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Tips for using apps.

Why is My iPhone out of Space? What Can I Do?

For those that take and edit a lot of photos on your iPhone (or iPad), storage space can become a concern after a few months have passed. For those that use iCloud to do backups of your iOS device, this can also become a concern. I made a video (about 6 minutes long) that includes just a few tips that I use regularly. I’m sure there are far more that I’m not aware of.

iPhone Space Available Image

The three main things I cover are storage space of photos themselves, apps that can take up storage space, and backup space on the iCloud. To get started you’ll open the Settings on your iPhone and then choose General > Usage. It may take a few moments (about 10 seconds on my iPhone 5) but you will then see a screen with a lot of information. The top most thing is the storage. It shows you how much is available and how much has been used.

In my case I’m doing OK right now since I still have 8.3 GB available. How much is that? A large game app might be 1 GB, and a 1000 photos taken with the iPhone 4S/5 built-in camera will be around 2 to 3 GB. So with 8 GB available, I can take a few thousand more photos. So I will keep taking shots. 🙂

First Seven Apps You Should Try on Your New iPad: Just $4

Since today is Christmas I’m guessing there are a lot of people with brand new iPads out there. There are hundreds of apps for photo and video. Many are great. Others…not so much. I really don’t do much with video, and I’m just a casual photographer. If that describes you (or even close) these are the apps I suggest you download to get a feel for what the iPad can do. Keep in mind that I’m limiting myself to just $4, which is a big challenge!

Here are four editors. PhotoToaster has a full version for just $2. I haven’t downloaded the latest Snapseed since Google bought it. I’ve heard that this new version has removed some features, but since it’s free you might want to try it.

This next app does one thing, it touches up imperfections in photos and can even remove people (and other big things) from the photo.

Last but not least, here are two that let you create ‘artwork’ from your photo. Popsicolor is currently one of my favorites for the uniqueness of the water color effect, so I had to put it up here. I’ll be the first to admit that my favorite varies as the year goes on, but I’m betting this one has lasting power. If you want to cut your budget to just $2, you could skip that one for now.

As an added bonus there are several apps in that list that are Universal: PhotoToaster Jr., Snapseed, Popsicolor, and Glaze.

I didn’t include any fun/silly sort of apps that younger kids would enjoy, and I skipped out on the really high end photo editors – which I use, but they wouldn’t fit in my budget. 🙂 I also skipped out on social/photo site apps.

There are dozens of apps I always want to have with me, but I just wanted to give you a good way to get started. Enjoy!

Holiday Sales

If you are just getting your new iOS device for the holidays, or you have been having fun for a long time, here are a few apps that are on sale (or free) right now. I’ve tried most all of these.

  • MPro for iPhone. Free. Usually $1. MPro App is specially for Monochrome Photograph.Has been designed to capture high-quality black and white photography.
  • ProCam for iPhone. Free. Usually $1. A replacement camera app.
  • Fotomecha for iPhone. Free. Usually $2. Fotomecha is a continuous-shooting camera application that simulates multiple lenses.
  • Blux Camera for iPad. Free. Usually $2. A unique replacement camera app that allows you to fully utilize your iPad’s unique features, unlocking its powerful photographic capability.
  • TiltShift Effect for iPhone. Free. Usually $1. This is a new app for tiltshift, I haven’t yet tried it.
  • MiniatureCam for iPad. $1. Usually $3. Real-time tiltshift for video.

You can find more sales on the AppShopper photography page (‘popular’ apps and all photo apps). LifeInLofi also has a sales page.

Hope you are all enjoying the start of the holidays. Here is an image I created using a number of apps on my iPhone. I started (believe it or not) with a picture of my TV set when I was watching A Cat in Paris. I then used Moku Hanga to get the overall look. Using Percolator I created the stars in another image. I then took Image Blender to combine those two images. And to wrap it up I opened that image in Phoster and used the holiday card theme to get the text and the white trees.

Happy Holidays from

I wonder if Percolator could add a few shapes other than just stars? Hmmm… 🙂

Looking Up at Tall Buildings

I’m back from my vacation in NYC and have been getting caught up on work this week. I ended up taking a few hundred photos while up there. I liked this shot of Radio City Music Hall that I created by using AutoStitch Panorama to stitch 5 photos together on my iPhone.

Radio City

You can create a photo similar to this using the iOS 6 panorama feature, but when using that feature the camera never adjusts the exposure as you pan the camera across a large region (at least from what I’ve seen). When the lighting varies a lot over the region it is better to take multiple shots with proper exposure in each region and then let the stitching software/app achieve a nice blend.

I’m pretty sure I also did a panorama of this same scene, but need to find it. If I can I’ll post that up here for comparison. I just remember that this stitched shot looked much better. I have a new iMac that should get delivered next week, so I’ll finally have a nice big computer to sort through years of photos. Can’t wait!

Since the year is almost over I’ll start doing some wrap-up posts about the best apps and programs of the year, so stay tuned.