Mobile Photography / Art Tutorial with Simply HDR by JixiPix Software

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We are delighted to publish Jerry Jobe’s latest mobile photography/art tutorial for our reading and viewing pleasure. This time Jobe takes a look at the app Simply HDR by JixiPix Software. Read Jobe’s thoughts about this app as he puts it through its paces (foreword by Joanne Carter). Take it away Jerry…

“Everyone is disappointed, when they first start taking photos, with the results they get in tricky lighting situations. You’re in a lovely cottage with a spectacular view of the country out the window. You can see the details in the drapes and the fluffy clouds. When you look at the photo, after taking great care with the exposure, you see a washed-out sky in a black rectangle. The reason? Your eye is able to capture much more of the “dynamic range” of the scene – the shadows and highlights – than any camera sensor can.

HDR is a photographic technique that usually uses three or more exposures (images) to capture all of the dynamic range that your eye sees – sees without any effort on your part. These multiple images are then merged together so that you have properly-exposed highlights, midtones and shadows. I covered two camera apps that use this merger technique back in February 2013.

Other apps, rather than needing multiple exposures, will try to improve the overall exposure of a single image. Snapseed and iColorama have HDR components, and many other photo suites do as well. JixiPix has a stand-alone single-image HDR app called Simply HDR”.

Simply HDR retails for $1.99/£1.49 and you can download it here.

 

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Mobile Photography / Art Tutorial – PhotoArtista – Haiku: For Best Results, Dilute

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We are delighted to publish Jerry Jobe’s latest mobile photography/art tutorial for our reading and viewing pleasure. This time Jobe takes a look at the app PhotoArtista- Haiku by Jixipix. Read his thoughts as he puts it through its paces (foreword by Joanne Carter). Take it away Jerry…

PhotoArtista – Haiku retails for $2.99/£2.29 and you can download it here.

“I’ve covered quite a few Jixipix apps over the past few years: Vintage Scene, Grungetastic, Dramatic Black and White, Hallows Eve, NIR Color, Chalkspiration, Fold Defy, Rip Pix, Artoon and Artista Impresso. I stress in most of those articles that the results of these apps can be quite harsh when left alone, but that they are great when used in a blend. Today’s app, PhotoArtista Haiku, is no exception.

I will be using the HD, or iPad version. Many of Jixipix’s offerings are sold as separate apps for the iPhone and iPad; this is one of them. I, personally, am fine with having Haiku on just one device, and will not be paying the extra three dollars for the iPhone version”.

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Mobile Photography / Art Tutorial – Artoon: Keeping it Simple

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We are delighted to publish Jerry Jobe’s latest mobile photography/art tutorial for our reading and viewing pleasure. This time Jobe takes a look at the app Artoon. Read his thoughts as he puts it through its paces (foreword by Joanne Carter). Take it away Jerry…

Artoon retails for $1.99/£1.49 and you can download it here.

 

“I’m rather fond of JixiPix apps in general, although there are some, like Fold Defy and Chalkspiration (covered back in May), that are so specialized as to be essentially useless. On the other hand, today’s app, Artoon, performs a task that I frequently wish to use in my artwork: creating a simple, flat image that is useful as part of a piece using several apps or all by itself.

Like most JixiPix apps, Artoon is a separate app for iPhone vs. iPad. I am using the iPad version, and have not purchased the separate iPhone app. The user interfaces will likely differ between the two devices, but the controls will be similar. Learning what the “Color Smoothing” slider does will help you, regardless of whether the user interface is the older standard JixiPix interface seen in this tutorial or the newer “gray” interface”.

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Mobile Photography App Tutorial – Chalkspiration and Fold Defy: Decent Solutions for Obscure Needs

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If I had a nickel for every time I thought, “Boy, this image would look great if I could put it on folded paper” or “Look at the neat art on that restaurant chalkboard! Wonder if I could do that on my iPad?”, then I probably would still be penniless. I certainly wouldn’t have enough to pay for these two apps from Jixipix, Chalkspiration and Fold Defy. (Both are available in normal iPhone and HD iPad versions. They are not universal and require separate purchase.)

Let’s face it – they’re not horribly done (although Chalkspiration did crash on me). Jixipix does not release horrible apps. For someone like me, who looks forward to their apps and owns all of them, these two are particularly…well, useless.

Perhaps you have a need for creases or chalky flourishes. So let’s take a look at the apps and how you manoeuvre in them, starting with Chalkspiration.

