One of the things on my to-do list for 2012 is to learn how to use Photoshop, so to set the ball in motion I downloaded Adobe Photoshop Elements 10 Editor from the Apple app store. The quick peek I took at it has left me wondering how I am going to master the myriad transformational possibilities it offers. When I was downloading Photoshop I also downloaded a couple of other much simpler photo apps. I am not for a nano second going to pretend I have any special photographic skills; I get by using my camera in a basic way. So this is neither a review nor a ‘how to’ post, merely a quick look at what the photographic and the tech challenged (that’s me) can do with a few apps.
Color Splash Studio converts a colour image to black and white. The fun bit is that you can add back the removed colour using a brush in the app to whatever sections of the image you choose. As you can see I have added back some yellow to the drifts of flowers dangling over a wall in the image at the top of this post. I think the app may have a few more bells and whistles, which I haven’t yet investigated.
Collage Maker does what it says on the tin, as it’s an app for making collages. There are six different collage styles: grid circular, free style, heart, classic (different sizes of images constrained with a rectangle) and focus (a variant of classic). You can add text borders and backgrounds and these options can be customized.
Instagram is a free app for iPhone that allows you to take pictures, apply filters and then share them on a variety of social media. If your Instagram account is public fellow Instagrammers can like or comment on your photo) I am not a dedicated Instagrammer so even though I downloaded it about six months ago I haven’t put up that many photos. (my Instagram handle is justaddattitude) The pink tinged image that you see above is the one I like the best from my Instragam photo stash. I achieved the effect by taking the photo with the iPhone rather than the Instagram camera, I then applied a filter in another app (Inificam) before uploading it to Instagram.
The lesson I have learnt from all this messing about with various apps is that really it would be better if I went back to the beginning and learnt the basic rules of photography. Yet another item to add to my to do list!
Update: I should have mentioned when writing this post that if you are not on Instagram you can view Instagram online – I haven’t done any in-depth research to find the best interface – the one I use is web.stagram.com – click here to view my Instagram images.