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More of my favorite iPhone apps & how I combine them

Because so many of you expressed interest in a previous post I did about how I combine apps to enhance my iPhone photos, I thought I would share some more of my favorite combinations.

I shot this photo in San Diego. While Larry was checking us out of our hotel, I dashed across the street to a park in search of interesting images.
It was one of those rare days when there were lots of pretty clouds in the sky so I wanted to incorporate them somehow.
I thought the negative space between the branches of this tree had potential so following the rule of thirds, I placed my subject, (in this case the tree) in the lower right corner of my frame and took the shot.
This photo is okay but I was sure it could be enhanced by some apps.

One of my all time favorites is Plastic Bullet. It mimics the effect of a plastic camera like a Diana or Holga.
What’s really fun about this app is that the effects are completely random – meaning once you upload the photo you want to work on from your photo library, it gives you a series of different looks. If you see one you like, save it, because that particular color /vignetting combination will not appear again.
I thought this app would work well with this image because I wanted to give it more of a mood. I felt the original lacked dimension and didn’t tell much of a story.
As much as I like the color and romantic aspect Plastic Bullet gave this shot, it did make it a bit dark so I turned to another of my favorite apps for help in lightening it up.

Camera Bag is the very first app I ever downloaded and it’s the only one I used for quite a long time. If you download only one photo enhancing app, this should be the one. Within it, you can give your photos a wide variety of different looks. Everything from “Colorcross” to “Lightleak” is on offer here. One style I use a lot is called “Instant” and yes, it does mimic a Polaroid. It also lightens the center of the photo and imparts a warm tone which I felt this photo really needed.

I hope you found this useful and that you’ll give some new photo apps a try. If you liked this post, you might want to check this one out too. You can also see lots more of my iPhone photos on Followgram.

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