Posts Tagged Photography

NightCap Pro Review

NightCap Pro Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Taking photos in low light conditions has always been tricky, but NightCap Pro has just made it easier.

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Pinnacle Studio for iPhone Review

Pinnacle Studio for iPhone Review

iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
Video editing while on the move has never been so convenient.

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Union Review

Union Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Create some stylish imagery with this layers focused photography app.

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Yeti. Sasquatch. Wendigo. The Abominable Snowman. Bigfoot. Call them whatever you want, but they’re awfully elusive creatures. At least they were. Soon you’ll be able to track these misunderstood beasts down on your own personal photo safari thanks to Bigfoot Hunter.

Bigfoot and all his fuzzy friends are all out there in the world somewhere, going about their woodsy business and being all camera shy. It’s up to you to track them down and take their picture with your iOS device. Of course it’s not quite as simple as spinning around with your iPhone and clicking the shutter at the right time. Each stage will give you three shots to snap a worthwhile photo of your target, but it has to be in a specific pose for the images to be worth anything. Bonus points are also available if you can keep things in focus and framed well (which is a lot tougher than it sounds). A swipe is included as well, for those moments where you just don’t have the room to whip the top half of your body around all the time.

Bigfoot Hunter will be declaring open season (for snapshots) soon.

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Handy Clap Activation Feature Comes to Cycloramic Panorama App

Posted by on April 14th, 2014
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad

While there are dozens of apps that make panoramas in the App Store, Cycloramic from Egos Ventures set itself apart by being the first to be able to take these photos by spinning itself on a table using your phone’s vibration. But today, the app is getting even better in a recent update that adds clap activation.

Previously, using Cycloramic could be somewhat hard; you had to balance the phone standing up on the table and try to press a button on the screen to start the spinning photo action. Now, in version 4.9 of Cycloramic, users will be able to start the panorama-taking process with a clap or a whistle. The update also includes the usual “optimizations.”

You can get Cycloramic on the App Store for $1.99.

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Mextures Gets Updated, Goes 50% Off for a Limited Time

Posted by on April 11th, 2014
iPhone App - Designed for iPhone, compatible with iPad

Mextures, the photo filter/layering app that we had an opportunity to review in the summer of last year, has just received a fairly sizable update.

Version 2.0.0 includes new formula sharing, polish, and textures. There are also updated formulas, a graphic overhaul, and bug fixes among other things.

Mextures is also currently 50% off ($0.99) for a limited time on the App Store.

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Shot & Find Review

Shot & Find Review

iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
Search for mostly anything, simply by taking a photo of it with this cool app.

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Brushstroke Review

Brushstroke Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Lacking some wow factor, Brushstroke is still a pretty competent photography app.

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Layered Review

Layered Review

iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
Add animated slogans, images, and texts to photographs with this easy to use app.

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CloudPhotoServices

A little over a year ago, everything changed. My daughter, Peregrine (Pip, for short), was born, and along with the myriad recalibrations, adjustments, and joyous changes that birth brought with it, I also finally came to terms with the true value of the iPhone camera: baby pictures! Hundreds and hundreds of them (no exaggeration) were taken by me, by friends, and by family, and then scattered over hard drives, social networks, and of course iPhones. The problem then became figuring out how to organize and store them privately and securely. As a devoted Mac user it’s easy enough to keep photos stored on iPhoto, but that’s a local option only, with limited cloud storage and sharing (those 1,000 photos on iCloud? Please!), and god forbid my hard drive crashes without proper backup.

I thought all of my problems with cloud storage for photos were solved when Everpix came along. Here was a fantastic, well-designed app that also had great web-based software and a Mac-based uploader. Best of all, it could load in all of my photos from various social streams, eliminate or hide duplicates, and handle a potentially unlimited number of photos for a reasonable monthly or yearly price.

There was just one big problem though; Everpix went out of business.

Before I get to the heart of this article, there are a few lessons to learn from my Everpix experience.

One: Always keep all of your photos on a local hard drive.

Two: Backup said hard drive as often as humanly possible (something I still don’t do, so do as I say, not as I do).

Three: Never, ever assume that a site, app, or service will exist forever. It won’t; it just won’t. They will all go away at some point. Some will last five years. Some will last a year or two. Some of the very best won’t even make it that long.

