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Photography

How do I edit photos?

ArtStudio liteThe capability to edit photos isn't built into your device, but there are some fabulous third-party apps that can let you crop, morph, enlarge, and change the photo in any way you can imagine. Here are a few to try:

Free photo editing apps:

  • ArtStudio Lite (app2.me/3677). This is a very powerful app that lets you modify images with layers, brushes, tools, image galleries and much more.

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Photos: Introduction

How to Take, Share, and Use Great Photos

The Camera app is on all iOS devices with built-in cameras, including the iPhone, the latest iPod touch, and the recently released, second-generation iPad. The cameras on the latest iOS devices have some very useful capabilities. You can focus on any part of the image, optimize for sub-prime lighting conditions, share the images via e-mail or text messaging, and play slideshows with music to impress your friends. You can even complement your photo-editing skills with third-party apps.


Taking pictures with your iOS device can be a blast. The following pages will show you how to take full advantage of the Camera app as well as the Photos app that's built into all iOS devices.


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iPhone Obsessed is here!

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Several weeks ago I heard about a book that was coming out about photo editing techniques with an iPhone. It arrived! iPhone Obsessed by Dan Marcolina literally arrived a few minutes ago. I've only had a chance to glance through it. It gives you step-by-step directions on how to use many iPhone photo apps for very interesting results. Incidentally, the very interesting is an understatement. They are great! I'm looking forward to going through the book in detail and reporting on some of the techniques. It's definitely worth getting!



Don't move the iPhone when taking a photo

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The iPhone creates HDR images by taking three photos in quick succession using different exposures. It then combines these pictures together into one image. If you move the camera while taking a photo, you may find that some parts of your picture will be mysteriously missing.

Turning HDR on and off

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HdrOnLaunch the Camera app. In the middle of the screen at the top, you'll see the HDR button. If it reads "HDR Off," tap it once to turn it on. Tap it again to turn it off.

Save an HDR and lower-resolution photo

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KeepNormalPhotoWhen you take your first HDR photo, you'll see a dialog box asking if you want to save both the original and HDR versions of your photo. This can be changed later in Settings, but I recommend clicking dismiss and save both versions. Sometimes the regular photo is actually better than the HDR, and it's nice to have the option to see the original before you delete it.

To be or not to be...Grunged

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I usually like straight unaltered pictures. And then came Grungetastic for the iPhone. With Grungetastic you can make some really grungey effects. The effects go so far that I actually am enjoying experimenting with it. If you want to write a thriller, it seems like a grunged picture would go well. It may not be for everyone, but it might be for you. For a buck, it's worth the risk.



iPhoneography: How does your iPhone greet you?

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iPhones greet us every time we turn them on. Your greeting is the wallpaper that you select to see. You can look for interesting photos online and add it to your iPhone or you can use one of your own photos. I prefer to use one of my own because it always makes me smile. Here's how my iPhone greets me.

How does your iPhone greet you?



iPhoneography: Color vs. Black-and-White

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Although I don't have any ideas about the which came first between the chicken and the egg, I do have some ideas about which is better...color or black-and-white when it comes to photography. In the olden days when I was a little boy, there was no choice. Black-and-White film was available. You took your pictures and then took the film to the local drug store. About a week or two later, you'd return to the drug store and pick up your rather small black-and-white prints. Once we started to use color film, we had a choice, color or black-and-white. However, if you started with color negatives, you'd probably have to print the black-and-white version yourself, or send it to a photo lab.



iPhoneography needs...

It's time, I think, for Twitter to acquire Instagram or Picplz and Twitpic. Twitpic lets you upload pictures (from any digital source) onto Twitter. Instagram and Picplz let you take pictures with an iPhone, alter them, and then upload them to Twitter (among other places). It's time for Twitter to make some acquisitions to smooth out the process so that when I (we) use Twitter (the app) we can take pictures with our iPhones, alter them in whatever way we want, and upload them all within the same app. Come on Twitter, make my day! Please. :)



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