The iPhone was reported to be the most popular camera on Flickr. Users no longer clamoring for the most expensive cameras with the most megapixels have made the iPhone the go-to device for catching and sharing shots.
Therefore, it’s no surprise that a variety of photo editing and sharing applications are available for the device on Apple’s iTunes App Store. Below are five must-have photo apps for the iPhone.
5. A Flickr of Hope for Sharing Photos from the iPhone:
It’s the free Flickr app from Yahoo! It puts all the familiar features of the web version into the pockets of iPhone users. We can efficiently shot the photos (and videos), uploaded, commented on, geo-tagged, marked as favorite and added with sets all from Apple’s Smartphone.
The smart way of users quickly search for photos on Flickr is by using the subject, people, or places and save those images to their iPhones.
For what is arguably the most significant photo-sharing site in the world, Yahoo! Has released an excellent iPhone app to accompany it.
4. Add a splash of attractive colors to your photos:
The most remembered effect from the movie Pleasantville had to do with splashes of color suddenly appearing throughout a black-and-white world. ColorSplash by Pocket Pixels, Inc. ($1.99) gives iPhone users the ability to create that same effect within their photos.
The application provides a variety of settings and brushes, allowing users to convert a photo to black-and-white, designate specific areas for tinting and then “paint” those sections with their finger. Upload your finished pictures on facebook, and twitter using this application adjusts for editing in either portrait or landscape mode.
3. Apple’s Camera App Isn’t That Smart, But Camera Genius Sure Is:
Jeff McMorris’ Camera Genius (currently $.99) is what Apple’s Camera app should have been. Camera Genius includes features that seem fundamental for most cameras, especially one in such an advanced a device as the iPhone.
Included with Camera Genius are a zoom function, rapid-succession “burst” shooting, timestamp and location tagging and anti-shake stabilization. Group photos can be taken at specified time intervals or when everyone says, “cheese!”
The number of features included in Camera Genius and the temporary price cut makes this application a “must-add” to any user’s iPhone arsenal.
2. Panoramas Made Easy with Auto Stitch:
With the iPhone’s camera, we can’t take panoramic photos. Therefore, the use of a third-party application is necessary to sew the sequential images together to create one seamless picture.
Cloudburst Research’s Auto Stitch ($1.99) uses complicated algorithms to do just that. Users select several images from their camera roll for display in the staging area at the bottom of the screen and tap the “Stitch” button. The application recognizes the overlapping sections of each photo and renders one cohesive, panoramic image.
Other apps like Pano by Debacle Software ($2.99) and Panorama by the iPhone Guys Ltd. ($9.99) perform similar functions, but they are more expensive and in the case of Pano, only allow up to 16 images to be stitched together at a time. The price and ease of use make Auto Stitch a must-have app for creating panoramic photos.
1. Adobe’s Surprisingly Free and Useful Photoshop.com Mobile App:
Adobe’s free photo-editing application, Photoshop.com Mobile, is number one on this list for one reason: the app does a few things very well for free. Users can modify saturation levels, apply a variety of color effects and change the tint of their photos just by sliding their fingers across the image. A few changes are corrected, yet very intuitive interface that rivals Apple’s applications.
Once the completion of editing the photos to the user’s liking, then they can be stored into the camera roll of iPhone and uploaded to Adobe’s free photo-sharing service, Photoshop.com.
For a more advanced photo editor, please check out Photogene by Omer Shoor ($2.99). Photogene incorporates many more settings (color temperature, gamma correction, and shadows to name several) and has an equally intuitive interface as Photoshop.com Mobile. Adobe’s offering is free and “good enough” for most casual photographers, why it lists as number one instead of Photogene.
There is no shortage of photo-oriented applications available for the iPhone, but knowing which ones are worth the money is not easy. Users should read reviews and make a note of the features they need. The iPhone will never replace a right camera and desktop photo editor, but with help from the apps above, it can come close.