Life is busy. BUSY. 4 kids, a handsome husband, and a dog…anyone relate? Okay, good. I want to be the mom who records life’s precious moments. These kids are growing way too fast. I love creating photo books for my family, but they take so long!!! So…creating fast memories and beautiful pics with my phone was my quest to make ‘memory keeping’ easier.
I love my canon camera. It gives beautiful shots and does AMAZING. See Bobbi’s post on tips for using a fancy camera to get pics of kids here.
BUT. I don’t carry that thing with me all the time. I’m carrying a kid, bags, food, and whatever else lands in my lap.
I do carry my phone, though…like 99.9% of the time. I’m always afraid that I’ll get a flat tire or run out of gas when I leave it home on that 0.01 % occasion.
I love beautiful pictures and I wanted to research how to make phone pics a bit better.
So…let’s explore. I love free apps. There are a lot of good ones out there, so I’ll focus on those.
Oh, wait. Before I get started, I do have an iphone 4s, just in case you were wondering.
My top 2 fave are instagram and snapseed (by google). Both FREE. YEAH.
Easter morning just got brighter! I used the snapseed (from google ap), pulled the picture in from my photo album, used the automatic button, and maxed the saturation. I am loving how those colors pop!
On this one…the girls were pulling Grandpa to the playground. I pulled it into snapseed and put the saturation higher. They have ‘frames’ too. Do you see the black frame around the after pic? I added the frame. I love this grandpa/granddaughters picture.
Okay, so this one – lots of fun pics, but I don’t want a bunch of the same style picture over and over again. Welcome the Pic Stitch app! It lets you create collages, easy peasy. There is a free version (which I use) and a paid version. I did edit them in snapseed first to make the colors brighter and went heavy on the saturation. I saved the pic and then opened the pic stitch app. I pulled in my favorite pics and voila! 5 pictures in one.
Trees. Really cool trees that I’d like to have in my front yard one day! Snapseed brought out the colors. I added blur to the outside and then cropped the picture.
Okay, this one is one of the best uses of the snapseed app. The drama button. I think I’ll submit this one to Better Homes and Gardens. Not sure they’d do anything with it unless they have an article about the world’s coolest doors ever.
Drama works great on things…not people. You can try it on people, but it pulls out wrinkles and makes them look dirty. I’ll pass on that one.
Drama (from snapseed) made this boat picture go from a pretty boat to REALLY cool boat.
The city looked pretty before. Now it looks like it’s the most magical place on the earth. Note: I took this one out of my hotel window that had a gray tint to it. This added drama for a more urban type picture (Snapseed – drama).
Okay, one more using the drama. An old gross alley…is still old and gross, but it shows more detail and, for some reason, I thought it looked cool. Maybe not, but I’ll just leave it in here.
Other good photo apps that I’ve liked:
ReTouch It can delete random things in pictures. Like the man walking in front of me here. He really stood out too much, taking away from the beautiful busy market. Notice how his head is gone? I did crop up to get rid of the street part too and put it into my instagram account. I needed to make it square to fit the format.
Visage Lab free. This smooths skin and takes shine off. You do have to have wi-fi for this one to work. Hi-five my daughter for letting me ‘visage lab’ her picture. We left off the before picture so you didn’t have to see the zit she was wearing for that day. Pretty girl with or without the zit. She preferred this picture though.
So…I’ve taken the memories and edited the pictures. Now what? They sit on my phone for ever? Absolutely not! My husband and 2 oldest daughters have an instragram account that we can share our memories on. It’s the best way I’ve ever done journaling…and now I have my family involved too!! My husband has captured some amazing pictures and he is more than happy to shoot a pic with his phone and write a sentence about it.
There are lots of photo book programs out there now that will allow the instagram feed to be downloaded into a book. Then…a gift for grandma and grandpa. They can’t figure out how to get on instragram.
A way to keep up on photo books for the entire year one picture and memory at a time.
So…to find these just search for them in your apps on your phone. They will pop up fast.
Which ones are you in love with? I wanna hear. I only have 7 months before my 2013 photo book will be done, and I want to have a rocking book this year!