Monday, August 29, 2011

The best apps for your iPhone

Your shot
Here are your shots taken on a phone! Thanks to those who submitted :)

by Anita Sthankiya

by Anita Sthankiya
by Maddy Burgess

by Erika Vasey
I am reaching out to all you iPhone users - and if you don't have an iPhone, I am still reaching out to all readers with a camera in their phone! You can still participate! Please send me your best photos taken on your phone, and by Sunday Sept. 4, I will be publishing some of my favourites!

If you are wondering how to take better photos with your iPhone, look no further! Here are three of the best (in my opinion) iPhone apps to take better pictures. Just so you are all aware, I have the iPhone 3Gs which does not have a flash, and I am still amazed at what great photos come out of this little phone. Of course, you'll get some before and afters here to show just how using the standard camera isn't sufficient enough!

Hipstamatic
This was the first app I added to my phone. It is pretty cool for taking pictures with a rustic feel. Your phone will literally convert to an old camera and you can choose the lens, flash and film to get different "old fashioned" looking photos. If you'd like, you can also switch effects like the border to get the look you're going for. I like this simple tan border :)



TiltShiftFocus
This app is really fun because you simply select a photo and TiltShiftFocus creates a new look to your picture. You are able to change your focus area either in a linear, bi-linear, circular or zoom fashion. The contrast is also heightened to really make your photo pop! I really love this app!



As you can see here in the before and after, only the paddlers are in focus, as well, the contrast really darkens and brightens different areas of the photo. I really never get sick of using TiltShift, with the soft focus in play, it leaves so much up to the imagination!

Camera+
Finally, Camera+ is an all around life saver to have on your phone. I use it so frequently because it generally does it all. You can rotate, crop, add a border, but most of all, apply different effects to your photos. It is like a mini-photoshop that is so easy to use. What's more, it also has an HDR effect - so fun!



I took two different pictures here and edited to second one with Camera+. I like both versions, but everything about the second picture changes with a couple clicks >Flash>FX Effects>Cross Process (to be exact)

Do you have any photos or tips you'd like to share? Leave a comment or send me your best photo taken on your phone! 

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