Holy Crop!

Prisma finally added the ability to crop your images in the app.

I’d say more but I cropped this post.

—–David

P.S. Maybe rotation will be next?

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I Can Haz Prisma Update? 

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Prisma on Android is up to date like its IOS sibling with a feature I CAN put my finger on. You can drag and drop your chosen styles into whatever order you want.

Just press, hold and drag to rearrange your favorites. This is in addition to the Store icon you see on the lower left, which lets you manage styles, add some new ones and “remove” ones you don’t want (essentially hiding them.) That’s been there for a while.

Still all free (though I have my suspicions there will be premium ones someday), the real app links are at http://prisma-ai.com (many spoof versions out there.)

Quibbles:

  •  Hey, I don’t miss the auto crop to square, but I would like to be able to crop in the app someday. 
  • In an earlier post about Prisma I mentioned (and then emailed Prisma support about) possible privacy issues in their social site, which forces you to enable location settings to post, so they can localize the feed. But they never got back to me about my questions of whether it then embedded the location info in the pictures themselves. Concern and caution but not yet a deal-breaker for me in the app, just still don’t use the social site.

But look, catz!

—–David

P.S. This is my accountant’s cat. It’s sweet but I’m allergic, so in lieu if petting it I told it I would make it internet famous. Well, we meowed at each other, I don’t speak fluent cat….

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I really do enjoy these silly styles. This one’s “Vivid,”one of the new ones, “Udnie” is the featured image, always one of my favorites. The one atop this page literally tells you what it is.

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Is A Picture Worth A Thousand Hours?

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Sometimes you just take a picture. It’s a snap. It takes a second and maybe you doubt even give out a lot of thought when you do it.

But does it reflect things you’ve learned and forgotten from the thousands of pictures you’ve taken before, whether loved or ignored? Is it an innate skill grown from casual talent?

Yes.

Can you be good without being born with “talent”?

Yes.

Because people that are good at something may have had so-called talent, but really that means they had a drive and curiosity and interest that led them to dedicate time toward playing with and learning and understanding  what they wanted to do.

So take a picture, it will last longer than you think. Even if you never look at it again.

—–David

P.S. So for everybody that takes selfies and that’s it, you will get really good at selfies, perhaps accidentally. Unfortunately, it’s hard to make a career out of them because although they are portraits, the self-portrait market doesn’t pay a lot.

Unless you have a sponsor.

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Android Catches Up On Prisma

Not only did the photo-into-painting Prisma app create a style for International Women’s Day (nice),

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… they have also already updated the Android app to match the Store feature just added on the iOS app.

I talked about that here in more detail. There are a few interface differences, and you have to add your desired styles on each device, but the feature set seems complete.

—– David

P.S. I wrote Prisma-ai.com support to ask about my location information concerns in their social section, but they haven’t gotten back to me.

P.P.S. Fiery Horse from one of the new styles in the store (sorry, forgot which one).

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What Does Prisma Have In Store For Us?

The iOS Prisma app (and presumably Android soon) now has a Store, represented by a tiny little storefront icon. Click on it to open the Store page and you will be greeted by a bunch of little icons.

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There are a bunch of new “styles” though to be fair they include a lot of color swap type filters rather than the more artistically textured ones I like. But there are texture tricks here as well, like “Bubbles”, “Stones” and “Crystal”, which offers sharp edges and a blue cast. All these “New Releases” are still free, although I don’t know if they will figure out a way to start charging for them — I can’t imagine in this day and age that they won’t, at least for certain premium ones.

Below that is a “Popular In Your Country” section, which is self-explanatory and jibes with the international feel but localized content Prisma is pushing, especially in their social site, which forces you to turn on geolocation features to populate your feed with people near you.

Under there are “All The Old Styles” in case you missed something.

But my favorite feature is actually under the ribbon at the top of the page.

It takes you to a “My Styles”section where you can manage the styles you see in the app when processing photos.


Even better, you can tap any of the icons to see a collection of photos processed with that style, which lets you learn how it looks in different situations. This means that you can, as I like to urge you, pick the best style for your photo, and in fact shoot photos with the style in mind.

But it doesn’t stop there. With this update you can remove styles that you don’t care to use. What if you remove one that you want back? At the top of this ribbon page you can manage your style collection, adding and removing styles from the complete list of those available.

As a very early adopter I can tell you that it doesn’t have the “Palmolive” style that it launched with, for example, so the advertising styles seem temporary and I don’t know if they get renamed and come back — so far it doesn’t look like it.

All in all a pretty cool update, although I will say that I do not see the styles I added to the list on my iPad showing up in my Android app yet. I would imagine that is because you cannot yet “manage” the list in Android (which has not been updated as I write this; it always lags behind), not because the styles are incompatible.

