photography apps on the iPhone

Haven’t been compelled to blog for quite a while now but have been following with interest the exposure (excuse the pun since this post is ostensibly about photography apps) that Apple has had recently with regards to privacy and recording location information has caused me to think a bit about what I’m putting up on the Web with some of the photos I take with my iPhone.  There’s no doubt that some of the great apps that are available on the iPhone have kindled or rekindled all sorts of interest in photography.  Lets face it the camera (and its notional flash) are pretty ordinary when compared to digital cameras and many other
camera phones but the fun and creativity you can have using some of the apps available make it a very compelling camera option.  Problem is of course, all the metadata that is embedded in your images.  Location information, in the wrong hands can be put to very bad use.  On the other hand, used in a positive sense with users well aware and informed of their privacy implications, can be put to great use and benefit for the user.   So anyway, here’s a quick snapshot of what photography apps I have been using on my iPhone.  First of there is Tiltshift.  Probably only used this once or twice – the novelty soon wears off.  Anyway, Tiltshift gives you that miniature/toy effect in your photos where objects look small and toy-like.

‘Camera Genius’ is probably what sparked this post.  It lets you do some great and creative editing however is aggressive in its privacy invasion.  I used to really like this app but given all the shite about privacy at the moment, decided to turn location settings off most of the apps on my iPhone.  Well, the geniuses (@#$heads) that wrote this app insist on having location information on or they won’t let you edit your photos.  Privacy levels should be decided by the users not the software developers.  This app has gone from being one of my favourites to number 1 on my sh#$list!

Not to worry because right next to it is Camera+, loaded with great editing features and all sorts of cool effects, and more thoughtfully written with regards to privacy.

Dash of Color lets you switch you photos to black and white and selectively add colour back into areas of you photos, and vice versa.  Can create some great looking photos but the iPad version is a whole lot more easy to use (the bigger screen makes all the difference).

Duplicam is an interesting app that lets you integrate your iphones/ipod touches to your iPad.  Haven’t really found any great uses for it yet.

Instagram lets you take pictures, add effects and post to the Web.  Just another social networking app for iPhones really.  Unfortunately most of my contacts are on other social networks.  Haven’t used this for a long while so not sure what’s going on with it now.

Hipstamatic – the coolest app on the iPhone.  I think this is the one that really captured people’s attention.  Introduced ‘Lomo’ to the masses.  Acts like an old film camera (complete with painfully slow processing so you have to wait to see your photos).  Has a cult following and deservedly so.  I don’t like the waits and the slow interface so have stopped using the app which is a shame because it is great other than that.  Not sure if the attempt to capture the feel of old school has gone to far – after all in the days of film they had to wait days to see their photos so why introduce this stupid artificial delay?

Format126 also captures the feel of old-style photography.  A bit limited in what it does but all that it does is cool.

PS Express – another great little app that has some interesting editing and effects.

100 Cameras.  Has a huge range of effects and combinations but not that many that really standout.  Maybe its a case of offering too much that’s too similar. I don’t really use this anymore at all.

TwitPict – a nice little app for uploading to Twitter.

The other main photo app that I use, but isn’t on the screenshot but is an essential, is of course, Flickr.  My iPad has a range of photography apps but that’s the subject of another post (maybe).

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