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Mobile Photography Edit Flow with TouchRetouch

Interior view of Irving Farm Coffee Roasters

Interior view of Irving Farm Coffee Roasters

As I walked by this beautiful coffee shop in New York, I had to stop and check it out...they had benches outside the shop and large open windows out to the street. All the wood, the outstanding ceiling and those big windows really made this a warm and inviting place.

It was morning and I was in the process of trying out the new Moment Lens Wide and I wanted to capture this scene—so, I sat down. At first, I was just soaking it all in - loving the details of this place. I was also waiting for the woman in purple and pink to move (no offense ma'am, those colors just don't go with the scene). I realized after about 10 minutes that she had settled in, so I took the shot.

I remembered an app that Dan Rubin recommended called TouchRetouch for removing things from a scene. I figured I'd try it out for this image. Granted, this is kind of pushing the expectations one should have when it comes to mobile photo editing, but this app is pretty amazing...you can just 'brush away' what you want removed. 

...and (shown below) here is the final image as shared on Instagram. Sure, you can see a little weirdness in the lower right corner (which you may not notice if I hadn't said anything) where the patterns weren't completely recognized, but when the thing you are removing is surrounded with context, the app does an amazing job.


TouchRetouch is a revolutionary application that lets you remove unwanted content or objects from your photos, using just your finger and iPhone or iPod Touch. Mark the items you want taken out of the snapshot and hit ‘Go’. That’s all there is to it. Retouching photographs has never been so quick, easy and convenient.