Tuesday, September 18

EMPOWER | Vintique Photo App

As a photographer...
who'd have thought I'd be addicted to using my iPhone for taking photos for just about everything...
Instead of reaching for my Nikon D70.
It's almost painful for me to have to whip out my DSLR anymore...
only because I know I have to take the photos...
upload the photos...
edit the photos...
and then save the photos.

Which is essentially what we are going to do today...
except the results are instant...
and can all be done with your phone...
using a super cool vintage photo app.

Here's my process for turning an ordinary phone-camera-photo...
into something "vintage" and "unique" using: ViNTiQUE

Ella decked in stripes and her Daddy's Shoes
Here's a photo of Ella I posted on Instagram last week...(and FB too, I think).
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ORiGiNAL PHOTO
Big difference, right?
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STEP ONE
SELECT THE ViNTiQUE PHOTO APP FROM YOUR PHONE
This is a .99 app available for download on your iPhone.
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STEP TWO
SELECT YOUR PHOTO
With high resolution turned on...select the photo you want from your Camera Roll.
(you can also take photos straight from the ViNTiQUE app... I just prefer altering photos I've already taken)
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I blurred out the number of photos I had because it was too embarrassing to post...*blushing*
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Here's the photo I want to work with...
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STEP THREE
ENLARGE YOUR PHOTO
Using the "+" button, click and hold until your photo fills the entire screen...creating a square.
(With this particular photo, enlarging it into a square would've cut off Ella's feet and head so I only enlarged it a tad)
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Notice the slight adjustment between the two photos?
Enlarging the photo slightly eliminated some of the electrical switch above Ella's head and some of the foreground at her feet.
It still leaves me with a white border on both sides of the photo.
(which isn't what I typically like to do - but it works out...you'll see).
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STEP FOUR
PRESS "USE" TO BEGIN THE FUN
Once you've got your photo enlarged and to your liking, it's time to begin editing.
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STEP FIVE
CHOOSE A FILTER
Scroll through the "FX" (effects) and click the filter you prefer for your particular photo.
I selected "Mind Map" for this photo - the effect is applied to the entire square, blending my white edges.
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STEP SIX
EDIT YOUR FILTER
Vintique offers a variety of ways to customize the filters and vignettes they offer
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A list of textures related to the filter you chose are displayed at the bottom.
Click on each texture to turn it on or off and play around until you like the results.
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I turned off the 4th button from the left  - which added more color to Ella's clothing.
I then scrolled all the way to the right and turned off the last texture - which lightened up the edges.
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When you are satisfied, click the "Hide Edit" button to be taken back to your main menu.
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STEP SEVEN
ADD A VIGNETTE
Select the "Vignette" button from the main menu and play around with the variety of effects.
I chose Vig9 which brightened the photo up even more so.

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STEP EIGHT
SAVE YOUR PHOTO
When you've got your photo the way you want it, save it.
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I prefer to save mine to my album just in case I want to access it again or repost it somewhere else.
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ALL FINISHED!!
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In today's tutorial, we only took advantage of the "FX" and "Vignette" features from the Vintique menu bar.
Here's a breakdown on all of the features and options available in the Vintique app:
32 vintage filters available...(with the option to turn adjustment steps on and off)
19 Vignette options (and the option to adjust the opacity as well)
49 Frame selections
Photo Editing Adjustments:
• Bright/Contrast/Saturation
• Vibrance
• Temperature/Tint
• Highlight/Shadow
• Exposure
• Gamma
• Hue

With a finished photo, you then have the ability to:
• Open in Instagram
• Save to Album
• Share on Facebook
• Share on Twitter
• Send as an Email
• Open in other apps

Vintique is a powerful photo editing app that is definitely worth the .99 investment. (my opinion). *wink*


I hope you learned something new today.
If you have any questions, let me know.

Or if you have some favorite photo apps you'd like to share...
leave a comment - I'm always looking for new things to try.

Hugs to you, my friends!!

KEEPiNG iT REAL
Heading to the park today for a picnic with Ella.
I'll be "Unplugged for Love" for a good part of the day - looking forward to it.

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