Hashtag Hall of Fame: The Pixlr-o-matic "Sandy Bob" #mh_challenge
Cute kids. They make the photo world go ‘round. And who takes all those sweet photos of kids? A whole lot of moms. Dads do it, too. You’ll spot dads on the playground with a fancy dSLR and some wicked cool camera angles, but moms with smartphones probably take and share the lion’s share of kid pics.
Not surprisingly, you’ll find mom groups on Instagram who love capturing special moments with kids and sharing them, and we stumbled upon a hashtag this week that’s chugging along nicely representing daily and weekly photo challenges: the #mh_challenge hashtag created by @Mom_Hub.
Founded by Cheryl (@Momtothreegirls) and Danielle (@Darcadi), @Mom_Hub sponsors a daily challenge. But every week they have a larger challenge around editing photos. We’re thrilled to notice that this week the challenge is all about Pixlr-o-matic. They’re encouraging their community to vintage it up and use some very specific effects from the Pixlr-o-matic app. The image recipe they’re asking everyone to use when editing their photos is what they’re calling “Sandy Bob” — the “Bob” color filter combined with the “Sand” frame. This recipe ends up making something like this:
Of course, we absolutely love this challenge and wanted to spur them on with some extra encouragement and to help get the word out. Want to join in? It’s super easy. Check out this challenge announcement and #tag your Sandy Bob Instagram photos #mh_challenge47.
Thanks, moms, for making us part of your weekly challenge!
Valentine's Day Contest Wrap-Up: Honorable Mentions & Thank You Very Muches
We wrapped up our Valentine’s Day contest this past weekend. Like our past contests for Halloween and the holiday season, this one was also a big success. That tells us something: People like contests! Rest assured we’ll be running more contests in the future, and not just around holidays. It’s clear that people who use our apps like to be challenged to create new things, so we’re working on some new ideas for challenges we think people will love.
For this contest, we asked people to show us something they love about life. Anything, really. The winners were varied and included Mother Nature, books, full-time student-hood, new places, a wife, and a very cute doggie. We’d like to extend our congratulations to all the winners.
But we’d also like to thank all those other people who entered who didn’t win. When people take time out of their day and put their personal creativity toward making something for us — well, that really makes our month. We saw a very wide range of stuff people loved. A few standouts include images that were created to like Valentine’s Day cards or that had specific love-themed messages:
We also, of course, saw a lot of people, of the coupled and uncoupled type. We even saw a few of the please-someone-please-be-my-Valentine-already variety.
Some of our favorites were just plain fun things like a tiny snowman with a broken heart. Someone even loved Math!
All in all, this was an excellent contest that brought out a lot of creativity. Thank you to everyone who entered, and please keep a space on your calendar in the future for more creativity when we run our next contest!
We have a grand prize winner in our Valentine’s Day contest!
This lovely photo from MrsKBad on Flickr really grabbed our attention. First off, it’s a good photo of a big, dewy leaf. Second, it’s got that spirit of love we’ve been on the lookout for throughout this contest. We also appreciate the way MrsKBad uses our apps in a creative way. She’s used the Helena effect from the Creative effects pack in Pixlr Express. That swatch of color lines up nicely and looks attractive. She’s also used a Valentine’s Day sticker and added some text using a nice handwriting font. She even subtly included a trace of a lipstick sticker hidden in the details. And, she chose one of the very stylistic rounded corner borders. Those borders don’t always work with every image, but it works great here, especially in white.
All in all, this is an original photo that MrsKBad took some time to work up with effects, and we of course can get behind the spirit of loving Mother Nature. It wasn’t easy picking a winner because there truly were a ton of excellent photos shared for this contest.
We’re sending her the Instax Mini 90 Instant Camera and two packs of film to get started with. It’s a cute-as-heck camera that should be a lot of fun to play with. We’ll have a wrap-up post about this contest tomorrow, but we wanted to let those who were itching to know who won that we have our grand prize winner.
