• What's in my Camera Bag?

    Camera replacement, filters, and editing apps tend to receive the attention in mobile art and photography space. In this round-up, though, I pulled together apps that have become just as important to me. They may fall under the category of “utilities.”  As much as possible, I want to work with my image files on my iPhone–not back and forth with my desktop.

    There are tons of such utilities, and I recommend asking around to see who uses what. Here are some I use fairly regularly.

    May 2013 in South Bend, WA, iPhone 5

    Apps: Hipstamatic, PicFrame. May 2013 in South Bend, WA, iPhone 5

    Reduce: to batch resize images and photos for iPhone and iPad. I use this daily to shrink images for posting to social networks. I like the independent controls, including jpeg quality and pixel size, as well as ability to strip EXIF data among others. I use to use SimpleResize, which has fewer controls and options but does the trick, too.

    PhotoSize: to reveal pixel dimensions of any image in the camera roll. Simple, limited in scope, and free. I find this very handy.

    PicFrame: to combine photos into collages or diptych, triptych and so forth. The app includes several image ratios and a bunch of pre-set frames as well as ability to add text, adjust styles, widths, etc. I use this app when I want to combine several photos into a “set” or collection. I also use Frame Artist, which has photo templates but features the ability to custom design frames.

    iZip: to help manage, compress, secure files.