My iPhone has opened up a whole new world of ‘playing’ with photographs. Enhancing images is nothing new but with your iPhone or iPad the fun can be had instantaneously and the results are pretty cool.
Developers of apps must have quickly realised that people like tinkering with the photos taken on their phones because from the beginning the iTunes App Store had a whole section devoted to photography apps. That said, there are lots to choose from and as you would expect, some are much better than others. Here are a few Babyology favourites.
My very first purchase was Camera Bag, a nifty little app that lets you enhance your photos using thirteen classic camera and film effects including a Polaroid style snap, the smooth ‘Mono’ black and white and the broad ‘Cinema’ letterbox effect. However, I love Camera Bag for the ‘1974’ styled photo – I can’t help but give all the pictures I take of my kids the ‘1974’ effect and invariably they look like all the photos my dad took when I was a kid. Equally the high-contrast black and white ‘1962’ effect is fabulous and the punchy, retro good looks of the Helga, Colourcross and Plastic effects. The picture below shows the original image, the 1974 effect and the Helga filter.
Like Camera Bag, Instagram has a dozen filters to make your photos fancy. I favour the washed, gentle tones of the ‘Earlybird’ filter and the weirdly three dimensional effect of the ‘Nashville’ filter (see below). Instagram has a big group of fans who share their photos via the app and mainstream social media networks so you can browse how others are using Instagram for inspiration.
Perhaps one of my favourite photography apps is the wildly unpredictable but nonetheless loveable Hipstamatic. Hipstamatic brings back the quirks of plastic toy cameras of the past – expect images that are blurred, discoloured or oversaturated, all with suitably scratchy vignettes (an example from my summer holiday shown at top and below).
If you have an iPhone 4, check out Incredibooth for fun photo booth style snaps – you even have to ‘wait outside’ for your pictures to be ‘processed’. Cram the kids in for some candid, old-school strips of pics.
Also reserved for iPhone 4 users is the sensational 8mm Vintage Camera app, which takes incredible videos that look as if they have been shot with an old Super 8 movie camera. The slightly stilted action, dust, scratches, flickering, light leaks and more can all be added to your movie for retro effect. Check out the video clip below to see how 8mm Vintage Camera works.
Camera Bag, Hipstamatic and 8mm Vintage Camera apps are $2.49 each. Incredibooth is $1.19 and Instagram is free. All are available through the iTunes App Store.