Diptic

Diptic is one of my favorite new (to me) “editing tools” to play with. It’s one of those apps that lets you showcase multiple photos in a single slide, and Diptic is my favorite so far. It’s also fairly easy to use, gives you MANY options of how many photos you’d like on one slide, and lets you soften and color the borders. Here’s a look of some things I did while playing around with it…

#spring

#winter

#westvirginiasunsets

#morgantown

#trees

#bloom

One of the great things about Diptic is that you can upload your photos to about a billion social media sites directly from the app, including Facebook, Flickr, Posterous, Tumblr, Twitter, and Instagram. Diptic has a decent sense of humor too (and is available for $0.99)…

InstaDerby

A couple of days ago, I stumble upon a site called InstaDerby – a program that encourages users to submit a photo (via Instagram) of a certain theme and then acquire as many votes as possible by sharing the photo with family and friends.

Users submit the photo with the hashtag #instaderby and the them of the week (#springtime, for example). This week’s contest is #jam… And here’s mine!

What do you think of Instaderby? How would you get people to vote for you?

Instagram for Android is finally here…

Last week, Instagram launch the highly anticipated version for Google’s Android, nearly 18 months after the app was first introduced to the iPhone app store. PCMag.com reports that the app was downloaded over one million times in less than 24 hours. You can check out their review of Android’s Instagram here.

CNN Tech reported that iPhone users took to Twitter to express concern for the app’s once iPhone-exclusive purity, noting that Twitter user @joelby1328 tweeted, “”Instagram went from a gated community to section 8 all in 1 day.”

Mashable points out that while the iPhone and Android apps sport a couple of differences, they are noticeably similar overall (the iPhone version has a tilt shift feature, with the Android version has an “advanced camera” option that lets you automatically resize a photo) . You can see Mashable’s review of the app here.

So, iPhone photographers, how do you feel? Do you feel like sharing Instagram with Android users or do you wish that it was kept exclusive to the iPhone? Have any Android users been anticipating the launch of this app? If so, what do you think?

I’ve been looking forward to finally document the early arrival of spring in Morgantown! It’s not even April yet, but temperatures broke records this week all around the state of West Virginia as well as in the rest of the southeast region. Enough yammering… Here are some photos I’ve been wanting to post all week! Enjoy the early spring.

Camera+ UPDATE

Not too long ago I wrote about Camera+, one of my FAVORITE (and also one of the most popular iphotography apps). Things in the mobile technology community evolve quickly, making my old post obsolete, as Camera+ received a major facelift. Stuff happens.

What’s new?

-Sharing your photos to multiple platforms simultaneously (kind of like Instagram). The older version had minimal sharing capabilities, but this new boost has opened up the realm to MORE platforms.

-Increased sharing speed (for those of you like me who get REALLY excited when a photo comes out nicely and you must tell everyone you know as fast as possible).

-Workflow… It lets you choose between two options… After taking a photo you can choose to either look at the photo just taken or go back to the viewfinder. It’s a simple update but comes in handy.

Generally I noticed things move a lot faster inside the app… Lots of bug fixes, no more crashing, etc. Did I mention it’s on sale for $0.99?

What do you guys think? Do you like the new improvements to Camera+?

Ok, so I know this is an iPhone photography blog, but I think it’s important to discuss the iPad 3 that was introduced yesterday, especially since it now includes a 5 megapixel camera! While it’s not necessary to go into the other new additions, let’s talk about this new camera…

So here’s how Apple describes the new addition on their website.

So here is my question…Who uses the iPad to take photos?

From what I understand the retina display is amazing, but do people use it to take pictures, or just for Skype/ FaceTime? What do you guys think?

*In unrelated news, spring is kind of here in Morgantown! I took these around town during the past week and used Cross Process (always my fav.)

 

Camera +

The Camera + app is the most popular paid app in the photography App store (sorry, that’s a lot of app’s). This makes a great app because it functions like a real digital camera. It has 48 different filters, as well as a “scenes” option like a traditional digital camera. Camera + is easy because you can shoot, edit, and save all in one app! It also has Facebook, Twitter, and flickr integration. I’ve added some photos of the filters below.

Black and White

Diana

Vibrant

Cyanotype

Sunkiss’d

Instagram Week: Day 7

Today is the last day of Instagram Week! I will leave you with the changes that were updated last Friday. Just a couple of cute new upgrades.

1. New look… Just a little simpler aesthetic.

2. A new feature called Lux. It makes your photos a little brighter. Here’s a before and after.

Before:

After:

3. And finally, a new filter called Sierra. I haven’t tried it out yet, but I’ll post as soon as I do! This one is from the Instagram blog:

Happy Instagramming!

Instagram Pause… A reflection on blog-a-day week

Part of an assignment for the class I am writing this blog for was to post in this blog every day for a week.

My first thought was, well, yikes. But I got lucky. I hadn’t yet written about Instagram, which plays a BIG part of iPhone photography. Since it has lots of moving parts, I took it as an opportunity to turn the blog-a-day week into a series! Yay me! It wasn’t as bad as I thought it would be. That said, I respect people who blog every day. And for those who write all day, every day.