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Posts tagged ‘apps’

8
Feb

Iris Photo Suite, ZAGG and the Olloclip

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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22
Nov

Filterstorm 4, Annie Leibovitz and more iPhone lenses!!!

Hey there,

Yahoo! The recent update to Filterstorm now adds layers! The main reason I use Photoforge2 is because of the layers, now I have a second option. Filterstorm 4 has lots of great features including opacity and blending modes with each layer. The masking tool works really well and you can switch tools while masking including the move tool so it’s much easier than Photoforge2. I will be playing with it to explore all the new features.

What does Annie Leibovitz think about the iPhone camera? I thought I would throw this in here just for fun :-)

And here is an image I made the other night. It’s a detail shot from a bottle of tequila I bought in Mexico this summer. Imagine if I had a macro lens for the iPhone.

Agave plant in glass

Agave by Patrick Gervais

I had a post a while back where I talked about different iPhone lenses that were available. Since then there have been a few more on the market;

  1. Holga has this new contraption, only $25 but looks pretty odd!
  2. PhotoJoJo has added a second model for serious iPhoneographers, expensive at $249 and looks really bulky.
  3. There was another one I saw recently but can’t find it now.
I think I’m leaning towards the olloclip myself.

Thanks for reading, Patrick

10
Sep

Apps, apps and more apps!

too many photo apps

iPhone Photo apps

Apps, apps and more apps! Ok, I think I’ve gone overboard. My photography apps have been accumulating up to the point where I need to STOP downloading any more and just learn the ones I have. I use Camera+ for the camera, Instagram (@patgervais) for sharing and then a mix of everything else. I just gotPhotoForge2 that looks amazing and will spend a lot of time learning it. I need to get used to these apps and create a workflow.

Do you have any suggestions?