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I temporarily have two phones - I still use my Nokia E71, for which the contract hasn't run out yet (it will soon, though), and my new phone has already arrived, a brand new iPhone 4s. And of course I've started trying out some apps on it, I couldn't resist.
I thought I'd start with some free apps, just to get used to the system without paying anything yet. And after installing some utility apps (and those who know me will understand that most of them have something to do with language, travel, etc.), I went looking for some photo apps. Now, most really popular photography apps are paid apps, so in keeping with my idea to test free apps first, I'm ignoring them for now, and am trying out some free ones first.
First up was ColorEffects. Simple idea - you take a photo with the camera, and select it in ColorEffects (or load a photo from your iPhone film roll), and paint over the part that you want to stand out in colour, leaving all the rest black and white. There are some more options, but that's basically what the app is for. You can then upload it to social media, or e-mail it. I e-mailed it to myself and wanted to open it in PhotoShop and prepare it for upload here, but that didn't work: the PNG had some characteristics that PhotoShop wasn't happy with, and it wouldn't open. So I'm including a screen shot of my test image instead of the real image file:
As you can see, it's rather crude work, in this app. Using your finger (which will never be a very accurate brush) to paint the colour back in, leaves coloured ghosting. Oh well. Could be good for some very limited applications, like posting fun images on social networking sites or something like that.
Next up was CamWow. It's basically a collection of effect filters. You can browse them before you actually take the picture, which I thought was handy, seeing the effects in a gallery show, from which you can pick your preferred effect before taking the shot. For my test shot I chose a Pop Art-like effect (remembering that my Pop Art blog post yesterday didn't exactly contain an Andy Warhol-like image, so I'm making up for that today). Pity about the logo in the bottom right hand corner, but what can you expect of a free version of the app, right?
Here's the test shot - slightly enhanced with PhotoShop:
And finally a completely different kind of photo app, made by ... wait for it ... our very own Timecatcher, Patrick Di Fruscia, believe it or not!
He offers a free collection of his photos that you can put on your iPhone to use as wallpaper, etc. The examples I saw in iTunes are wonderful images (he seems to take only wonderful images...), but unfortunately I didn't get any further than just seeing the first one, because when I start the app, it shows one photo with the message that the app is loading, and then it all disappears again. Pity. I would have enjoyed having Patrick's wonderful stuff on my phone, but apparently it wasn't to be.
But for those who are interested, and who may get it working on their phone, here's a screen shot from the description of the app:
Well, that's all for now. More about my iPhone app adventures some other time!