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.
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).
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.
SnapBox turns your photo in a framed canvas print when you email it from your phone to email@example.com or upload it www.snapboxez.com. The company will send you an email with size choices and prices (from $10), and you'll soon have the print in your hands.
Order prints using the app PostalPix (from SalonSwipe) or mail actual postcards using Postagram Postcards (from Sincerely Inc.). The apps are free on the iTunes and Google Play stores but cost per photo sent. These services get photos out of the digital world and into the real one.
Check out Photojojo.com for ways to enhance your smartphone cameras with lenses, filters, boom mikes, tripods, etc. A set of three lenses that includes a macro, telephoto and fisheye lens will cost you about $49, for example. Another popular three-in-one lens set is the olloclip, available at www.olloclip.com.
For more apps, go online to blog.NewsOK.com/get-appy or email your favorite photo ideas to firstname.lastname@example.org.