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How to easily display your Instagram photos online

Insta­gram is a weird lit­tle iPhone app. On one hand, it makes it very easy to take and share very cool look­ing images with your iphone, as long as you’re shar­ing them with oth­er Insta­gram users.

On the oth­er hand, it’s kin­da dif­fi­cult to show those images to oth­ers in a sim­ple web inter­face — or link to them in email, a web page, a tweet or a face­book sta­tus update.

Until now.
Instagrid.me is one of the first apps to use the new Insta­gram API to pack­age  your images in a nice, clean and friend­ly dis­play.

Sim­ply hit the web­site, authen­ti­cate your Twit­ter cre­den­tials, and you have gen­er­at­ed the gallery — here’s mine: instagrid.me/bgrier

Sim­ple wins.

Review: Filterstorm — Ansel Adams said what?

Fil­ter­storm 2, one of the uni­ver­sal image enhance­ment apps I’ve been watch­ing for a while, just got a pret­ty good review over at MacLife:

With Fil­ter­storm 2, uni­ver­sal for iPad and iPhone, you can “make” just about any pho­to your imag­i­na­tion con­ceives. It’s so good, in fact, that it may — for every­one but a true pro­fes­sion­al — obvi­ate the need for desk­top edit­ing suites.

Well worth check­ing out.

Your ‘fridge as an art gallery

sg4.jpgSo you’ve been play­ing around in your dig­i­tal dark­room on your cam­era-equipped iDe­vice or Android or Windows7 Mobile, or Palm Pre, and you’re want­i­ng to get your images out of the dig­i­tal dun­geon and into the Real World™.

What’s a body to do?
Well, soon you’ll be able to trans­form those images or the ones you’re real­ly, REALLY proud of any­way, into the hall­mark of hon­oured hubris, the mighty Fridge Mag­net, cour­tesy of the fine folk at Stick­y­Gram.

Cur­rent­ly the site is in closed beta, but if these few images (and the one on their tum­blr blog are any indi­ca­tion, soon fridges around the world will be adorned with cus­tom print­ed pho­to mag­nets of ‘grammed images.

Now they’re also run­ning an inter­est­ing closed beta — fol­low them, tweet about them, and get your friends to use a cus­tom link, and you’ll be bumped clos­er to the head of the queue of beta invites.





Cool look­ing con­cept that could, I say could, help you man­age the gener­ic sets of mag­nets we all seem to acquire on our fridges. I’ll be watch­ing for this, as my fridge, needs more ‘fine art’!

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iPad2 Announced. More Power.

Though it appears that the screen res­o­lu­tion of our favourite iOS device won’t change, the horse­pow­er behind the screen sure will.

Accord­ing to the images pre­sent­ed by Steve Jobs in today’s iPad2 announce­ment, the unit will fea­ture:

  • Dual-core proces­sors
  • Up to 2x faster CPU
  • Up to 9x faster graph­ics
  • New A5 chip
  • Same low pow­er as A4 chip
  • First dual core tablet to ship in vol­ume

As well, it’ll be thin­ner, lighter, and avail­able in white. Oh, and it has cam­eras. 2 of them. No excuse for miss­ing that shot if you have your iPad2 with you then.

What this means for many iPad Dark­room apps and users is that what­ev­er apps you use in your dig­i­tal dark­room, expect them to get enhance­ments soon to take advan­tage of the new horse­pow­er in the new hard­ware. Not sure how this will impact upgrad­ed apps on iPad1 hard­ware. Time will tell.




From Glass to Tablets — Tiffen Photo FX Ultra

tlogo.jpgOne of the long-time play­ers in the glass pho­to fil­ter and acces­so­ry space is com­pa­ny called Tiff­en.

And recent­ly I learned that they were also in the iPad  image edit­ing space with Pho­to FX Ultra -a very pow­er­ful image edit­ing app that includes a sur­pris­ing num­ber of fil­ters and a few effects I’d not seen before.

I’ll save the fea­ture list for the end, but here’s a cou­ple of the neat fea­tures I use:

Great set of grad­u­at­ed dif­fu­sion fil­ters. One cool fea­ture is that not only can you use a pre­set fil­ter set­ting (Soft­FX 1, SoftFX2, etc), but you can also tweak the set­tings to suite your cre­ative judg­ment.

