It was in the back of taxi…
When you told me you loved me…
And that I wasn’t alone…
Ben Kweller, Thirteen
So that last picture might be in the back of a bus and not a taxi but, for some reason, while I’m sure I’ve taken millions of pictures in the backs of cabs, there are none to be found.
Paiting by Jeremiah Palecek
As you can see I LOVE me some photography modification apps. Maybe you do too. Sorry iPhone folk, but I’m an Android girl.
Here’s what I use:
Pixlr-o-matic – This is my favorite. It recently updated and has a bajillion filters (they are all named after people so it’s not the easiest to use, but after a while you get to know who’s who) – It also has a giant selection of borders and other effects like that linen effect on the taxis and the bokeh effect on the picture of Sarah (She of the dryer sheet) in the Christmas cab. – FREE!
BeFunky Photo Editor Pro – Loved this one so much I paid for the “Pro” version. This one not only has a ton of effects, but it also has an Edit area where you can adjust brightness, contrast, orientation, crop, etc…It’s pretty basic as far as frames go, but hey, you’ve got Pixlr, you can edit it in BeFunky and frame it with something else! – Free & Pro versions
Little Photo – My very first photography effects app I downloaded when I finally got a grown-up phone (a whole few months ago). It’s basic, but it’s good and I love its “Toy Camera” effect. – FREE!
Example of Little Photo's Toy Camera effect...and pretentiousness.
PicsArt-Photo Studio – A.Mahhhhzing! Dig this one a lot. This one has areas where you can create a collage, draw on a picture, add words, clip art, “stickers,” plus it comes with variations on the effects you’ll find on the others, but the reason to download this guy is the ability to add text to your photos. It’s awesome. Not a giant selection of fonts, but I ain’t complainin’. – FREE!
PicsArt for the text, Pixlr for the filters, Hipster for the ride
Finally, Retro Camera – This one is actually a camera app and not just an effects app. You choose from one of 6 cameras and then take the picture. I don’t use it as much because I keep forgetting which camera does what, but when I do use it, I’m never disappointed. The Tee For Tuesdays logo was taken with the “Xolaroid 2000” and the picture below was taken with one of the others. Which one exactly? I have no clue. They could prolly add some identifying features for someone like me who has way too many apps and sometimes forgets what they hell they even do. – FREE!
Happy Friday Kids…go download some apps, will ya’? It’ll keep you entertained for days. Be forewarned though…there’s a possibility you could, like me, become an app hoarder and I don’t think Matt Paxton is going to come to my rescue any time soon.
Portrait of an App Hoarder - I'm about 5 decisions away from sh*ting in a bucket
Remember how this post started with song lyrics….prepare yourself for one of the best songs you’ll ever hear…Ladies & Gentlemen, Ben Kweller…….