the tweaked image through something else like say iQuik Dof – this lets you use your fingertip to choose which section of an image is in/out of focus.
Basically this app is easy-peasy, lemon squeezy to use, costs nothing and apart from a message inviting you to play a game each time you use it, has no annoying features.
Get snapping smartphone lovers
Here are two pics from my iPhone 4, taken at night. First has no filters, next has InstaEditor and iQuik DoF applied.
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Surely running a paragliding business out of a resort town with a name that translates to Sea of the Dead, would have to be a bad omen? From the ~2000m summit of Babadağ I took a leap of faith, content to either fly like a bird or a stone down to the turquoise Blue Lagoon. Luckily for me, I flew like the avian former.
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One of the best features on Apple’s iPhone is the camera. Truly pin sharp images, little bit fuzzy at night maybe, but any modern smartphone makes photo sharing a joy 90% of the time. Point, shoot, edit and share – simple.
Coming from a film SLR background, the iPhone was a revelation to me; if you had told me back in 2000 that a phone could take a photo like this one of Ted on the beach, then you could tweak the image in 5 mins and share it globally, I would never have believed that possible. But it is and here are my top three Apps worth sampling if you love photography:
This is a depth of field app, which lets you throw sections of an image out of focus and highlight one area for absolute sharpness.
It can really make a big difference if you have a picture with some strong foreground interest, or maybe there’s a logo or product that you want to highlight in a commercial photo.If you use a jquery slideshow feature in your website, then this is a really easy way to make your new products, news or show coverage sections come to life.
It’s a free app, there’s a simple to use dashboard and it’s easy to save the image or choose `Share’ on the go. If you want more, there’s an iQuikDoF Pro upgrade available from the Apple App Store too.
If you find Instagram has a limited set of features, which it does – there’s just 12 filters – then Pixlromatic might help you express your creative side that bit better. You get three scroll-thru dashboards at the bottom of the App interface, so you can choose filters, then switch to a frames selection and maybe use the `lightbulb’ option to add some kinda wacky stuff like a light `leak’ or maybe a vignette look.
Pixlr-o-matic is free and you can download it to your laptop browser, or directly to Facebook, as well as install it to your phone. If you like editing photos and you feel you need to see the image a bit bigger then this is a handy extra feature.
3. Slow Shutter
This App costs 69p but for my money, it’s worth it. The iPhone isn’t a particularly good camera at night and the flash really only works within a 1-2 metre range. So if you like taking photos at sunrise or sunset, then sharing via Instagram, Facebook or Twitter, then Slow Shutter is a handy tool.
The App dashboard lets you choose exposure times from half a second to 15 seconds, plus there’s a `bulb’ feature, just like an old SLR camera, where you select a really long exposure. But for this App to really work, you need a tripod, as I found out when I tried the classic `car light trails’ photo from a bridge.
As you can see, even carefully balancing the iPhone on the bridge rail and trying to steady it by leaning against a lamp post, still resulted in a tiny degree of camera shake – so bluury image. This was using a 15 second exposure at twilight by the way.
I’ve bought a mini tripod and zoom lens kit from Amazon this weekend, so I’ll update you on how the Slow Shutter App performs with some extra gadgetry involved.
The iPhone doesn’t have a focus lock feature, as far as I know, so it may well be that the phone will keep trying to focus on a moving object using Slow Shutter. Maybe selecting the Grid option will stop this happening – testing the camera, and the App, using a tripod will hopefully reveal that it’s possible to get time-lapse images that can rival a digital SLR.
The dream photo App for me would be a `Palette,’ where you could finger-tap colours, contrast the clouds in the sky, dab at sections to filter, turn monochrome etc. Use your hand like a brush basically. A true mix between photography and art would be wonderful – give the App developers another 2 years and I reckon we will be there.
Photo sharing is one of the best reasons for buying a smartphone in my book. It’s just great fun, you can be creative every day at the drop of a hat – you don’t have a carry a bulky bag which shouts `I’m a photographer’ either.
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