iPad and iPhone apps

My Apps Don't "Do" Anything - except make you a better digital SLR photographer


Many people ask me, "What do your Rick Sammon apps do?"

I say, with a smile, they don't "do" anything, such as enhancing an image you take with an iPhone. They do, however, offer tons of tips, tricks and techniques - with text, photos and videos - that will make someone a better digital SLR photographer. That goes for outdoor, nature, HDR, studio and HDR photographers. Basically, they are interactive e-books that make learning fast and easy - as well as affordable.


So if you need some digital SLR photo advice that you can take anywhere with you, check out my apps.

As you'll see, I like to make learning fun.

Explore the light,
Rick

Camera Awesome is Awesomely Creative

Camera Awesome image by Rick Sammon
I downloaded a new iPhone app this morning: Camera Awesome by SmugMug. Above is my first Camera Awesome image, created from the original iPhone photo below of the New Croton Dam.

Original dull and boring iPhone photo, with really boring sky, by Rick Sammon
Awesome, indeed.

The free app (with paid options) offers unlimited creative control over photos you take with the iPhone, as well as photos that are in your Photos gallery on your iPhone.

Getting back to "unlimited" creative control, the app has almost 300 presets, filters, texture and frames, but you can tweet them and combine them for endless, and original, effects. Thirty-six of the effects, more than enough to start your photo fun, are free. You can buy other effects in groups of nine for 99 cents.


For the opening image for this post, I used the More Wang effect, one of the many Presents. Other cool effects/options include: Awesomize, Transform, Filters and Texture.

By the way, I chose More Wang because I wanted to add an aged-photo look to my photo of the dam, which was under construction from 1892 to 1906. It's an aged, and aging, dam. I lead a workshop here in fall, which is an awesome photo experience.

While at the dam, I emailed the pictures to myself. Uploading pictures to SmugMug (at full resolution), Facebook, Twitter, Flickr, Picasa and Photobucket are other options.


As illustrated in the above screen grabs, adding effects with a tap of the screen or swipe of a slider is fast, easy - and fun.

Camera Awesome image by Rick Sammon, from Canon 5D Mark II and Canon 100-400mm IS lens image.
Among the many cool feature in Camera Awesome is one that lets you apply a favorite effect to several images. For example, if you have several photos of big cats, you may want to apply the same effect to each cat.

No! I did not take the photo of the lion and jaguar with my iPhone. I used my Canon digital SLRs and lenses. Yes! As I mentioned, you can enhance any photo from your Photos gallery on your iPhone with Camera Awesome, too.

Enough reading already! Download the free app and awaken the artist within.

Explore the light,
Rick



P.S. I have a few of my own apps, for both the iPhone and iPad, too. Check them out here - to get some good tips on taking and making pictures. Read about the iPhone accessories I use and recommend while you are there.