Thursday, September 7, 2017

Cool App Alert

Do you like to edit your photos? Do you use your phone to take pictures? If so, I stumbled across a photo editing app called Prisma that you might be interested in. Not sure if it's new. I'm not a big "techie" person by any stretch!

There's a ton of photo editing apps out there. I've tried a handful of them, and for the most part, they are fun for a day or two and then I quickly lose interest. Prisma is a little different in that it's held my interest for a couple weeks now, and I'm finding I'm actually creating some cool, usable photos. 

Prisma is free. I have an iPhone (6), but it is also available for use on android phones. There are about 40 filters to choose from when editing, including "Dreams", "Roy", "Red Head", "The Scream", etc. The process is hit or miss... you choose a photo from your phone to edit and start picking filters. Sometimes the end result looks very cool, other times it looks like junk.

The good:
- Lot's of filters to choose from (~40), and some are quite impressive.
- After the filter is applied, you can tap on the screen and slide the percentage you want applied (0-100%), which gives you some creative input into the process.
- It's free!

The bad:
- The biggest issue I have is the app crashes frequently. I read that the app has become so popular, the servers can't handle user demand.
- Like other photo apps, the file size of the completed image is small (usually around 400KB, although it varies from image to image). This limits what you can do with the image (medium to large prints will look crummy, etc).
- It's designed to be used only on a phone. It would be fun to have this software on my laptop so I could edit my DSLR photos.

Without further ado, here's a sample of some of my favorite photo edits using Prisma. These are totally random shots. Your results may vary!
For baseline purposes (since everyone is familiar with the iPhone screen), I took a screenshot and then edited within the Prisma app. Looks like I used the "Femme" filter on this.


My brother-in-law standing atop the Crown Prince Lookout, Joshua Tree National Park (I'll be posting on this hiking adventure soon).

Raven over Queen Valley Road, JTNP.

 My granddaughter Lilly enjoying a swim!

Lilly was getting tired after scurrying around the rocks at the Jumbo Rocks campground, JTNP. I used one of those little clip-on fisheye lenses for this shot, and then edited in Prisma.


 Lilly and I posing in front of an out-of-service cable car in San Francisco.

My wife checking out a desert homestead cabin in the middle of nowhere.

Some of the filters get too abstract (but don't forget, you can adjust the effect to any amount desired). This is a ocotillo plant in front of Hwy. 62, with blue sky and clouds overhead.

 Another totally random shot!

B&W version of Joshua Tree Laundry.

"The Arrow" (aka, Beatnik Lounge), a local landmark in Joshua Tree village.

 Lilly enjoying a rare S CA rain over the weekend. I think I used a filter called "Dancers in Pink" for this one.

Same photo, different filter. The app has 3 or 4 line drawing filters. The detail they provide is impressive.

So, bottom line, I would rate this app about 4 stars (on a 1 - 5 scale, with 5 being best). It does some very cool things, the filters are a lot of fun, and it's free! I just wish it wouldn't crash so often. Click here to read a review of Prisma by someone who actually knows what they are talking about!

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38 comments:

  1. We've just downloaded it and give it a thumbs up! So much fun and plenty of giggles and lots of great photos edited with Candy, Electric and Aviator!
    Thanks for sharing your edits too! My favourite is Lily underwater!
    Thanks for letting us know!

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  2. The images of the phone are too tiny for me, so I wouldn't edit on there. But I love what this app did for the cable car in San Fran, and your grand with the umbrella!

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  3. How interesting and fasancting are your photos. That leaves me out as I do not use cell phone.

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  4. Fun photos and editing on your iPhone ~ thanks for app info and examples ~ love the Grand Dad and Lilly photos ~ sweet ~ ^_^

    (A SHUTTERBUG EXPLORES)

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  5. Lily with her umbrella in the rain, swimming underwater or simply being anywhere is sure to be a sweet pic. :)

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  6. Your pictures reinforce the fact that the app isn't as important as the person who uses it! Good stuff.

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  7. Thanks for the post, Used Prisma app. Amazing pics. Greetings.

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  8. I find myself using the phone more and more to take photos. I have to check this out. Thanks.

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  9. Very cool shots! I think I'll download it and give it a try.

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  10. Very cool, I might be trying that one

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  11. very interesting indeed.I like all the images.

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  12. Some really cool, some gave me an eyeache! It would be a fun thing to do on a dreary winter day.

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  13. Hello, the app looks like fun! I enjoyed all the photos. My favorite is your granddaughter swimming and Dancers in Pink. The Joshua tree and Raven shot is great too. Happy Friday, enjoy your weekend!

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  14. Pete, Well, you've visited my blog enough to know that I love photo editing apps! I've heard of Prisma but have not used it. I have the iPhone 5s so we'll see how it does. I have an iPad but there's not an app for it at this time. Bummer! Anywho, I appreciate your sharing your newest discovery. The filters add an interesting effect to your photos. I can't wait to play with the app! Happy SWF!

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  15. I will check it out, it looks like some great effects!

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  16. I have a dumb phone so will not be able to tag along with you on these apps. I am able to get receive a call, send a call and take pictures that is it. Have fun with all these apps and go on a photography adventure. Why not? Take me along for the ride on your blog. I'll watch.

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  17. Very cool filters!
    Going to check it out.

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  18. I use Prisma a lot for Instagram posts. They add new filters every now and then. I love that it is free and so far no extra charges.

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  19. I see you had a lot of fun :) I bought a mobile phone only a month ago so I´m not used to it yet Don´t have any apps yet except for INSTAGRAM. Are you there? So far I don´t think I will do much on the phone, I´ll stick to the computers.

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  20. Looks all nice but if there is one thing I never do that is to photograph with my iPhone. Perhaps to old to learn a new trick.

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  21. I may try it out :)
    The photo of your granddaughter swimming is beautiful!

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  22. It sounds good, will have to see if we have one for android.

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  23. Very interesting! Thank you for sharing about this. I will have some fun with this app too! Your photos with editing effect are beautiful!

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  24. It definitely looks interesting, but I do all my photo editing on a PC.

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  25. All your work moves me! These ARE interesting

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  26. Beautiful and interesting pictures. I especially love the photo of Lilly in the rain.

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  27. In the 10 years of blogging and playing around with pictures, I have a whole list ! some of them have disappeared, others ask money now and then there are the free once. There is really a huge choice I lately tried "Luna Pictures" because I wanted to add rain on a picture !

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  28. Fun, fun, fun. I'm going to look it up. I love your examples. Great post!

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  29. I see you had fun with new app. Lilly is wonderful model.

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  30. Have to try this app out, loving the pictures! Thanks for the share, love checking out your blog!
    Gregg

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  31. The pictures are fun (especially the ones with the adorable model, but all are fascinating). I'm such a Luddite that I actually only use a camera to take pictures (and that even though I carry both my IPhone and my camera everywhere I go)...my purse would be lighter if I could use the cell phone, but I just have so many things to learn (and such limited learning power). I do use Picassa, also free, to edit my (camera) pictures -- mostly just straighten and crop and make mosaics. but I have played with some of the filters and it is fun.

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  32. Thanks Pete! I'm going to check the Prisma out!

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