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My 5 favorite iPhone photography apps! | From where I stand...

Hey kids.

Well I managed to find time to post an entry this week, thanks for your patience, I hope you like it!

As I mentioned in my previous post, I have finally joined the ranks of the technically advanced and picked up and iPhone 3Gs.

For this week’s post I will be reviewing my favorite photography related apps so far.

#1 – Hipstamatic $1.99

This app is basically an all in one camera emulator. With the limitations of the camera in the 3Gs using it for photos is a perfect opportunity to do something a little (or a lot) different. This is where this app excels.

The app allows you change different parameters of the “soft-camera” such as film type, lens, and even flash! (just to be clear is does not provide you with a physical flash unit for the iPhone but instead makes an educated guess at how the chosen flash would affect the image, it’s not perfect but it sure is fun!)

Be sure to check out “The Big Hipstamatic Show” this is a theme based contest that the developers put on. Users can enter their best images taken using the app for a chance to win prizes. You can also upload your photos to flickr and facebook as well as email them.

Here are some images that I have posted on my flikr account taken with the Hisptamatic app:

Claddagh Ring
Kaylee
Toilet Paper?
Diet Coke can

As you can see, there are many different combination’s you can use to get a range of image effects.

#2 – TiltShiftGen $0.99

This app is basically a depth of field emulator that allows you to control the area of your image that is in focus similar to a tilt shift lens. You can choose from a circular or linear blur and adjust the intensity of the blur as well.

It also has some other neat built in effects. The color tab allows you to adjust saturation, brightness and contrast and there is a vignette tab as well that does an excellent job of creating that look.

Here are some pics that I have taken using the TiltShiftGen app:

Starbucks Mocha Toffee Nut Latte

Pancakes

#3 – Best Camera $2.99

World renowned photographer Chase Jarvis developed this app in support of his book The Best Camera Is The One That’s With You.

It is a set of 14 effect filters that can be combined for a multitude of different looks. These include Jewel, Paris, Slate, Candy, Lighten, Darken, Fade, Contrast, Warm, Cool, Desaturate, Vignette, Square, and Border.

While the filters are fun to use, the real jewel of this app is the built in sharing function. From within the app you can email, export to you camera roll, upload your photo to the major sharing sites such as Facebook, Flickr and Twitter, as well as the dedicated “The Best Camera” site.

Apps like this really serve to promote the creativity that comes along with using the iPhone camera, way to go Chase!.

#4 – Toonpaint $1.99

This app is just plain fun! While the concept is not new, using this app on a touch device such as the iPhone really enhances the experience.

Here are some pics from the Toonpaint app:

Toonpaint Coke can

Toonpaint Bic

#5 – Photoshop Mobile $FREE

I tried this app on suggestion from another photographer and I was not disappointed.

PS Mobile (for short) offers a healthy set of editing tools and effects. They may seem basic but the folks who put this app together it seems really wanted to try and offer a complete set of tools for the iPhone.

Here is a list of what is included:

Tools: Crop, Straighten, Rotate, Flip.

Adjustments: Exposure, Saturation, Tint, Black & White, Contrast.

Filters: Sketch, Soft Focus, Sharpen.

Effects: Vibrant, Pop, Vignette Blur, Warm Vintage, Rainbow, White Glow, Sift Black & White.

Borders: Rectangle, Rounded, Oval, Soft Edge, Vignette, Rough Edge, Halftone, Film Emulsion.

This app also allows you to upload your pics to either Facebook or Twitpic.

Just for fun!

These apps may not be specifically photography related but are ones that I find myself using often either because of convenience or fun.

Sketchbook – As the name suggests this is a free hand drawing app, loads of fun and many features.

Autostitch – A panoramic stiching tool. I haven’t used this one a great deal but from what I have seen it works very well.

LEGO Photo – Trust me just try it!

Magic Hour - Special thanks to Martin Bailey for turning me on to this one! This app tells you when sunrise, sunset, civil twilight, etc. will occur for any area in the world.

That’s all folks!

That’s it for this week, I hope you will check out these apps and enjoy them a much as I have.

Thanks for reading!

SJR

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2 Responses to My 5 favorite iPhone photography apps!

  1. Mary Lou & Pierre Dalaire says:

    Those are very effective…I like emmm….

  2. Nick Bicanic says:

    Even here in Portugal I am anxious about your next post lol.

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