Thursday, December 31, 2009

iReview: Photo Funia

I wrote a review for this app on my personal blog, but I'm going to repeat it here, only with much better information!

I don't really know how I stumbled upon Photo Funia, because it wasn't in the Photography category in the Apps Store.  It was in the top 100 free apps in the Entertainment Category.  That's right folks, this app is FREE!

This app was created by Alexey Ivanov, and boy, do I think he hit a home run with this gem!  Photo Funia works two ways, which is always a plus for me.  You can either use a picture from your existing album, or you can take a picture and use it!  I always love the apps where you can use a picture from your existing album because I'm sort of forgetful, and most of the time don't remember that I have a fun photography app handy.

I would compare this app to something sort of *like* photoshop.  You take your picture and place it in one of their many random scenes.  You can put your picture on a $100 bill, you can see your picture in the middle of times square, you can see many people staring at your picture in an art gallery, the possibilities are almost endless!

The other neat thing about this app is that they have a website -  You can play with this online, at your computer too!

The Quick How To:
1)  Open the App...

2)  Scroll through the variety of options

3)  After you have selected the scene that you want to use, choose your photo

4)  Once you've chosen the picture you would like to use, the app will create your scene.  Here are a few I've created:

Using Photo Funia is so simple, and it really is a ton of fun!

Here is one that I created on their website.  Their site has a several that are not available on the app.  I'm assuming that when there is an update, they will also be included.

Wednesday, December 30, 2009

iReview: Toy Camera

one of the first apps i downloaded was toy camera made by takayuki fukatsu ($1.99). my friend bonnie has had it forever and i've always loved the pictures she shares from it. here's a brief "how to" for using the app. sorry my subject is so crappy, i'm blogging from my bed. haha!

launch that bad boy

take a picture

preview your picture and choose to either retake it or use it

then see what the app spits out for you
the picture is automatically saved to your camera roll

i personally have this app set on "random" to see what comes out of it. this is the list of effects used in random mode:

vintage green
vintage warm
vintage yellow
low saturation
high saturation
toning sepia
rich b&w
high contrast b&w

-you're constantly surprised by the app

-you can't use an existing picture from your camera roll
-if you have it on random, you obviously don't get to select which effect is applied
-if you don't have it on random, you have to change the effect before you take the picture

so, this app might not be for everyone. i love it though because i like the randomness. i also don't use it when i am in a hurry to get a shot because it might apply an effect that i don't care for for that particular image and i won't have time to try again.

here are some of my favorite photos i've taken using toy camera:

iLove: this blog!

and that's how i became a contributor to this here blog. and how did i take that screen capture? well, it's one of the easiest tricks in the book if you have the 2.0 software. while you're on the screen you want to capture, simply hold down the home button and the power/sleep button at the same time. that will save your current screen as an imagine in your camera roll. cool, huh? if you find yourself thinking, "woah, woah, woah! where the heck are those buttons?" well, here you go:

iLove You: Flagship Post

Welcome to iLove:  Unsolicited iPhone Jabber!

Stef and I decided to start this blog because, well, there is no denying our love for the amazing object that IS the iPhone. 

Since this blog is in it's infantile stage, feel free to leave us comments on things you would like to hear about.  If you have an app you want us to know about, use and possibly review, tell us all about it.  We plan to talk about everything we love about the iPhone.  We'll also share some secrets and tips that might make your transition to the iPhone a little bit easier.  Not everyone can be as awesome as us when it comes to learning how to navigate such a beautiful device.

Be sure to share this blog with all of your iPhone carrying friends and family!

We look foward to hearing what you have to say, and we're excited to try out all the new apps you throw our direction!

Finally, I would like to end this Flagship post by leaving you with a letter that I wrote a few months back on my regular blog.

We hope you enjoy!

Jenn & Stefanie

There is no real way to start this love letter off. iAm just going to shoot from the hip, and hope that you truly understand my feelings...

iLove you. iLove your curves. iLove that you let me push your buttons whenever iWant to. My love for you is never ending. iDon't really know how iEver managed life without you. You keep me organized and calm when iAm typically nervous and frazzled. Just holding you makes me full to the brim with happiness.

Others have come and gone, but none of them were as loving and efficient as you. You move fast when iNeed you to, which is always a huge bonus. You can give me the answer to any question iMay ever have about anything within seconds.

You're the smartest one iKnow, which makes me so lucky to have you. You teach me new things every single day, and for that, iAppreciate you. Your ability to translate my words into different languages stuns me. The fact that you have an inside connection with my bank, to be able to tell me just how much cash iHave (or don't have) at any given time...that's amazing.

My life hasn't been the same since we got together. iNever thought iWould have such strong feelings for someonething like you. You might say that iHave "been around" with others like you. iDon't like to use the term "slut", but it's true. My list is probably in the twenties by now, but iThink iHave found my perfect match. iCan honestly say that iWill never let you leave me. iImagine that in the future another one will come around. One that is more smart, with a better memory, but you'll always be my favorite. iWill never forget the connection that we have.

With you, there is never a dull moment. You are always willing to do exactly what iWant to do. You don't argue. If I want to play games, you play with me, if I want to watch the news, you watch with me. You're absolutely the best iHave ever had and iCan't imagine my life without you.

iTruly appreciate you and all of your beautiful, awesome features.

iLove you. More than you'll ever know.

Please stay sweet and don't ever change. iWill be here, with you, forever.

iLove You Madly,