Printstagram 101

Hello, World.

Life has gotten the best of me lately, and I have hardly had time to stop and breathe and relax. However, this weekend I made time for relaxing because it was my mom’s birthday, so she and my dad came to visit. I spent a few days with them, got off campus, went shopping, and ate delicious food. The weekend was phenomenal, and I’m glad I had a few minutes of me time. When I got back to my residence hall after spending time with my parents, I really wasn’t in the mood to do homework, so I ended up decorating my walls. Being an RA this year, I ended up decorating the whole hall before I really took time to decorate the walls in my room. I ordered some posters and personal photos to hang, and I love the way my wall turned out. I wanted to share an awesome company with you that I used to print my photos! Since I’m a bit of Instagram junkie, I mainly wanted to print my Instagram photos, but I wasn’t sure where to go for square photos. One day while browsing different websites and inputing different searches, I came across Printstagram. That’s right, a site fully dedicated to bringing your Instagram photos to life. I was a little hesitant to order right away because I didn’t know if I wanted to spend the money, but ultimately I decided they really offered what I definitely wanted.

So how does it work? Well, you access Printstagram, and then a series of options will pop up (squares, photo strips, photo books, etc.) I chose ‘square prints’ because I planned to hang photos on the wall, and this seemed the most logical option. They have a ton of options within each major category, but I chose the simple 4×4 squares. The site simply accesses your Instagram account, and then you go through and manually select which photos you want printed, and you can specify how many of each you want. This makes the process quick, easy, and relatively painless. Once you finish selecting, you proceed to checkout where you enter all your billing and shipping information. Then you submit the order, and voila, your prints will be headed your way shortly. The one thing that I didn’t realize about the prints is that they do not have a glossy finish, but are matte. I ended up liking this better, but it’s something to be aware of. Anyway, when my photos came I was super excited, and eager to put them on my wall.
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IMG_4209I loved all the photos I printed, and was really pleased with the size! Once I figured out where I wanted all my photos to go in conjunction with my posters, I started hanging photos.
IMG_4218I’m so pleased with the simple, yet creative wall. I love the posters I picked, even though some are smaller than I anticipated. I’m planning to do a blog post in the coming days revealing my entire dorm room. I know it’s super delayed, but alas, I’ve been so busy, and I haven’t had time to dedicate the time I want to dedicate to this blog and the posts that appear here. Anyway, I love Printstagram! It’s a great site if you need square images printed, and they had a really fast turn around rate. I ordered them about a week before they showed up in my mailbox. Enjoy your night!

Truly,
Callie leigh

Favorite Photo Editing Apps

Hello, World.

Life is a wee bit crazy this week, given that it is midterms, but I wanted to take a quick study break to share my favorite photo editing apps with you. I typically have this weird fear that I’m going to over-edit my photos, so I usually only use one app per photo, but some apps are great tools for squaring photos and such.

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1) Afterlight. This app performs so many GREAT functions. There are tons of great filters, there are editing features such as brightness and contrast, and also the ability to make shapes out of your photos. This is the app I use most frequently, and I just really enjoy all the features it has to offer.

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2) VSCO. I don’t use this app a ton, but I still really like the features it offers. I usually use this app for photos of things other than people, though I have used it for photos of my friends and I in the past.

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3) ABM (A Beautiful Mess). Created by Elsie and Emma, this app has TONS of amazing features, such as a collage option, boarders, adorable doodles, text, phrases, etc. I use this app quite frequently because it gives a sort of “homemade” or personalized feel to photos.

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4) Waterlogue. This app is relatively new to me, but I think the general idea behind it is super awesome, and I try to use it when I find a cute photo that would look better as a water color. Oh, this app turns ordinary, modern photos into beautiful watercolor images. Probably should have started with that, but oh well (wink wink).

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5) Squaready. This app is super awesome for when people take a photo they love, but need it to be a square image for their Instagram posts. I’m kind of an Instagram junkie, so when I take a photo I love, then realize I forgot to take it with my square camera lens, I panic briefly, and then open this app.

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6) Lo-Mob. Essentially, this app has more great filters to choose from. I tend to choose the same afterlight and instagram filters, so having apps that offer some alternatives is always great.

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7) FxCamera. I love this app for filtering landscape images. It has tons of features, but the filters are my favorite. It also has the ability to change the find of camera lens you want to edit with. You know the people who take photos or selfies, and the photo is symmetric so there are two images that are mirrored? This app has that feature!

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8) PicLab HD. This has great fonts to add to your photos, and will help you replicate those awesome photos on Pinterest that have a good quote over them in elaborate font displays!

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9) PhotoWonder. I don’t use this app quite as much because I’m kind of a creature of habit, so unless I need a specific feature, I tend to use ABM, Instagram, and Afterlight most frequently, but I still like having this app as an option. This app has tons of features dealing with facial blemishes, and editing more geared toward portraits, so it’s a nice alternative to the apps that work best for landscapes.

What are your favorite photo editing apps?

Truly,
Callie leigh