Monday, June 20, 2016

ICOLORAMA EDITS - IPHONE 6 AND 3RD GENERATION IPAD

Introducing new edits with iColorama. I think I've written about this before but I'll say it again: the app for the iPhone is iColoramaS. The app for the iPad is iColorama. The app works faster on my iPhone 6 which is only a year old. The 3rd Generation iPad is over 3 years old. It still works great but is much slower during processing. Anyway, the images are fun no mater how they get edited.
First up is the unedited image of pink and yellow gerbera daisies.
http://www.reddancerstudio.com/2016/06/icolorama-edits-iphone-6-and-3rd.html  
Equipment: iPhone 6. Original image, no editing
http://www.reddancerstudio.com/2016/06/icolorama-edits-iphone-6-and-3rd.html
Equipment: iPhone 6. Edited with iColorama app enhancing the colors
http://www.reddancerstudio.com/2016/06/icolorama-edits-iphone-6-and-3rd.html
Equipment: iPhone 6. Edited with iColorama app and then there's the fun way of waffling swirls

http://www.reddancerstudio.com/2016/06/icolorama-edits-iphone-6-and-3rd.html
Equipment: iPhone 6. Edited with iColorama app. Edited for the waffling waves.
http://www.reddancerstudio.com/2016/06/icolorama-edits-iphone-6-and-3rd.html
Equipment: iPhone 6. Edited with iColorama app. So hard to figure out this was done. But all the images were edited in iColorama.
 


Saturday, June 18, 2016

WHERE BLOGGERS CREATE 2016 PARTY IS ON

Karen Valentine, My Desert Cottage, is again hosting her wonderful WHERE BLOGGERS CREATE 2016 blog hop on again in 2016. Mark your calendars for July 15.
http://www.mydesertcottage.com/2016/06/where-bloggers-create-2016-will-be-in.html

I'll be joining - this always gets me motivated to clean up my photo space and take new photographs for this fun event. Anyone can join. Karen has the instructions posted on her blog: MY DESERT COTTAGE. Karen is also offering a 15% discount on her Valentine Designs blog design services should you be interested in an update. Karen designed my blog and has often made beautiful changes when I decide I want a change.
 