We have our fifth daily winner this week in our Valentine’s Day contest. We thought this was a truly great sentiment @oneblueangel shared about loving to travel and experience new things.
Well said. Whether you have a special someone this Valentine’s Day or not, you can probably get behind that sentiment. Heck, especially if you DON’T have anyone. Might as well get out there and find some new places and new faces.
For her prize, @oneblueangel chose a 12x12 CanvasPop print, which is always an excellent choice. Great prints and you can make it your own.
This isn’t the last prize we’re giving out, though. Everyone is still entered to win the Grand Prize, the Instax Mini 90 Instant Camera. You still have a few hours to enter, so get going! Deadline for entries is midnight tonight.
Sometimes when we look at the Pixlr on Flickr group we’ll see a photo we immediately recognize for its unique blur-heavy style. Yep, that’s kokorage. He makes some very beautiful stuff out of his photos. We tracked him down to learn a little bit more about him and the wonderful images he shares with us.
For Kai Rennert (aka kokorage on Flickr), photography is a hobby that he continuously experiments with, usually with his dSLR camera. From looking at his Flickr photostream, it’s clear he has a way with moody, blurred out, impressionistic scenes. He loves minimalism, monochrome images, abstractness, the city, nature, trees, and industry — to pick a few themes in his work.
We really love how he can take a photo and use blur in a pretty substantial way to remove all the detail but preserve a whole bunch of feeling.
He’s especially good at using effects to make some of his photos look like impressionistic paintings.
It’s clear that he likes to add a lot of atmosphere to these images, and he says he started doing all that on the computer, which was pretty time intensive. As a father and overall busy person, he found he didn’t always have time to edit images in a time-intensive way, but he’s since moved some of his workflow with editing images to his phone, which of course he can do almost anywhere in his spare time.
Kai told us his two tools of choice are Pixlr Express and Snapseed, which he often uses in combination. In our experience, nearly everyone who is a fan of photo apps has at least four or five of them on their phones at the ready, and we love to see the results of how these apps are combined.
Kai’s photos almost remind us of days past when we used to develop black-and-white photos in a darkroom. His images share some of the looks you might see from grainy, moody, high-speed 3200-speed film.
All these lovely photos are ultimately about how Kai deals with light and detail. Whether it’s dark and grainy and moody or bright and blurry, he takes and shares some lovely photos. He’s totally worth following!
Sohini Kumar loves reading. A lot. So do we, and we’re happy to crown her as today’s winner in our Valentine Day photo contest. We like the casual way she’s chilling out surrounded by all her books. Some great choices in that stack, Sohini. We’re huge Wodehouse fans (and of course Harry Potter fans).
She entered a number of nice photos in our contest this week from her Instagram feed, and we made a collage of some of our favorites from her entries.
Great job all around, Sohini. We’re sending the prize you chose, the Smartphone Film Scanner, to you in Bansberia, India. Like a lot of people (us included), we figure you have a box of old negatives gathering dust somewhere that will benefit from being digitized.
So far this week, we’ve seen winners who love dogs, their wife, being a student — what about you? What do you love? We still have one more every-day prize to give away and the grand prize for the best overall Valentine’s Day photo, so get those entries in.
We have another winner! Derek (@derkdork on Instagram) shows us what he loves — his wife. And to make his point even better, he uses a figurine of that gruff-but-loveable-sad-sack who also loved his wife in the Pixar movie Up, Carl Fredricksen. We don’t know about you, but we can’t make it one minute into the opening montage of that movie before the tears start dropping. Definitely the fastest movie cry in history.
For his thoughtful and sweet Valentine photo to his wife, we’re giving him the prize of his choice from pixlrlove.com, a CanvasPop 12x12 custom print. Nicely done, Derek. Go make something great to hang on the wall.
We’re breaking out the hankies as our contest gets closer to Valentine’s Day. We’ve seen some very touching entries, as well as some super fun and silly ones. We love all of them. Still more prizes to give out, so tag those photos #pixlrlove and show us what you love.
