Sale on Flares for Your Lens

LensFlare, a Universal app, is currently free. It lets you add a variety of lights and textures to an image.

Noir Photo, also a Universal app, allows you to convert a daylight photo to a nighttime photo. It’s currently $2.99.

“Last Stop.” Created with Noir Photo and Lensflare.

The image above was created in about a minute. Positioning lights with LensFlare is a bit annoying, since you can’t zoom in on the image when trying to place the light. Also, if you rotate your iPhone/iPad 90 degrees, the location of the flare will shift. That is where most of the time goes, and of course deciding on a “look” for the shot in Noir Photo. I went with basic grayscale.

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… :)

Popsicolor Pops with Ink and Gradients in Latest Update

Popsicolor was updated to version 2 today, and the update is free for all the version 1 users. Good deal. It’s a major update with many new features. Here is the listing of what’s new:

★ Introducing Ink for incredible line drawing effects!
★ More Colors — New Warm & Cool color sets
★ More Focus options — Before there were 3, but now there are 16
★ More Gradient options — Before there was just 1, but now there are 24, including Duotone
★ More control with optional borders and the new auto-enhance feature
★ More sharing: Instagram (with built in square crop tool!), Twitter, Facebook, and more.
★ Speed, bug fixes, and other improvements

The ink and the new gradient options are my favorite (superb) additions to this app. I created this from a photo I took of the Apple Store on 5th Avenue in NYC when I was up there earlier this month. You can click on it to see the larger version on Flickr.

Apple in NYC

You can watch a nice video of Popsicolor 2 on the Popsicolor website. I really like this app. I’m hoping in the next version we get a bit more control over the amount of ink that is used. As with so many apps, you always want one more thing :)

Popsicolor is currently $1.99 on iTunes. [download]

AutoStitch Panorama Jumps to iPad

I’ve been using AutoStitch on my iPhone for a long time, and the iPad version was released earlier today. I’m excited. Not just because it’s now available, but also because one of my photos was used for a screenshot! :)

Sample images created with AutoStitch Panorama

Sample images created with AutoStitch Panorama. I took the vertical one of Radio City Music Hall while in NYC.

Some of the highlights from the full description are the ability to create up to 36 MB images, sharing projects with iPhone version of AutoStitch, and the great word…simplicity. This app really does make it simple when you want to stitch shots together.

AutoStitch creates the highest quality panoramas available on your iPad. It is the only app that stitches full-resolution photos taken in any arrangement into seamless high-resolution panoramas.

AutoStitch allows you to stitch any photos in your photo albums. Photos can be taken with the AutoStitch camera, with any other camera app, or even imported from another camera.

The built-in StitchGuide viewfinder makes it easy to capture exactly the scene that you want. The augmented reality interface elegantly displays the positions where previous images have been taken, making it easy to line up your next photo precisely.

For those that have AutoStitch for iPhone, the iPad version complements it perfectly. You can capture shots on the go with your phone, then transfer your projects to the iPad to view them on the larger screen. You can even re-stitch them at twice the maximum resolution, up to 36 megapixels.

● Simple and intuitive interface. Just choose or snap images and tap “Stitch”
● Choice of resolutions up to 36 megapixels for poster-quality prints (iPad2 or newer)
● All source images are retained, so you can change stitch options later
● Crop the result with automatic or manual cropping
● Includes StitchGuide augmented-reality viewfinder (iPad2 or newer)
● Stitch photos taken with any other camera or app
● Share your creations via email, Facebook, or Twitter

One of the big differences between AutoStitch and the built in panorama feature on the iPhone is that this lets you stitch the photos you’ve taken which are properly exposed. The built in panorama locks in the exposure and doesn’t change as you pan around. The ‘stitches’ with AutoStitch are amazingly seamless in most situations.

As I’ve said, I’ve been using the iPhone version for a long time. I always use it when I want to stitch some photos together. The new iPad version is a great addition to the AutoStitch family.

AutoStitch Panorama for iPad is currently $2.99.

And for the iPhone users:
AutoStitch Panorama for iPhone is currently $1.99.