iPhone Photo Apps

June 21, 2010 § Leave a comment

Plastic Bullet for iPhone. Photo by Øystein Horgmo © All rights reserved.

There’s a lot of photo apps available for the iPhone. The best can squeeze amazing results out of the crappy camera. Here are my four favorites.

These first two are mainly photo editing apps. They let you take a photo or choose one from your photo library to edit.

Photoshop for the iPhone. Lets you do all the basic adjustments like exposure, contrast, saturation, crop and sharpen. Also has some effects and borders available. A few tweaks in here (I recommend exposure+sharpen) makes an iPhone shot look much better.

CAMERA+ ($0.99)
Camera+ offers shooting with a x5 digital zoom and a stabilizer that uses the accelerometer to sense movement. You can view shots and photos from the library on a “lightbox” inside the app and edit them before saving to Camera Roll. You can choose between a variety of preset scenes, effects, crops and borders, but you can not adjust the different settings. Lets you share photos on Facebook, Twitter and Flickr.

Edited with Photoshop Mobile. Photo by Øystein Horgmo © All rights reserved.

These last two are apps that emulate different lo-fi cameras like the Helga and Lomo. This can be done in Camera+ too, but the difference is that with Hipstamatic and Plastic Bullet, you have less control over the result, which can be quite fun.

Hipstamatic makes your iPhone look and sound like a cheap, analog, plastic camera. You can change lenses to get different looks, films for different borders and B&W and different flashes for color casts. You shoot with a small and not very accurate “viewfinder” and get square photos. I really love the look of some of the photos I’ve shot with Hipstamatic, and once you’ve learnt the different looks you can choose the best lens/film/flash combination for your motif. If you want to be surprised you can shake to randomize settings. Check out my article from the Hospitalis restaurant, where all the featured photos were shot with Hipstamatic. Lets you share photos on Facebook and Flickr.

A different approach to the same idea. With Plastic Bullet you shoot a normal photo (or choose one from your library) and the app generates 4 lo-fi analogue-looking versions of it. You can choose to save the one(s) you like. If you hit refresh, 4 more versions are generated. You can keep on hitting refresh for an infinite number of versions. The ones you don’t save are lost forever. Check out the top photo which I shot with this app.

Finally I’d like to recommend Nikon Learn & Explore (free). Not a photo app as such, but a nice collection of short, illustrated articles on photography and shooting techniques.

Hipstamatic, Kaimal Lens. Photo by Øystein Horgmo © All rights reserved.

Disclaimer: I’m not endorsed by any of these apps or developers in any way. The recommendations are made based solely on my own experiences.

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