*sigh* At least snow gives great opportunities for pictures of the kids, right? Well, when they'll comply. Which isn't often. Thank God for my phone. And the thing is, I HATE my phone. Passionately. Hate isn't a strong enough word... neither is loathe. In fact, my feelings are so strong that after I finish this post I'm going to dig out a thesaurus and find new ways to describe how much I hate my phone.
But right now I"m stuck with it... at least until I can decide if I'm staying with Verizon and if I'm going to go iPhone or Android or smoke signal, or perhaps learn semaphore. So I'm making the best of a meh situation and loading this rockin' Samsung Fascinate out with apps... and wouldn't you know it, I found one I REALLY like.
Ever taken a great selfie shot only to discover you got that pile of (clean! I swear, it's clean!) laundry on the bed behind you? Or taken a truly lovely photo of your child only to find out AFTER posting it that some CHARMING PRANKSTER in the house decided to hang your bra on the banister for all to see (thanks. Thanks A LOT. Not that it's ever happened to me... *cough*) Stop worrying about it. Let After Focus take care of you. After Focus can be downloaded for either iOS or Android platforms. There's also a Pro version ($1.99 through Google Play) which I have downloaded, if only as a thank you to the creators for making such a great app. Seriously, this thing rocks out.
|The After Focus App allows you to take|
pictures within the app or select from your
phone's gallery. I tend to choose the
latter so I can fully control how
my images look. Yes, I'm a control
freak. What, are you new?
|Once you choose "Select from Album"|
you'll... well, you'll select an image
from one of your phone's albums.
What did you expect?
|Your bottom toolbar allows you to|
start by chosing your primary focus
area with white lines. You don't have to
be overly precise.
|Your primary focus zone will remain|
red. Midrange is denoted with
the grey line, and background with
the black. If you screw up, no worries-
that's what the eraser is for.
|Since "smart" modes are seldom|
Ivy League in nature, you'll likely have
to do some fine tuning. The zoom feature
lets you get in and do that, so half
of your kid's head doesn't end
up a blurry mess.
|Once you're satisfied with your focal zones,|
click on the "play" button and see what you
think! Not happy, hit the "rewind" button
on the top left and do it again.
|Now you can fine tune- Adjust your|
level of blur (and choose motion blur
if you prefer), as well as other
aspects of 'aperture control'.
|And if you're twitching because NO |
PHONE PIC IS COMPLETE WITHOUT
A FILTER APPLICATION, chill. There
are several to choose from, from
high contrast black and white...
|...to sepia tones...|
|... as well as antique and cross-processed|
|Your last stop can add a vignette or|
even sharpen up your image a bit.
|After Focus allows you to save your|
edited image to your camera's
micro SD card as well as shoot
it out to others via instagram, gmail,
facebook, twitter, flicker, and picassa
uploads. Now everyone can see how rockin'
that roast beef sandwich really was!
|While it may not be GREAT ART, for this Mama it's a happy rememberance|
of a day on our favorite sledding hill with their new sleds. And really,
isn't that all that matters?