Category: Photo Apps

Why yes, you do need this app for free last minute Mother’s Day ecards

I’m a big fan of ecards for holidays, and I have yet to find a better, easier resource for last-minute ecards than the Red Stamp app. With Mother’s Day just a day away, get on it! Surely there’s someone you’ve forgotten — a mom, stepmom, mother-in-law, grandmother, aunt, best single mom friend — or just someone you want to flood with some extra love this weekend without spending a penny. In which case, you can bombard them with gorgeous, free ecards by text or email, choosing from dozens of customizable modern designs, and even uploading your own photos to many of templates. This...

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A free photo effects app that turns ordinary shots into works of art

As someone who is definitely not a pro photographer, I’m all about the photo apps that help make my snapshots…let’s say, a little more artful. That’s why the Prisma photo effects app (iOS and yes, Android) is my latest photo filter app obsession, and if you’re not yet in the fast-growing Prisma fan club, well, join us! If you’re kind of over crema, juno and inkwell, there are more than 60 filters on Prisma that can turn even an admittedly average, poorly lit photo of my daughter, above, into something resembling a Mondrian, a Monet, a Münch or a Miyazaki. And a whole lot more....

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How to use the new Instagram albums feature and not make your followers nuts.

You might have noticed the new Instagram albums feature that allows you to post up to 10 photos at once for people to flip through. If you’re wondering how it works, and why you’d even try it, we’ve got a quick tutorial, plus some great examples of how some of our favorite Instagrammers are using it. We have heard some tech rumors that Instagram made it available to the rest of us (it’s been available for sponsors for over a year now) so that we’d become comfortable with it and start swiping ads more. But whatever the reason, we’ll just say that...

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Hypocam app: A cool camera app for black and white photo lovers

For super cool black and white photos beyond the couple of Instagram filters you get, take a peek at the free Hypocam app (iOS and Android) that we’re loving. Related: 5 terrific pro photography tips beyond selfies Related: The new Camera+ 6: the best iOS photography app This Italian-based company has created rich filters for black-and-white photography that give your photos a professional, journalistic feel. You can shoot directly in the app with their camera tool, with real-time control over exposure, color, shadows, and more, or pull up photos from your library to edit later. The free version comes with seven filters (with...

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Preserve old photographs (yes, real ones) with Google’s new PhotoScan app

As much as I love my iPhone camera roll and the thousands of photos it houses, I do have a very soft spot for old photographs. The ones where the color is a little faded, the edges are a little worn and the memories come flooding back. Thanks to a new Google app called PhotoScan, there’s a super easy way to combine old with the new to get the best of both worlds, just in time for holiday gift giving. Related: The quickest and easiest way to share iPhone photos and videos Related: 21 tasteful ideas for showcasing your favorite...

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Joy gets your photos and video off your phone and onto an interactive digital album

If you’re a photo hoarder like me, but never actually get your photos off your phone or tablet for anyone to see, I bet you’ll be as intrigued as I was by this new interactive photo album called Joy. The Joy Album is a gorgeous digital gadget that allows you to share, view, and preserve your memories without having to print them out or pop them into a physical photo album. Created by former Apple and Sonos designers, the 13″ touchscreen showcases individual photos, and also features montages and customizable layouts that incorporate photos and videos into one screen. It’s basically an ongoing...

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Printing from the palm of your hand with HP Sprocket

When school started a few weeks ago, one of my daughter’s first homework assignments was to bring in photos of favorite people and things to decorate her daily notebook. I love the idea, but didn’t love that I had to email myself photos, print them, realize the toner was low, replace the toner…all at 9 PM. If only I had the HP Sprocket mobile printer then to save the hassle. Related: What to do with your digital photos? Tons of fantastic ideas This palm-sized mobile printer instantly prints 2×3″ images from your phone (iOS or Android) and has quickly become a coveted...

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Adorable app: Our cool free app of the week

I’ve seen some pretty adorable baby announcements in my mailbox over the years. I have to say, I really admire my friends who know their way around Photoshop. They can put the perfect font with their baby’s photo to make the cutest announcements and cards. But, for the rest of us who aren’t quite that adept — or haven’t completed a few years of graphic design school — the Adorable app does the hard work for you, and you get all the credit. Related: 5 of the coolest new photo apps for iPhone and Android This app is a collection of filters...

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Turn your summer memories into a cool keepsake

Take the Chatbooks photo books and add in The Novogratz Family design sense and you get a very cool way to turn your favorite summer photos into a keepsake. Simply download the Chatbooks app, then enter the code SUMMER16, where the cool illustrations and artful prompts from The Novogratz Family will populate your photo book. Then, just add your favorite photos, rearrange them how you like, and order your book. It’s just that simple! Related: Need Instagram photo gift ideas? The Novogratz can help. Such a fun summer tradition, or hey, holiday, vacation, or any occasion where you’ve got tons of photos on...

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Artkive app: Our cool free app of the week, but only free for a limited time!

Ever since I downloaded the Artkive app a few years ago, it’s been my very favorite way to store all the artwork my kids bring home from school. Instead of filling up my closets with huge stashes of paper (and glitter that never stays put, ugh), I store it all digitally in the Artkive app. Then, every year or two, I purchase a photo book containing all of their artwork — complete with captions that indicates the artist’s name and age. It’s really a life saver for parents, and while it’s normally $4.99, it’s free just for our readers! But it’s only free for one week, so hurry and download...

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