As always I will note there are many fake copies of this app out there. The one I use is available through Prisma-ai.com and is a universal free app. Don’t pay some scammer $10 for an iPad version.

.—– David

P.S. Can I say: I don’t feel insecure about giving Prisma my location info for the feed. My personal problem is that I do not like to take photos that I post publicly with location information embedded in them, and I do not know if allowing the app to see the info will in fact embed very specific coordinates in the image, or if it simply uses it to group my feed with the city I live in, and not, let’s say, center the map on my house.

I turn on location info when I’m on a trip because I don’t care about people knowing where I’ve been, but I don’t publicly advertise addresses where I sleep and work.

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Her Name Is Rio

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Prickly

And she really likes Duran Duran (my wife) so I thought the new Prisma style would be a nice fit.

Yes, those are tall, real saguaros, planted in a pattern outside a museum. One of the benefits of living in Arizona is seeing them around a bit. Though cactus needles are far from friendly.

Prisma is user-friendly though, so far. I mentioned earlier I wasn’t a fan of the misleading upload page that “encourages”you to sign up for their social service by not making it clear you don’t have to, at least on Android. The iOS app seems a little clearer but that may be because I use it on the iPad and the real estate makes it easier to decipher.

And my iPad is currently updating to the latest version of Prisma, which mentioned something about a “store” for styles, and I believe something about getting points for using their social site, so I hope they don’t muddy things up.

—–David

P.S. Now that it’s gone, I miss having a square Prisma output, sometimes. I prefer shooting in a non-square format but now there is no crop tool it all and I do like to edit.

P.P.S. My wife’s name is not actually Rio. She has infrequently danced upon sand.

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Advertising Pays The Bills

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I get it. Keep in mind if something is free but shouldn’t be, you might be the product. That doesn’t always mean shady, like this blog is free right? But we’re all trading for something: money, barter or attention.

Anyway, Prisma has a new style. It’s a free app from prisma-ai.com so how do they make money? This time it’s a style called “Servers.com”, alongside the Land Rover one. This one doesn’t force a logo, either.

But good for them. Prisma found a way to pay something for all their hard work and provide something of value to all us leechers for the price we like best.

Like the Palmolive one they had in the very beginning, which I liked, I bet these branded ones are available for a limited time only.

And someday I may put up an ad for something I like, I suppose my Amazon store kind of does that.

—-David

P.S. Dr Pepper? Canon? Adobe? Where are you?

​P.P.S. Prisma has like 44 styles now. Still trying to understand them all but I am getting a better idea of which ones will best match a photo with my intended result. Comic version below. I like the spots for water sparkles and because it was cold and it reminds me of frost. Plus you can see both dogs’ faces.

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Disco Lives!

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Never thought I’d have to write that headline. But the featured image today (repeated below) was processed with Prisma’s latest style, Disco. 

As always don’t get the fake ones, it’s available through prisma-ai.com and is a free universal app.

Above is Old-Fashioned which seemed fitting for this secure undisclosed location featuring old signs that do not even reflect its current use.

Also old-fashioned is this square format that the Android app still has while iOS has gone wide. Both apps now feature a Prisma social site I haven’t activated yet. (C’mon, I can barely feed what I have.)

Also the app demands that you turn on geolocation in order to post so it can create local feeds, which is great, but I don’t want to tag my photos with geolocation. I turn it on when on trips but off at home. Would be nice if they let you assign a city or zip code instead.

I thought I was just going to post a couple of photos today and not write anything on this post and on I go. Well off I go.

—–David

P.S. And I thought it looked nice with the Roland style. More like a painting than a filter, which is really the point of the app.

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P.P.S. Disco is dead. That’s where we started right? (I still have a Bee Gees 45 in my collection, alongside “Le Freak” though)

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Mixing Electricity In The Pool


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Resurfacing the pool is a great photo opportunity if you like standing at the bottom of a pool without having to hold your breath.

Oh, and still being able to breathe. Without gills.

—-David

P.P.S. And if you save it and reapply the same Prisma style again (Electric) …

P.P.S. So the iOS Prisma app gets updated first, then Android, which means my earlier post about being able to go widescreen doesn’t YET apply to the Android phone I took this one, and I sort of like the familiarity of the box but this one could have benefited from the height. Might do a pointless followup if I feel like copying the photo over to the iPad.

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Leaving NYC

From our summer visit, wishing it wasn’t time to leave. Such a photogenic city.

Another dive into a Google Photos Assistant video with a bit of customization. Just discovered they killed off the Themes, which I didn’t always love but did like having available.

https://vimeo.com/185766150
—–David

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