A Few Good Apps for Mobile Photographers

Apps for your smart phone camera

Better pictures, get noticed!

Every few weeks, it seems, a new smart phone is hitting the market…and every smart phone has a camera. Some of the cameras on the phones rival some of the older model DSLR’s on the market. While they won’t take the place of a DSLR, these cameras on your phone help in everyday use…when you see something that just needs to be photographed.

Here are a few applications (most for iPhone) that have come out that can help make those camera-phone photos standout and get seen by others!

  1. If you already have Instagram, get Instatag. You may be taking some great photos but don’t have a lot of followers. Don’t worry, it’s not you…it’s “tagging”. Using the right hashtag or # followed by a keyword will get your photo seen. The best way to attract new followers is to use the hashtag function. But what searchable keyword should you be using? Instatag shows you which tags are trending, which tags are the top 40 most used and which tags will get noticed most. Cost – $.99
  2. Do you like panorama photos? Your phone may offer that option already but there’s an app called Photosynth that may make it a bit easier. It will also let you share the panorama straight to Facebook and Twitter. Cost – FREE
  3. Want to make your picture look like a collage? You may have seen some of these creations already. One of the apps out there that does this is called Diptic. Diptic has 14 filters and 52 layouts. Use your artistic mind to create!  These collages can then be shared on the major social sites and via email to friends and family. Cost – $.99
  4. Camera+ will help you improve the quality of your photos. This app will let you edit any photo you have taken; cropping, lighting, border creation, photo effects. Be aware, that some of the extras will cost more even after paying for the app. Cost – $.99
  5. Impression is an app for those of you worried about posting your awesome photos for all to see and then seeing that photo stolen and used. Impression is a very simple tool that watermarks your photos allowing you to upload from the phone without needing to transfer to your computer first. Cost – $1.99

And, just a reminder about your photos that are living on your phone. You may want some of those unbelievable shots as prints!  Check out what our Photo Lab offers or, upload from home and pick them up at our store!

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Expanding Horizons

Social media conversation Lawrence Photo and Video

The Social Media Universe…we are joining the conversation!

As you may have noticed recently, Lawrence Photo and Video expanded our social world beyond Facebook and is now on Twitter, Google+ and Pinterest. The reason for this is simple: we want to be out there conversing with you!

The internet has allowed all of us to witness things we never would have seen even 30 years ago. We can instantly see photos of news events happening on the other side of the world moments after they are taken. We can “chat” using web cameras to loved ones who are overseas. We can talk with potential customers via email or social media anywhere in the world. And, we want to be part of the ever-changing landscape! We want to talk about what is happening not only in the world of photo and video, but what is happening in Springfield, in Missouri, in the U.S. and the world.

We want to hear from you! Go to our pages and “like” us, “follow” us, put us in your “Circles” and “Pin” photos with us on Pinterest!  Start a conversation or offer some suggestions for a blog! Post photos on our Facebook page, show us what you like via Twitter and Google+. We like to view this whole “social thing” as talking with our customers who come in through our doors on South Campbell Avenue. This is a conversation…let’s talk!