So, let's discuss how long it would have taken me to find the right Photoshop actions to alter this photo. How many steps did it really take me? 1. Uno. Un. O-N-E.
Hello, Instagram app for my iPhone.
Instagram comes with a variety of actions that can make your pictures unique. This one is called Nashville, and I like it for two reasons. I love the frame that makes it look like a slide. I also love that it changes the contrast so that the photo looks older. Sometimes, vibrant colors are overrated. What I want this photo to do is capture a memory that is fleeting. I would not use this action for everything, but for this picture, I think it's perfect.
Another app I love is one I used with this photo.
It's called PS Express, a mini Photoshop. I actually purchased the full-blown app rather than just use the free one, so you know this is serious business. Here's what I love: I can take a cruddy picture on my iPhone: poor light, hand shaking, too much movement, whatevs. I can crop it, straighten it, rotate it, flip it, alter exposure/saturation/tint/contrast, make it black and white, use actions for sketch, soft focus, sharpening, and reducing noise, and choose effects (more actions) and borders. All from this "app that could." Then, when I am done, I can save it to my phone or upload to Facebook/Twitter if I desire.
I used soft focus on this pic of my guys at the park.
My poor Nikon D60 is getting a little jealous. Every now and then, I pull it out. But, for the everyday when I cannot lug that sucker around, I love my iPhone and these apps.