Photography Apps for the Smart Phone, Part 4

Wifi Photo

The recurring theme recently has been photo apps for your Smart Phone.  I’ve talked already about some of my favorites, including SetMyCamPro, EasyRelease, and most recently Color Splash.  If you notice the theme trend, the first piece spoke to setting up your camera, the second looked at prepping the shoot, and then finally we looked at editing your photos.  So, with only two posts left in this series, I wanted to focus on the function of getting your photos OFF your smart phone.

I’m not sure about others, but when working with my iPhone, it’s somewhat frustrating that instead of going into the App I want to use in conjunction with my photo, often I have to go into the photo library and home the function to send to that destination has somehow been programmed.  For instance, if I want to email someone a photo, traditionally, I’ll write the email, then attach the photos.  On the iPhone, the logic is flipped – if you want to email someone a photo, you don’t write the email first, you attach the photo first – what’s up with that?

Anyway, rant aside, I often find myself wanting to get a photo (and more often, several photos) off my phone quickly, and let’s face it, with the iPhone in particular, that can be tax the patience of a monk!  But, with WiFi Photo, it’s actually quite easy:

The name pretty much says what it does – WiFi Photo lets you transer your photos from your camera to your computer over your own wireless network.  All you have to do is hop on the wireless network, and the app grab a specific port address to use as a web interface.  With the app open, and displaying the IP address and port, switch to your computer and type that address into your browser of choice.  Your photo albums will appear and you can download images individually, collectively, and in a range of sizes as well.

By default, that port is 15555.  So, if your home network assigns your phone an address of, the address to enter into your browser would be http://192.168.100:15555.

Slick, easy, and best of all – this app is free!  Here’s a couple screenshots to show you the interface now too:

To get the app for your own phone, you can visit the iTunes store here to download it today.  (Not available on Google play, but there are alternative apps there…) Thanks for tuning in and don’t forget – Friday is the final day of photo app reviews, where I’ll look at the whole concept of taking better photos with better apps!

Tell me your thoughts on your favorite photo-related apps here too…there’s always room for more conversation, so chime in while we’re on the topic.  You can also check out the other write-ups here:

Photo Setup – SetMyCamPro

Photo Shoot Prep – Easy Release

Photo editor – Color Splash

Photography Apps for the Smart Phone, Part 3

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Last week I breathed some life back into the blog with a few smart phone photo apps.  You can check out the write-ups for both SetMyCamPro and Easy Release here and here.  Continuing along that theme, there’s only a few more apps that I wanted to showcase here and share with my fellow photo enthusiasts.  Perhaps one of the most enjoyable functions of photo apps is the ability to edit on the fly before sharing out with your friends, family, and colleagues.  So, the apps that have filters or drawing functions naturally are worth looking at in this vein.  Many similarities exist, but one of my own favorites is Color Splash.

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At 99 cents, this app is worthy of your consideration.  There’s a handy video tutorial you can watch but like most people, I skipped the video and dove right in!  First up, I always look at the settings first to see if there’s any customization options I would want to tweak to my own ends.     Photo Aug 05, 9 28 57 AM

Here, I opted to make the brush tip visible so I can see where my edits will be applied, the rest of the default settings seemed appropriate so I left well enough alone initially.

The main menu gives you the option of loading an image from your camera library, taking a new one, and a bunch of other options – as shown below:


Editing images is pretty straightforward – with the main function of Color Splash being to selectively color a photo.  Now granted, this style of photography is a bit overdone these days because photographers have obviously been doing this for a while in Photoshop, Elements, and other image editors, but being able to do it straight from your smart phone and sharing with folks on the fly is kind of unique.

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When in the editor screen, you can also tap the upper left icon to adjust brightness, contrast, saturation, color temp, and grey tinting to give your images whatever flair you desire.  Here is most often where people go a tad overboard.  I’d recommend going light on the edits here after you’ve done your selective coloring.  When completed, you can then share via typical methods from your photo library.

There’s many options out there for editing your photos on your Smart Phone, but my nod for selective color designs goes to Color Splash!  You can get it for the iPhone/iPad here, and for the Android here and here.


Got your own favorite photo editor for your smart phone?  What about your thoughts on Color Splash?  Everyone has an opinion, and yours are welcome as well.  Be sure to tune in Wed. and Friday for the final two app reviews here on the blog.  Next week will start a whole new series of photo tips and tricks for taking better photos!  Have a great week!

Backpacks, and Belts and Bags: Oh My!

For this week (and the foreseeable future), I am continuing the “live video talks” where I share a little insight into things I use and do to with photography, and the gear that’s involved.  This week, I recall that some others have done a “What’s in Your Bag?” type of theme, and rather than just show you my gear (which is what the question basically is a lead-in for), I also share some different bags and bag systems I have used, and that I continue to use.  Bag types range from small shoulder bags, to belt systems, backpacks, and equipment bags.  One bag I did not include is one for your tripod and/or light stand.


Anyway, it’s kind of a bandwidth intensive episode this week at over 100 MB of download in Quicktime ® format.  Sorry, again, no flash-based version.  Until Camtasia can import .mov files and render as Flash, when I record in QT, the .mov format is all I can do.


With that in mind, I’d like to also open it up to the readers/viewers out there.  What kinds of bags or bag systems do you use?  Backpacks?  Belts?  Shoulder bags?  What works best for you?  Sound off in the comments!