With the quality of mobile phone cameras approximating that of yesterday’s point-and-shoots, you can take some amazing photographs on your iPhone. It gets even better with the right apps apps. Here are our favourite photography apps for your iPhone.
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Specialty Camera Apps
Like its name suggests, Pano takes a series of successive photos, then stitches them all into a panorama. As you take your series of photographs, it’ll guide you to help you make sure the edges overlap. While the results I got were better using Autostitch, another panorama-making app, Pano’s stronger feature is that it allows you to take the photos and helps you throughout the process. [Pano; iTunes App Store] [imgclear]
ProHDR brings HDR photography to more than just the iPhone 4, allowing 3GS users to get in on the fun. Even if you’re an iPhone 4 user, ProHDR provides you with a lot more control than the default options offered natively in iOS. You can adjusts brightness, contrast, colour and more after taking an HDR photo, often allowing for better results. Plus it’s free, so there’s no harm in giving it a try. [ProHDR; iTunes App Store]
TiltShift is a little less practical than Pano and ProHDR, but if you like tilt shift photography, it’s a fun choice for your iPhone photography collection. If you’re not familiar, tilt shift photography is made possible by special lenses that use tilt to achieve a selective focus. This usually results in a miniaturisation effect that’s much easier to see than explain, so check out this Flickr group for some examples. While TiltShift isn’t a proper substitute for the exceptionally expensive lenses you need to create official tilt shift photography, for a much cheaper price of $2.49 it comes close enough. TiltShift gives you plenty of effect options, like choosing different shapes for your bokeh (the rendering of out-of-focus areas of the photo, sometimes referred to as “background blur” even though that’s not fully accurate). [Tilt Shift; iTunes App Store]
There are too many awesome photography apps for the iPhone to list here, but we want to give a few more their due. Here are some honourable mentions worth checking out if the short list isn’t enough to satiate your photographic hunger.
- Adobe Photoshop Express – Not the best of mobile photo editors, but it’s free and can handle a few important tasks.
- Blendcam – Blendcam is a photo app that lets you combine multiple exposures easily. It’s simple, focused and free.
- OldBooth – OldBooth is a $2.49 app that takes old-fashioned photos. Beyond the aging effects, you can add new hairstyles to make your subject appear to be from a given era.
- Comic Touch – Comic Touch is a photo manipulation app that lets you distort faces in funny ways, add comic-style captions, and email your creations to your friends. $4.
- PhotoCurves / Free – PhotoCurves adds the popular curves colour and tone alteration tool to your iPhone. The free version only allows you to work in the RGB colorspace. $2.49 for the full version will get you CMYK and CIELAB as well.
- Polarize – Polorize is a free app that generates Polaroid-style photos on your iPhone. You can write on them too!
- PhotoCalc – If you’re more of a pro, PhotoCalc won’t actually take or manipulate photos, but it will help you calculate exposure reciprocation, depth of field and flash exposure for your D/SLR.
- Animoto – If you’re looking to make photo slideshows, Animoto is one of the best apps for the task. The app is free, but you can do more with a pro account.
Did we miss any great photo apps you love? Let us know in the comments!