Mextures 2.0: More Textures, More Formulas, More Features

Little textures grow up.

by Pu on April 13, 2014

Mextures has been for some time one of the apps I frequently use when I want images with mood but without overpowering processing. The app, whose simple and yet effective concept many iPhone photographers found appealing, was updated to version 2.0. The latest release brings to a new level the possibilities of the app, adding several new features and textures.

Mextures 2.0
Despite my appreciation for the app, I previously in many occasions I felt it needed badly advanced controls for image tuning, like basic contrast, exposure and saturation. Most of the times, the photo had to be adjusted in another app before being imported into it. This was especially bothersome since I do a lot of monochrome, which was impossible to achieve in-app in the previous versions. Mextures 2.0 comes with a mini-lab [click to continue…]

The Black Night of The Frugal Photographer

On how expressivity and specs often don't mix.

by Pu on March 16, 2014

Whenever I am asked, “Why did we reach this absurd, that photographers with expensive equipment decide to ditch it and just get a camera phone? Isn’t that supposed to be the other way round?” I feel my eyes rolling of their own accord. It’s not that I don’t understand why people are so attached to the “traditional” notion of “upgrading”, I just don’t get why it should matter so.

The eye-rolling is even more intense though when I see art galleries and specialized publications insisting on specs — analogue vs digital, megapixels, DPI and all that jazz. Even in this case, I understand that since they have to sell something to someone else, and sell it for good money, they don’t want to deal in supposedly defective goods. But is art about material perfection? Indeed, equipment and specs make a difference. Jackson Pollock used household paint and now his works are falling apart. But what would have happened if back in the days he went for the “right” paint instead? Perhaps he would have produced different art. Maybe his works would be better preserved, but we wouldn’t care all that much about them.

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Mobile Masters PROOF Call for Entries

February 14, 2014

All mobile artists and photographers are invited to take part in the upcoming Mobile Masters PROOF, a contest aimed at the promotion mobile photography as an art form and at assessing its most distinctive potential. Mobile Masters was born as one of the several projects of designer, author and photograher Dan Marcolina, also known for [...]

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Fragment Review

December 18, 2013

The makers of Tangent are giving iOS users their newest app, Fragment. Like Tangent, and even more than that, Fragment is an app conceived to transform pictures into something completely different from the original. I was kindly given a promo code to preview the app hours before the official release, and this is the result [...]

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Laminar Back to App Store

December 11, 2013

It’s not without some excitement that we aknowledge the recent return of Laminar after a long absence from the App Store. As many will remember, Laminar was withdrawn from the Store in late September for serious problems with iOS 7. At the time, no official statement or detailed explanation had been divulged by the developer, [...]

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Summer, Fall, Winter… And Winter Again

November 30, 2013

You’ll excuse me for the quote in the title. I once had a friend from South Korea. I met him in Iceland, while he was writing his second travel book. At first he didn’t bother to inform me, but he was a rather successful writer in his home country. In addition to writing, he was [...]

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All Jixipix Apps Now On Sale

November 28, 2013

As a Black Friday and Cyber Monday offer, all apps by JixiPix Software are on sale for a limited time. The current offer doesn’t only include apps for iOS devices, which are all dowloadable for the special price of $.99, but also the many Mac OS apps by the same developer. Most apps are available [...]

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Quick iPhone Tip: How to Turn Apps Ability to Access Photos Back On

November 27, 2013

I got this question in the mail and I thought I might give a public answer, in case anybody besides the person asking has the same problem: “Hello, I’m a new photo app user. I’ve downloaded some app for adding effects on my pictures and wanted to try them. I’ve been asked by one of [...]

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iPhone Photography Tutorials #7 – How To Turn One or More Photos into Minimal Illustrations

November 17, 2013

I was preparing another image for one of my series and for this purpose I was taking several pictures to choose from among those the ones I would need for it. However, as it often happens, at some point I took another path and I created something different from what I was planning. I like [...]

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How I Did It – iPhoneography Process Study #2 – Ego Death

November 14, 2013

The following is the fourth image in a series titled “Altered States”, which is something I am working on right now. The series is a cheeky challenge to the absurd perception we have of the dualism that sees altered consciousness and mental disorder opposed to the reassuring accepted set of notions we identify with normality. [...]

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