Fun with Photo Apps

by Abby on July 7, 2014

I’m back from vacation but not really “back” yet, if you know what I mean. All I want to do is leave the unpacking and laundry for later and go through all my photos. So today I thought I’d share a couple of fun photo apps, under the guise of imparting some useful information while simultaneously foisting my vacation pics on you. Thoughtful of me, right?

My friend Angie told me about PicTapGo and I was instantly hooked. While I am usually a free app kind of girl, this one is worth the $1.99, if only for the “Lights On” filter. One of dozens of filters the app offers, it’s like using a flash after the picture is taken. I also like the “Shadows” filter, which similarly brightens up photos, and “Sweet Tooth,” which gives photos candy-colored hues. Unlike Instagram, PicTapGo doesn’t make you share your photos on social media (though you can). You can simply save them to your phone’s camera roll or email them to friends.

Here are some before-and-afters of my dad enjoying an ice cream cone, Riley riding a bike (the training wheels came off the day after!), and the beach at sunset with the colors of the sky enhanced:

my dad eating ice cream

my dad eating ice cream - after PicTapGo

boy on bike - before Pic Tap Go

boy on bike - after Pic Tap Go

beach at night - before Pic Tap Go

beach at night - after Pic Tap Go

Another friend told me about a (free!) app called Pic Stitch that lets you make and share photo collages. It’s quick, easy, and fun. Check it out:

a collage made with the Pic Stitch app

UPDATE O’ THE DAY: For the rest of the summer, I’m aiming for 1-2 blog posts a week. When school’s out, readership goes down and so does my writing time. As it should — why spend time on blogs when you could be at the beach or eating ice cream?! Rainbow sprinkles optional.

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Angie Mizzell July 8, 2014 at 12:47 pm

I love that lights on filter. And it’s cool to see the before and after! I’m finding that I’m having tons of fun with my phone camera and these apps… it makes me feel artsy without having any real photography skills.

And I’m already posting less, but I’m aiming to be more intentional with my blog. Not posting as much, but still thinking about where it’s all going. It’s crazy but I’m so inspired by home blogs! Something about them makes me feel creative! It might be because I’m so focused on my own home right now… and I’m wondering how to incorporate my domestic pursuit into my own blog.


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