Hello, everyone! Welcome to my blog/website, simply called It's Leander. This is my little home on the Internet, where I share my life, thoughts, experiences and all the things I love. Thank you for visiting my blog! Feel free to drop me a line and say 'hi'! - Much love, Leander

Aug 27 2014

I’m Vectorized

Posted by: Leander @ 1:31 AM - Filed in: iPhoneography - 1 Comment

I was trying to be creative with this new app that I discovered called VectorSnap! You can basically import any picture and automatically vectorize it with just a few taps. With your vectorized image you can edit it further with other iPhoneography apps. You can make nice little artsy vector creations, without using expensive illustration software.

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These two images was edited further with Phonto and Adobe Photoshop Touch. Fancy, fancy! I love it.

Aug 8 2014

Just call me Ledusa

Posted by: Leander @ 6:33 AM - Filed in: iPhoneography, Tech - 1 Comment

Oh, the things I do when I’m bored. I discovered this cool app in the iTunes AppStore called Epica and you can add awesome layers/masks on your pictures. I’m not Medusa, but you can call me Ledusa! Lame, I know! LOL.

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The app is available in the AppStore for free. There are plenty of free layers you can use, as well as purchase premium layers in the app.

I made a few more, but I love the Medusa one best. Another one turned out awesome, but it’s gruesome. I might post it later, tho.

Alrighty, this is Ledusa signing off! :)

Jul 16 2014

I’m Chromecasting

Posted by: Leander @ 9:30 PM - Filed in: Leander, Tech - No Comments

Hey, everyone!

Today is my final day of being 33 and I already got my little birthday present from my mom and dad today! I got the the Google Chromecast and I’m very happy with it.

I just plug it in one of the HDMI ports and I set it up through my WiFi and now I’m able to use my iPhone and iPad to stream Netflix and other goodies wireless to my TV. It is working like a charm and I love it!

Thank you, mom and dad!

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Jul 10 2014

Journaling is a must – Day One App

Posted by: Leander @ 3:35 AM - Filed in: Inspire, Tech - No Comments

Hello, everyone!

How are you all doing today? I hope everyone is doing great and well.

In one of my previous posts I mentioned that I keep a journal where I write down my thoughts, feelings and experiences in life. And I must say that keeping a journal is something that I highly recommend to anyone. It’s not only fun to keep track of your daily happenings, but it can also be very therapeutic. Especially when you’re struggling with feelings and emotions, journaling helps you to write it off of you.

I am keeping my own journal on my iPad. Now, it’s better to write it on with pen and paper, but these days, who got time for that, right?

On my iPad I use the brilliant and amazing app called Day One. It is currently only available on iOS devices.

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What I love about Day One is that I can sync my complete journal wirelessly on my other iOS devices, such as my iPhone or iPod Touch, but also on my Macbook Pro.

You can add a picture to your journal entry, get the current weather stats and save them in your entry and your Day One journal is totally private and for your eyes only, since you can setup a passcode that you can enter whenever you start the app.

I’ve used another app on my iPhone previously, called Momento, but they aren’t that good with providing updates. Momento doesn’t have the option to sync between devices and they don’t have an iPad version of the app. They have informed that they are working on an iPad version of the app, but it’s been roughly two years!

I am sticking to Day One. It’s easy to use, it has a clean interface and they update the app regularly by adding new features and such.

Day One is available in the iTunes AppStore for $6,99/€ 5,99 and it is well worth the money, in my opinion.

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Day One provides:

Superior writing experience
• Clean, distraction-free interface
• Quick entry window in menu bar (Mac version)
• Multi-Markdown text formatting
• Full screen mode
• Privacy passcode lock
• Photographic entries
• Command-line interface for power users

Context
Each Day One entry automatically tracks:
• Photo EXIF data
• Temperature and weather data
• Locations (GPS and Foursquare Places)
• Time and date
• Activity data – Motion and step count (iPhone 5s)
• Music playing (Displays music tracked in iOS app)

Encouragement
• Customized writing reminders
• Inspirational quotes and questions (Mac version)

Organization
• Search by keyword
• Create tags and #hashtags
• Star favorite entries
• Browse past entries by calendar, timeline, maps, and more

Sync and Backup
• Sync entries across all your Mac devices with Dropbox or iCloud (iOS sync with purchase of iOS app)
• Backup/PDF export (with date range and tag filters) and Printing
• Automated local backups

Sharing
• Tweet entries
• Check-in with Foursquare (iOS version)
• Email entries (PDF, HTML, or Plain Text)

Jan 12 2014

Creating soft pastel pictures with VSCO Cam

Posted by: Leander @ 4:33 AM - Filed in: iPhoneography - No Comments

Here’s a tutorial on how to create pastel toned pictures using my favorite photo editing app at the moment, called VSCO Cam! VSCO Cam is available for iOS and Android devices for FREE! With additional presets you can purchase.

I’m using a picture of a vintage camera. Here is the original picture and below is the picture with the final result.

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Before I start the tutorial, please be advised that it’s not possible to create soft pastel toned images on just any picture. It doesn’t work when there are a lot of dark areas in a picture. You wanna use a picture where good lighting is used. Nothing too over exposed or too dark.

I’m not really good at writing tutorials, so I will try to write it as clear and understandable as possible.

Just to be clear. This tutorial is based on editing the featured image above. Depending on the image you will use, you can play around with the settings to get the best results. For the result on the picture above, I used the VSCO Cam Street Etiquette preset SE1. The Street Etiquette preset bundle is available to download within VSCO Cam for FREE. Here’s the step by step process I had to go through using VSCO Cam.

1. Import the image in VSCO Cam

2. Select the Street Etiquette SE1 preset.

3. Tap on the wrench icon to edit your image with further adjustments.

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4. Select the Exposure setting and increase it with 4 dots.

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5. Select the Temperature setting and decrease it with 3 dots.

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6. Select the Contrast setting and increase it with 2 dots.

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7. Select the Tint setting and fully increase it with 6 dots.

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8. Select the Saturation setting and increase with 2 dots.

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9. Select the Highlights setting and choose orange on the left. Tap on it and you can adjust the intensity of the highlight. Increase it with 5 dots.

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10. Select the Shadows setting and choose purple on the left. Tap on it and and fully increase it with 12 dots.

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And voila! That’s all there is to it!

Again, these are just the steps that I used for the image showed above. You can try and play around with the VSCO Cam settings and change the exposure and saturation, until you have the results you feel is best. You could also try out different shadow and highlight tints. There is also a Fade option you can use. It’s ofcourse also depending on the image you’re using to edit. Some of these settings may not even be applicable.

I think the result is pretty good. At least it’s close to a pastel toned picture. What do you think?

Anyway, thank you for checking out this tutorial. If you have any other tips or suggestions with VSCO Cam, or maybe another app, feel free to post your comments/feedback below. I would also love to see your pastel creations, so if you have anything you want to show off, you can post the link in the comment. Thanks again, and I hope you enjoyed this tutorial. It’s not my strongest skill, but I hope you liked it. Ta-ta for now!