Cool iPhone App PhotoToaster

Highland Beach, Florida

Seascape Highland Beach Florda

Hey Everyone,

First, I should apologize for the break from the Blog. Unbelievable as it may seem, I was at a great location for Thanksgiving but without internet access, except for the phone. The experience was so frustrating, to describe it I can barely find the words. It’s quite the phenomenon how dependent we have become on the internet and IT in such a short period of time. “Wow, I think I stumbled upon my next blog topic!”

Now, for this month’s blog. My location, although internetless, was beautiful and quite inspirational. Today’s photo was the scene I woke up to every morning. The serene beauty ‘almost’ overcame the lack of ‘connectivity’…lol. I took the shot later in the day with a Nikon 300s and a Nikon 105mm f2.8 Macro with a circular polarizer filter. The sun setting lower in the sky gives warm directional light to the scene. (You would shoot with the sun behind you) This lighting scenario is perfect for most subjects other then people, as they would most likely need to squint. You can use the low directional sunlight for lighting people, but would position the subject so the sun isn’t shining in their eyes. We can discuss that in another topic, as there are very cool results with the sun behind your subject as well.

After uploading to my computer, I emailed the shot to myself and downloaded to my iPad believing this would be a great image to test a new app I came across called PhotoToaster. There is a free version as well as a full paid version ($.99). With PhotoToaster you can quickly add texture, borders, frames, color changes, vignettes, as well normal post processing…cropping, rotating, contrast, etc…. Very cool fast app. Using this app and others help add dimension to seemingly uninteresting images. Keep in mind though, that “less is more” in most cases. Too much can also get in the way of a good photo….

After using PhotoToaster to add the texture, vignetting and border , I then added text using iWatermark for the iPad to complete the project.

Take care ’till next time. If you have any questions, never hesitate to contact me.

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