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A great selec­tion of grad­u­at­ed fil­ters and neu­tral den­si­ty fil­ters that you can selec­tive­ly apply to an image — in this one I’ve applied a neu­tral den­si­ty gra­da­tion to the top por­tion of this image.

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This one is neat — it puts a light pat­tern into your image -either a gobo-style light­ing pat­tern or a win­dow pat­tern.

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You can adjust the place­ment of the pat­tern, and to add a bit more depth to the effect, you can selec­tive­ly erase the pat­tern, cre­ate a new lay­er, then put a new copy of the pat­tern in a slight­ly dif­fer­ent loca­tion to give the illu­sion of depth.

And as promised, here’s the full list of fea­tures in this iPad dark­room app:

  • Choose from 77 fil­ters orga­nized into 8 dif­fer­ent fil­ter groups
  • Select from a total of 934 pre­sets
  • Try one of the 65 dif­fer­ent col­or or black and white film looks
  • Add real­is­tic dif­fu­sion to pho­tos using a library of 50 inter­est­ing tex­tures
  • Cre­ate nat­ur­al light­ing effects using 117 dif­fer­ent pat­terns
  • Choose from 27 grain pre­sets to sim­u­late pop­u­lar motion pic­ture film stocks
  • Paint on the image using Col­or, Clone, Blur, Black and White, Mosa­ic, Red Eye, Repair, Scat­ter and Eras­er brush­es
  • Crop, Rotate, Straight­en
  • Zoom into the image with the Close-Up Lens fil­ter
  • Add mul­ti­ple fil­ters with­out sav­ing
  • Selec­tive­ly apply fil­ters by paint­ing a mask
  • Mod­i­fy fil­ters with slid­ers, on-screen con­trols or pre­sets
  • High res­o­lu­tion sup­port up to 3072 pix­els
  • Edit in por­trait or land­scape mode
  • Com­pat­i­bil­i­ty with the still image edi­tions of the Tiff­en Dfx Dig­i­tal Fil­ter Suite
  • Quick­ly search for fil­ters and pre­sets
  • Inte­grat­ed Help

One prob­lem I had reg­u­lar­ly with Pho­to FX Ultra was when work­ing with very large images — the app would crash with­out warn­ing when try­ing to add a new lay­er or sav­ing out the image.

This wasn’t a prob­lem when work­ing with nor­mal iOS images such as cap­tures from an iPhone or iPad screen­shots, but when I was work­ing with large .jpg images import­ed from a DSLR (around 4 — 5 mb) the app would be chal­lenged.

I’ve reached out to the devel­op­er on this and am await­ing feed­back — and will update this post when I’ve got news. and the devel­op has respond­ed:

We don’t put a res­o­lu­tion lim­it on images that you can process on the iPad. How­ev­er, the iPad only has 256mb of mem­o­ry and 128mb are used up by the sys­tem before you run any­thing. The iPad is sev­er­ly under­pow­ered to process DSLR size images. You can increase your odds by mak­ing sure no oth­er app is run­ning when using Pho­to fx.


Still Rec­om­mend
Yes, even thought it has issues han­dling larg­er images, for the vast major­i­ty of work I do on my iPad I can I still rec­om­mend this app for the great vari­ety of pre­set fil­ters that have direct cor­re­la­tion to the real-world fil­ters made by Tiff­en.

As well, the way you can move and selec­tive­ly apply the fil­ters offers you greater con­trol than I’ve seen oth­er sim­i­lar­ly priced image edit­ing suites.

The con­cept of adding lay­ers of edits to your image brings it into the realm of desk­top edit­ing soft­ware such as Pho­to­shop.

And once the devel­op­er address­es the large image size prob­lem, this app will be one to have in your dig­i­tal dark­room took­it.

So, as long as you’re not work­ing with images that are large, in my expe­ri­ence over 4mb DSLR images for exam­ple, you’ll find Pho­to FX Ultra a valu­able addi­tion to your toolk­it.

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