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February 8, 2012

Iris Photo Suite, ZAGG and the Olloclip

by Patrick Gervais

Hey there,

I ordered the Zaggsparq 2.0 portable charger today. It will be useful for when I’m out and plan on using my iPhone a lot. It’s great because it has two USB ports so you can charge two devices simultaneously. It carries up to 4 charges which appears more than enough for my needs.

I received my Olloclip just a few days ago and am looking forward to testing it out. I’ll post some examples soon.

I’ve had the Iris Photo Suite app for a while but never used it much because I didn’t like the interface all that much. After seeing so many people mention it as one of their goto apps I figured I should give it a second chance. I’m finding it to be very powerful. I like the way you can mask most of the effects you apply to an image. You can create an “image mask” that can be used again and again with the various effects and filters. Here is an example of an image I created an image mask over the lamp shade which enabled me to apply effects to the shade alone or the rest of the image by using an inverted image mask.

I replaced the original green background with the blue background with their replace color tool. It was so easy and fast to do. You just select the colour range you want replaced then select the new colour you want to use. Then you apply the effect with the image mask created earlier and voila!

I also wanted to let you all know that I will be starting up the “Image of the Week” series again soon only it will no longer be an image a week! It was a little too much work for me to select and prepare the post each week and I don’t want to rush it or feel like I HAVE to publish an image every week. So I will continue to feature an image, give my comments and also include artist links and info as I was doing before and them whenever I can. I have a couple of photographers lined up and so you can expect to see something very soon. I guess I’ll have to change the title of the series to something else eh?

Thanks for reading, Patrick

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