how did she do that? pt.1

hello hello!

I thought it was time I put together one of those “how the heck did she do that?” posts. kind of walking through how I took a somewhat bland image and made it a bit, dramatic.

Starting with this:

I went to the Snapseed app, first to crop the photo to square, then to muck about with the vintage filters to see what would strike my fancy!

Then I went to this image:

This one was captured with an Olloclip, and also edited in Snapseed. I’m a fan of the vintage filters, so I applied one of those and increased both the structure and sharpening a bit. I should mention the macro use the Olloclip is pretty rad (and I see an Olloclip post in my future).

After edits in Snapseed, I rather liked this result, which to me could certainly stand on it’s own.

I knew that I’d want to blend these images together. After creating the two edits above I went to PhotoWizard for some blending. There are certainly lots of blending options out there, a few of which I’m looking to explore more in depth. What I like about PhotoWizard is that is an editing app that offers lots of great options, to do anything from fixing white balance to cropping to exposure compensation, black and white conversions, even more including the blending options. It’s a pretty powerful app.

This is the final edit, I believe I used the Darken option in the blend mode, but when you’re in there experimenting you can go through the gamut of options to find the blending mode that’s right for what you want to create.

So there you have it!

thanks for reading!

~ kate

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 ;)