Monday, June 6, 2016

IOS UPGRADE - OS X EL CAPITAN +++ iCOLORAMA EDITS

Playtime again.
http://www.reddancerstudio.com/2016/06/ios-upgrade-os-x-el-capitan-it-works.html
Equipment: iPhone 6 and 3rd Generation iPad. iColorama app editing.
I don't know how many of you use Apple computers but I have a fun story to share. Sometime in 2015, I read that Apple would no longer support iPhoto because the company was setting up the PHOTOS app for iCloud storage that we see on our iPhones and other IOS devices. I had forgotten to check that the update had indeed happened but it did. Not a problem so far, right?
Well, last week, it became a problem.
As you know, I take loads of photos and edit those photos in various apps on my iPhone or my iPad (3rd generation and still working like a charm, thank you very much). Anyway, in my continuing effort to save photos in a logical place where I can find them easily, I've been setting up various iCloud photo sharing folders. So far, so good. I can easily find them on my iPhone and iPad. However, when I tried to find those same iCloud folders on my MacBook Pro, I couldn't find them. Yikes?
I researched everything I could find online and the only thing I learned was that I would need the new PHOTOS app on my computer. And the only way to get the PHOTOS app on my computer was to upgrade to the newer OS X EL CAPITAN operating system. I was skeptical about upgrading but finally decided to give it a try. I read the reviews first, though, just to see what others were saying. Well, yesterday, I did the upgrade. It took FOREVER to download and then install. Maybe not forever but it did take a few hours.
When I got to the photos, at first I couldn't find the folders or any photos in the app. YIKES again. And then suddenly they appeared. Oh, thank you, Lord for saving everything and having it all working! That was late yesterday afternoon.
Before I quit working on the computer yesterday, I decided that if the new operating system made everything work slower on my laptop, I would make the supreme sacrifice and get a new laptop at Best Buy. But good news folks. I opened up the computer this morning and everything is working better than before. Yea!!!
I decided to open and resize some edited rose images in PhotoShop. Again, everything worked like a charm and faster than before. I still have not discovered how to keep track of all the edits I do on any given image other than to write everything down. Which I didn't do for these images today. But since I love to share my work, I'm sharing them anyway. If you have any questions on them, please leave me a comment and I'll answer as best as I can.
http://www.reddancerstudio.com/2016/06/ios-upgrade-os-x-el-capitan-it-works.html
While I love the soft image, the shadow in the top left is VERY distracting. Next time, I'll make sure there are no shadows. Equipment: iPhone 6 and 3rd Generation iPad. iColorama app editing.
http://www.reddancerstudio.com/2016/06/ios-upgrade-os-x-el-capitan-it-works.html
While I love the soft image, the shadow in the top left is VERY distracting. Next time, I'll make sure there are no shadows. Equipment: iPhone 6 and 3rd Generation iPad. iColorama app editing.
http://www.reddancerstudio.com/2016/06/ios-upgrade-os-x-el-capitan-it-works.html
While I love the soft image, the shadow in the top left is VERY distracting. Next time, I'll make sure there are no shadows. Equipment: iPhone 6 and 3rd Generation iPad. iColorama app editing.
http://www.reddancerstudio.com/2016/06/ios-upgrade-os-x-el-capitan-it-works.html
While I love the soft image, the shadow in the top left is VERY distracting. Next time, I'll make sure there are no shadows. Equipment: iPhone 6 and 3rd Generation iPad. iColorama app editing.
http://www.reddancerstudio.com/2016/06/ios-upgrade-os-x-el-capitan-it-works.html
Equipment: iPhone 6 and 3rd Generation iPad. iColorama app editing. Distracting shadow cropped out. It helps.
http://www.reddancerstudio.com/2016/06/ios-upgrade-os-x-el-capitan-it-works.html
Equipment: iPhone 6 and 3rd Generation iPad. iColorama app editing. Distracting shadow cropped out. It helps.
http://www.reddancerstudio.com/2016/06/ios-upgrade-os-x-el-capitan-it-works.html
Equipment: iPhone 6 and 3rd Generation iPad. iColorama app editing. Distracting shadow cropped out. It helps.
http://www.reddancerstudio.com/2016/06/ios-upgrade-os-x-el-capitan-it-works.html
Equipment: iPhone 6 and 3rd Generation iPad. iColorama app editing. Distracting shadow cropped out. It helps.
http://www.reddancerstudio.com/2016/06/ios-upgrade-os-x-el-capitan-it-works.html
Equipment: iPhone 6 and 3rd Generation iPad. iColorama app editing. Distracting shadow cropped out. It helps.

 


Thursday, June 2, 2016

IMPRESSIONISM - THE DIGITAL VERSION - IMPRESSO APP on IOS

I'm back with a new iPhone app: IMPRESSO.
I am a strong proponent that my best work comes from "happy accidents" and this app lets me play until I get one, or two, or more. First up is the original image, unedited, taken with my iPhone 6. I edited the other images in the app on my 3rd Generation iPad. You don't need an iPad but since I have one AND since the screen is bigger, I use it for most of my edits. I'm sorry to say that I didn't write down which filters I used for these edits. Next time.
http://www.reddancerstudio.com/2016/06/the-impressionists-iphone-version.html
Equipment: iPhone 6 for image & iPad 3rd generation for edits. Unedited image.
The app comes with 2 sets of filters: Alla Prima and En Plein Air. Here's are little descriptions of the terms:
Wet-on-wet, or alla prima (Italian, meaning at first attempt), is a painting technique, used mostly in oil painting, in which layers of wet paint are applied to previously administered layers of wet paint. (via Google)
En plein air (French pronunciation: ​[ɑ̃ plɛn ɛːʁ]), orplein air painting, is a phrase borrowed from the French equivalent meaning "open (in full) air". (via Google)