Make Your Own Valentine's Day Card Courtesy of the Pepper Design Blog
We stumbled on the Pepper Design Blog last year and ended up subscribing by email because Morgan always has something interesting to share. She made a few photo overlays for Christmas that were ready-made for Pixlr Editor, and this time around she has two for Valentine’s Day. These downloadable overlays are quite large, making them suitable for printing and making it easy for you to resize to fit your photo.
It’s an easy process. Just copy one of Morgan’s overlays into a landscape photo in Pixlr Editor. Use the free transform option in the Edit menu to resize that layer (remember to always hold down the shift key to keep your photo’s proportions as you resize), and voila — instant Valentine’s Day card. Add some text to personalize it with a special message. It’s incredibly easy and quite good-looking. We made one to show you how it’s done:
Check out Morgan’s post, and dig down into further instructions from her holiday overlays if you need a step-by-step tutorial. Great job, Morgan!
We have a second winner in our Valentine’s Day photo contest. Karyn Fuentes, who hails from Laredo, Texas, shares this fetching photo that shows us what she loves: being a full-time student.
Frankly, we’re a bit jealous. We remember those days fondly. Afternoons relaxing at the library with ten or twelve good books, evenings sipping coffee at a cafe and doodling in a notebook, late nights at our favorite watering hole. Hey, we didn’t say we were full-time studying when we were last full-time students. We were in college, after all. But we totally miss all that time devoted to soaking up new experiences.
In addition to the winner she shared on Flickr, Karyn has already shared a number of great photos with us for this contest, including this gem:
Over the weekend, she also showed us how she has a whole lotta love for Led Zeppelin:
So, naturally, we had to make our own photo response to her:
All of which is to say thank you, Karyn, for helping us have so much fun during this contest. We love seeing this kind of creativity from people using our apps. We’re sending you the The Poppy 3-D photo viewer, per your request. We’re so thrilled that someone is jumping in and trying that prize out. Looks like a totally neat thing to mess around with. We’re sending it from the Photojojo Store, which offers the option of making your package smell like fresh-baked cookies for only a dollar more. So, look for a sweet-smelling package to arrive on your doorstep.
Your turn, everybody else. Tag the things you love #pixlrlove to be entered to win a prize — or even the grand prize of a super-cool instant camera.
Happy Valentine's Day! We're Celebrating with a New Effects Pack and a Photo Contest
Love. It’s a four-letter word. And sort of hard for some of us to say. You know what’s easy? Saying it in a valentine. That’s what this upcoming week is all about — making it easier to say I love you.
You know what’s even easier? Saying it in a photo. We just added a brand-new Valentine’s Day pack for Pixlr Express that you can use to turn your photos into Valentine’s Day messages. It’s got borders, overlays, and some great stickers, including a few “I Love” stickers that will say it all for you.
You know what’s also really, really easy? Entering our #pixlrlove Valentine’s Day Photo Contest. We’re giving away prizes through Valentine’s Day, including one Grand Prize of an Instax Mini 90 Instant Camera to the best overall Valentine Day photo. All you have to do to enter is tag your photo #pixlrlove on Instagram, Twitter, Flickr, Tumblr, Pinterest, or Facebook.
What are we looking for? We want to see what you love. Things you love. People you love. Anything you love, whether it’s something monumental or mundane. Use that four-letter word and a Pixlr app to show us what you love about life. Here’s a few ideas to get you started:
Liked, Loved & Faved: Get Our Favorite Stuff in Your Email Inbox
We’re on a mission to find the most creative and beautiful stuff created with Pixlr apps, and we want to share what we find with you. Via e-mail.
That’s right, we’re rolling out a newsletter that we’ll be sending out about once per month. We might have more important messages to send you from time to time like announcing winners of a photo contest (or to announce a new photo contest), but our goal is to keep the emails to a minimum and only send you stuff we think you’ll really like. No hard sell. Just stuff created by our community of users that we like, love, and favorite — as well as the occasional tutorial or tip about neat stuff going on in the iPhoneography world.