Friday, April 11, 2014

Mustbin--An App for Organizing All of Life's Important Information


By Kristina Rust

Disclosure:  I was compensated for my time to write this post.  All the opinions expressed are my own and are not influenced in any way. 




A year ago my car was broken into at my son's soccer game and my purse was stolen.  It wasn't until then that I realized how important it is to keep a record of all of the contents in my wallet.  Having that information would have made canceling credit cards as well as getting replacement cards for the library, health insurance, etc. so much easier.

Now with the Mustbin iPhone app, you can easily save all of this important information as well as other valuable documents such as home deeds, insurance policies, car titles, birth certificates, passport information, in an organized way, encrypted in the cloud.

And if you are wondering whether the folks at Mustbin can have access to your info, they can't.  Mustbin uses "Bincryption" technology on every file during the cloud sync so even they can't look at your documents.

I have to admit, that while I have all these documents in files located in my file cabinet I don't have a back up system.  What would happen if we had a fire or flood?  That information could be easily lost. And really until I heard of Mustbin, I hadn't really thought of having an off-site back up system.

So now, I am going to take the time to organize and record all of my vital information using Mustbin. Here is a brief overview of how it works:

After creating an account and security code, you will see a screen of a variety of different bins.  You can make any that you like but it comes with commonly used bins already in place like:  Wallet, Photos, Home, Finance & Investment, Health & Medical, Vehicle, Accounts & Passwords;



For each bin, you upload photos of the contents that fit that category as well as any necessary information associated with that item. i.e for credit cards you would add account number, pin, and expiration date (although I found that a bit repetitive since I just took a photo of all that information).

The app also provides a Guide (which handholds you through the process), Documents (which lets you see a laundry list of everything in a particular bin) and Actions (which lets you share your information as well as walk you through what to do in a crisis such as losing your wallet).

Here is an example of the prompts for capturing the contents of your wallet.






Another use for Mustbin is to share photos privately.  If you are a professional photographer who is not using a photo hosting site to privately share images with your clients, Mustbin is an option to consider.  It allows you to securely share images with your clients and they can give you feedback by  commenting and liking images. Although the challenge here is that in order to share your photos from you DSLR, you need to upload them to your computer and then sync them to your phone.  I can't see using Mustbin in this way because of the extra step of transferring photos.

Although, for amateur photographers who are wanting to share images with family safely and securely (and they don't want to post them on social networks for everyone to see) Mustbin is a good option (specially for sharing a gallery of iPhone photos..no extra syncing step necessary).

At this point, Mustbin is only available for iPhone users who have the IOS7 system.  There is not an Android or web-based version.  I'd love to see a web based version for easily sharing photos directly from my computer.

For those of you who have been thinking about organizing all of your important information and storing it somewhere off site, this is definitely an app worth trying out....plus it is free and you get 4 GB of storage at no charge. You earn extra storage space (another 4GB) by inviting friends to Mustbin.  


In addition to writing about photography tips and tricks here at Moms Who Click, you can also find me musing about my latest photography projects and client work on my website Kristina Rust PhotographyFacebook Page and Google+.

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

PicTapGo- A Favorite iPhone App & Giveaway

by: Kristina Rust Photography

We have told you about PicTapGo ($1..99 app) before but felt it was time to remind you once again about this awesome app.  It truly is one of my go to mobile phone photo editing apps.  

I have been a fan of this app since it first came out and love how I can polish my images using the very simple interface.  PicTapGo, allows you to layer filters, save recipes, and develop your own unique style. You just choose your photo (Pic), tap the various filters (Tap) and then save it to your camera roll or share to your favorite social media sites (Go).  It really is that simple!  

Pic:

Tap:

Go:

And here are a few more examples:

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After:

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After:

As you can see, your editing options are endless using this awesome app.  And what I love best, is that with one app I can quickly spruce up my photos and share them (I'm an Instagram junkie...you can find me here). 


Interested in trying it out?  We are giving away 5 downloads.  To enter, LIKE PicTapGo's Facebook Page and leave a comment below (with your email) letting us know that you did.  We will randomly pick 5 names using Random.org on April 21st.


In addition to writing about photography tips and tricks here at Moms Who Click, you can also find me musing about my latest photography projects and client work on my website Kristina Rust PhotographyFacebook Page and Google+.




Friday, April 4, 2014

Lensbaby for iPhone-Kickstarter Campaign


 by: Kristina Rust Photography

I have a Lensbaby Composer Pro and love it (I wrote about it a year ago here).  It is such a fun lens and really allows me to push my creative boundaries.  So when I heard that Lensbaby started a Kickstarter Campaign for an iPhone version, I had to check it out (and share the info with you!).

Lensbaby launched a Kickstarter Campaign this week in response to the many request they have received over the years to develop a version of the lens for mobile phones.  They know how much we all love using our mobile phones to capture our everyday lives. 

Kickstarter backers can purchase this lens for $50 (which is $20 less than what it will retail once it goes to market). And like all their products it will come with a 30 day money back guarantee.

So if you are a fan of Lensbaby or have been wanting to "see in a new way", do check out their Kickstarter Campaign.



In addition to writing about photography tips and tricks here at Moms Who Click, you can also find me musing about my latest photography projects and client work on my website Kristina Rust PhotographyFacebook Page and Google+.

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Artifact Uprising--A Great Way to Print Your Photos (Plus a 10% off Code)

By Kristina Rust Photography

I know I probably sound like a broken record, but this is the year that I am going to print more photos!  Yes, all of those lovely images (well maybe not all but some) I've been capturing on my iPhone and DSLR are going to actually be printed in one way, shape or form.  
Since my walls are getting pretty full, I've decided that I am going to print more photo books.  And my latest printing love is Artifact Uprising.  Artifact Uprising is a cool printing company based in San Francisco  that allows you to easily create gorgeous books directly from your Instagram feed.   Artifact Uprising is not just limited to IG photos, you can also upload photos from your computer and create all kinds of awesome books, postcards, calendars and more but I’ll save that for another post. 
What I want to share today is how easy it is to create a cute soft cover book of some of you favorite Instagram photos.  All you have to do is visit Artifact Uprising, choose a design and link your Instagram feed. Your photos will be pulled into their interface and you can drag and drop your images into a variety of page layouts.
Here is an example of a book I recently made it took me about 15 minutes and cost $28.00 (a 40 page book starts at $16.99….I had extra pages and this also included shipping).  I love the book and the fact that I have actually done something with these iPhone images.  If you are interested in checking them out you can save 10% on your order using this link: http://curebit.com/x/KzIFzL.

Next on my list is to make one of their postcard packs.  I’ll let you know how they turn out.  In the meantime, if you do make a book of your own, I’d love to see it!  Or if you have any suggestions on how to unleash those photos from your iPhone, let me know!
In addition to writing about photography tips and tricks here at Moms Who Click, you can also find me musing about my latest photography projects and client work on my website Kristina Rust PhotographyFacebook Page and Google+.