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Mobile Photography App Tutorial – NIR: A Color Blowout – TheAppWhisperer

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Photography, as with all visual media, is an examination of light. All discussions about photography eventually come down to light. A photographer will “go out to capture the light”, set up and wait for the “golden hour”, discard portraits because “the light wasn’t there”.

Some photographers have found a way to capture light you cannot see, the infrared wavelengths that exist just outside the visible spectrum. It requires special equipment – in the days of film, special films were required to detect IR light; in this digital age, a special sensor is needed, meaning a photographer will usually have a camera dedicated to only shooting IR. The results are strange and otherworldly, and often quite beautiful.

In order to get an idea of the look of IR photography, with its dark skies and bright foliage, just take a look around on Google. A really nice overview can be found on the Photography Life site.

Of course, there’s no such thing as an iPhone camera sensor that is sensitive to IR light. That doesn’t mean you can’t explore this type of photography – it just means you need software that can emulate the look. Jixipix has just the thing with NIR Color. It may not – as a matter of fact, almost certainly will not – be an app you use on a regular basis. But it can allow you to see images in a whole new light. (Pardon the pun, but it was too easy.)

NIR Color for iPhone retails for $1.99/£1.49/download

NIR Color for iPad retails for the above/download

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iOS Mobile Photography App Tutorial – Artista Impresso by Jerry Jobe

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We are delighted to publish this very interesting tutorial of the new app by JixiPix Software called Artista Impresso.  Over to you Jerry. (Foreword by Joanne Carter).

Artista Impresso retails for $2.99/£1.99 and you can pick it up here

“JixiPix Software is always coming up with new art-based photo manipulation apps. They’ve worked with oils with their Artista Oil; water with Artista Haiku and Aquarella; Japanese woodblock with Moku Hanga; pencils with Artista Sketch; even half-tone printing with PopDot.

Their new product, Artista Impresso, is less about the medium than the method. Impressionism is more about the feeling of movement and changing light than it is about the tools used. So it’s made with many short, rough strokes that literally give an impression of the subject.

As with most JixiPix products, there are separate apps for the iPhone and iPad, and should be bought separately. Many times I will buy the iPhone version and install it on both. In this case, I bought the iPad “HD” version alone, as I cannot see the detail on the iPhone”.

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Huge Sale On iOS JixiPix Photography Apps Today!

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JixiPix are prolific developers of iOS photography apps and today they are having a huge sale. We have listed the apps below with download links, don’t miss this.

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Another iOS Photography App Giveaway – Hallows Eve – TheAppWhisperer

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We have some more codes for this new(ish) app Hallows Eve by JixiPix the developers of some very popular mobile photography apps.

If you would like to be in with a chance to win a promo code for Hallows Eve, all we ask is for you to reply to this post telling us what you love most about theappwhisperer.com (we know how hard it is to narrow it down to one thing and also retweet or FB this post). That’s it, we’ll enter your details into our magic hat and if you’re a winner, a code will soon be sitting in your inbox.

Hallows Eve retails for $1.99/£1.49 and if you prefer you can download it here

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Another iOS Photography App Giveaway – Simply HDR – TheAppWhisperer

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Simply HDR is a very popular app by JixiPix, it offers the facility to create HDR images without having to take several exposures. it’s literally just one click away.

Simply HDR retails for $1.99/£1.49 but if you would like to be in with chance to win a promo code, all we ask is for you to reply to this post telling us what you love most about theappwhisperer.com (we know how hard it is to narrow it down to one thing and also retweet or FB this post). That’s it, we’ll enter your details into our magic hat and if you’re a winner, a code will soon be sitting in your inbox.

Simply HDR retails for $1.99/£1.49 and if you prefer, you can download it here

 

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Hallows Eve – Another iOS Photography App Giveaway – TheAppWhisperer

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Hallows Eve is a new app by JixiPix the developers of some very popular mobile photography apps, including

Hallows Eve includes some great creepy and atmosphere presets to help you create suitably haunting photographs.

If you would like to be in with a chance to win a promo code for Hallows Eve, all we ask is for you to reply to this post telling us what you love most about theappwhisperer.com (we know how hard it is to narrow it down to one thing and also retweet or FB this post). That’s it, we’ll enter your details into our magic hat and if you’re a winner, a code will soon be sitting in your inbox.

Hallows Eve retails for $1.99/£1.49 and if you prefer you can download it here

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