Making Memories that Pop
This summer we were lucky enough to get to take a week off of our hectic schedules and enjoy “the happiest place on earth” with our cousins, Keyyan and Karina Arshad and their kids. Not only are our cousins the coolest family to travel with, but they’re also Disneyland geeks.
They’re the good geeks who know how to work the Fast Passes so we could spend less time in line. They knew that making reservations at the Blue Bayou, though pricey, was worth it. And they literally had a itinerary for us a few days before we were to meet at our hotel. Here’s how Keyyan’s email started:
Avast mateys! Thar be a vacation commencing 4 days from hence…therefore ye best be keeping a watchful eye in this here itinerary, so as not to get lost at sea. Arr.
That was my best impression of a pirate’s voice, from Pirates of the Caribbean…which we will ride at least 3 times. Ha! In the words of another famous pirate, Peter Pan, “off we goooo!!”
Aren’t they great??
It was the first time we got the 4-day passes with Magic Morning. I didn’t event know what Magic Morning was before this trip! And we used to live in 45 minutes from Disneyland just three years ago. Were we living under a rock??
We really got to enjoy the time at both Disneyland and California Adventure by staying for a few days instead of breezing through in one day. Truly memorable!
Speaking of memories, of course I wanted to capture every moment of the trip. But carrying around my Nikkon was out of the question. I didn’t have a backpack big enough and didn’t want the extra weight of a camera to slow us down! So my iPhone was the only option.
I tried to get some special shots of the kids between the rides, shows, and exhibits. Most of the time my kids rolled their eyes at me and laughed at my selfies! Our cousins also loved to take pictures and I think they took more than me!
Now that summer is over and the kids go back to school this week, I’ve had a chance to try an iPhone app that I’d been looking forward to checking out. I wanted to see if I’d be able to do some fancy things with my pictures like adding a stunning filter or giving it the “depth of field” look.
Big Lens iPhone App
The app that I used is Big Lens, available in the iTunes store. It’s a mere $.99 so it doesn’t break the bank.
I was able to easily upload a picture and start editing right away. The secret to the app is to select an area (shaded red) that you want in the foreground so that the background will be blurred just enough to look like the photo foreground pops with a depth of field feature.
I noticed that I choose to edit a pretty tough picture to edit because the “auto” feature that selects the area to highlight wasn’t grabbing all the pixels that I wanted it to. So I had to carefully lasso and erase, lasso and erase, zoom in, and lasso and erase. Took extra time.
I did end up obsessing about getting the right edges enough to create a nice blurred background for the picture. And after adding a few filters, I succeeded in bringing out more vivid color in the photo.
This is the original photo.
I also wanted to show the aperture feature. The app pre-selects an aperture for you when you import a picture, but you can also edit it. I choose a more natural depth of field (F3.2), rather than one that makes the kids look like they’re sitting in front of a billowing cloud (F1.8).
It may have some uses, however, if you like your subjects to float in the picture. Ha.
The next images are the final product with all the chosen selections. I played around with the different filters that I thought would bring out the color and mood of the photo. Hope you like them! Which is your favorite?
I think I like the Lomo4 filter the best. It gives the picture the cool summertime feel with an edgy grunge look. Perfect for those kids.
This is the Vivid filter, it does bring out the color but not as edgy as the Lomo4.
I love this look! It doesn’t make the color pop, but it’s not supposed to. It’s kinda old fashioned and it makes for an interesting statement. It’s like the photo is faded, as if we took the photo many years ago, rather than just a few weeks ago. Nice appeal.
Thank you for spending a few minutes with me rambling on about the very cool Big Lens iPhone app. Fun to use…and makes you look like a pro, even if it’s your first time using the app!