Aviary, an intuitive feature rich photo editor.

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Aviary, an intuitive feature rich photo editor.

When July showed up this year those gray skies and showers continued. But I know, as a son of the Pacific Northwest, that real summer doesn’t actually begin until July 7th. It’s one of those secret insider things, but I was fooled. They're still oscillating over the area.

Why the weather talk? Well as one who roams the Puget Sound Region for work and play, I love taking photos. Yet, looking through my picture folders for May, June, and into July, I noticed most of the pics are a darkish broody bluish gray with lots of scenes through windows and raindrops.

Meanwhile, working on a few new workshops centered around productivity and getting things done in the field, I'm focusing (no pun intended) on camera apps. Often, I wait until I get home or back to the office to get photos ready for online. How old fashioned is that? I envy my friends who get it all done on their smartphones.

Super Heroes at The Comic Den, Renton, Washington.

The first photo app I played with that felt very intuitive and easy to use from the get go was Aviary. It’s rich with easy to use tools for all your basic (and beyond) needs. So far, I’m just using the free toolset, but you can add other effects by the pack (Grunge, Nostalgia, and ViewFinder) for only 99¢ each.

The effects are clean and precise and look intentional, not gimmicky. My favorites are the adjustment tools for cropping and sharpness, and the lighting tools for brightness, contrast, and saturation.

When you shoot under gray skies as much as I do, your work tends to lose a lot of background detail, and your field of depth is often flat. The 1st photo at the The Comic Den lacked sizzle and the reflection in the window from across the street was mirky and dull. I cropped it a little, then used the vivid effect, toned it down a little with saturation, then finished with the balance tool under Enhance. This really brought it together and the background came alive with depth.

The Seattle Public Library from Spring Street, Seattle, Washington.

The 2nd photo of the Seattle Public Library downtown was similar. It was flat and lacked detail. Aviary tools helped me to bring out the foreground and add detail to the background. I liked the reflection off the glass and the fact I can see through to the inside lights that become part of the composition with the window framing.

Wagon Wheel and Horse, Renton Western Wear, Renton, Washington.

This last photo is the front display window at Renton Western Wear. It was taken late in the day after the Farmers Market a little after 7:00 pm. I was in the shadows and the result was almost a dark sepia. I was impressed that I was able to get the colors of the wagon wheel and the brass horse balanced and it didn't take away any of the detail.

Aviary has a great little demo video on their site: Aviary Demo

The app is for iPhone, Android, and Windows Phone 7. It's a great addition to my toolbox, fun to use, and works seamlessly with my iPhone 4s camera. There’s a lot more, but I didn’t want to write a whitepaper today, just a quick review. Check it out, Aviary is an intuitive feature rich photo editor for mobile and web.

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Rene' thanks so much for the heads up about this new app. I just downloaded it and have spent the last 1/2 hr playing with it. I'm thrilled!! It does everything I've been looking for and some extras! Good call.

July 25, 2012 10:38 PM
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Hello, thanks for the information on your post! Please, join our group on LinkedIn, ‘REO Institute’. We share Real Estate information regarding market trends, Short Sales, BPOs, REOs, OREs, BOVs, ideas, Education/Training, and Commercial Education. We value you your comments, ideas, and opinions about the Real Estate Industry. Thanks, James

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July 26, 2012 08:52 AM
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Debbie: You bet, and thanks for stopping by!

Endre: I'm on a mission to replace some working habits. There's so much to do and so much to know! I've got to get more done in the field and Aviary is a welcome new app to my toolbox. Oh, by the way. When I first heard about it I almost went on by without taking a good look. I thought it had something to do with birds too... :O)

Gary: Thanks! The more I play with it the better I like it. And, editing on the smartphone is new to me. I'm loving the crop tool and the balance tool...

Thanks James... I'll head on over to Linkedin.

 

July 26, 2012 09:37 AM
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You make me so tempted to run out and get the iPhone 4S, but I'm trying to hang on until the 5, or whatever they decide to call it comes out. I would love to play with the Aviary app and try out the camera on the 4S, I know it's much better than the one in my old 3G.

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Since Pinterest has taken the web by storm, I have been noticing a lot more people mobile blogging. Meaning they are doing a lot more blogging directly from their phones and apps like this sure will help.

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I'm a teacher, artist, blogger and public speaker living in the Pacific Northwest. My passion is the evolving social media environment and how it is profoundly changing the way we do business.


As a certified clock hour instructor, I enjoy teaching new media marketing, social media, and emerging technologies to real estate professionals for the First American Title Real Estate School of Washington and Alaska.


I also enjoy teaching social media strategies for entrepreneurs and small business in the continuing education department at Bellevue College.


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