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iphone App Friday

How can you not download an app called Bad Camera? 

I don’t know why it’s called Bad Camera – maybe the bad is supposed to mean good.  It’s a pretty basic app, not a must have, but it’s fine.  Bad Camera is designed to replicate the photography of Misolav Tichy , recreating his light leaks, scratches, and oftentimes, dreamy effects.  So, Bad Camera converts your image to black and white, monochrome or sepia, or something close to it, adds a lighting effect, and also a texture.  Unfortunately, having no drop down menus, or option bars, you have no control over choosing effects.  I guess that’s the “bad” part.   Or, if you buy the marketing for the app, that’s still all good because random is good.   

So, this is what it looks like:

Here’s a photo I took of myself on the train home to my parent’s house on Thanksgiving Day –

  

Here’s what the app home screen looks like:

  

Usually, somewhere on the tool bar will be a little “i” or a “?” or something like that for help, instructions, etc.  Not this app – just push the icons, and figure it out.  It’s not complicated, I just feel like I’m missing something – you know, that part where I decided what goes on the photo.

Anyway, when you hit the four square looking icon, this comes up:

 

This is just the first page – there are five total pages, for  20 different combinations.  So, you pick one, and if you don’t like it, you can hit the next icon – which will continue to generate more choices, one at a time.  Sometimes, I like an effect, but would like to change the texture, or like the texture, and would like to just change the color.  The app would be so much nicer if it had this capability.  But, apparently, this app was not designed for control freaks like me.  Eh well, for 99 cents, I guess I can sit back and let the app do all the work.

Here’s a final image:

 

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How fun is this app?  Pocketbooth simulates the old time, Boardwalk (or the mall, I guess depending on your generation)  photobooth, giving you the option of creating black and white, sepia, color or antique photo strips.  Unlike Incredibooth, an app by the same folks who make Hipstamatic, Pocketbooth allows you to use both the front and back cameras, so you’ll always know that you’re at least smooshed into the frame.  I don’t know how often I’ll use it, but I’m sure I’ll get my 99 cents worth.

My second featured app of the week is Postcard.  The art of letter writing is dying (sob!), so what better way to breath a little life into it than to send a postcard.  Postcard, the app, creates postcards straight from your iPhone, and MAILS THEM FOR YOU.   First, you create an account with Postcard, and you can either buy credits (10 postcards = $15.00), or pay as you go.  Then, simply take a photo, or use a photo from your photoalbum, and import it to the app.  Then you can pick a border, write your message, and address it (using your already saved contacts).  And then the magic – Postcard will then print your card, stamp it, and mail it.  Your first postcard is free, so try it, you having nothing to lose.

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How fun is this app?  Pocketbooth simulates the old time, Boardwalk (or the mall, I guess depending on your generation)  photobooth, giving you the option of creating black and white, sepia, color or antique photo strips.  Unlike Incredibooth, an app by the same folks who make Hipstamatic, Pocketbooth allows you to use both the front and back cameras, so you’ll always know that you’re at least smooshed into the frame.  I don’t know how often I’ll use it, but I’m sure I’ll get my 99 cents worth.

My second featured app of the week is Postcard.  The art of letter writing is dying (sob!), so what better way to breath a little life into it than to send a postcard.  Postcard, the app, creates postcards straight from your iPhone, and MAILS THEM FOR YOU.   First, you create an account with Postcard, and you can either buy credits (10 postcards = $15.00), or pay as you go.  Then, simply take a photo, or use a photo from your photoalbum, and import it to the app.  Then you can pick a border, write your message, and address it (using your already saved contacts).  And then the magic – Postcard will then print your card, stamp it, and mail it.  Your first postcard is free, so try it, you having nothing to lose.

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Beautiful LaBelle, Pennsylvania, home of State Correctional Institute at Fayette.  Long day my friends, Thursday’s photo walk post will have to wait until tomorrow.  Hope everyone’s weekend is off to a fab start!

