So you’ve gotten your new iPhone, at last. With its 5-megapixel camera, you finally committed to the decision to toss your point and shoot camera in the drawer and minimize your accessories a bit. Okay, so maybe you aren’t relying on your iPhone for all of your photo needs, but it doesn’t mean you can’t have fun with it. This article is going to guide you through several of the iPhone’s best and new photo apps for your pictures on the go.
Hipstamatic is a versatile vintage-style photo app that has been gaining quite a bit of popularity lately. Allowing you the creative control to snap colorful and aged looking photo’s nostalgic of the 1960’s and 70’s. The app features several options for changing out virtual lenses, flashes, and film to customize each of your photos the way you’d like them to look. It comes with a few free, but you can purchase even more photo theme packs for around a dollar each. The app itself is equipped with a cool vintage camera skin that provides the look of holding and looking through a retro camera. Hipstamatic saves your settings information with each photo you take, so that you can go back and recreate that look anytime. It also allows you to batch upload your images to Facebook to share with your friends.
Photoshop Mobile, free
Adobe’s free Photoshop app is a must have. It offers so many necessary features:
- Basics: Cropping, Rotating, and Straightening
- Color Correction: Exposure, Tint, Black and White, Saturation, Contrast
- Filters: Sketch, Soft Focus, Sharpen
- Effects: Vibrant, Border, Vignette Blur, Vintage
Other apps are charging 2 and 3 dollars for half of these features and bad interfaces. This app is very well put together and user friendly. At no cost, there’s no reason you shouldn’t pick this up.
Almost DSLR, $1.99
Almost DSLR (or aDSLR) comes in at $1.99. This is the photo app for you professional photographers out there looking to play on your phone. It comes equipped with such features as exposure control, white balance, tap focus control/lock, adjustable presets, and flash/torch control. aDSLR. With an easy to navigate interface, it’s an app worth checking out.
From the makers of Hipstamatic (Synthetic Corp), we have Incredibooth. Love photo booths and their film strip style images, but can never find one when the time is right? This is your answer right here. Incredibooth has a cool retro photo booth-style wood grain interface that’s very straight forward and easy to use. This is a fun app, producing the timed photo sequence photo strip that’s sure to take you back to your childhood.
Colorblast has a pretty self explanatory title. This app allows you to highlight selected areas of your photo with color. Your image will start out as black and white. Then you can click on a specific area of your image and pull that individual color back into the photo. Once the color is brought back, you can adjust its saturation, brightness, and even hue (allowing you to change it to other colors). After that, you can even bring some color back into your background with sepia effects (amongst others) and even bring saturation back in at any level with an adjustable saturation meter. This is a great app for those of you who have this feature on your point and shoot camera but are on the fence about making the transition.
TiltShift Generator, $0.99
Tilt-shift photography has been around for quite a while, but has recently gained mainstream popularity, once again. The technique here is using a well placed radial or linear blur around the main focus of your image to give the illusion of it being a toy or miniature object photographed very closely. It’s a very visually interesting effect and Art & Mobile’s TiltShift Generator, $0.99, for the iPhone does a wonderful job of digitally applying this look. It works best when shooting from up high with a lot to look at in the image such as city landscapes, looking down off of a building, and crowds.
MonotoriCamera is a shallow depth of field enthusiast’s dream. For $0.99, you just can’t pass it up. Simple to use with an easy touch focus area, this app provides a nice, gradual blur around whichever part of the image you choose to focus on. This allows the iPhone the ability to shoot photos with a natural looking depth that looks like they came from a professional DSLR camera.