Re-exploring Key West

Friday, March 21, 2014

Apps that can make taking pictures even more fun

I love pictures and sometimes I get really bad ones.   My sister says it's better to have a bad picture of an important event than no picture at all.   However with some apps, you can take a really good picture and make it better or a really bad picture and make it usable.    There are way over three quarters of a millions apps out there and finding ones you might like can be tough.

Last week when my friend Barb was down to Key West, we went to the Butterfly Gardens.   They have two flamingos that were performing nicely for tourists.   Here is the original picture I took on my iPhone.

Fairly nice picture and could be used as is.   However, let me give you some other choices. 

This is a watercolor done with an app called WATERLOGUE.   There are lots and lots of choices with this app and the following is just one of them.  

 This postcard was done with an app called  MOTIVATIONAL.    It would be nice to announce an opening or a birthday or some other event.  
 This one was done with an app called SKETCH.    This makes a bad picture usable and is a lot of fun to see the results you get.

This was created on an app called SNAPSEED.   This is the HD portion of that.   Again lots of possibilities with this app. 

The following is one that is called WORD FOTO.   You can type any message in the app: "Best Friends Forever" used here. 

The following was done on PENCIL CAMERA HD,  This picture has a wood floor background.  You can do watercolors, pencil sketches, black and white and many other applications. 

This one was done on COLORBLAST HD.   You can see the flamingos were highlighted as well as a couple leaves at the bottom.   They others are gray.   Works great if you want to highlight your child in a picture with all his teammates etc.    Lots of applications here as well. 

The following two pictures were done on INSTAFRAME.   You can pick how many pictures on a page and size; background color; and frame.   
The folowing has 3 petal shapes with pictures show above added to each petal.  Gray blue background.
 Same pictures in 3 rectangles with dirty brown background.    You can add text to any of these frame methods.
Almost all of these apps are available for free or up to 99 cents.   They are basic apps.   If you like them you can pay for the extended app and they are generally less than $5.    Lots of possibilities and lots of ways to make a ho-hum picture usable and in some case spectacular.   Some work on iPhones only and on iPads only, but most work on both.   


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