PHOTOFY HAS COOL PHOTO EFFECTS

“Photofy” is a free app with lots of cool effects, frames for your photos and the ability to add captions. However, most of the design elements cost $3 per album, with each album having thousands of designs in it. Some of the sample graphics we saw were so good they could be used as ads.

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CAMERA AWESOME

“Camera Awesome” is a $3 app that is now available for Android, after 20 million downloads for iPhone. Use it instead of your phone’s camera app to take a panorama, a burst of action photos, or an image-stabilized picture. The editing mode improves your pictures with over 100 artistic effects, including an “Awesomize” button, and makes them easier to share.

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SEND A VIDEO TO YOUR TV

AirCastLive lets you take a video or photo that shows up immediately on your friend’s TV. The catch: Both of you must be using either a Roku player or the Google TV set-top box. These devices are useful for watching Netflix, Hulu, or Amazon movies anaircastlived TV shows, so you may want one anyway. Roku streaming boxes are $50. This fall, Roku is coming out with its own TV set. It will connect to standard cable boxes, but won’t require a Roku player.

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NEWSPAPER PHOTOGRAPHY APPS

A lot of newspapers and magazines maintain public photo archives and nearly all of them are free. Recently, the Chicago Tribune” released its crime photo archive of “Gangsters and Grifters:” Al Capone and friends on the street and in the lineup. (They also spent a lot of time in Hot Springs, Ark.)

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NICE PICTURES AND A BIT MORE

Here’s a trick many people don’t seem to know about: You can have a new beautiful picture on your computer every day, and it’s free for Windows users.

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FREE PHOTOGRAPHY TIPS

PixelPerfexion.net is a free photography site with lots of good tips from a professional photographer.

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INTERNUTS: PHOTOS OF AMERICA IN 1900

NetHugs.com has 101 photos of America at the turn of the last century. Search on “America 1870 to 1920.” Interesting.

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BEYOND PHOTOSHOP

“ColorStrokes,” a $5 app for Mac users, has been the most popular “color splash” app for two years in a row. If like us, you’ve never heard of a color splash app, stay tuned, because they’re interesting.

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POINT, SHOOT AND SHARE

Phone photos are easy to share: just hand the phone to someone or tap the share button to send it somewhere. But how do you get the photos from a regular camera into a cell phone, so they can be easily shared? Well now there’s an easy to do that.

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VIDEO CONTEST

Nikon is offering $17,000 worth of equipment to the creator of the best video.

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