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Great Apps for Easy Photo Editing

So you want to be an iphoneographer. Alright then, let’s chat.

You guys already know that I love me some nature. Probably the only thing I love nearly as much as nature (besides my family) is taking pictures of the nature I encounter each day. So today I’m going to show you how I edit all the photos you see in my Be Still posts. I feel like I am sharing all of my sacred photography secrets today, but I really like you guys so I’ll let you in on a little secret…I’m not really good at taking great photos, but I sure do have a whole lot of fun editing the ones I take. And with these great apps shown below, it becomes really easy for anyone to do! So come on, let me spill some of my tips….

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I usually use the first three apps shown above for nearly all of my photo editing. Instead of trying to describe each app in detail, let me show you how I use these apps. We’ll start with a random, unedited photo from my backyard:

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original, unedited photo captured on iphone

Photo Forge 2 is by far the most powerful photo editing app that I have found. In addition to the basic functions like cropping and rotating, this amazing app allows you to adjust the exposure, white balance, color balance, curves, levels and much, much more. It also has a pop! cam application that lets you have a bit of fun playing with different types of film and optics. This is my go-to app for editing a photo. If you only download one photo editing app, this should definitely be it. Here’s an example of how I might edit a photo using this app:

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Edited with Photo Forge 2 (adjusted curves, applied GBS optics lens in the pop! cam app, added warm filter, added border)

Next up we have the Photo Toaster app. This is also an excellent app that allows you to produce great photos very quickly. Although it is not as powerful as Photo Forge, I end up using this one the most when I’m in a hurry and the photo doesn’t need much help in the exposure or color balance department. Here’s an example of what this app can do:

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Edited with Photo Toaster (overcast correction applied, vibrant filter added, small black vignette added, old paper texture added, black border added)

The third app that I love is Pixlr-o-matic. This app is so much fun! I use this one to give my photos a retro, vintage feel. It also has the best borders/frames, hands down. I use this app often, even if just for the borders. Here’s an example:

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Edited with Pixlr-o-matic (Melissa film applied, vignette added, dirt frame added)

There’s one more important app that you should probably get to know. The Photo Markr app allows you to quickly and easily watermark your photo, as shown below:

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Watermark added via Photo Markr

The other apps shown at the top of the post are worth checking out, too. The apps for making collages are extremely useful if you are into that sort of thing…

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I hope you found this post mildly helpful. I have so much fun editing my photos, so I thought all of you should, too.

So tell me, what photo editing apps do you love? Have you used any of the ones I mentioned in this post….what’s your take on them?

Turn my iphone into a microscope?

Yes please! Sign me right up.

Check it out:

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iPhone Microscope by 3B Scientific

Ah, the science geek in me rejoices. What more could a former biochemist/molecular biologist want? It’s every science girl’s dream come true. Another iphone add-on goes onto the wish list.

Or…are you ready for this? You can make your own with these instructions. Be still my heart! I can’t take any more!

But wait, there’s more. How about making this one for only $10 bucks. Click here to see the images and how-to.

I feel a new weekend project coming up. This girl is just plain giddy with excitement. Little Man loves using microscopes, so he’s going to be really excited about this project.

Anyone else think this is pretty cool? Come on, I can’t be the only one, right?!

iPhoneography and iPhone lenses

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iPhoneography: the art of capturing, editing and processing photos with an iphone

Today as we worked in the yard, I decided to photograph all the creepy-crawly insects we came across. I whipped out my handy-dandy iphone whenever I caught sight of something interesting. If you read my blog at all, you already know that I tend to do that a lot. All of my Be Still photos are taken, edited and processed by my iphone. I have found some really cool apps that help me take my photos where I want them to be. I guess you could say I’ve turned into an iphoneographer of sorts. I enjoy catching fleeting moments of interest and beauty while I’m on the go. Don’t get me wrong–I still enjoy using my nice cameras. But there is something fun and addictive about iphoneography in general. That’s why I need these Olloclip lenses for my phone! Aren’t they awesome?! They’re on my wish list for now.

So tell me, do you love to capture images on your iphone as much as I do? Do you use apps to edit and process those images?