Are you looking forward to capturing amazing moments this holiday weekend? Why not capture moments to share forever with your personalized Mosaic photo album?
How does the Mosaic app work? It lets you gather up pictures from a vacation, party, barbecue, or other life event, and easily make a coffee table book of photos at a reasonable price. Once ordered, the finished product arrives in four days.
The app is incredibly easy to use. You simply touch a button that says Create a New Mosaic, then choose your Camera Roll, Photo Stream, or any other shared folder of photos. From there you need to select 20 photos — preferably from an event so all the photos fit a theme. As you select photos, a window opens up on the bottom that shows you your selections. If you would like to reorder the images, just touch and hold them as you would apps on the home screen, then touch and slide each photo into the order you want.
When you’re finished, the app presents you with a preview of your photo book, with a cut-out front cover that shows your photos in a mosaic on the first page. There’s a shuffle button at the top that will change the position of your selected photos on the mosaic. Using swipe gestures, you can flip through the book to look at each image the way it will show up in your hard copy. You have just one customization option here: you can select a black or white background for your photos.
When you’re satisfied with the photo order and background, you can touch a Place Order button and enter your information, address where you would like the book sent, and payment information. The service costs $20 plus tax and shipping and will arrive in four days. You’ll also receive push notifications for order status changes, such as when it is shipped and out for delivery.
I was able to order one and I like the end result. The book itself is made of a hard cardboard cover that feels substantial and the end result makes for an excellent gift or addition to your coffee table. Mosaic is a neat idea and I think the service is well worth the $20 for a simple way to make a quick and elegant photo book. Available for iPhone or Android devices today. For more information visit heymosaic.com
Everyone loves selfies and now brands are figuring out ways to reward us for our selfie addictions. Let’s face it—we all love cheese and we all take selfies, so why not get some cheddar for it? From now until August 11th Regal Cinemas and Tostitos are searching for the cheesiest selfie to crown THE ROYAL CHEESIE and fly them out to Hollywood for a VIP weekend. This is fun contest to show off your favorite cheesy selfie and score some movie freebies just in time for the weekend. Because we all know that movie concessions don’t come cheap and a cheesy selfie comes a dime a dozen, why not post your favorite selfie for a chance to win big?
How it works?
STEP 1: Submit your cheesiest selfie via Twitter or Instagram using #RegalCheesieEntry or by clicking the Submit a Cheesie button HERE.
STEP 2: Score a FREE Regal Nachos for completing your submission, (while supplies last).
STEP 3: Share your selfie with your friends and get them to vote for you.
STEP 4: The cheesiest selfie will be crowned The Royal Cheesie and win a Hollywood prize pack.
Going to the movies this weekend? Why not score some free bites compliments of Regal Cinemas? Just don’t forget to “Say Cheese!”
It’s clear that selfies are only as great as the length of your arm…. (see Ellen DeGeneres’ celeb-filled Oscar photo, a very limiting factor when taking a selfie is the length of your hand.)
That problem is resolved with S.E.L.F.I.E. or “The Self Enhancing Live Feed Image Engine,” a two-way mirror that automatically takes photos of you and posts them on Twitter. A project by digital agency iStrategyLabs, S.E.L.F.I.E. actually consists of a Mac mini hidden behind the 2-way-mirror, a web cam and LED lights embedded behind the mirror. Selfies are no longer limiting with the S.E.L.F.I.E. – check out how it works below.
The facial recognition software installed on the Mac recognizes you and initiates the photo-taking process; the LED lights indicate when the photo will be taken. After the “selfie” is taken, the software sticks your logo onto it and shares it to Twitter. Though the S.E.L.F.I.E. is just an experiment, you can contact iStrategyLabs if you want one for yourself. Would you snap a selfie using the S.E.L.F.I.E?
Instagram is hot and everyone knows it. Everyone loves selfies, filters, and great shots. We have begun amateur photographers. Well… maybe not. But, tech companies know the pull and popularity of Instagram and Apple if following its lead. Apple’s camera app gets a huge upgrade with its new frame, capture, share, and filter that have Instagram like features.
Apple’s Camera Will Have:
1. Filter Your Shots: Add filters similar to Instagram by tapping on the filter circles in the apps bottom-right corner (as shown below). Choose gradient shades from full color to grey tones.
2. Capture Your Shots In Different Modes: Apple’s camera app will have three modes for still pictures – standard, square frame, and panorama frame. Switching between photo modes is just a quick tap on the screen.
