iPhone Challenge–Photos

These photos were all taken with the iPhone 7Plus.  I used the editing app ReTouch for removing unwanted lines (wires and cables).  I also used the iPhone’s native editing tools for cropping and lighting.

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My iPhone Challenge For August

I’m extremely excited to have taken on the August photo challenge presented by #fatmumslimphotooftheday
This challenge has given me another opportunity to practice my iPhone-photography skills.  All Photos were taken with the iPhone 7Plus and edited using the ReTouch app which I reviewed in a previous post.  You can find it here.
She has challenged us to take a photo each day in August, reflecting our representation of the letter of the alphabet.  Find the list here.
I’ve chosen to use words/names of places and things unique to Austin and Central Texas.  If you have ideas for the rest of the letters—please share!

I began August 1 with the letter A

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August 2—letter B

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August 3—letter C

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August 4—letter D

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And today’s letter is E……

drumroll, please…..

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If you’d like to see the pics I post each day, you can follow me on Instagram.   Just CLICK HERE!

iPhone Challenge–PhotoToaster App Review

Continuing the challenge–taking great photos using only the i-Phone 7Plus.

In today’s digital world, editing has become a big part of photography.  I focused on a new editing app this week.  It is called PhotoToaster.  You will find it in the AppStore.

The PhotoToaster app requires IOS 8.0 or later.  It is compatible with i-Pone, i-Pad, and i-Pod touch.  There is a one-time cost of $2.99;  however,  although it is not a free app, I’ve already found it to be incredibly useful in creating stunning edited shots.

The photo below was taken at mid-day.  The editing has created a feeling of warmth, as if it had been taken at sunset.

                            This is the original.                                             This is after editing.

Of course, I will continue looking at many of the other features in this editing app, but so far I think it will be well worth the $2.99 I paid.

 Upon opening the app you find 4 links to places you can access the photo you wish to edit:  Recent, Photo Library, Camera, and Clipboard.

Below that, you see a pink box that will take you to the Community / Tutorials area.  This area includes all of the tutorials needed to use in editing.  The tutorials are not in video form, so it is easy to read, try it out,  then return to read it again, if needed.

The editing features include:

There are several other fantastic editing features that I can’t wait to try!

The Community area also includes a variety of “challenges” for the photographer.   They list a Fall Challenge, Sunset Challenge, Ice Challenge, Reflections Challenge and many others.  Each challenge specifies what to focus on, for example, the Ice Challenge focuses on Highlights and Shadows.  These will prove to be very beneficial in improving our i-Phone photos and editing abilities, then sharing them with the PhotoToaster community.

This is an incredible app for the photographer who enjoys editing their photos to add interest and beauty.

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iPhone Challenge– Touch ReTouch App Review

The challenge—take great photos using only the Apple iPhone 7Plus

My new iPhone 7Plus camera has already impressed me with the sharp, crisp pictures it takes.  It is a 12MP camera, with a wide angle f/1.8 aperture lens, and a telephoto with an f/2.8 aperture lens, making it well equipped to take amazing portraits.  The optical zoom at 2x, helps bring things close, without distorting the image.

Like many of us, I like to edit my photos to add interest, so this week I began researching editing apps that are available for use on IOS phones.

Some of my older photos are, truthfully, not that great.  I have photos that are messy and have a bit of “noise” in the photo.  I read about an app called TouchReTouch, that can easily remove unwanted things from a photo, making it more interesting to the viewer.  **It is available through the Apple Store. This app requires IOS 9.0 or later. It is compatible with i-Phone, i-Pad, and iPod touch.

The Touch Retouch app offers 5 editing tools:

  1. Removing unwanted objects

2.  Removing lines

3.  Removing small objects quickly

4.  Removing blemishes

5.  Using a clone stamp

The app includes simple to follow tutorials for each function making it easy to use.

I tested out the Removing Unwanted Object feature, and it worked GREAT!

SAMPLE remove object

        FROM THIS…………………………………………………………..TO THIS!  So easy!

I love this the Touch-Retouch app, and plan on using it in the future!

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