So I found myself back at square one, trying to find another good (read, as close to the effortless Everpix as I could get) cloud-based storage solution for my photos. Read on for my look at nine different cloud storage services that work with iOS.


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Frontback Review

Frontback Review

iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
Ever wanted to take a photo of something at the same time as your reaction to it? Frontback does exactly that and with style.

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Rookie Review

Rookie Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Simple and quick to use, while producing some good results, Rookie is an ideal photo editor for most people.

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Light Pad HD Review

Light Pad HD Review

iPad Only App - Designed for the iPad
Ideal for those who want to view slides, X-rays, and film negatives, Light Pad HD is a handy tool indeed.

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Faded Review

Faded Review

iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
There's always room for another photo editing app when it's as handy as Faded.

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Storehouse Review

Storehouse Review

iPad Only App - Designed for the iPad
Making it simple for anyone to create their own image based story, Storehouse is a pleasant app to create with and explore.

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The Great Photo App Review

The Great Photo App Review

iPad Only App - Designed for the iPad
Teaching the fundamental basics to photography and busting some tricky jargon, The Great Photo App is a useful starting point for the most inexperienced of photographers.

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Filterloop Pro Review

Filterloop Pro Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
With a steady focus placed on mixing filters and creating new looks, Filterloop Pro is a simple to use yet productive photography app.

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Fotor Review

Fotor Review

iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
Fotor is a free photo editing app that includes features like photo collage, frames, and effects, but it doesn’t quite stand out in the overly crowded App Store.

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Happy Holidays from 148Apps!

 

Christmas has passed, and it’s time to look forward to a new year. Take a look at what we’ve reviewed this week, as well as our end-of-year lists, and find even more in our Reviews Archive.

Fragment

 
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Photography apps have allowed iOS users to create beautiful pictures without any editing knowledge, and the abundance of photography apps in the App Store is evidence that more and more users are looking for the next best photography app for their collection. There are plenty that come with filters, borders, and templates, but there are few apps that can take a picture and do something completely different. Fragment is a different photography app in the sense that it isn’t like all the others. Instead of doctoring up a photograph, this app turns it into a piece of prismatic art and takes iPhoneography to the next level. The range of creativity that it offers is what makes it so appealing. –Angela LaFollette

MovieCat 2 – The Movie Trivia Game Sequel

 
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Any game that involves cats dressed up and reenacting various scenes from movies wins my vote. The incredibly entertaining MovieCat! was a huge success and created some exciting buzz back in 2010, and now it’s time for MovieCat 2 – The Movie Trivia Gaming Sequel. In 2012, the original game won the 148Apps Best App Ever Award in the Trivia Gaming category, so naturally it has a lot to live up to. Nonetheless, MovieCat! fans can breathe easy, for MovieCat 2 is every bit as highly amusing and enjoyable as its predecessor in every way. Featuring over 1000 all new text and visual puzzles about almost every movie one can possibly think of, this is a game for cat lovers and trivia fans alike. The game is largely similar to its purrfectly exciting older brother, but fans of the previous will be able to get their thinking caps on and flex those brain cells for brand new original puzzles Rhyme Time, Prop Art, Classics and Details, Details. –Lucy Ingram

148Apps 2013 wrAPP-Up: Favorite Underappreciated Games

 
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It’s easy to list off the best games of 2013, and often such lists contain a lot of crosstalk between different publications. So this year, instead of just giving off another similar list of the best games of the year, our staff has decided to talk about their favorite games of the year that might not have been the best sellers or the most popular. In no particular order, this is our list of some of our favorite under-appreciated games of 2013. –Carter Dotson

148Apps wrAPP-Up: Documenting Your Year With iOS Photography Apps

 
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For the past two years I’ve been recording my life with photographs. Every day, I’ve taken a photograph with my iPhone before sharing it via Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram. For the most part it’s fun to do, for a multitude of reasons. It enables me to share my life with friends and family that I don’t get to see as often as I’d like. It sparks conversations about whatever happened that day. More importantly, it means that at the end of the year I can look back at what I did and savour those memories. It’s pretty much a photo diary in that case. Of course, some days it can be tricky. Not every day of the year can be fascinating, meaning that sometimes I have to get creative. And yes, sometimes I succumb to the ease in which I can snap a photo of my pets or my freshly cooked meal. It’s a cliche, but it’s surprising how many people enjoy looking at food even despite all the cynicism. –Jennifer Allen

