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Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Apps You’ll Love For Nature Photography


Oh, the images you’ll make with these little software gems!

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WILDLY CREATIVE APPS DEFYING CATEGORIZATION
Vihgo ($1.99) is a wonderfully artistic photo app with a number of filters that produce stunning effects not found in any other app. It combines color with texture in such filters as sketch, pencil, emboss, impression. It also can add rain, snow, fog and smoke to a photo. If Vihgo provided only that filter pack, it still would be a must-have app for your iPhone.

But it goes further. The most unique attribute of Vihgo is that you can mask an image and apply any of the filter effects selectively to just a part of the photo. Sound like advanced Photoshop techniques? You bet. And it exists in an easy, intuitive format.

If you bought only one app for applying art effects to iPhone photos, Ezimba ($2.99) would be the one. It’s dizzying in its variety, originality and versatility.

It has over 25 artistic effects, over 50 quirky, fun effects they call blends, and a variety of borders, colors, cutouts, fun warps and textures. It even has 3-D effects. There are enough “shiny things” within this app that those of us with terminal AADD (Artistic Attention Deficit Disorder) need never be bored again.

The Animoto Videos (Free) website says this app is “the end of slide shows.” Actually, it’s just the beginning. Upload your photos to the site, choose their music (or use yours), and Animoto will turn your images into the most amazing presentation you’ve ever seen—transitions I can’t even begin to describe, all in sync with the music. You can make 30-second programs for free. Longer ones come with a subscription fee. Try it, it’s truly fantastic. (Or check out some of the ones I’ve posted on www.digitaldivadigitaldude.com.)

So those are 20 of my favorite apps for the iPhone. There are more coming out everyday. By the time this article is published, there probably will be several new ones that have skyrocketed onto my “Favorites” list. So give this little digital sketchpad a try. It’ll make you feel like a kid again, back to the days when you used to actually read Dr. Seuss.

Oh, by the way, there’s an app for that, too—the Dr. Seuss Camera (The Grinch Edition, $1.99; The Cat In The Hat Edition, $1.99)!

You have brains in your head,
You have apps on your phone.
You can make yourself images
That before were unknown.
And will you succeed?
Yes! You will, indeed!
(Ninety eight and 3/4 percent
guaranteed.)


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