In the world of smart phones and iPads apps are the newest computer programs. I personally have a minor (huge) addiction to them and am always looking to add to the collection.
I’m also curious what other people have on their phones. Yes I’m the girl who will grab your iPad or iPhone and snoop to see what apps you have.
I actually do all of my blogging directly from my iPad, including posting and photo processing.
I’ve acquired, used, tried and hated a LOT of camera and photo processing apps and over time some have come, some have gone, some stayed for awhile and others were tossed like shitake mushrooms (i cant be within 20 feet of them, seriously, its not pretty). I am no photography guru and Im still learning to use my Nikon but for the gadgets that make up my iLife here is the breakdown of my current “Go To”.
PhotoWizard – This is a fully function, very easy and pretty stinkin’ slick photo processing app. It’s the primary app I use for processing my blog photos. My favorite thing is this supports layers. I created a blog photo watermark image (TheButterDish.net) and can easily add it to all my photos with this app. Work with layers, add and edit text with over 100+ fonts, complete control over processing, a killer focus feature;It’s like having a mini PhotoShop on the go. Plus there are preset filters to play with as well. Photo above as shot and post PhotoWizard, see the ButterDish watermark? Created that as an image in Gimp on my Mac, uploaded it to my iPad and viola, insert anytime I need it. The watermark is actually white, I changed it to grey in the app.
cons: There is no noise reduction and too many processing adjustments can create or bring out the “noise”. PhotoGene has a pretty good noise reduction setting and now the only thing I use PG for.. At the end of the day I still start with PW.
SnapSeed – Another fully functional photo processing app. This is really popular with professional photographers but easy enough and robust enough for beginners. It can add some really slick effects to your photos. Any secondary editing I need get done after PhotoWizard, I’ll do here. Photo above is as shot and post SnapSeed. I’m still learning how to effectively use this app as it does so many different things; like an ambiance setting and filtering effects.
cons: It has a bit of a learning curve to it and it’s a bit different from other photos apps. Once you get used to it though what I’ve seen photogs do with this app are amazing!
PhotoToaster – My favorite goto app for quick, easy and awesome photo edits. Preloaded filters make it a snap to create incredible photos but manual editor settings give you the freedom to tweek or edit by hand. This is the app I use for most of my quick instagram uploads of landscapes or more professional looking photos. It’s super versatile. The devs did an amazing job and their other apps are just as phenomenal. I think I have most of them.
cons: No noise reduction. No text but that’s it.
Retouch – a miracle app that fixes or removes photo blemishes, unwanted subject material etc. Take a photo of a beautiful landscape don’t notice the hiker taking a pee in the background until after you view it later? No problem, remove Mr. Shows-His-Hiney-To-The-World and enjoy your beautiful landscape sans the R rating. You can clone other parts of the photo and it’s all easy peasy. Check out the two photos of my Daddy dearest and Mr.Sweet Butter, can you spot the differences?
cons: Not very effective with big blemishes as it uses the surrounding pixels to determine the best quick fix. Still pretty slick overall.
FrameMagic – You want frames with freedom, this is the app to use. Unlike other frame apps that have set frame designs this one has adjustable sliders to completely tailor the size of each frame, rounded corners etc. Want each photo in each frame to have a different filter, effect or be able to process them separately; no problem. Create any style you want. There’s a feature to actually take a picture and create multiple renditions of the same one. Remember that famous Andy Warhol of Marilyn Monroe – yeah you can do it with this app.
cons: You can’t add text. Preset designs are adjustable but the number of photos is predetermined, although there are a lot of options, so this is minor.
PhotoShake – is another frame app that is very useful for when I want to create wider frame collages for my blog. It also has fun angles to give give your photos character and will actually determine the best renditions based on how many photos you upload (up to 12). Simply select the style or frame size you want and upload photos. Add text, stickers, fun frames – go crazy. It’s called PhotoShake because if you are feeling a bit wild and crazy, just shake your iPhone or iPad to let the app randomly choose a frame style.
cons: You can not do any serious photo processing with this app. Simple preset lighting effects and filters is about it.
InstaPicFrame – last but not least this is my single most used app for posting photos to my Instagram account (@TarasButterDish). Great filters, fun frames, add text with over 100+ fonts to choose from, create a collage with multiple photos, it does it all. I use this exclusively for my every day instagram photos. This company also has InstaCollage that is similar but has really fun collage designs to give your photos some pep. Unfortunately InstaCollage is built for iPhone exclusively at this point. Hoping they come out with an iPad version.
cons: It’s made for Instagram so all photos are square; square as Sarah Jessica parker in the 80’s.
Ok so that’s my round up. Although not even close to the number of photo apps I have stored on my iPad and iPhone (I have over two pages dedicated to these babies…. yes, yes I already said I was addicted.. I’m sick, I should get help I know), these are the ones I truly use the most. So now it’s your turn. Oh did I mention this is share and tell time? Oh sorry, well you’re in it now, no turning back. So yes it’s your turn to stand up in class and tell us what your favorite apps are.
(so yes perhaps this was part of my evil nefarious plan to extract information out of you to feed my addiction).
Inquiring minds want to know.
Have fun and happy processing. And I better see you over on Instagram….or..or..or…or I dunno, I’ll think of something ☺