Playing with Focus & Color

Playing with

I’m a firm believer that photo editing apps and programs should be used to enhance a photo, not to make a bad photo good.

That said, I have fun playing with photo editing apps on my iPhone. It’s fun to see what a few simple adjustments can do to an otherwise mediocre photo.

Original Photo


This is the original photo, taken on my iPhone 5 with no editing or filters. I saw potential in it due to the angle of the photo. When it comes to iPhone photography, composition is key.

Enhanced Focus & Color Levels


Here is an enhanced version of the photo. I used the Big Lens app to adjust the focus, and the Snapseed app to adjust the color levels and contrast.

Instagram Filters


When I upload photos to Instagram, I like to flip through the filters to see if anything appeals to me. In this case, I thought the Inkwell filter gave the photo an interesting vibe. (Also, I’m a sucker for black and white photography.)

What are your favorite photo editing apps for the iPhone?

Spring Decor: Fresh Flowers


I’ve never considered myself to be a flowers kind of girl. I think that they’re beautiful, but why spend money on something that’s just going to die?

But, I felt inspired by all of the beautiful photos that I’ve been seeing on Pinterest, Instagram, and Tumblr. So when I saw a little bouquet of daffodils for $1.49 at Trader Joe’s, I couldn’t resist picking them up.

Unfortunately, I’m terrible at keeping plants alive and flower arrangements looking fresh. Despite following several tips that I found online, the flowers started wilting the next day! Oh well…it was nice while it lasted.

Do you keep fresh flowers in your home?