Get App-y: Do more with your smartphone photos

As the iPhone and other smartphones have improved their cameras, so have the ways you can use the photos they take, whether you want to edit them, print them or take better photos.
by Lillie-Beth Brinkman Modified: December 11, 2012 at 12:39 pm •  Published: December 11, 2012
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Our smartphones have turned us into amateur photographers who like to share photos with friends on Facebook, Instagram and other sites. But what do we do with the rest of our photos?

As iPhone cameras have gotten better, so have the ways we can use our photos. In time for new holiday memories, I offer you a hodgepodge of ideas on editing pictures creatively using mobile applications, getting them printed and adding accessories to smartphones for interesting shots.

Editing effects

Turn an image into a kaleidoscope of images, an idea I saw when 15-year-old Savanna Spear, an Oklahoma City 10th grader, posted such a photo on Instagram (username: @savannaspear). Savanna used the Diptic mobile app for creating photo collages (99 cents, Peak Systems, iTunes and Android Google Play Store) to do this.

Create a mosaic of one photo from the photos in your iPhone's photo library using mymosaic — photo mosaic maker (99 cents, MindTrip Studios).

Ordering photos

Mosaic by Mixbook (free on iTunes store, Interactive Memories) lets you create a 7-inch square physical photo book using an app on your iPhone or iPad. For $20, you get a 20-page photo book with a linen cover. For information, go to heymosaic.com.


by Lillie-Beth Brinkman
Lillie-Beth Brinkman is a Content Marketing Manager for the Greater Oklahoma City Chamber of Commerce. She was previously an assistant editor of The Oklahoman
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