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PhotoToaster 3.0

Hello Hello!

Just a quick note about PhotoToaster. Back in January I did a tutorial/review of PhotoToaster. Shortly after that I had the opportunity to do some beta testing of the 3.0 version, which hits the App store today. Did I mention it’s on sale for only $0.99? Not sure how long that sale price lasts but you should grab it quick!

Here’s a few samples of images I edited via PhotoToaster 3.0

This is my friend Paul, I took this during the Worldwide Instameet and edited via PhotoToaster prior to pulling it into Instagram.

Some heather, captured via an Olloclip. I used PhotoToaster 3.0 in conjunction with FilmLab on this one.

This was taken at Greenlake, some branches and birds. Edited via PhotoToaster 3.0 and Instagram.

I kinda dig that one texture, obviously ;).


TiltShift Generator

Wow, I have been uber busy the past few weeks. This is of course, good and bad. The good are things like the iPhoneography workshop I had this past weekend and the bad are things like my being a bit behind on the old blog. I can say I’ve managed to stay up to date on the iPhone photo a day project!

I have been going through the apps on my phone and contemplating what I wanted to write about this week. I found a couple of older faves that I have been using for off and on for at least a year or more to create a faux tilt shift effect. Today’s post is on one of those, TiltShift Generator. Ever wonder how you might attempt to create a bit of depth in your images, or make the world look miniature? This might be an option. Let me add that there are a few powerful editing apps that will now include this feature like Snapseed. However TiltShift Generator is a nice, simple app.

The main interface allows for the usual ability to take a photo or import a photo from your photo library. Once imported you’ll find options to add the tilt shift effect, adjust color (saturation, brightness or contrast), add a vignette or save the image.

The Blur feature includes a circular, linear and elliptical option. Tap, pinch, stretch and move it around to have the focus be where you want it to be. Use the slider to determine the amount of the blur.

The Color feature includes the option to increase or decrease the saturation, brightness or contrast.

The vignette is pretty basic. And the save option allows you to send your edit to the photo library or share via a few different social media sites.

Now before you go in and do anything, check your settings to save at the largest output, I believe on the 4s, the output resolution is 2448×2448 for square photos, and that is what this app seems to output at. This is always a good idea to do on any app, especially if you ever want to print your images (which I highly suggest you do!).

Here’s the final, after some fun with TiltShift Generator:

It’s really rather simple, but it does a nice job!

Up next I’ll talk about FocalLab, it offers some similar features as TiltSift Generator, but some twists too ;)



Check out this fun little lo-fi fave. Lomora2 offers a variety of film flavours, many of which are often bright and happy or intense and moody. I’m just going to jump right in… just so ya know, this is a camera replacement app.

The basic interface of the app is pretty clean, which I appreciate.

Along the top you’ll see a slider, this controls the amount of the vignette of your final image. Before you shoot you want to select a film from the available list. Just tap on Films to bring up the list, then tap on your selection and then tap pretty much anywhere on the screen outside the film list to close the film list.

You’ll find 18 filters, one in black and white the rest are varied traditional and lo-fi based film styles, like Redscale, Cross Process, and more.

When you’ve framed your image, just tap “take photo” and it will start to shoot… one it’s done it will show you the image and present some options.

Multi. Exp – yes, that’s right, you can do multiple exposures “in-camera”, this is a really cool thing. Tap on this and compose your overlay image and then tap Take Photo again. It looks like you may be able to stack a few exposures, so this could get fun!

When you’re done shooting tap Save, if you’re not happy with what you got tap Discard to start over.

After the image saves, you go back to to the main screen. If you want to see “prints” you’ve previously created, just tap on “Prints”.

On the print screen you can see a library of photos you’ve taken with the app previously, this works kind of like Hipstamatic, in that you can take on an image to see what film you used and when it was taken. There’s an option to delete the image from the Prints. Deleting it from within the app doesn’t delete the photo from your Photo Library.

To access the settings menu, tap on the word “lomora”. This includes the following options.

Print size – the image output size.
Stimulate Flash? I’m wondering if that’s a typo, regardless if you turn this on you can add a coloured flash.
iPhone LED – the option is there to turn the LED off or on, but I can’t adjust it. It might be the app needs updating or there’s a bug.
Filter – Add a Red, Gree, Blue, Cyan, Magenta or Yellow filter to your image.
Randomize – I believe this is a shake to randomize option, but I just haven’t used it much. I normally pick my own film but that’s me.

Note, I have noticed a couple of things that make me wonder if the app has been updated recently, just because some of the settings options are a bit wonky on my phone. It might just be me though! Also if you’re in a low-light situation, the flash seems to automatically come on, as of this review/tutorial, I’ve yet to find a way to turn it off. If you know the secret, please let me know! ;)

The full resolution output of images in this app on an iPhone4s is 2448×2448.

For me it’s a lot of fun, like shooting old Slide flim and having the lab cross process it to get some crazy colours. Experimentation is fun, that’s what I like about this app (and the multiple exposure thing too!).

What about you, are you into lo-fi features like this?