Category Archives: app review

Postagram – Share your travels

When you travel do you find yourself browsing the post card racks for a cool card to send home to your family or friends? Of course you do, we love to share our journeys with them.

We share our images on social platforms like Facebook and Instagram, which can be a great way to share our travels, but how often do we print our images and send them to our friends and family?

Some time ago I discovered an app which allows me to create my own post cards.

The app is called Postagram. Postagram is available for iPhone and Android devices.

Within the app you can:

- Import images from your camera roll
- Create a message to the recipient
- Import your contacts from your phone to send the final postcard

You purchase “credits”, 5 credits gets you one post card mailed within the US and 10 credits gets you one post card mailed internationally. This comes to $1 or $2 respectively. Which is a ridiculously good deal.

It’s wonderful to be able to share your view of a city, a country or your home town with your family and friends. I use this app when I travel and when I want to hare images of my city with my family back east. Check it out the next time you go on the road or travel abroad, or just take a cool photo in your neighbourhood.

Enjoy and have fun!

~ kate

January iPhoneography Workshops

This past weekend I held an iPhoneography workshop. The focus of the class was on the creative process and exploration with apps. We spent a little time on the fundamentals of photography, then talked about some creative edits.

We also took a deep dive into a handful of apps, including some of my faves. I wanted to share the images that I edited, in class, showing off how each app works.

We started with Hipstmatic and Snapseed. Reviewing some of my fave features of both. Then moved on to VSCOcam.

This photo of a car was taken in December when we had the smallest bit of snow in Seattle. I simply found this car adorable! I use the VSCO C1 filter and adjusted the contrast just a bit to really highlight the cool tones.

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Then we moved on to Mextures. Mextures is great because you can stack layers within the app + control how much of a given effect you apply.

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Here’s Picfx in action. I applied one of the film filters and added one of the space filters. As with Mextures you can control the amount of the use of the filter. There’s just a nice spot of brightness at the top of one of the skyscrapers that is pretty cool.

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And the Seattle skyline. This one edited in Alien Skin Software’s AltPhoto App. I used the Daguerrotype filter, at just about 50% to just provide a hint of the border effect.

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It was a fun class, I look forward to doing this one again!

Have questions about apps, just let me know!

~ kate

iPhone Apps – my fab five

Yesterday I had the honour of doing a short segment on iPhoneography/Mobile Photography on creativeLIVE. I’ve been involved with creativeLIVE for a number of years, first as a volunteer and then as an employee, it’s a pretty cool place to be. But yesterday was a very different experience, which I’ll share more on later.

I wanted to quickly answer one of the questions that was posed a few times: What are my top 5 go-to apps?! So here they are, with links and a few examples…

My fab five:

HipstamaticiPhone – $1.99 + in App upgrades

These two images were captured via hipstamatic, they are “straight out of camera”, no other edits than the filter combination used for shooting.

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SnapseediPhoneAndroid – FREE!

These images were edited with Snapseed. Snapseed is a very robust editor! check out my tutorial on Snapseed here. Some of the functionality has changed a little since I did this post, but there’s still a lot of great information there!

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VSCO CamiPhoneAndroid – FREE w/in App upgrades

This was edited via VSCO cam. VSCO offers a handful of “film/analogue” styled filters, occasionally they will have free upgrade packs and additional packs you can purchase.

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PicFXiPhone – $1.99

Picfx is filled with lots of fun filters, some crazy colours and awesome textures + effects. You can control the amount of the effect that’s applied as well stack effects on top of one another.

This image was edited with PicFX + Mextures

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MexturesiPhone – $1.99

Mextures has different filter options, some colour gradients, textures and event a little grit and grain. Want to get a little dirt on your iPhone images and make it appear as if the image was created years ago, this is a fun option to play with. Like Picfx you can stack effects on top of one another. You can also use different blending modes, like “Overlay, Screen, Multiply… ” sounds like Photoshop doesn’t it?!

This image was shot with Hipstmatic and edited with VSCOcam, Mextures + Picfx.

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Thanks for asking and please let me know if you have more questions!

~ kate