Photography Apps for Taking Better iPhone Photos

They say the best camera is the one you have with you. Since iPhone owners tend to never leave home without them, that makes the iPhone win by default. But the iPhone might just be the best camera in another sense: with the near-limitless assortment of apps ready for download, that little camera suddenly got a lot more powerful. Read on to discover a few of the cool things your dedicated digital camera could only dream of doing.

Hipstamatic ($1.99, Synthetic Corp.) Even though the iPhone 4 is capable of taking some really sharp HD pictures, sometimes we miss all the fun flaws of cameras from the past– vignetting, light leaks, distortions, and all. That’s where Hipstamatic comes in. While a real dyed-in-the-wool hipster might scoff at using an app to simulate the toy cameras of yesteryear, Hipstamatic is faster, less expensive, and much less pretentious. Hipstamatic even lets you switch out the lens, flash, and film of your virtual camera, so the possibilities are endless. But be warned: with all the in-app upgrades, Hipstamatic might become an addictive, expensive habit.

TiltShift Generator ($0.99, Art & Mobile) Tilt shift photography has gone from indie-art underground trend to iconic camera mod. It even made its way to a sequence in David Fincher’s The Social Network. To put it simply, tilt-shifting a photograph adds a little blurriness in all the right places, making regular-sized objects like people, cars, and buildings look like miniature toys. TiltShift Generator for iPhone won’t play with your lenses like the real thing, but it will easily let you adjust the blur, tint, saturation, and more. It’s cheap, it’s easy, and, most importantly, it looks awesome.

Color Splash ($0.99, Pocket Pixels Inc.) If the App Store had an All-Star League, Color Spash would definitely be in it. This app has been a bestseller for so long because it does one thing, and does it well. Color Spash will turn any image black and white, and then let you choose which parts of the image to bring back in color, mimicking the dramatic look of movies like Sin City. After that, you can adjust the saturation to make the picture even more striking. If you don’t have the time and patience to become a master of Photoshop, Color Splash is for you.

Darkroom (Free, Stepcase) Great as they are, iPhones have limitations. The 3GS doesn’t have a camera flash, and the flash on the iPhone 4 could drain a car battery. What’s more, sometimes a flash just doesn’t look that nice. It can flatten an otherwise dynamic photo. Darkroom is a camera app that automatically applies a series of filters to brighten and improve any photograph that was taken in low-light conditions. The results are actually pretty impressive: bright, balanced, and a lot sharper than one might expect. Best of all, the basic version of Darkroom is free.

Pano ($2.99, Debacle Software) Pano is an app that must be seen to be believed. Pano will guide the user through the steps to line up and shoot a series of photos that it will then stitch together into one amazing, hi-res panorama. Whether it’s a skyscraper-top cityscape or just a trippy, 360-degree view of your bedroom, Pano will make your jaw drop. These panoramas are perfect for Flickr or your Twitter feed, but be prepared for your friends to ask just how you did that.

Tool, Tips and Information On, Making An iPhone App

With iPhone 4S hitting the stores soon and all the people flocking to sign up for one, I stumbled upon an amazing idea that won’t stop jumping around in my head about making some extra bucks. Are you the kind of person who gets your creative juices flowing now and again? Are you inquisitive enough to be interested in checking out the features of a new iPhone app or game? If so, then you in my opinion are a great candidate to take on the challenge of becoming the next proud owner of a highly successful and profitable business venture of making an iPhone app!

You might be thinking, “it surely can’t be as easy as people make it sound”. Well lets you and I take a look at the facts and find out how hard it really is. So you can understand a little about the tech or geek side of me, I am lucky when a week goes by that I haven’t had to ask someone to get me out of jam I’ve gotten myself into. For example, trying to open a not so everyday email attachment or a file I’ve never seen can be a nightmare. In other words I definitely do not have the knowledge it takes for coding an iPhone app. So, I would like to invite you to tag along as I gather a little information and research to find out what tools are available to someone with 0 tech or geek savvy for making an iPhone app.

Below is a list of tools that I found for making an iPhone app. You will need to research for yourself to find the one that suits you the best. I found a few to be free and others charge, but nothing that would be a deal maker or a deal breaker. So, here is the lineup which is in a randomly picked order.

AppMakr Free
SwebApps in my opinion one of the better ones
Apps Builder
Sencha Touch
Self Swerve Apps

So, we have found a few tools that can all be helpful with our mission, making an iPhone app. I would like to drill down a little deeper into the type of app or game I am going to develop. This is where those ideas we all have I’m talking about the ones that have been floating around in our brain forever, well, this is time they start playing their part. Weather your idea is for a game, or for a business, communication, social, sports, tool or photography app it really does not matter, what does matter is your desire and an absolute unstoppable drive to make this genus of an idea for making an iPhone app become a reality.

So, we have committed to the type of app or game we will develop and we have the tool or tools that will allow us to succeed in making an iPhone app. So, forgive me but, I am going to fast forward to the next important step I would like to discuss, programming.

Understanding design types for making an iPhone app will prove to be very useful. Once you understand the different design types they will assist you in your decision making for the programming stages. The style of game or app will dictate the kind of programming or programmer that will be needed. Programming is where the magic happens. This is where making an iPhone app starts to come to life. You now will be able to see how the ideas you have had running around in your mind will look on a screen. Programming is also the time and place to tweak or make any changes you may have. Now the excitement is really starting to take charge at this stage because, right before your eyes you see what once was only an idea is now rapidly morphing into a visible reality and becoming something awesome.

I am going to fast forward from successfully programming the making an iPhone app, to you being the proud owner of an iPhone app or game. The one you always knew in your heart, would one day become as awesome and great as everyone else now sees it to be. But, where do you go from here and what do you do to get closer that ultimate goal the elusive huge payday for making an iPhone app?

The time has come to touch on a very important step in your making an iPhone app process. This step is where most app developers, programmers and designers seem to fall short. The important step is submitting the next possible million dollar iPhone app or game to Apple. This step is one I suggest seeking advice from someone who has a track record with this process and also has all the proven successful techniques needed to comply with the rules and regulations set by Apple. I would research a few available businesses and their prices. I can tell you that depending on how they project the future of your iPhone app or game can make a difference in their price. So, let’s say they project a really profitable future then you can rest assured they will be willing to deal for a share in those profits. You may be thinking, this is starting to seem like I may have taken on more than I can handle. No, you can handle it, you are becoming a business person with a product millions of people want, SO STAY POSITIVE!

Marketing is the stage of making an iPhone app that when done properly your banker, family, friends and people you just met really love you. Why you say, well other than family and probably some of them too, its the money, money, money and hopefully at this stage you have more than enough to go around for everyone. So, before you have reached this stage I hope you have taken a look at the big picture and put some thought into where you could be one day thanks to making an iPhone app.

So for a quick recap, we have taken a look at the tools one will need for the making an iPhone app. We touched base on programming. We took a quick look at submitting your app or game to Apple and we touched on marketing your app or game. So, the question at the beginning was how “difficult can it really be making an iPhone app” and I have concluded, that is probably not as hard as it may sound. Once you catch your second wind and maybe a vacation or two, what’s stopping you and all the other making an iPhone app ideas that have been floating around from success?

By Michael Somers