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Favorite Four: Creative iPhone Camera Apps

Posted by Chris Nitz on March 9th, 2011

Love it or hate it, the iPhone is a big player when it comes to on the go photography. Many people no longer buy point and shoot cameras as they already have their iPhone with them everywhere they go. Apple has dedicated a section of the App Store to Camera and Photography apps. There are even photographers who have dedicated columns to “iPhoneography.” If you happen to fit into the group of users that loves taking photos with your iPhone, but want something to help make those photos more unique, we have four apps perfect for taking your photos further.

Hipstamatic was one of the first apps to take the iPhone camera and give it a retro feel. Now this app has become a must own for many people. Hipstamatic gives you plenty of options when it comes to combining various lenses with film types. The abundance of combinations is staggering, while the end results are fun and enjoyable to those that dig the retro feel. If you love old school photos, this is a must own app.

TiltShift Generator – Fake Miniature:
If you have ever seen a photo in which the real-life subject looked like miniaturized model in a fake world, this is most likely due to the use of a TiltShift lens. While the actual lenses to produce this effect cost thousands of dollars, you can mimic the effect right off your iPhone. By adjusting various parameters, you can take an ordinary iPhone photo and turn it into a miniaturized photo, without all the expensive camera gear. If you just want a simple way of adding a bit of lens blur to a photo, this will handle that as well. This is a powerful, yet easy to understand app for any iPhoneographer.

Pro HDR:
HDR, or high dynamic range, is becoming all the rage these days. HDR photos are actually a combination of two or more photos taken at various exposures. These exposures are then combined in software to reduce over exposed areas, while brightening under exposed areas. Pro HDR makes this complicated process fast and easy. You even have control over the final image before it is saved. This app takes normal iPhone HDR to a new and even better level!

360 Panorama:
Panoramic photos are another style of photograph that often requires complicated software to stitch two or more photos together. 360 Panorama gives you this power right on your iPhone. Just fire up the app and follow the onscreen instructions while you take some photos. The app will seamlessly combine the snapshots into one beautiful panoramic photo. You can even create 360degree photos, thus giving you more power over your creativity.

360 Panorama Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Chris Hall on September 30th, 2010
Our rating: starstarstarstarhalfstar :: FUN
360 Panorama may not produce the most professional looking panoramic photos, but it is far and away the most fun panoramic photo app out there.
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