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.
 


Saturday, April 16, 2016

ADOBE LIGHTROOM PRESETS - DIGITAL DELIGHTS

As stated in my last post, I really and truly do plan to blog more often. Sometimes I will do more writing for a post and sometimes this space will be for an art show online. Art show online? Right. That's what I'll call it and I'll see how long I can stick to it. Stranger things have happened.
I'm inserting one of my recent photos that I edited in Adobe Lightroom. I'm so glad I bought this fantastic program several years ago. Love it. Why? Because I'm lazy and I can find all these amazing Lightroom Presets (some free, some for a price) that add such interesting subtle adjustments. I hope you enjoy these images.
This first image is unedited. I prefer to use my 50mm Signo Lens most of the time on my Canon DSLR because I love the shallow depth of field. I buy the flowers at Sprouts Farmers Market here in Flagstaff, Arizona, USA.
http://www.reddancerstudio.com/2016/04/tips-tricks-adobe-lightroom.html
Equipment: Canon DSLR & 50mm Signo lens.
For this next beautiful image, I used the "somber-grain" Adobe Lightroom Preset that I got from I don't remember where but the credit goes to Charles Chatman for creating the preset. It's been a long time since I got most of the presets and I didn't always keep accurate records. I'm lucky I at least labeled the group I got from Charles Chatman.
http://www.reddancerstudio.com/2016/04/adobe-lightroom-presets-digital-delights.html
Equipment: Canon DSLR & 50mm Signo lens.
I love the look of this one. I used the Adobe Lightroom "aged photo" Lightroom preset that might have come with the Lightroom package. Lovely, right?
http://www.reddancerstudio.com/2016/04/adobe-lightroom-presets-digital-delights.html
Equipment: Canon DSLR & 50mm Signo lens.
For this next image, I used the Adobe Lightroom "antique" Lightroom preset that might have come with the Lightroom package.
http://www.reddancerstudio.com/2016/04/adobe-lightroom-presets-digital-delights.html
Equipment: Canon DSLR & 50mm Signo lens.
And for this last image, I used the Adobe Lightroom "movie looks omaha beach" preset. 
http://www.reddancerstudio.com/2016/04/adobe-lightroom-presets-digital-delights.html
Equipment: Canon DSLR & 50mm Signo lens.
I just love all the ways a photo can be manipulated in editing software like Adobe Lightroom. I know I don't use Adobe Lightroom to its full capacity, but I use what makes me feel good. If you have any questions, please leave me a comment and I'll answer as best I can. I'm including a few links to sites that have free Adobe Presets.


Friday, April 15, 2016

NEW BEGINNINGS, AGAIN

Okay, by now you know that I’ve tried MANY times to get my blog going consistently. The latest idea was to use my blog as a showcase for my photographs that I also sell on Etsy. That lasted, what, 8 posts? Can’t be sure but that’s close enough for government work. I just looked at my blog to see when I last posted and IT WAS A MONTH AGO! Come on, Marrianna, you can do better than that.
So we all know I love photography. Some of you might know that I also like to sew and make textile collages and aprons and tote bags. My latest love is quilting. Quilting helps me to pay attention to what is in front of me; and stay in the moment. I often think I’m paying close attention to the directions and then I find extra pieces left over from a quilt sampler block. I think this needs some practice.

Okay, getting off track here. Back to my blog and what I want from it and what you can expect, should you still be interested in what I have to say, what the photos are this week, etc. I’m thinking that what I’d like to try now is to do more writing –

