How to be an iPhoneographer: Using FX Photo Studio

A number of the top iPhoneography app developers have also produced desktop apps. These include Snapseed, CameraBag 2, and FX Photo Studio. While the ability to edit and share on the go is a key elements of iPhonegraphy, it is nice to sit on the couch on a Saturday afternoon and edit on a bigger screen (with Airplay Mirroring on Apple TV I actually edit on my TV).

I recently downloaded FX Photo Studio. FX Photo Studio has an incredibly high number of preset effects, each of which can be further modified. This gives the iPhoneographer an endless number of options when it comes to processing your images. (Side note: To the extent you use a camera other than your iPhone – I know, I can’t imagine it either – you can obviously import those photos to this software as well).

From my perspective, on of the key advantages of FX Photo Studio is the ease of use. The screenshot below is what you see when you first import a photo. There is a gallery at the bottom of the screen which applies each of the 170 presets to your image. In terms of quick editing it does not get much better than this. All you do is scroll left to right on the gallery. You can use this functionality to quickly see where you want to head with a given image.

To facilitate this post I used a relatively unimpressive image of the beach in Hilton Head, SC. My goal was to give it an aged look and clean up the  edges (there was a random arm on the left side of the image).

My first step was to scroll through the presets.

While I liked the vignette effect on this preset it was not quite what I had in mind. So I scrolled away:

I liked the vintage preset quite a bit but thought the photo needed more greens & reds. Not to worry, FX Photo Studio has that covered as well.

I tweaked this image a bit by increasing the saturation utilizing the editing bar on the right side of the screen (it felt a bit dark and I wanted the image to feel washed out).

Finally, a nice border would round this this image out. I clicked the “Frames” button and selected

Thus we arrive at the final product. It took me about 2.5 minutes to get this image to this state. As I mentioned above, there nothing very impressive about the shot itself but the final product clearly demonstrates the versatility of FX Photo Studio.


9 thoughts on “How to be an iPhoneographer: Using FX Photo Studio

  1. Great post, Paul, love the step by step walk through of the process and the app. I visited the FX Photo Studio site; definitely something to consider for my iPad. I’m planning to travel with it in another month and would love to do some photo editing without dragging my laptop along.

  2. One of the first photo editing apps I bought, my friend was posting photos with cool effects, I asked here how, this was her app… my “gateway app” to my iPhoneography passion!

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