148Apps 2013 wrAPP-up: Why Core Gaming Had a Great Year on Mobile

 
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It’s easy to look at mobile and see it as a wasteland for content; particularly with all the casual, free-to-play games, and especially the ones that seem to de-emphasize actual gameplay in favor of stronger monetization. That’s only if you’re not paying attention. Serious, core games – some even free-to-play – had a great year on iOS. –Carter Dotson

148Apps 2013 wrAPP-Up: The Year’s Best Apps and Games

 
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Whoever said perfection is overrated obviously never got a five-star review on 148Apps. It doesn’t happen often. Just take a quick look through our reviews and you’ll see lots of well-deserving Editor’s Choice winners, but most only reach four-and-a-half stars. In fact, in all of 2013 there have only been ten five-star reviews. Take a look at some of what we considered the best of the best this year. –Chris Kirby

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Knightmare Tower

 
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Knightmare Tower takes the endless runner genre and tips it on its head, literally. Good idea? Knightmare Tower has the barest vestiges of story. One day a knight hears about a famous tower full of monsters. Imagining the fame that could be heaped upon him, the intrepid knight sets off with his wooden sword and cheap armor to fight a horde of monsters. This story is told though a charming introductory cutscene. –Allan Curtis

Blocky Roads

 
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Never thought I’d have a chance to see a trend in development, but here we are. Minecraft is such a popular game with such a distinct graphic design that it has already spawned a whole generation of games that look exactly like it. Blocky Roads has gameplay that is nothing like Minecraft, or parts of it, but it looks exactly like Minecraft. It may actually not be based on Minecraft itself, but on any of its successors in graphics. The whole world, including the car and the designated driver, is built of blocks, and if you’re still not sick of the whole block thing, is looking really fine, with crisp graphics and cartoony, sharp textures. –Tony Kuzmin

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For the past two years I’ve been recording my life with photographs. Every day, I’ve taken a photograph with my iPhone before sharing it via Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram. For the most part it’s fun to do, for a multitude of reasons.

harry1view1It enables me to share my life with friends and family that I don’t get to see as often as I’d like. It sparks conversations about whatever happened that day. More importantly, it means that at the end of the year I can look back at what I did and savour those memories. It’s pretty much a photo diary in that case. Of course, some days it can be tricky. Not every day of the year can be fascinating, meaning that sometimes I have to get creative. And yes, sometimes I succumb to the ease in which I can snap a photo of my pets or my freshly cooked meal. It’s a cliche, but it’s surprising how many people enjoy looking at food even despite all the cynicism.

I use many different apps for such a purpose. While few (excluding Instagram) are used every day, they’re a handy arsenal of tools just waiting for me to improve a photo in some way. I’ve made myself a rule that I only use iOS apps to adjust photos and it’s working out for me well.

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Fragment Review

Fragment Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Transform photographs into beautiful fragmented pieces of artwork with this handy photography app.

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BLEND Review

BLEND Review

iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
Blend together images to create attractive layering effects with this simple to use app.

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Waterlogue Review

Waterlogue Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Turn photographs into watercolor images in this simple to use photo filtering app.

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Olloclip 3-in-1 Macro Lens for iPhone 5 Review

A great creative lens set from Olloclip. Will be great for creative photographers and others looking to get a lot closer to their subjects.

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TouchCast Review

TouchCast Review

iPad Only App - Designed for the iPad
TouchCast's obvious want to blur the line between creating and sharing interactive, presentation-quality video is great - for the most part. However, some elements could do with a visual update.

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FancyCam Review

FancyCam Review

iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
FancyCam puts the power of professional photography in the palm of our hands.

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Alayer Review

Alayer Review

iPad Only App - Designed for the iPad
Immensely simple to use and producing some attractive results, Alayer is an excellent photo editing app.

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Photo Studio HD Review

Photo Studio HD Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
There are some great filters and effects within this photography app, but it struggles with a temperamental interface.

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Voyzee Review

Voyzee Review

iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
Voyzee is a simple to use video and slideshow sharing app, but it could do with a stronger community to really gain the big marks.

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Cycloramic Pro 360 Panorama Review

Cycloramic Pro 360 Panorama Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Simple to use and producing some attractive results is a winning combination for this panoramic photography app, even if it isn't perfect.

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