Anyone who has an iPhone knows they take better pictures than many cell phones, but like anything, there is always room for improvement. Although there are a number of photo related apps on the market, the top five, ColorSplash, Night Camera, Camera Bag, Photo Fx and PhotoGene have the best features by far.
ColorSplash allows the user to convert a picture into black and white while keeping a chosen selection in color which is known as selective desaturation, it does not change the original colors though. There are four brush options, soft edged, hard edged, transparent and opaque. Conveniently, the user has the ability to undo an unlimited number of times. The only downside is a known glitch in which saved images look blurry on the phone, but are fine once they are saved onto a computer.
Night Camera is an indispensable app for anyone trying to take pictures in low light situations. It is able to take clear pictures in low light because of a built in accelerometer that activates the shutter when the camera is stable. All the user has to do is press the shutter button. As soon as the accelerometer detects stability it will trigger the shutter and vibrate to alert that the non blurry picture has been taken.
CameraBag simulates a variety of different cameras, allowing the user to take almost any type of picture. According to iTunes, the following types of pictures can be taken with CameraBag:
Helga – A square format toy camera feel with washed out highlights and old school vignette.
Instant – No need to shake this instant developing film; includes the familiar wide bottom border.
1974 – This is your father’s camera faded, tinted, and hip.
Lolo – Shoot from the hip and take life as it comes with vibrant, colorful shots.
Cinema – Dramatic, moody, wide screen stills from the ongoing saga of your life.
1962 – Dynamic black and whites from the photojournalists of a bygone era.
Mono – Smooth gradation from black to white.
Infrared – Simulation of the popular landscape photography technique.
Fisheye – Popular fish eye lens effect – for fun effects, try it in combination with other filters.
Original – The unaltered image.
Photo Fx offers professional features in an easy to use application. It contains 26 filters and 27 different film looks. Filters from simple things such as Black and White, Day for Night, Fog or Glow are featured along with numerous others.
PhotoGene is a complete photo editing application that lets the user crop, sharpen, balance, straighten, rotate, add frames or text, saturate and add effects to pictures. Pictures can be taken within the application, allowing for fast and simple editing. It is essential for anyone wanting to take pride in his or her photography.