Tablets & big screen mobiles are a common commodity in this age. The amount of processing power these devices pack in have led to rise of increasing use of these devices for purpose of photo editing & even video rendering. There are tons of apps in the Play Store which deal with adding effects(editing) photos on the device without the need of a PC but very few offer to order photo prints from mobile/tablet.
One of the app which offers to send your prints from your digital photos is “Photo Prints” by Zoomin. For the unknown, Zoomin provides an online platform to order printed photo-books, mugs, calendars etc. The Photo Prints app for now works on the Android & Windows platform on mobile devices. A launch offer entitles a user to order twenty five(25) 4”x6” Matte or Glossy prints or 50% off on 8”x10” prints again in Matte or Glossy finish.
The boom in high quality camera’s & mobile phone photography has been remarkable than ever. Around the globe, people shoot & upload tons of photographs from their mobile devices. Most like to quickly edit the photos on the device itself before showcasing them over their online portals. However, when it comes to photo-editing apps there are tons of them & choosing the best one can become a challenge. I’ve tried several of them in past but nothing has come close to the user experience & the results provided by Aviary Photo Editor.
Aviary Photo Editor is a free download from Google Play store & comes without any ads. To begin with, it has a nice easy to navigate interface which is done beautifully. There is no clutter & the transitions across various screens are buttery smooth. There are even smooth old radio style scroll wheels which give the interface a cool look. As usual, there are quick fixes(filters) which we all have come accustomed to from the onset of Instagram. But there is more to Aviary, one can write text over an image, put stickers, frames etc. The default installation comes with only a handful of these but one can download as per his liking from the Google Play store.
If you’re the one who likes to take control of every aspect of image-editing, then Aviary will surprise you with almost all essential features like cropping, sharpness, contrast, warmth, focus, colour splash, blur, straighten, meme & much more which is plenty for one’s need. There is also a one touch fix, high definition & illuminate effect which work remarkably well. I’m particularly delighted with the High Definition effect which sort of works like clarity & pumps up the contrast a bit which allows one to see even the minutest details captured. For the average camera on my Motorola Defy, this effect has turned many dull photos into one I never thought. I highly recommend you to play with these manual controls instead of presets which will give you total control over the editing process.
Every feature of Aviary screams quality. The selection of tools, the filters, the stickers are all high definition & carefully selected by the team. This has reduced the clutter of filters(often useless) which we have often seen in other applications. The extra filters, frame packs available on Play Store are also bundled with quality in mind as most have only half a dozen filters in a single pack. What’s more, Aviary does not resize the photos as it saves them after editing. This is a huge bonus. To sum up, for anyone who is looking for a easy to use quality photo editor on Android(or even iOS), look no further than Aviary. Actually this is the only photo editor you’ll ever need. I’ve stopped using others since I’ve installed Aviary. No doubt, the team proudly proclaims “The World’s Best Photo Editor”. Accolades to the Aviary team.
Setting the correct exposure is one of the most fundamental of photography. With the inbuilt light meters in our camera’s, this becomes a piece of cake as we no longer need to work by the Sunny 16 or any other gothic rule. However over dependence on these inbuilt meters have meant most of the amateur photographers not able to count exposure mentally in terms of stops.
This ability to increase or decrease the exposure by stops comes in handy when one is trying his/her hand at really long exposures. Once you put a dense enough Neutral Density(ND) filter, you will need to count back in stops so as to determine the correct exposure. Depending on the density of your ND filter, this may demand to count back up-to 10 or more stops. Now if you’re sound of your knowledge about the aperture & shutter-speed scale, then you’ll breeze through. Else you might go for the trial & error method. However, the trial & error method would take sometime before you figure out the correct exposure. Instead, use ‘Exposure Calculator‘.
Exposure Calculator is a nifty android application which allows one to calculate exposure for long exposures. One needs to simply input the current correct exposure settings(indicated by your camera’s inbuilt meter) in the top part of the application after which you input the density of your ND filter in stops & you’ve your new exposure automatically calculated for you at the bottom. Makes sure you input the correct settings in the first place else your exposure will be skewed.
That’s it! Now if maths was not your favourite subject in high school, simply use the ‘Exposure Calculator’ & give all the worries of your calculation to your maths teacher.
When I was starting in Photography, I had no clue as to how shutter-speed, aperture & ISO affect the exposure. I had no idea as to why or when to one open up aperture or to raise or lower the ISO. Gradually with trial & errors along-with some reading up, I got grasp over these three elements of the exposure triangle. As the adage goes, when your basics are strong you can make better progress. I often feel most amateur photographers just blindly shoot without learning these basics as they feel them to be boring. Its partly true but that does not mean one should ignore them as every great photographer has these three elements deep sculpted in his mind. With “Right Click”, one can now no longer make any excuses for learning the ABC’s of Photography.
Right Click is an Android application which teaches you the basics of photography. It has two modes – View Mode & Read Mode. Under View mode, one can see the effects of change in aperture, ISO & shutter-speed. All illustrated by amazing visualizations. Under read mode, you can read in brief about them. The best thing about this app is the camera interface which mimics the Canon & Nikon DSLR’s screens so beginners will feel right at home. Apart from the basics, the app also briefs you on various genres of photography which I recommend reading. If you’re a beginner chances are that you’ve not yet found the genre of your liking in photography. Even if you’re not, each genre lists some handy tips which will help you shoot the particular genre with ease.
With the popularity of Android smart-phones, this application will find many takers. However there are a few typos within the read mode which need to be resurrected by the developers. Further I would like the application to provide some challenges to users like throwing up a scene & letting users set the ISO, exposure, aperture for the same. Furthermore expanding on the read mode will be a great addition. Also when user goes into read mode, the orientation changes from landscape to portrait which can be irritating. Else nothing much to complain. This tiny application will come very handy for someone starting with manual photography. And did I say, it offers all this for Free? If you’re beginner in photography & have an Android smart-phone, Right Click is an app you should definitely install.
Instagram has skyrocketed to popularity ever since its inception. The recent launch for Android platform has only added to its user-base. From what they say, “It’s a fast, beautiful and fun way to share your photos with friends and family. ”. One can say, its a Twitter for Photographers. However, most of the photos I see being uploaded are nothing more than snapshots. They are degraded further by rowdy application of the filters found within the application. Most just use the filters since they are present without caring a bit about how the final photo will look. Its like making a fun of photography as an art. In reality, Instagram has a huge potential of improving you as a photographer. Not many know this. It can be a great tool in the hands of a capable photographer. As Chase Jarvis says, “The Best Camera Is The One That’s With You”. Lets begin.