·      About my process for doing the art and photography I love
·      About life in general in Flagstaff, Arizona
·      About using art making to heal the losses I’ve experienced in the last year or so.
So here is my list of what you might catch on my blog:
·      writing from my heart
·      writing LOVE STORIES
·      writing about and posting my photographs
·      writing about why I photograph the way I do
·      my photographic training
·      life as I used to know it in the darkroom
·      Posting lots and lots and lots of my photos
·      Creating videos – for Etsy and Periscope and blog
Another category that might show up on my blog:
·      simple living
·      decluttering
I’m hoping that this blog is a good tool for me to use to develop my writing voice which is a great LOVE story in itself. I never have to “find” my photographic voice; I just need to develop it a bit more. 
I would rather start putting thoughts and ideas into words onto my blog. I actually started a list on my iPhone for blog ideas. This is a first for me – planning haphazard blog ideas.
It probably doesn’t really matter who reads what I write. I want to develop my writing voice as I write. I believe my voice will grow as I actually do the writing. I write a lot but I’m always afraid to post it to my blog. More on that in another post. If you have any other ideas of what I could write about on my blog, please leave a comment below. Also, if you would like to see different types of photos and photo editing tips, please let me know.
 


Liberate Your Art Postcard Swap - 2016


For your viewing pleasure.
http://www.reddancerstudio.com/2016/04/liberate-your-art-postcard-swap-2016.html

Introducing the 2016 LIBERATE YOUR ART POSTCARD SWAP. I had a great time participating;  from creating my own postcard and especially from receiving these wonderful works of art.
First postcard received. Sender's name was obscured on the back.
Kat suggested we take photos of our postcards in our own habitat to show where we lived. I took my photos in front of my laptop monitor. You can see the LIBERATE YOUR ART POSTCARD map in the background.

Jane Ross - "Aries Woman (detail) 2015 - Mixed Media 22 x 26 inche

I forgot to save my photos with the dates received and on most of them, the USPS cancellation stamp got obscured. Anyway, here are the remaining postcards I received. 
"Connemara Cottage" by Jmirishart - Oil on Canvas
 I discovered how to activate the fun screensaver on my MacBook Pro so that's in the background. Fun, right?
Mikki Raub, pottery
"Shoe Tree" by Rudy Goldstein. Photo taken in Fallon, NV, USA
I accidentally used the postcard I received from Kat Sloma, however, you can find it on the blogs of the other participants in the final party/blog hop. This was fun and maybe you can join in next year. I've included the links for Kat Sloma so you can visit her blog and sign up for blog updates and her newsletter.
 


Tuesday, March 15, 2016

MORE 5X7 NOTECARDS - BEAUTIFUL NEW IMAGES

I've been enjoying another app on my iPad for photo editing: STACKABLES for layered textures, effects and masks. I use my iPad because the screen is so much bigger and brighter than my iPhone 6. I got my iPad just before Apple released their new iPad Mini. I'm still happy with the one I have and I sure don't need to buy the latest model when the current one works perfectly.

Here are a couple of new images that I just added to my Etsy shop.
Red_Dancer_Studio_iPhoneography_App_Stackables
Equipment: iPhone 6, iPad. App used: MokoHangaHD. Flowers found at #MichaelsCrafts

Equipment: iPhone 6, iPad. App used: MokoHangaHD. Flowers found at #MichaelsCrafts
Equipment: iPhone 6, iPad. App used: MokoHangaHD. Flowers found at #MichaelsCrafts

Equipment: iPhone 6, iPad. App used: MokoHangaHD. Flowers found at #MichaelsCrafts
Equipment: iPhone 6, iPad. App used: MokoHangaHD. Flowers found at #MichaelsCrafts

Equipment: iPhone 6, iPad. App used: MokoHangaHD. Flowers found at #MichaelsCrafts
Equipment: iPhone 6, iPad. Apps used: MokoHangaHD. Dried poppy seed pods.

Equipment: iPhone 6, iPad. App used: MokoHangaHD. Flowers found at #MichaelsCrafts
Equipment: iPhone 6, iPad. Apps used: MokoHangaHD and Stackables. Dried poppy seed pods.

Friday, March 11, 2016

SANTA FE IMAGES - MORE 5X7 NOTECARDS ADDED TO MY ETSY SHOP


I've just added more notecards to my Etsy shop. Can I just say, BEAUTIFUL!!!
Introducing more fantastic cards for your viewing pleasure.

Santa Fe Gate: iPhone 6

Santa Fe Gate: iPhone 6
The Shed: iPhone 6

The Shed: iPhone 6

The Shed: iPhone 6

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