Review: Camera+ Pro for iPhone
Have you heard about Camera+ Pro yet? Best App Awards ranked it as the 2nd Best Photo App in 2011, so if you haven’t tried it, you should. Made by Global Delight Technologies and at just $1.99, it has lots of features not found in your standard mobile phone photography app. If you want to give it a test run, try the free version first. You won’t get all the bells and whistles, but it will give you an idea of how it performs.
Pros: There are two things I really like about this app: the Touch Exposure and Focus and the Grid feature. The app lets you set your focus and exposure separately! That kind of control really lets you experiment and get creative. The Grid setting puts a grid over the image while you’re shooting – no more crooked pics! Just line everything up and click. It also has some of the more standard, but useful, features like a stabilizer, timer, and burst shots. Oh, and it also has 6x digital zoom!
Cons: The Exposure and Focus settings are great, but the touch thing can take some getting used to. To set the exposure you have to touch the screen with a second finger while you’re focusing. So it’s not a real useful setting for something that’s happening fast that you want to get a shot of. I’d start practicing with it for still subjects like buildings and trees until you get the hang of it so you don’t get frustrated. Also, it doesn’t have video, so you have to go back to the default camera to take video.
Bottom line: World’s 2nd best mobile photography app. Only $1.99. You probably have that much change in your car, and it’s worth much more than the price. A must-try app.
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Review: Instagram for iPhone
Instagram is a free app for iPhone (and iPad, iPod Touch) that features some really cool filters and lets you easily share your mobile phone photography through the usual social media outlets (Facebook, Twitter, Flickr, Tumblr, Posterous, Foursquare) and also Instagram’s own sharing network.
Pros: The filters are awesome. You just take a pic from your iPhone or use a shot from your existing camera roll. The 12 filters show up at the bottom of the screen and you just touch to apply. You can make some otherwise ordinary photos look amazing. My favorite is the toy-camera effect. I’m also really enjoying the Instagram sharing site. Like some kind of cool blend of Facebook and Flickr, it feeds images of users you “follow” right to your mobile. You can comment or “like” a photo, but it’s not chat-heavy. Connecting with Foursquare also lets you geotag your pics. Every feature of this app is easy to use.
Cons: The older version can be a little slow, so get the latest updated version. It does take your photos and automatically crop them into a square (like the old Polaroids) and compress them for sharing. You can save the original, of course, but all photos you share will be altered this way. It’s fine as long as you’re on board with the whole thing, but if you want total control over how the photo looks, you’ll get fed up fast. Another con: it’s for iphoneography only! Android users will have to wait (and be jealous).
Bottom line: Instagram is fun. Lots of fun. If you want to adjust all the settings for super-professional pics, this isn’t the app for you. But if you like play with your pictures for creative effect, and then share them with people, you’ll love Instagram! It’s a free mobile photography app, so there’s nothing to lose by trying it.
See my other post on this here: http://mobilephonephotography.net/what-makes-instagram-special/
Review: Photosynth for iPhone
If you’re into iphoneography and don’t know about synth yet, you’re in for a treat! The details of how it works are kind of complicated, but basically, it’s the next step in panoramic photos. A panoramic photo makes you feel like you’re right there in the scene, but it’s not truly 3-D. Synth photos create a pretty realistic 3-D experience because it captures the angles of objects. The technology was developed by Microsoft (so you know it’s good). Photosynth for iphoneography lets you take both panorama shots and synth shots.
Pros: Do I need to say it again? 3-D photos! Just think of all the uses! Photos of your art from all angles. Trying to sell your house? Let viewers feel like they’re walking through it. Even shots of your kids playing in the park would be incredible in 3-D. The regular panoramic pics taken with this app are great, too. In fact, Photosynth is considered one of the best apps for panoramic mobile phone photography.
Cons: The synth aspect is really for the hard-core iphoneographer. The casual mobile phone photography hobbyist doesn’t usually take hundreds of photos of the same 360 degree location, which you need to do for a good synth. Also, you need to download the software from Photosynth’s web site and use the program to create the synth. It’s easy to use, but it’s not an instant click, push a button, and get 3D kind of thing. One more con – there’s no Mac version. Yet.
Bottom line: This is some super cutting-edge technology, and it’s totally free. If you’re really into the latest, greatest thing, and you’re willing to put in the time, Photosynth is a winner.
Even if you just want some high-quality mobile photography panoramic shots and choose to skip the synth tech, this is an app worth having.
Review: Adobe Photoshop Express
Who doesn’t love Adobe Photoshop? Adobe Photoshop Express is a pared-down version of Photoshop geared directly for mobile phone photography! Just edit your photos right from your phone. You can also share your edited pictures to family and friends with just one tap. This app is also free!
Pros: It’s easy to use, even for rookies. You do not have to be familiar with Photoshop to figure it out. One thing I really like about it is that it saves the original image separate from the one you’re editing. This seems like a small thing, but there’s nothing worse than playing around with an image and discovering you saved over the original. The main plus of this app is that you have a quick and easy way to perform basic edits to your photos right from your mobile without having to wait to get home, load them to your PC, and open them up in Photoshop and then edit. This is also a great option for those who can’t afford the complete Adobe Photoshop suite.
Cons: It’s limited in what it can do. This isn’t really a surprise, considering the full version of Photoshop is so incredibly complex. You can’t really expect full Photoshop capabilities on your mobile phone! It has some other issues, for example, you can’t zoom in and out of photos easily while you’re editing, and there needs to be a “sharpen image” tool added (it’s one of the most-used tools in the full PC version!) But rumour has it that Adobe is planning some upgrades.
Bottom line: Adobe Photoshop Express is one of those basic tools iphoneography enthusiasts shouldn’t be without. It’s basic, but effective, pretty fast, and easy to use. Plus, it’s from Adobe, and it’s free! It’s pretty hard to get a better deal than that.
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