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)…

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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 Week: Day 2

Yesterday we covered the basics of Instagram (Check out the web version at Webstagram). Today we’ll go over filters…

Instagram offers different vintage filters. Most of the time, I like to edit photos in other apps and THEN upload to Instagram, but sometimes the filters can make your photos turn out pretty cool. Here is a photo I took out my window this morning (I apologize for the gloom and doom… it’s yucky outside today). Click on an image you like to see the name of the filter.

My personal favorite is “Hefe” because it makes the colors so deep and bright. What’s your favorite Instagram filter?

Coming up for tomorrow… The ever confusing and complex Instagram popular page. STAY TUNED.

Does the iPhone replace the point-and-shoot camera?

I have had an iPhone for years. It goes everywhere with me, so I always have a camera ready. I also have a Canon G12 that I don’t use very often, even though it’s a great camera (and was really expensive). It’s small but I still only take it on trips and special occassions. So, I guess in many ways, my iPhone really has replaced my camera. Mostly because of the convenience. My iPhone 4 takes great photos, and I can edit them and change the filters right on the phone. I can order prints right from my phone and 9 times out of 10 they turn out pretty well, even as a 5×7 or 8×10.

The blogs on my blogroll don’t really cover this issue, mostly because they are instructional guides or app reviews. I did find a couple of articles on the web that make some pretty good arguments.

PC Magazine points out that while the iPhone lacks in optical zoom, it has a fast shutter speed that allows you to take lots of photos in sequence. They argue, however, that while the iPhone still provides a great camera, if you’re going to be somewhere, like a family event or vacation, the iPhone is always going to beat the iPhone in terms of quality.

Ars Technica tested out the theory and compared iPhone pictures with other smart phones and digital cameras. They argue that while the iPhone doesn’t take photos as high quality as a digital camera the differences are fairly minimal, and the apps and tools make it strong enough to replace a digital camera.

ZDNet argues that the iPhone isn’t the only smart phone on the market threatening to replace the digital camera. HTC has a phone with an 8 megapixel cameramegapixel camera, just like the iPhone 4S.

While I don’t think that my iPhone has replaced my camera completely, it does always win due to convenience. I still wouldn’t ever replace it forever for my camera.

Take great photos with your iPhone

Here’s a photo I took the other day.  I ran it through Cross Process twice.

Using your iPhone to take pictures is obviously not the same as using a real camera. It can be awkward at times, until you get the hang of it. So how does one take a great photo with their iPhone? Here are four blogs that weigh in…

I took this at WVU the other day and uploaded it through Instagram. (I’ll be posting about them next week)

Camera Bag

Camera Bag! You upload a photo and it gives you 15 different camera styles (or filters) to choose from. Here is a photo I took last summer in Pocahontas County, West Virginia. Hover over the image to see which “camera” is used. I dig it.

Have a look at the Camera Bag Flickr group.

Quad Camera

One of my favorite iPhone apps is Quad Camera and it’s HIGHLY underrated. It allows you to take 4 to 8 shots and smooshes them into one photo. As long as there is enough light, they always come out stunning! Here are some that I’ve taken over the past couple of years.

Road trip photo diary


Thomas, WV @Mountain State Brewery using Instagram

I took a road trip around West Virginia this weekend and had plenty of things to photograph. The weather was dreary, but I still managed to get some pretty great shots. Cross Process has been my favorite editing tool lately, so I’ll show you some of the photos I took using the tool.

A Morgantown building using the Camera+ app