App Happy Again

I was starting to get a bit bored with my iPhone camera. I usually forget to pull it out for a quick shot when I’m using my DSLR- it seems silly. Because I’m not posting any DSLR photos to instagram- just iPhone photos- I often have nothing to upload.  Two things have changed in the last couple days- one is participating in the 21 day juice challenge on instagram (#21dayjuicechallenge) and the other is a brand new app.  No I’m not on a juice fast; I don’t even drink juice, because of the sugar.  I make smoothies, and taking a photo of one every day with my iPhone camera is much less stressful than coming up with something creative! The other change came from reading a fantastic tutorial (featuring the work of an amazing photo artist, Cindy Patrick) on the Pixlr blog that I was alerted to by Terri Porter on instagram- #terriporter (her beach photo using the app is fantastic!). I downloaded the Pixlr Express app- free, as are most of my apps- and am loving the things I can do with it!

Photo Jun 17- 8 56 49 PM

I cropped and did a few minor adjustments in Snapseed, then opened it in PixlrExpress. I used the dapple effect to give it a painted look.  I then added blur, masking it off the bottle with the history brush. A frame completed the photo.  All of these steps were part of the tutorial, which included much more than I did to this image.  Check it out- you will be inspired!

Keeping With The Times




6 responses

  1. So glad you were inspired by this tutorial and glad my posting about it gave you some inspiration! This is just beautiful! The part I’ve had the most trouble with is the blur and history brush. I think I just need to keep trying with different subjects.

    June 18, 2014 at 9:35 am

    • Melinda

      The history brush is soooooo tricky! I think my fingers are too fat to be precise!!!

      June 18, 2014 at 9:38 am

  2. So gorgeous, Melinda! That’s the wonderful thing about phone photos – it’s easy to record the simple every day things and it’s stress free. I’m so glad you mentioned that tutorial about PixlerExpress. I must check it out. Thanks for playing today!

    June 18, 2014 at 10:19 am

  3. Caz

    Love your edit, so very pretty ! I will check out the apps and tutorial, thank you 🙂

    June 18, 2014 at 12:39 pm

  4. You did a great job! Very, very nice. I haven’t looked at Cindy’s tutorial or tried the app yet … but I will!

    June 18, 2014 at 1:17 pm

  5. hi from “app” happy. Wonderful images here!

    June 18, 2014 at 9:15 pm

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