If I didn’t already have an iphone, it would probably be at the top of my Christmas wish list this year. I love my phone, with all its shiny apps, but my main infatuation stems from the 8-megapixel camera. Since I got my hands on an iphone over a year ago, I have taken 2,825 photos.
My phone is always on me, so it’s easy to capture moments or inspiration. There is no longer a need for me to carry around my gigantic point-and-shoot camera (ok, so it was only 1 inch thick, but in this day and age, that’s archaic.)
In an effort to learn more about what can be done with my iphone camera, I attended a NMM iphonography workshop recently. Two local pro photographers shared their secrets, tips and tricks, on how they use their iphone camera. I want to pass on three of my favorite apps that they covered.
The app that I am most loyal to is Instagram. Instagram allows you to take a photo, apply a filter, and upload it to the Instagram photo feed. From there, you can share the image to Facebook, Twitter or Flickr. This app appeals to me for two reasons. I enjoy the social sharing aspect. But mainly, I identify with the power of photos and the visual language that can be communicated. A picture is worth a thousand words, and you can’t fit a thousand words into a tweet.
The other two apps that I want to share are very similar to each other. Snapseed and Camera+ are both photo editing apps, which allow you to take photos and edit them on your phone.
Camera+ has a nice stabilization feature. Once activated, it won’t let you take the photo until the camera is still enough. Once the photo has been taken, or uploaded from your camera library, you can make basic adjustments, including rotation, cropping, borders, and some colourization effects.
Snapseed does similar things to Camera Plus, but it has a few more specific functions. There is selective adjustment, which allows you to select a portion of the image and brighten or darken that area. You can also adjust things like brightness, saturation, contrast, ambience and white balance. If you want the depth or field effect (when an object is in focus and the background blurs out), you can use the centre focus function. Both Snapseed and Camera+ allow you to apply retro effects and textures to the image. They also give you the capability to adjust the strength of the effect.
Snapseed has been voted “iPad App of the Year 2011”. It can be downloaded for 4.99. Camera+ will only cost you a mere .99 cents.
You can use these apps to simply rotate a photo that is slightly crooked, or crop out an unsightly background element. Plus, you can use them to add emotion, character and artistic flair. When I am playing around with a photo, it’s a simple exercise of my creative muscle and it keeps me inspired.
I took a few photos of the holiday flair around the office, and I used Snapseed to show some of the fun that can be had with these apps.