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iPhoto and journals

1 May

iPhoto is the missing link between your iPhone/iPad and your pictures.
With this app come lots of functions to correct your pictures (exposure, color, blur/sharpen, …) but also to present and share your pictures with friends and family (like you used to do with the RIP-MobileMe Gallery).
Let’s browse through the fonctionnalities and then create a Journal.

When you launch the app, you have to wait for your photo library to be updated which is a little bit long … and boring.
Then, you are up to give a boost to your pictures: choose the picture you want to work on, then choose which tool you need in the bottom bar

  • Crop & straighten
  • Exposure
  • Color
  • Brushes

I use a lot the Lightnen brush as when I use my iPhone sometimes the pictures are a little bit too dark. Also, I like to blur (Soften brush) people faces I don’t know in my pictures. But Red Eye, Saturate/Desaturate, Sharpen and Darken brushes are always handy.

  • Effect

is a nice option with 6 different styles Warm&Cool, Duotone, Balck&White, Aura, Vintage, Artistic then you slide on the effect bar to find the desired effect

  • Auto-Enhance
  • Rotation
  • Mark as flagged or favorite
  • Hide a photo

When you are done with enhancing your pic, Share it (or it will stay inside the app) to a

  • Journal
  • Camera roll
  • iTunes
  • Email
  • Beam
  • Print
  • Twitter
  • Flickr
  • Facebook
  • or start a Slideshow

I use a lot the sharing option to create a Journal, because it’s really handy to showcase an event (pick the picts you want to showcase) and also because you can share it online.
To create a journal,select by tapping the pictures you want to use, then select the Share option and pick Journal, then you have the following options

  • Selected (with the number of selected picts)
  • Flagged
  • All

You will choose the “Selected option“, remember you just did the selection
Enter the name of your journal or choose one of your already existing Journal
Then confirm if you want the iDevice to add the selection automaticaly to a new page or to an existing one, then Add to Journal.

iPhoto is a cool app if you look for an all-in-one app, it will do the trick.
Effects and results are really cool. Thanks to the iCloud, you will buy it once for your iPhone and it will be available on your iPad without any more cost.

To bad that when you start a journal on your iPhone, you can’t continue to work on it on your iPad:  you can  only browse  it. Too bad, that’s the purpose of the iCloud. Maybe an upgrade will correct this issue.

The more you’ll play with it, the more you’ll like this app!

Need a fancy pic for your Twitter or Facebook profile ? Follow my steps

26 Feb

You are taking great pictures with your iPhone, and you just post them on your Facebook or Twitter. It’s nice, but it could be great!
There are some great apps out there that will make you picts shine !!!

If you are on a budget and want to keep it simple,

My favorite apps are ColorSplash, PhotoFrames and Notica.

    • ColorSplash, to convert your picture in black and white leaving the parts you want to highlight in color. Great effect.
  • PhotoFrames, to arrange multiple pictures inside frames. 18 different frames are available to you.
  • Notica, to convert your picture in a notecard. You will be able to add your location and also comments, neat! And you’ll be able to create categories to sort your cards.

What I like to do is to combine the apps to gets the best results.


Screenshot of my photo apps.

Edit of the previous picts in the Photo App. And organisation of the pictures with PhotoFrames.

Then import of the result in Notica.

If you are into exploring all the offered possibilities, check out the following apps

  • PhotoStudio
  • PhotoGene2
  • Camera+
  • Hipstamatic
  • Phototoaster Jr

Happy shooting !

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