Combo Apps/Pinhole Camera & PicFX

Tonight’s blog is for an Instagramer name Bella Lucca and two guys name David Boyes and Ben Curious who made an app called PicFX. I know the blog was suppose to be about Orton Effect, but I’ll do that next week. This is an emergency blog for both of these people. I came across this app with this constant reposting of winning this new app called PicFX, so I bought it instead. I asked David if it was OK to blog about his new app and he was excited, so here we go…


Let’s talk about Pinhole Cameras first, where it came from. Pinhole camera are light tight containers, painted black on the inside, and have a micro millimeter hole drilled or punch through a piece of metal. You stick the metal on the inside of the container where the whole is punch or drilled in the front. You load a cut 35mm, 120mm, 4×5 sheet 5×7 sheet or 8×10 sheet of film in the container. Make sure to load your film in the darkroom or dark bag. You stick you film on the opposite side of where you hold is punch/drilled out. This method is still use to today. They make all sort of pinhole camera you can still order online. You can even watch how to make your own pinhole camera on You Tube. They also have this day coming up called Worldwide Pinhole Photographer Day. You can find out more when you click on the Worldwide Pinhole Photographer Day and find out more on Flickr. They have other group links and you can get more information about Pinhole Cameras.

Pinhole Camera

Bella Lucca told me she has this app but don’t know how to really use it. She wanted to know if I like and how to use the app. This app is great for posting picture on Instagram and Flickr. It sells $.99 cents at the App Store. This is app is really easy to use and a great addition to your collection of creativity.

This screen pops up after the app is loaded. You can see it’s pretty self explanatory. You can touch for “double exposure”, the flash, gallery to look at your pictures, film for different types and last “take picture”. The little black square is your view finder.


That is where all you pictures are stored after you take your shots. You can slide your finger up and down on the pictures to scroll through the gallery. The box with the arrow is where you share your photos. You can either Facebook, e-mail or go back to the main gallery screen. X=delete. The arrow button is to go back to the camera.


You can slide your finger up and down to change what type of film you want to use. There are three different types of film, Color Film (it can give you a patina vintage look sometimes), Ex. Color Film (gives your pictures a red light leak effect) and BW (black and White) Film. The circle arrow will take you back to the camera.

I took this picture with Color Film.

Then I processed this picture in PicFX, that will be the next part of the blog.

When you load this app this is the screen that will load. It’s a pretty easy app to use.

I loaded a picture I took this afternoon at my friend’s apartments. I also wanted to try out the new free lens on the Hipstamatic app. There is an update and a free Hipstpak too. You can see it has the same lay out when you want to post a pictures on Instagram. You move it up and down to try and fit the picture as best you can.

After you move to scale the fun part begins, you can edit your photo to your liking. You can slide left to right on what type of paper or texture you like. Then you can Stylize to how want your picture to look. It has a pretty good list to choose from.

I chose Rough Grunge for paper.

Warm for my Stylize. The slider on the side will make your photo really strong to originally when sliding downward. You can see how string you want the effect to look on your photo.

I try doing “Add Another” but it crashes a lot. So what I did instead was reload the photo to add more effects to it. By the way David is working on the crashing and is waiting for Apple to approve his update.

I added Blue Strike & Red Grunge to the same image.

This is my final image from using PicFX. You can pick up this app at the App Store for $1.99. This app has full potential of being in the top 10 and being one of the best editing apps. It’s new and has lots of room for improvements. Please let David know what he can do to improve the app, he’s asking everyone on Instagram for feedback and in the App Store. It’s really important to let him know the problems so he can fix them a.s.a.p.

Thanks for reading my blog and you can e-mail me at or follow me on Twitter, Tumblr and or Instagram @ashcroft54. You can also check out my group on Flickr Combo Apps. Next week will be about Orton Effect.

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5 Responses to Combo Apps/Pinhole Camera & PicFX

  1. emebadan says:

    Thanks Tina. I’ve got Pinhole and I don’t use it as much as I should. I’ve been seeing the PicFX posts too, thanks for the explaination…looks like that is going to be a must buy app.

  2. Lalygirl says:

    I love this app. It gives you a wonderful texture and frames.

  3. Lalygirl says:

    Tina. Have you tried using the pinhole app? Or making a pinhole camera to be used on iPhone ? Would love to see the results and use noir app in combination.

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