The capabilities of Camera + are fantastic. You have a vast array of filters, scenes and frames to take your iPhone photography to a new creative level.
In this post I will show you the power of Camera + with some of the editing I do within the app to take great images and make them spectacular!
Creativity is subjective. The main point is to just get out there and create!
Camera+ is a camera replacement app. I use it to capture 100% of my mobile photography. There are many camera replacement apps available and you could use any number of them. I advise that you pick one that fits you and learn everything thing about it so you can get the full advantage of what you can create with it. It is better to have a few apps that you can master then 20 – 30 that you only have partial knowledge of how they operate.
Any pictures you take with Camera+ are stored in the Lightbox part of the app. This is where you go to review and edit your pictures.
First you need to select a photo that you want to edit. Tap on the photo. Then on the option board that shows up beneath the photo select edit. This will open up the photo and display the editing options under the photo.
Now the first edit we can do is to straighten the image. Again, creativity is subjective and there are times when a photo can be quite artistic when it is shot at an angle. If you look at the first image above I have chosen The Lab option which is highlighted in blue. Above that is a number of options to choose from, 15 in total. You browse those by scrolling through from left to right. We are looking at the third one, which is Straighten. In the second image you can see when Straighten is selected a grid appears over the photo to assist in straightening the image. Using your thumbs shift the photo until you are happy with the new alignment. Tap the checkmark to chose the edit. Now this is where we get to have some fun and get creative. To the left of The Lab option is Filters. This is where you have many options to choose from. There are 54 filters in total.
Now that is a lot of options! You will notice within each filter choice you can add as much or as little of the effect. You can work on the picture for how ever long you want, make as many changes as you want, then you can share or not. If you like the way your picture looks, touch done on the top right of your screen. Now it goes back to the Lightbox. Pick save, but keep your finger on the button and some options pop up. Now you can: Save Photo and remove it from the lightbox. Save and keep, Save without edits and keep or Commit Edits. Now that last one is the cool part of Camera+. You can hit Commit Edits, it makes the changes to the image and now you can go back in and edit it even further. Add as many changes to your picture are you like. When you are done editing select done and then choose save and keep. Now your image can be shared.
This is just one of the many photography apps that are available. I would love to hear what you are currently using for photography applications and what you love about them. You can leave a message below & feel free to share your images via email at firstname.lastname@example.org If I receive enough images I would absolutely love to start a gallery here for everyone to share. With tens of thousands apps available I know that there are probably some amazing ones that I haven’t heard about.
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Join me each week where I break down my top 10 iPhone photography apps and go step by step through my editing process.
I love the versatility of having a camera in my pocket everywhere I go. My first choice in a camera is my DSLR but it is impossible to carry it with me at all times. With huge advancements in technology the cameras that are in our phones can produce great images. Mobile photography is a wonderful way to capture life as it happens. It is amazing if you think about it, 30 years ago the idea of a cell phone with a built in camera was unthought of. Now everyone who carries a phone also carries a camera. That is phenomenal!
iPhones come with built in cameras that are simple and easy to use. They work fine but there are other choices available. I use a camera replacement app to shoot my mobile photography. Camera+ is the preferred camera for all my iPhone photography. It has built in editing capabilities with 54 filters. Settings for different scenes and 27 frame options. That is a lot of power in one app.
Chances are you have heard of Instagram. It is the number one choice for sharing mobile photography & video across social network platforms. It also has a built in camera, 24 filters and 12 exposure controls for editing. You will notice its main feature is that it posts all photos to a square shape, like old polaroid pictures. You can upload photos from your phone taken with your camera of choice as well as pictures from your DSLR. With the app you can share your photos not only on Instagram but can also link and share to Facebook, Twitter, Tumbler & Flickr. Currently over 300 million people use Instagram every single day.
3. Square Ready
Square ready was designed for photos that you want to share on Instagram. As mentioned above photos shared on Instagram post only as squares. That means many of your pictures have to be cropped to be shared though the platform. Often that alters the appearance and takes what was a fantastic picture and cropping off some of the important parts of the photo. Most times that affects the composition making it not as appealing once it has been cropped. Square ready is the perfect solution for that. It allows you to shrink your photos to fit into the square without having to crop the image!
Layout is a new app from Instagram that easily allows you to create multi image collages. There are a quite few picture collage apps out there but this one is seamless & sexy. It gives you a preview of the custom layouts and makes choosing images from your camera roll easy. This is a must have app.
Instaquote allows you to add text, captions and quotes to images. You have the option to use your photos or you can choose form the selection of backgrounds that you can get through the app.
Snapseed is a simple but powerful photo editing app. You can upload photos from your camera roll or access your camera though the application. It released a brand new update on April the 10th with more cool features. I did a quick run though the new features and look forward to playing with it further. The extra additions are sure to continue and grow its popularity among mobile photographers.
7. Photo fx
This is by far the most comprehensive photo editing app available. There are 76 filters organized into 8 groups. There are 878 available presets to choose from. Textures, patterns, diffusions, brushes….the options are tremendous. Considering the size and depth of the application it is easy to use. Created by Tiffen you can expect the same quality that is found in their photography glass.
Autostitch is a panorama photography app that allows you to take a series of photos and seamlessly stitches them into high quality panoramic images. It is easy to use and you can share your images to your email, Facebook and Twitter profiles. A very cool app you should definitely try.
9. Word Swag
Word Swag allows you to put text whether it be quotes or perhaps you watermark over your images or you can select from their backgrounds. Their designs and typography are gorgeous. This is the next level of creating beautiful text designs. Bring out your inner graphic designer.
Stackables is the most advanced & comprehensive effects layers and blending app. It has over 200 effects, more then 20 adjustment tools, 60+ masks an over 30 preset formulas. You can create spectacular works of art in this application. I love it for landscape photography. If you love to be creative, this is a must have app.
These are my top 10 go to photography apps right now. Of course this is just a small selection of photography apps that are available. I would love to hear what you are currently using for photography applications and what you love about them. You can leave a message below & feel free to share your images via email at email@example.com If I receive enough images I would absolutely love to start a gallery here for everyone to share. With tens of thousands apps available I know that there are probably some amazing ones that I haven’t heard about.
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Looking for something a bit different to enjoy this holiday season I started playing with my spices looking to create a nice aromatic apple cider.
Using the flavors of fall is a favorite. I can never get enough of the warm spicy hints of cinnamon and cloves. A natually great compliment to the apple. A few crushed allspice berries was added to round out the flavor.
You can makes this in a large pot on the stove or in a slow cooker.
Spiced Apple Cider
8 cups of apple juice
2/3 cup of brown sugar
4 sticks of cinnamon
8 whole cloves
8 allpice berries – crushed
Place the apple juice into a large pot or slow cooker.
Add the brown sugar and stir to combine.
Add the cinnmon sticks. Put the cloves and the crushed allspice berries onto a small square of cheese cloth. Tie into a bundle and add to the juice.
Bring to a boil to disolve the sugar then turn to low to simmer.
This usually takes about 2 1/2 hours on high in the slow cooker or 20 minutes plus simmering when making it on the stove.
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