Three iPhone camera apps to improve your snaps
How would you rate the iPhone's camera app? On a scale of one to ten, what score would you give it? Seven, eight? How about three or four? It takes photos, it has flash on/off/auto, it displays a grid of thirds and has HDR (high dynamic range) on/off. That's it. If you are serious about photography using your iPhone you should consider a more powerful camera app that has more features. The one bundled with iOS is actually very basic and there are alternatives that are much more powerful, flexible and feature-packed. Here are three that you will love.
There are a number of special effects to choose from and after the photo has been taken you can apply Lone Star, Road Trip, Joan of Art, Blue Pill, Goddess, and many more filters. Around 10 filters are free and dozens more can be purchased for a small fee.
Single shots can be taken with or without image stbilisation to counteract camera shake. There is a timer and time lapse shots to take photos at regular intervals. You can take several shots at once and there is a slow burst mode, which is great for portraits just in case someone blinks as you take a photo. There is also a fast burst mode, which is good for capturing fast action shots.
Camera Awesome has great links to social networking sites, including SmugMug, Facebook, Twitter, Flickr, YouTube (videos can be taken too), and more.
Price: Free (search for SmugMug in the App Store)
Frame X Frame by Joby
A menu can be pulled up from the bottom of the screen and there is a self timer so you can take a photo after a certain number of seconds. Anti-shake helps to prevent blurred photos due to camera shake. A spirit level can be displayed at the top of the screen so that you can get the camera level and avoid sloping horizons. A three-shot burst mode takes three photos in quick succession and this helps with action shots and ensures you don't miss the critical moment.
Finally, there is stop-motion and you can set a continuous shutter or a manual one. It's interesting to experiment with if you want to have a go at this sort of thing and have some models or clay lying around. A zoom bar makes it easy to zoom in or out before taking a photo. It is another essential camera app with some unique features.
Price: Free (search for Joby in the App Store)
Camera Art FX
It's really interesting seeing the live picture with the effects applied in real-time. You might think that it would slow down the camera, but it's OK on an iPhone 4 and with the extra horsepower in the 4S it works great.
The special effects include comic book, two types of pencil, ink sketch, cartoon, poster, vintage, watercolour, old film and more. There are one or more controls that enable you to customise the effect, such as the line and shade with the pencil, and so on. The range on offer is OK for a budget app and it is fun to play around with. It doesn't do a lot else and it is a simple app.
Price: Free/£0.69/$0.99 (search for Camera Art FX in the App Store)
13th February 2012 Tweet