My Favorite iOS Photo Apps

by Rick on October 12, 2014

in photography

width=335I am often asked about my favorite photo apps for iOS. It is actually very dynamic, but I though I would create a list of my top picks today. 
1. iOS ‘Photos’: Yes, the stock photo app is amazing in iOS8. If you have not done it, I would install iOS8 right away. This update brings  powerful editing to the Photos app, and with extensiblity, you can also use other amazing apps, without exiting Photos. 
2. Camera+: This app is not only a great tool for editing photos, it has a powerful built in Camera. It includes a lightbox, various filters, and more amazing tools. I have used it for a long time, and it is truely one of my favorites. 
Camera+ for iPhone by tap tap tap. There is also an iPad version: Camera+ for iPad.
If you are using the older version of Camera+, check out Jack Hollingsworth’s preview
3. Handy Photo: an extremely powerful photo editing app. You can remove objects, move objects, apply filters and so much more. There is a free and paid version. 
Handy Photo - Mobile photo editing suite by Adva-Soft
 4. layrs: using a mobile device does not mean you have to sacrifice layers. A great app! I love how this works. 
layrs by Artware, Inc.
5. Snapseed:I have used this less since they were acquired by Google, but it’s a great app for tweaking a photo. 
Snapseed by Google, Inc.

I could go on for a long time .. I have 88 photo apps on my iPhone. These 5 are my main go-to apps for photo editing. And don’t forget about , iOS extensions with photos. More on that in another post. 




Life unchained …

by Rick on June 20, 2014

in Life

Steve Jobs on living life:

When you grow up you tend to get told the world is the way it is and you’re life is just to live your life inside the world. Try not to bash into the walls too much. Try to have a nice family, have fun, save a little money.

That’s a very limited life. Life can be much broader once you discover one simple fact: Everything around you that you call life was made up by people that were no smarter than you and you can change it, you can influence it, you can build your own things that other people can use.

Once you learn that, you’ll never be the same again. 

Steve Jobs (Via PBS - Steve Jobs: One Last Thing documentary.)



by Rick on June 18, 2014

in Change,Leadership

One of my favorite Sir Richard Branson quotes: “You don’t learn to walk by following rules. You learn by doing, and by falling over.”

Rules, status quo .. don’t be afraid to challenge the status quo! 




“Even though browser-based search is a common behavior among mobile owners, search engines are not necessarily the first place smartphone and tablet users turn,” said Cathy Boyle, senior analyst for mobile at eMarketer. “The explosion of mobile app development and usage means mobile users have more—and more specialized—alternatives for finding information.” (

Ap based search is not new, but it is starting to take share from the big guys like Google.  Googles ad revenues are still growing, but their share is starting to shrink. 

How are the big guys responding? If you can’t beat them, join them. This is why Facebook adopted a mobile search strategy. its also the logic behind a ‘multiple app strategy’ (vs the single app approach). 

Where is that market share going? 

.. ecommerce sales apps like Amazon and contextual search apps like Shazam, all of which charge advertisers for search listings and are beginning to see gains in their mobile advertising revenues. What for sites like Yelp and Foursquare to also make significant gains in ad revenue. ( 

This is a great time to be in mobile. Social – Mobile – Location – Context!




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