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A few months ago I installed Instagram on my iPhone and it has quickly become one of my most used apps. If you haven’t already checked it out, and you own an iPhone, then I would highly recommend doing so.
Instagram has refuelled my passion for photography, not only allowing me to take stunning photos with my phone, but also allowing me to share them easily with my friends. Now instead of talking about Instagram itself, I would like to share with you the apps I use to compliment it:
- Dynamic Light
- Photo Fixer
- Photoshop Express
- Slow Shutter Cam
- Tiny Planets
The first, and most important, is the camera app itself. I don’t use the native Apple camera app, instead opting for Camera+. This app is incredibly powerful, giving you much more control than the inbuilt camera app.
Not only does Camera+ have inbuilt filters, it also allows you to crop, rotate, add borders, and add captions to your photos before exporting them out to your gallery. But my favourite feature is the ease in which I can manually set the exposure.
Ever wanted to highlight one particular item in a photo? Well then ColorSplash is what you are looking for. This is a very handy app that makes it easy to ‘finger paint’ the color back into a greyscale photo.
Although it is not my most used photography app, it is one that can add a little piece of magic to a photo, more so than any other app I have found.
I quite like combining multiple photos into a framed image, and the best app I have found to do that is Diptic. You can choose one of 23 default templates and then customize each layout to really make it your own. You can also edit imported images with basic transforms and effects before finalizing the border and exporting the result.
Dynamic Light is an incredibly powerful app designed to give your photos a HDR effect. With an easy to use interface, it allows users to control the level of the ‘dynamic light’ effect while also providing a set of ready to use filters. This is a great app for bringing some life back into a dull photo. Keep an eye out for the ‘comic’ effect, it is a personal favourite of mine.
Speaking of a comic effect, this is exactly what Halftone is designed to do.
Halftone is unlike any of the other apps that I have mentioned so far, as it is meant entirely for fun. It allows you to tell more of a story than a typical photo can, allowing you to insert captions, speech bubbles, and comic book inspired symbols. While this app isn’t a necessity, I highly recommend it.
Adam Uccello has created a few photography based iPhone apps, the best of which is Photo Fixer. Put simply, Photo Fixer allows you to remove unwanted objects from your photos, and the result is very surprising. You are able to ‘paint’ over the object you want removed with your finger, and then algorithms are used to remove the unwanted item. And if you aren’t quite happy with the result, then just hit the ‘erase’ button again, the outcome is slightly different each time.
Photoshop Express is a must have app for iPhone photography enthusiasts. It allows you to make fine adjustments such as straightening a photo or tweaking contrast and exposure. It also comes with some great effects and borders that are ready to use. Photoshop Express is a one-stop-shop for all your editing needs.
Slow Shutter Cam
The name of this app is pretty self explanatory. Slow Shutter Cam allows you to take photos with various slow shutter speed effects. You are able to choose between automatic, manual, and light trail (light painting) modes and can also set up a self timer to ensure that the camera will be as stable as possible when taking the photo.
Last but not least is Tiny Planets. It is the latest addition to my photography app collection, and has quickly become my favourite.
Tiny Planets takes an image that you already have on your iPhone and applies what is known as a polar coordinates filter effect to it. This turns your regular image into a globe, or a ‘tiny planet’. It is an incredibly unique effect, and a lot of fun to play around with.