31 iOS Apps That Unlock the Photographic Power of Your Device
If you're using only the native camera app in your iPhone or iPad, then you haven't unlocked the gadget's full photographic potential. From photography tutorials to magic retouching tools, we've gathered 31 photo apps you need on your iOS device. Many of these apps can be downloaded for less than the cost of a morning coffee and will have you operating at a nearly professional level, even if you're just sharing the memories on Facebook. Source: Facebook user RookieHD
Rookie (free) is perfect for beginners. Use Rookie's built-in camera instead of the default Camera app to access granular controls for white balance, ISO, and shutter speed. There are guides to help you find the perfect composition, too. Once you've snapped a photo, Rookie offers advanced editing tools like color temperature and tint as well as fonts, badges, stickers, and frames.
Since you're taking most of your photos on an iPhone these days, Apple is making sure you have the same editing experience on the go as you would when sitting down to desktop iPhoto — with some multitouch enhancements. Gestures do all the work in the new iPhoto (free with any new iOS device); just touch the specific part of the photo you want to enhance. Slide color contrasts up, pinch-zoom to focus on friends, or get artsy with the brush tool, and paint away harsh lighting. You can also flag images for side-by-side comparison before deciding which photo makes the cut. Dozens of effects are included as swatch books to create black-and-white, vintage, watercolor, and tilt-shift images. Share the final photo product with friends across social networks, between iPhone and iPad, to the new Apple TV, or as photo journals, all customized within iPhoto itself.
Magic Hour ($2) is a lesser-known filter app but is one that deserves its moment in the spotlight. Magic Hour doesn't just provide a set number of filters — there's a large marketplace of custom and unique apps to choose from, built by the Magic Hour community. Browse through, and you're sure to find one that will make all those other filter-app users sit up and take notice.
MoreBeauté2 (free) smooths out the skin in portraits, giving your subjects a "model-like" glow.
The options seem endless in PictureShow ($2): 45 preset styles, 23 frames, plus 10 light leak choices and 13 noise effects. There are five different lens choices. You can save a custom style for quick photo application, and messages can be added onto photos. Another bonus? A timer, so you can take your time to pose or frame shots.
Treat your daily photo captures like the breaking news they are with the News Booth app (free). It's simple to create your own breaking news template: choose an existing photo on your phone or take a new one, crop it to fit the NewsBooth template, add your own headline, and then opt to share it on Facebook or Twitter.
For mobile photographer pros looking to move beyond the looping whimsy of goofy GIFs, the Kinotopic iOS app (free) is a take on the animated photo. The style of "not quite a photo but not a video" was first made popular on the Cinemagraph website, for the photographers' blend of gorgeous moments captured in traditional still photo with a hidden animated twist that pulls the viewer further into the image.
If you've also got a soft spot for all things retro, there's 1-Bit Camera ($1). This app, which looks like it stepped out of an '80s-era Mac, snaps your pics in brilliant lo-fi quality and allows you to send them straight to Facebook, Twitter, and Tumblr for sharing. There's even a high/low contrast tool to really punch things up, but spoiler — in true retro style, the contrast isn't that amazing. Naturally.
Master Your DSLR Camera
Between aperture, shutter speed, and ISO setting, capturing the perfect picture with a DSLR outside the automatic setting is a challenge. Enter the Master Your DSLR Camera iPad app ($5). It may cost a bit more than your typical tablet app, but think of your sense of accomplishment when you can actually wield that SLR camera like a pro. The slideshows, guided tours, and list of common photography scenarios ensure you'll retain the how-tos, unlike trying to follow complicated technical jargon.
Instagram (free) has taken the world by storm, and it doesn't seem as though it's popularity is going anywhere. Beautiful and free filters, easy uploading, and a huge community make this a must-have app on your iOS, Android, or Windows device.
Snapseed (free) has won Apple's App of the Year because of its variety of filters, edit tools, and selective adjust tools like edge detection, which applies changes to objects within the perimeter.
Cinemagraphs are more than just GIFs; they're a stunning blend of image and movement. Make them with apps like Cinemagram (free), which comes with some cool features to make awesome Cinemagraphs on the go. Unlike with other apps, you can pinch and zoom to select the area to animate (which helps keep the animation clean and precise), and you can add filters — like Xpro and vintage — to give your Cinemagraph a hip tone and feel.