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  • What's in My Camera Bag?

    I’ve been sharing image/text stories on Backspaces, a social network with web and mobile presence. I like the ability to use more frames to tell a story and have the ability to  include (or not) text to accompany photographs. The largely minimal U.I. is easy to use, mostly intuitive, good-looking.  I also like the ability to easily explore other stories and share  links to them via other social networks. I appreciate the simple feature of being able to just copy the link, too, which is convenient when I’m on my mobile. In fact, the website’s splash screen has the ubiquitous “suggested users list,” but it also features the stories/images themselves. I love the way the work is showcased and not jut the user or creator. Backspaces isn’t a camera replacement app, so users can happily shoot/create as they like in the style or size they prefer. No filters, either, just a place to compose stories.


  • 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.