Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Tech Tuesday ~ Photo Apps

I enjoy photography a lot as evidenced by my 2,000+ photos on my phone.  I also have a DSLR, but ya know, I tend to use my Galaxy Nexus more because I can’t always carry my DSLR and the best photos are those that are unexpectedly captured.   I wanted to share a few of my favorite phone photo editing apps that I use. 

1. Pixlr-o-matic – This app is used to add retro/vintage effects to your photos.  You can also add lighting effects to add drama, sparkle or a grunge look.  I use this app a lot to add vignette overlays and smoky edges.  This is probably my favorite app on my phone. They also have an online version that has a fun interface (http://pixlr.com/o-matic/).

2. Camera 360 - My (stock) camera app on my last phone died on me so rather than getting another phone I decided to download this app.  It worked perfectly for snappin’ shots.  I tend to use this app on my new phone to edit my photos.  It has 16 different effects such as LOMO HDR, 1839, Magic Color, Enhance, etc.  I use the Enhance effect more than anything to add warmth to my photos.  This app also has scenes (make your photo into a billboard, etc.), but I have not used that feature.
Before/After using Enhance adding Warmth

3. Phonto – This a simple app that allows you to add text to photos.
4. Photo Grid – This is a simple app that allows you to make collages from photos on your phone.

I used both Phonto (add my watermark) and Photo Grid to create this collage.

Did you notice that I didn’t mention Instagram?  Yeah, I don’t know what it is, but I just cannot jump on that bandwagon.  Not really a fan. 

What’s your favorite photo editing app?

Saturday, September 29, 2012

Twelve Months of Christmas ~ Subscription Boxes

It seems like the hottest thing these days is subscribing to subscription boxes.  These are boxes of trial size or full-size goodies, depending on the subscription, that you get each month by paying a monthly fee.  The subscription boxes shown below range from $15/month to $39/month.

I used to subscribe to Birch Box, but canceled my subscription in order to save a few bucks.  I would definitely subscribe again.  Better yet, I would eagerly accept a gift subscription.  It’s always exciting getting in the new boxes each month.  It’s like twelve months of Christmas a year!  In fact, I may or may not be ordering subscription boxes for Christmas gifts this year.  You can get anything from adult novelty boxes, beauty boxes, snack boxes, craft boxes and more. 

 I did some research and put together some boxes that seem like they would be really fun getting.  So take a look at the boxes I found:

Do you subscribe to any subscription boxes? 

* Please note that these boxes are a few that I found interesting, but do not have actually experience with (with the exception of the Birch Box) so do your research on reviews before you decide to subscribe.