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Beautiful LaBelle, Pennsylvania, home of State Correctional Institute at Fayette.  Long day my friends, Thursday’s photo walk post will have to wait until tomorrow.  Hope everyone’s weekend is off to a fab start!

Lemon is So Ready for Halloween!!!

Lemon is a werewolf 

Look – she’s a werewolf!!

Yep, another iPhone app – iMut8r!  Turn you, your hubby, your boss, anyone (including your dog) into a ghoul, a witch, a vampire. 

I am going to have so much fun with this!

Authentic fun, of course!

Lemon is So Ready for Halloween!!!

Lemon is a werewolf 

Look – she’s a werewolf!!

Yep, another iPhone app – iMut8r!  Turn you, your hubby, your boss, anyone (including your dog) into a ghoul, a witch, a vampire. 

I am going to have so much fun with this!

Authentic fun, of course!

{119/365} – Macro Monday

Take it easy, I said, yeah, right . . . seconds after I waxed poetic about my iPhone, it dropped dead – kaput.  I looked at in horror – my contract isn’t up until July, we’re getting our desktop fixed, you can’t do this to me now!  No! And I shook it.  And I smacked the front of it.  I banged on the back of it.  And then, I pondered, and decided to try resetting the darn thing to factory settings.  And lucky, hold your breath, not only is it fine, but I finally upgraded the software.  Which means . .  MORE APPS!

Did you know you could texturize your photos with apps? 

This is the view from my office, aged, and grunged up with Vintage Scene.

 

 And this is the view from the other side of the building, with an acid wash effect from Pic Grunger.  And, if you would join Instagram (big hint, again!!!), you would have seen them seconds after I took them.  Seconds.

Ok, so where’s the macro.  Here it is — but you didn’t know you could find mushrooms growing on an urban sidestreet –

mushrooms 

 My neighbors have a little mushroom patch growing right outside their front stoop. 

And, Picture Fall today is all about color – of course, when I don’t have a lot of walking around time.  But, this was taken from my bedroom window, and I have a few on my disc, so I haven’t picked which one I’m going to use — this one, to me, is also asking (or begging) for a texture.  Just maybe.  But in the meantime:

autumnleaves 

So, that’s it for Macro Monday – I maybe post again later tonight with more Fall color, or not.

{118/365} – Take it Easy Sunday

After yesterday’s photography extravaganza I decided to give the DSLR a rest, and play with my new iPhone apps.

The first one isn’t new, Hipstamatic, but the “lens,” the Bettie XL is.  When you use Bettie, a pink lady lens, you get a dreamy, pink speckled image –

  

 

 

Love it!  Love the little speckles.  It definitely has that Easter Egg thing going on.

And the second app I played around with was SwankoLab.  Played around with is accurate — this photo app is a game.  You choose a photo from your library, and then, you enter the virtual darkroom.  A row of chemicals line the top of the screen, a measuring tube runs down the side.  You dump chemicals in the tube, and when the tube is filled, you hit the on switch – mwha ha ha!  The evil scientist’s dream app, definitely.  The screen then changes to a developing tray, and a timer pops up.  This is the only drag about the app – you have to wait for it to develop.  But, once time is up, the image pops out of the bath, and onto a clothesline – and you can either keep it or trash it.  Here are my three “chemical” creations:

 

 

And all of these iphotos were uploaded in an instant to Instagram, as I mentioned below, my new iphone obsession.   I just love the whole idea behind it — that you take photographs of your every day life, upload them, and your friends can follow you in a way that is totally different than Facebook – a completely visual way, uncluttered with status updates, found Farm eggs, and kills in Mafia Wars.  Now, if only I had a few friends on Instagram . . . hint hint!!!

By the way, my husband just called in from the bedroom, “Hey did you see this in the paper?”  “What?”  “The Phillies lost.”

My husband is soooooo funny.