I've heard the term "plein air" before and knew it meant painting outside in nature.
http://www.reddancerstudio.com/2016/06/the-impressionists-iphone-version.html
 Equipment: iPhone 6 for image & iPad 3rd generation for edits. Impresso edited.
 I recently watched a BBC miniseries that I got from our library: THE IMPRESSIONISTS. One of my favorite British actors, Richard Armitage, starred as the young Claude Monet. Besides enjoying Armitage, I was even more pleasantly entertained the by the great art history lessons on impressionism. Who knew? If you like BBC dramas and like history, this is a great miniseries. Your local library probably has it on DVD. It is not a documentary. Try it, you'll love it.
This is what it says on the IMDB site about the movie: "Three hour mini-series tells the intimate history of a most illustrious brotherhood of Impressionist artists - Monet, Degas, Renoir, Cézanne and Manet..."
http://www.reddancerstudio.com/2016/06/the-impressionists-iphone-version.html
 Equipment: iPhone 6 for image & 3rd generation iPad for edits. Impresso edited.
http://www.reddancerstudio.com/2016/06/the-impressionists-iphone-version.html
 Equipment: iPhone 6 for image & 3rd generation iPad for edits. Impresso edited.
 There's a great scene in the movie where Monet has two easels set up so he can capture the changing light during his painting session. His second wife, Alice, helps to set up a 3rd easel because he is moving so quickly from one to the next.
http://www.reddancerstudio.com/2016/06/the-impressionists-iphone-version.html
 Equipment: iPhone 6 for image & 3rd generation iPad for edits. Impresso edited.
What impressed me so much about this app is the robust filter editing capability. As I said, I love happy accidents. I'm no Claude Monet but some of these edits are reminiscent of his impressionistic style. Would have loved to watch him paint. I would also love to see one of his original paintings. His life story is interesting to say the least. I looked him up online to find the Cliff Notes version.
Unedited. Equipment: iPhone 6
This is a powerful app and for $2.99 USD, I feel it is well worth the money. It's an experrience and a tool. If you decide you want this app, I highly recommend it. I don't know if there is a free version or not. I'm an app geek ever since I started taking Susan Tuttle's online photography courses. The current course I'm enrolled in is fabulous: MOBILE ART MASTERY.
 


Saturday, May 7, 2016

iCOLORAMA APP FOR iPAD - LOADS OF FUN

Hello again. I've been playing with a new app on my iPad and wanted to share some edits and screenshots of the new-to-me app: #iCOLORAMA. The app for the iPhone is #iCOLORAMA S. The "S" doesn't work on the iPad. Ask me how I know this when you have time for a long winded story.
Anyway, on to today's post.
First up is a section of a beautifully painted wall on an old building in #Flagstaff, Arizona, USA, where I live. I always have my #iPhone 6 with me as I walk so I can listen to music or podcasts and to measure the distance I walked. While leisurely strolling around in the beautiful weather, I started seeing some wonderful parts of our downtown area that I normally wouldn't have noticed when I'm driving (for which other drivers are grateful for). This particular building isn't abandoned, but I don't know what is inside. It looked like there were living quarters on a second floor. The building is right off a service alley facing a small parking lot for a restaurant, cell phone store, and beauty shop.

http://www.reddancerstudio.com/2016/05/icolorama-app-for-ipad-loads-of-fun.html
 Below is a cropped portion of a decorative face mask I saw at Pier 1 Imports on another photo expedition. We are a small town compared to the big cities in Arizona like Phoenix and Tucson. But we have a few of the big city stores like Pier 1 and Wal-Mart (but no Trader Joe's, I'm sorry to write). BTW - I usually ask if I can take photos in the store of the fantastic items on display and always get a yes from the store manager.
http://www.reddancerstudio.com/2016/05/icolorama-app-for-ipad-loads-of-fun.html
I wanted to play with the my new #iCOLORAMA app, but before playtime, I decided to combine two images in another app, #SUPERIMPOSE. Ah Hah! And playtime began!

