GroupShot App

September 15th, 2012 § 0 comments § permalink

The GroupShot App

20120915-215728.jpgHave you ever taken a group shot or a series of shots where not everyone is cooperating? I do all the time, and it mainly involves my children.

I was told about this app, called GroupShot, that can fix a group image by replacing the desired details from one image to another’s, so I downloaded it. At first I thought it was going to be a joke, but when I tried it I was impressed.

Here are two images where my children were cooperating at different times:


20120915-220009.jpgMy daughter has a great expression while my son is not paying attention in the first image, and they switched roles in the second. Before my daughter started cooperating again, my son got up and moved towards me.

20120915-220404.jpgEnter GroupShot

20120915-220927.jpgSelect the images you want to use in the app. I chose the image I wanted changed first and then the one with the best feature of my son.

20120915-221011.jpgYou can use multiple images to select from, but you don’t want to overload the program. It tends to crash. After you select the images, press Done.

20120915-221407.jpgAs you can see, the first image is in the field of manipulation.

20120915-221617.jpgI select my son’s face with my finger, and it automatically selects the area of the other image to replace it. I select the desired image and the magic begins.



After the magic is performed, I can now post it to Instagram and Facebook. Give it a try. I know you will not be disappointed.

Backing Up

September 2nd, 2012 § 0 comments § permalink

Backing up your images.

Have you ever lost images on a computer or smartphone? I have on both. A hard drive failed on a computer, and I did not heed the warnings when I updated the iOS on my iPhone. For the most part, I had most of my images on CDs for my computer and posted images on Instagram or my blog with my iPhone.

After my hard drive failure, I subscribed to Carbonite. I lost the hard drive 6 years ago, and since then I have backed up over 90 gigs in files, most of which are images. Having the peace of mind knowing my files are safe is priceless.

Today, I opened up my Carbonite app and was surprised to see a new feature. The app allows me to access my images from my backup, and I was perfectly content with that. Carbonite has now allowed me to backup my images on my iPhone.

20120902-120041.jpgI know what you are saying, “Apple has the Cloud built into iOS.” and I’ve tried it. I was not too impressed because I usually did not keep my images on my phone very long to appreciate it. When Carbonite backed up my images, the app was my “cloud” access.

Time will tell if this new feature will improve my experience, and I will let you know what I find.

Old And New

August 27th, 2012 § 0 comments § permalink

I went through some old negatives today, and I decided to play around.

20120827-224614.jpgI took a laptop computer monitor and put a white image on the screen. Negatives require light to pass through in order to get good detail.

I put the negative against the screen and took an image with my 3GS iPhone. I used Negative Me and Snapseed Apps (but photoshop will do) to process the images before I put them on Instagram or Facebook. :)

New Website

July 30th, 2012 § 0 comments § permalink

20120730-121359.jpgworking on a new site.

Snapseed – Drama

July 3rd, 2012 § 0 comments § permalink

Snapseed – Drama

My favorite editing app (right now) is Snapseed on the iPhone. I have a world class editor in the palm of my hand, and I can use it at any time or place without being tied to a computer. One of the key features I use is Drama. It can bring out detail in the image especially if it is dark.


20120703-201829.jpgThe image above is of a sunset I shot on the California Coast. The left image is the JPEG that came straight out of my camera, and the right is what I processed in Snapseed.

The first thing you will notice is the intensity of the filter and the muted saturation. Adjust them to your liking and continue with the other features in the app.

Remember this, if you use the drama, use it first, and then build upon the image. You may not get the results you want, and the other features can be rendered useless.

How To Use A Drop Shadow

June 4th, 2012 § 0 comments § permalink

How To Use A Drop Shadow


First, select your object, and then go to the Effect drop down menu. Select the Stylize option and then Drop Shadow.


Once you have selected the Drop Shadow, a box will appear with option variables. Play with the variables to find the desired effect.


New Logo Concept

June 2nd, 2012 § 0 comments § permalink

20120603-001108.jpgI’m playing with a new concept for my logo. The jury is still out.

Deaths Lurking

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Sunday Drive

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Sun Lit Clouds

May 25th, 2012 § 0 comments § permalink