3. Frame Your Shots: A top and bottom black screen interface helps you frame your shots for better photographs.
4. Share Your Shots: The shared stream is Apple’s iCloud’s photo stream that includes sharing between devices via iCloud, creating collections, year groupings, and albums.
Here are a few screen shots of Apple’s camera app. Notice the similarities to Instagram and the omission of the Instagram share icon.
I’m looking forward to the new camera app. How about you? Do you think the new app will make your photo experience better?
Not to be outdone in the midst of the holiday rush, New York City’s chicest individuals paraded the streets this Christmas Eve in search of last-minute gifts and everyday errands, alike. Check out the haute holiday rush of last minute shopping in NYC below…
The Oversized Sweater (Lucy, NY)
Big sweaters with bright colors and crazy patterns aren’t just for satirical parties anymore. Follow Lucy’s example, shown here on the Lower East Side, and pair a busy sweater with an understated, neutral bottom and accessories in the same color to make a bold, but sartorial, statement this holiday season.
Contrast to Complement (Mizuki & Babu, Brooklyn)
Mizuki and Babu, a couple from Japan now living in Brooklyn, are a fashion statement of their own. By contrasting Babu’s patterns with Mizuki’s minimalist color scheme but bold textures and linking them with the simplest of accessories— a baseball cap— these two form their own bohemian rhapsody. Achieve a similar effect with your significant other by dressing in clashing palettes and choosing one common accessory to make the overall look cohesive.
The Statement Scarf (Kenda, Gainesville, Florida & Claudia, Italy)
The recent deep-freeze may force you to prioritize warmth over glamour, but a statement scarf, as worn here by Kerry (left) and Claudia (right) can add a punch of color to an otherwise-neutral ensemble and allow your personality to warm up the cold weather. Our favorites feature unexpected prints and rich colors.
Feminine Without Freezing (Kerry, Malibu)
Follow Kerry’s lead and layer soft, textured pieces over cold-weather staples like jeans in order to achieve a smart take on classic, feminine pieces. Vary up the color palette, mix up lengths and textures, and accessories intelligently to achieve a measured, yet eclectic aesthetic shown here.
If All Else Fails, Stay True (Leah & Stefan, Australia)
Leah and Stefan made the most of classic style to stand out this winter. If you aren’t one for style experimentation, but still want to have fun, stick to tailored pieces in classic cuts and styles but in unexpected colors (i.e. Leah’s bright yellow tights) to simultaneously pay homage to fashion tradition and take the world by surprise.
The day before Instagram announced changes to its terms of service, Flickr’s mobile app was ranked at around 175 in Apple’s overall iTunes app charts. Since that day, the application skyrocketed to #7, only three spots behind Instagram #4.
Were you worried about Instagram’s new terms of agreement? Have you already downloaded the new Flickr app?
Do you love photography or just enjoy taking pictures, but feel like pricey cameras are keeping professional-looking photos out of reach? Here are 3 key tips sure to make your holiday photos look top-notch without investing in expensive equipment.
1. Forget the Flash
Ever wonder why throwaway camera pictures have off-kilter coloring? Flash is your culprit!
Unless you’re shooting in the dark, forget it even exists. Keep your camera steady and try to shoot in early morning or early evening light to get the best natural shadows and highlights from your environment. Additionally, if your camera allows it, adjust shutter speed (a.k.a. ISO) to control the amount of light you’re letting in (higher ISO = more light = best for darker environments).
2. Learn The Rule of Thirds
NEVER put your subject in the center of the frame. Instead, picture your camera view as being divided into three sections, and keep your subject in either the left-hand or right-hand third. Also, remember the “halo” rule: make sure to leave space above and around the subject’s head so that they don’t look crammed into the shot.
3. Know Your Angles
America’s Next Top Model contestants aren’t the only ones who need to understand angles. An otherwise-boring shot can be instantly spruced up by changing your perspective.
Want to make your subject look more important and/or taller? Shoot from below. On the flipside, shooting from above can also make a subject look smaller, but slimmer, so a higher perspective might be the answer to soothing subjects with any worries, while also being fabulously spontaneous.
Do you have a unique photo tip to share? Let us know what you do to spruce up your special holiday photos.
From a startup to instant billionaires, the good folks at Instagram know a thing or two about photo sharing and with Instagram’s Android downloads already topping 5 million, it’s clear the photo-sharing app is hot (and not going anywhere, anytime soon)!