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what’s included. This is
where Camera+—the best
third-party camera appfor
four shooting modes:
Burst, Normal, Stabilizer,
and Timer. A convenient
grid sits on top of the live
picture, which made it easy
for us to frame a shot. We
set the focus by tapping the screen with a finger,
and set the exposure with a second touch. Camera+
also lets you use the iPhone 4’s LED flash as a fill
light. We instantly snapped a shot by pressing the
+ icon on the volume rocker.
The real fun starts after you take the picture.
You can crop, add borders, rotate, or apply effects
and adjust their intensity. After we were satisfied
with how the picture turned out, a couple of taps
let us upload it straight to various social networks,
including Facebook, Flickr, and Twitter.
Another feature we love? Metadata information
is embedded in every picture, letting you find the
aperture, shutter speed, and the location of a given
image at a glance.
Camera+ mimics some features available in
iOS 5, such as the grid overlay and volume snap.
We also didn’t like how the developers were a
step behind Apple’s stock Camera app in not
offering true HDR layers—Camera+ has a filter
for that effect. But with a bevy of other editing
tools available right at your fingertips, Camera+
deserves to take the prime camera-app spot on
your home screen.
“Real” photographers will appreciate the power of
Filterstorm, which lets you tweak advanced settings
on a pro level. We like that it includes editing op-
tions for layers, masking, curve manipulation, color
balance, temperature, and more. We were even
able to earmark certain settings (exposure, hue,
saturation) and save them as automations for quick
application to other photos. Another nice touch is
the history icon—tap it, and the app lists all the
changes you’ve made to each image.
After we edited a batch of images, we could
easily send them via Dropbox, email, Flickr, and
will seem quite
users. We ap-
added a lot of
(the app would
crash in the
past), but we found that there was still no safeguard
against accidentally quitting the app. Do this, and
you’ll lose all your progress on the image—and
will have to start again from scratch.
Despite some drawbacks, Filterstorm is a versatile
and useful photo app for iPhone owners.
Just because we’re in a digital age doesn’t mean
there isn’t nostalgia for analog images. Hipsta-
matic simulates the effects of one of the best
low-fi cameras out there, the well-worn Holga.
The app presents you with a choice of film stocks
and lenses that you can mix and match to dress
up any digital photo.
After the print “develops,” you can post it to
Facebook, Flickr, Tumblr, or Twitter from within
the app. There’s even a printing service that can
deliver physical pictures to your doorstep. The app
is so good that a New York Times photographer
once used Hipstamatic to take an award-winning
Unfortunately, there are a few limitations.
Hipstamatic doesn’t have a photo timer, and you
can’t use the front camera to take pictures.
The only other downsideis having to pay$1.99. For
that price, you get four lenses and three stock films.
You’ll have to resort to in-app purchases—$0.99
for each hipstapak—to beef up your arsenal.
The hugely popular Instagram borrows certain key
elements from Facebook and Twitter—such as a
stream and the ability to like or “heart” photos
easily—making this app very addictive. And you’ll
find that most of your friends who own iPhones
already have this app.
With Instagram, we could either take a picture
with our iPhone or select an image from the camera
roll. Afterward, the app let us apply 16 creative
filters. Instagram can also simulate tilt-shifting
to turn any photo into one of those neat, stylized
squares. We could even see how the filters looked
with a live preview before snapping the shutter.
Instagram is all about making sharing your
creations a cinch. The app supports Facebook,
Flickr, Twitter, and other social networks.
There’s no reason not to hop on the Instagram
bandwagon and turn random snapshots of your
day into little pieces of art. It’s fun, easy to use,
PicSay Pro (Android)
Don’t be fooled by its playful icons and zany ef-
fects. PicSay Pro might look like a novelty app,
but beyond its speech bubbles, clip art, and fun
house mirror distor-
tions is a top-notch
One big button
in the center grabs
a picture from your
either from your
photo library or
the camera. We
appreciated how the
menu made it easy
to navigate the list
of filters, edits, and
effects we could
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