Posted by Mary Andrews / July 28, 2011
FxCamera: Tim Went to the Market
...The Android Market that is. Tim and I both have different versions of Android phones. Long story short - I think we would have opted for the iPhone but have been Verizon Wireless customers and didn't want to wait to enter the wonderful world of the smartphone way back when. That being said, I love my droid and am not sure I could go back to not using a smartphone - funny how something I've lived my entire life without could seem so essential now.
In our world, Tim is the mobile expert and I like to think I'm the computer expert. So not surprisingly, Tim came home the other night and showed me a new photo app called FxCamera (forgive me if I am way behind the loop on this one). Basically, it applies retro filters on photos you take with your phone - works for both Android and iPhone. I'd been dying to get my hands on a droid version of Instagram, and hadn't found anything I liked that seemed to compare, so I was actually pretty impressed with the outcome of the FxCamera filters.
I've really only had time to play around with the Polaroid overlay and like how it seems pretty realistic to when you only had that one chance to get the photo right - if you took a blurry shot of the foreground it was too late. I'm a little more weary of using phone photos for anything other than personal use due to the quality of the image, but I'll admit something about these processed shots is pretty swell. I've actually been taking note of some popular Etsy sellers using Instagram/FxCamera type photos as their Etsy shop product images to evoke a nostalgic quality - so clever.
After snapping away over the past couple days we're not yet bored. Pictured above you'll find random snippets from our home and garden: vintage wire locker basket we use for kitchen storage, wildflowers my 2 1/2 year old niece picked, our latest garden yield of butternut squash, and the first two okra pods that have survived this Virginia heat wave - yes, we planted them late this season.
So tell me - are we totally missing out on Instagram without an iPhone? What other phone photography apps are you loving that we should know about? Are you also loving the processed retro look that's so in right now or are you already over it?