Thankfully one of my bridesmaids had her iPhone with her on the day. And she took my favourite photo so far:
|Taken with camera+ for iPhone using beach mode and lo-fi filter|
Although I think this one, by one of the groomsmen, is pretty awesome too:
|This is what happens after I mess around with photos in Paint.net|
Not having an iPhone myself, or any kind of fancy phone, I don't have the cool little apps that make magic like this happen instantly. Instead, I mess around for half an hour in Paint.net until I've got the effect I want. Paint.net is quite good, though, because you can download add-ons to get different effects and new ones are being developed all the time, so it's kind of a similar set up, post-production, to phone apps. Plus it's easier to learn that Photoshop.
I love looking at phone app photos to see what people have done with them: they're a great source of inspiration. Not just for my own photo-editing, but also for crafting. Colour combos, angles, shadows... take, for example, the October challenge over at True XOXO Girls: be Inspired By Instagram. If you're still reading this, STOP and go check out the challenge NOW because the creations the team have come up with this month are BLOWING MY MIND. I've been designing with True XOXO for almost a year, and I've never seen such eye candy from the team. Seriously, go NOW. No, hang on, wait a second. Let me just show you my own Insta-Inspired layout:
I coloured the rainbow rays onto patterned vellum with Copic markers and I love what came out.
All right, now you can go.