Tag: photo editing

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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Prisma app: Our cool free app of the week

Beyond cropping out background noise or scrolling through a few Instagram filters, I don’t usually spend a ton of time messing around with my photos. But after downloading the new and free Prisma app for iOS this week, I’ve discovered how fun and easy it is to turn pictures into little works of art. Edited to add: Prisma is now available on Android too! After selecting the photo I want to use from the ones sitting on my phone, I can scroll through over 30 different overlays to see how each one looks when applied to my snapshot. It only takes only...

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6 fantastic last-minute Father’s Day gift ideas you can create online right now. Hurry!

Did June 19 sneak up on you this year? We hear you! If you’re looking for a cool, thoughtful last-minute Father’s Day gift that requires little more than your computer or mobile device and an internet connection, we’ve got you covered. No need to hit the mall or comb through the picked-over racks at the local card store; you don’t even need a printer or ink for these great last-minute gifts for dads. Hope one is perfect for a cool dad in your life.   1. A Multimedia Digital Scrapbook Part online scrapbook, part group card, part multimedia experience  Imprint is a new favorite find...

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5 terrific pro photography tips for kids who want to get beyond selfies. (And you can learn from them, too!)

As our kids get older, they’re often more excited to be behind the camera than in front of it. Or, maybe it’s a close tie. But we don’t blame them —  with so many older kids with their own smartphones, it’s easier than ever for budding shutterbugs to hone their skills for more than selfies.  But what might come natural to us (or, in some cases, not so natural), isn’t necessarily intuitive to them, which is why we wanted to seek out some of the best photography tips for kids, to help them out. So we reached out to one of our favorite...

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Sponsored Message: VidMob helps you turn your home videos into masterpieces

This is a sponsored message from VidMob   Take all those videos of school concerts, soccer games, even family vacations sucking up memory on your smartphone and turn them into professionally-edited masterpieces you’ll watch over and over thanks to VidMob. This app is an easy way for you to take short snippets or full-length clips, and transform them into a cool video — think family vacation highlights, a year-in-review for each child, even a sweet last-minute Valentine’s Day gift — by connecting you with an actual video editor. (Yes, a real human!) You might even keep it in mind for Father’s Day, Mother’s Day,...

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Must-read info: How your Instagram photos could be used by brands. And what to do about it.

Just a few days ago while perusing new Cool Mom Picks Instagram followers (hey, thanks new followers!), I clicked over to the Sesame Place Instagram feed and noticed something pretty surprising in their bio: Photos using #sesameplace become property of Sesame Place In other words, use a hashtag to identify the location of your photo, which is common practice, and you’ve inadvertently given a brand ownership of your photo. Maybe. Now that’s something I’ve never seen before, and as a parent, this troubles me. (Update: The Sesame Place team has responded and removed their statement from their Instagram page. Keep reading for more...

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DxO One connected camera: The tiny device that turns your iPhone into a pro DSLR camera.

I’ve taken hundreds of photos of my kids just in the last couple months. And almost every single one was taken with my phone. Even though I have a nice DSLR camera, it’s so heavy, it’s just not practical to lug it with me everywhere. Especially considering I’m just an avid amateur who likes getting great shots of her kids. So I’m really excited about the cool innovations of the DxO One camera that’s making it possible for me to take DSLR-quality photos with my phone. When I first heard about this, I was pretty intrigued and was thrilled we received a review unit to try out. Now,...

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7 simple tips for taking photos at night, so your Halloween photos come out scary good

Calling all you ghosts, pirates, zombies, superheroes, and that small army of Queen Elsas — it’s time for your closeup. Because one of the best parts of Halloween for us, besides stealing our kids’ fun-size Snickers, is getting photos of the kids in costume along with the rest of the spooky, kooky happenings around the neighborhood. Let’s face it, Instagram was basically created for moments like this. The thing is, we know snapping cool pics in the dark can be tricky. So we’re helping you out with some great tips for taking photos at night.  Or moreover, at dusk. (Hint, hint!) Related: 7 helpful tips for taking better Halloween photos of your...

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Web Coolness: Peeple is Yelp for people, Phubbing, and the iOS9 feature you’ll want to turn off right now

Here are some of our favorite links from around the web this week. We hope you enjoy them too.   The ultimate cups for space geeks: They show the various stages of the moon as you drink from them! The new app Peeple that’s apparently  Yelp for people. Oh my. Only…are we all being punked in one big publicity scheme? These geeky baby onesies are cracking us up. Do you know what Phubbing is? Here’s hoping you’re not doing it right now.   This is fun: How to spookify your photos for Halloween over at PicMonkey. (Don’t we look sexy?) We’re...

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Tips from a pro for taking better family vacation photos. Good timing, right?

If you’re like us, you’re counting down the days to a summer vacation, whether it’s a weekend at the grandparents’ place or something bigger. Either way, hopefully it means sleeping in late (kids willing), lazy days, catching up on books and of course, lots and lots of vacation photos. Lots. We’re thrilled to be partnering with Amazon Cloud Drive for an ongoing series, and their service happens to be perfect for this very thing. In fact Amazon Cloud Drive is free for Amazon Prime members, and since it securely backs up and stores all your data, and continues to auto-upload endless amounts of new...

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