Because I can't always remember what kind of edit I chose for an image while playing with all the possibilities in an app, I got the brilliant idea to take screenshots while I was in the app. Simple solution to a complex problem.
http://www.reddancerstudio.com/2016/05/icolorama-app-for-ipad-loads-of-fun.html
I was in the "brush" edit of the iColorama app and chose the "edged" filter.
 And here is a the image I saved.
Screenshot again of another tool in #iCOLORAMA.
http://www.reddancerstudio.com/2016/05/icolorama-app-for-ipad-loads-of-fun.html
You can see that I was in the "brush" edit of the iColorama app and chose the "abstract" filter.
 And the resulting image.
I loved the silvery/grey of the pearls in this one.
http://www.reddancerstudio.com/2016/05/icolorama-app-for-ipad-loads-of-fun.html
 So I saved it to the camera roll.
No screenshot of this one.
http://www.reddancerstudio.com/2016/05/icolorama-app-for-ipad-loads-of-fun.html
 And then I cropped out the wall and this is what I have left. Great image, right?
But then I forgot to save this image by itself to the camera roll so all I have left is this screenshot. Sure wish I had saved it. Maybe I can recreate it and use it all by its lonesome, the pearls, not the wall.
http://www.reddancerstudio.com/2016/05/icolorama-app-for-ipad-loads-of-fun.html
Not everybody likes to play with photo apps like I do, but if you think you might enjoy playing with your images on your phone or iPad/tablet, why not look for a few free apps just to get a feel for what can happen. The possibilities are endless. For me, this is easier than playing in PhotoShop. But I might be able to get similar images in Adobe Lightroom. But it's just so much fun to play on my iPad. That's how I roll.
 


Tuesday, May 3, 2016

TIPTOE THROUGH THE TULIPS - PLAYING WITH MORE iPAD APPS

As some of you know, I like to play with different apps on my iPad. My 3rd Generation iPad and my MacBook Pro are my studio tools for post processing of all these images. These are all the same white tulips but I changed up the lighting in a series of them that gave the white tulips a beautiful pink glow.
Also of note is how I got hooked on using different photo apps. I owe it all to a couple of online courses I've taken with the very talented Susan Tuttle. I'm in the 1st stages of her latest course, MOBILE ART MASTERY. I'm not sure if she still has the introductory price still offered, but you can always ask her if it looks like something you might like to do. Maybe tell her that I sent you and you didn't know about it any earlier. Can't hurt to ask, right?
http://www.reddancerstudio.com/2016/05/tiptoe-through-tulips-playing-with-more.html
Equipment: iPhone 6 to take the photo. Post processing on my older iPad 3rd generation (3+ years old and still going). This is where I used a pinkish light on the white flowers. No post processing except to resize it for this blog post.

http://www.reddancerstudio.com/2016/05/tiptoe-through-tulips-playing-with-more.html
Equipment: iPhone 6 to take the photo. Post processing on my older iPad 3rd generation (3+ years old and still going). I used the app TANGLED FX in post processing.
http://www.reddancerstudio.com/2016/05/tiptoe-through-tulips-playing-with-more.html
Equipment: iPhone 6 to take the photo. Post processing on my older iPad 3rd generation (3+ years old and still going). I used the app TANGLED FX in post processing.
http://www.reddancerstudio.com/2016/05/tiptoe-through-tulips-playing-with-more.html
Equipment: iPhone 6 to take the photo. Post processing on my older iPad 3rd generation (3+ years old and still going). I used the HIPSTAMATIC app in post processing.

http://www.reddancerstudio.com/2016/05/tiptoe-through-tulips-playing-with-more.html
Equipment: iPhone 6 to take the photo. Post processing on my older iPad 3rd generation (3+ years old and still going). Can't remember which app I used for post processing.
http://www.reddancerstudio.com/2016/05/tiptoe-through-tulips-playing-with-more.html
Equipment: iPhone 6 to take the photo. Post processing on my older iPad 3rd generation (3+ years old and still going). These are the original white tulips with only natural light coming from the south facing windows in the studio.
 


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