Although I have higher quality cameras, most of my photography is done with my iPhone. These days I mostly share photos online, so the iPhone’s resolution is just fine. And with some good apps you can kick up the quality and creativity a few notches. Here are some iPhone apps that I use frequently for photography and a little video.
Many of my photos are shot with Pro HDR. Sometimes it can rescue a harsh lighting situation. It is easy to use in auto mode, yet you have plenty of control. Like all HDR, you sometimes get bizarre effects, but usually the result is better than a normal shot. I haven’t compared it to the iPhone 4’s built-in HDR, but Eric on the AppSlappy podcast claims it is better in some cases. By the way, the AppSlappy podcast is a great way to learn about iPhone/iPad apps of all types.
I’ve tried many image editors on the iPhone and keep coming back to Photogene. It provides much more control than Photoshop Express. For instance, it has a levels editor with a histogram, which PS Express does not. Photogene can add text, borders, arrows, and thought bubbles, which can be useful or fun depending on the situation.
For cleanly connecting multiple images into a large one, I like AutoStitch. The obvious use of stitching is to connect photos into a horizontal panorama. You can also glue together a 2-D grid of images, which let’s you shoot a scene that would not normally fit in the iPhone’s field of view. AutoStitch is easy to use; just select all the images. You don’t even have to select them in a particular order. The results are beautiful. As long as nothing moved in the scene, you can’t see where the constituent photos meet.
ReelMoments turns your iPhone into a time lapse movie camera, even on the iPhone 3G. It takes still photos at intervals and then connects them into a movie. This app is great for making movies of clouds. I used it for the footage in our tutorial on applying filters to video. If you really get into time lapse movies then you will need a tripod for stability and a battery. I like the Joby Gorillamobile and New Trent‘s batteries. You can see some examples I made of the Incheon, South Korea airport and clouds at our office.
I hope you find these apps useful. You may be surprised at how many good photos you can create with just your phone.
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