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FX Photo Studio HD ‘develops’

fx_logo.jpgSor­ry, couldn’t resist the pun.

Ear­li­er today the much await­ed update to FX Pho­to Stu­dio HD was released in the Apple app store.

FX Pho­to Stu­dio HD is an enhanced and iPad opti­mized ver­sion of FX Pho­to Stu­dio (for iPhone and iPod Touch) which I’d writ­ten about pre­vi­ous­ly.

A few of the fea­tures added in this update that I real­ly like are:

  • The abil­i­ty to save your image edits and effect mod­i­fi­ca­tions as pre­sets which you can then share with oth­er FX Pho­to Stu­dio HD users. This also means you can import their cool pre­sets and apply them to your pho­tos.
  • Social Net­work shar­ing now includes Tum­blr — which many peo­ple use as a pho­to­blog
  • Print­ing from the iPad — a poten­tial­ly cool fea­ture that I’ve yet to try — I haven’t had the update long enough to get near my home print­er :smileyhappy:

mzl.bditlkii.480x480-75.jpg Con­tin­ue read­ing FX Pho­to Stu­dio HD ‘devel­ops’

Hello World

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Wel­come to iPad Dark­room — my new blog high­light­ing apps, tools, and tech­niques for using Apple’s iPad as a mobile dig­i­tal dark­room. It’s still a lit­tle rough around the edges, but things will fill out over the next few days.

As you will see by scrolling through some of the posts here already, this will be a fair­ly focused blog.

But I will, on occa­sion, pro­file oth­er news or items of inter­est to any­one using the iPad for dig­i­tal pho­tog­ra­phy post pro­duc­tion. Though if the much rumored iPad 2 ships with a cam­era, this will change 🙂

Did you say con­test?
Actu­al­ly I didn’t, but that won’t stop me from hav­ing one!

My good friends at Mac­Phun have gra­cious­ly pro­vid­ed me with a few codes to two great apps I use in my iPad Dark­room — Pho­to Pal and the recent­ly updat­ed FX Pho­to Stu­dio HD. More details on the con­test here.

My blog is your blog
So, I’ve laid the ground­work for this explo­ration into mobile dig­i­tal dark­room tech. What should we talk about? What do you want to see here? Let me know, and if you’ve got some apps you’d like me to look at or share with oth­ers, please feel free to com­ment or ping me direct­ly using the Con­tact page.

First Contest — Exploring Workflow

Next project. Flooring. #mostly365

I’m in the mid­dle of a two part series on my dig­i­tal pho­tog­ra­phy and iPad Dark­room work­flow over at the Future Shop tech blog. While I think I have a pret­ty good dig­i­tal work­flow that encom­pass­es my iPad, I’m think­ing that there are prob­a­bly oth­er very excel­lent work­flow ideas out there.

So, to entice some feed­back and learn from you a bit, I thought I’d offer out a few prizes from our fine friends at Mac­Phun, a few down­load codes to Pho­to Pal and FX Pho­to Stu­dio HD.

How to enter:

  1. Leave a com­ment below,  on this post, describ­ing your dig­i­tal dark­room pho­to work­flow on your iPad. Or if you don’t have one yet, describe how you think you’d use a diti­tal dark­room on your iPad.
  2. Note which app you would like to win, should your entry be select­ed (iPhone, iPad, Doesn’t mat­ter)
  3. Win­ners will be select­ed based on entire­ly arbi­trary cri­te­ria I’ve not estab­lished yet 🙂 Make your sub­mis­sion  inter­est­ing and / or infor­ma­tive and you’ll have a bet­ter chance at col­lect­ing one of these sweet apps.

Impor­tant Stuff:

  1. Con­test ends Thurs­day Feb­ru­ary 17th at Mid­night MDT. Win­ners will be select­ed and con­tact­ed via email on Fri­day Feb­ru­ary 18th.
  2. One com­ment / entry per per­son. Dupli­cates will dis­qual­i­fy all entries by that per­son.
  3. Feel free to pro­mote, face­book and tweet about this con­test, it could help your chances 🙂

There, that wasn’t too hard was it? Thanks!

Digital Images — Digital Darkroom — Part One

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Some­thing about work­ing on the iPad to edit and share my images reminds me of the fun I had with the wet-film-paper work­flow that used to be the norm in film-based dark­rooms.

For me, the act of cap­tur­ing the image with a cam­era is only one part, the first part, of the cre­ative process.

What to shoot?
Sure, with­out the ini­tial image, all the cool dark­room tricks are mean­ing­less — take a pic­ture of a white sheet of paper and see how cool it looks with a sepia fil­ter applied, or a Hip­ster grain. Inter­est­ing sub­ject mat­ter is essen­tial.
Con­tin­ue read­ing Dig­i­tal Images — Dig­i­tal Dark­room — Part One