Photo Booths can be so much fun! I can’t remember the last time I used one without making funny faces (funny faces are better than my normal ugly face, so there you go).
The app is simple enough and it’s focused on the user-friendly interface. Just start it, select the camera you want to use (for the devices that have more than one camera), center your eyes on the red arrows (yeah, right!), and click the big green button.
It will take 4 pictures of whatever is in front of the camera, and you better make it funny. Or hot. Funny or hot.
If you check the settings, there are a few parameters you can change.
- Strip Size: 3 or 4 pictures
- Photo Effect: 1975 / Antique / B&W / Color / Sepia
- Paper Stock: Glossy / Matte
- Border Color: Black / White
- Time Between Shots: 1 / 2 / 3 / 4 / 5 seconds
- Auto Save: App + Camera Roll / App Only
- Camera: Front / Rear
- Flash: Auto / Off / On
So you’re at the park trying to take a family picture. You spend all your energy to gather everyone and make them face the camera. To be sure, you take 4 pictures. At least one should come out right. Right?
You get home and check the images.
Picture 1: Little Jimmy had a full finger up his nose and was very focused on extracting whatever was in there.
Picture 2: Darn, little Jimmy! Take that finger off your mouth! Ew!
Picture 3: Little Jimmy is perfect, but your sister closed her eyes at the precise moment of the click.
Picture 4: Where is Little Jimmy?
At the end of the day, you couldn’t get one picture with everyone on their places, looking at the camera.
If only you could mix the picture 1 and 3, that would be awesome.
Take a few pictures from the same angle, and with the people in tha same positions/places, and their faces won’t matter, if they can make a straight face in at least one of the pictures.
Select the parts of the picture you want to replace and select another picture to replace only those parts.
This is a great app and it’s free for a limited time, so grab it!
If you’re into photography, you must know those funny lenses called “fisheye”.
Those lenses provide a different and cool (for some people) look. A kind of a distorted tunneled vision.
This is a very simple to use app. I advise you to first go to the settings and change de quality do high, and perhaps the effect to strong (that’s the whole point of it, right?).
After that, just point and tap anywhere to take the shot. After a little bit of processing (no more than 10 seconds), you’ll get the final result.
Then, you can slide through different type of effects (color effects) and select it as you please.
Additionally, you can send the pictures to Twitter, Camera Roll, mail, Instagram or any other application on your iPhone that supports file storage.
This is a fun app, and it’s free for a limited time.
Cinemagraphs are the new generation of animated gifs. Their hypnotic effect can last from a few seconds to a few minutes. At least for me. Am I normal? Doubt it.
If you ever wanted to produce your own cinemagraphs, Kinotopic by Placehugger can get you started.
You will shoot a video (if you are using the app to shoot the video, it will only record 4 seconds and stop) and then select a “mask” to indicate which area of the screen will be moving. The rest will be static.
It’s simple enough, and you may make a few mistakes at first, but at the second try it usually goes smoother.
From within the app you will be able to share your work via twitter or facebook. Also, you will be able to see the latest “movies” uploaded from other people.
Try it while it’s free!
HDR stands for “High Dynamic Range” and it’s well-known by photography enthusiasts.
A good HDR photo is the one that most resembles what you see with the naked eye.
How does it work
Usually to produce a HDR picture, you take 2 or more photos with different exposure levels. The more, the better. Then you merge it all, carefully selecting the exposures and the final effect.
HDR photography is tricky, because as you take several pictures, the object tends to move a little bit and, if you’re not using a tripod, you will also move, so when merging the images, it may get blurry or have “trails” for not being in the same exact spot.
HDR Photo Camera, by Intellsys, makes it easy for you to snap some shots without having to do the merging and changing the exposure settings.
This app will take 3 pictures with different exposure levels and do all the work for you. Then it will save the result to the camera roll, with the original 3 pictures.
Of course it won’t make miracles. You still must observe the main “rules” for a good HDR, such as taking pictures of something static. A landscape, for example. Trying to take a HDR photo of a jumping cat will not turn out good.
Perhaps one of the exceptions to this is taking HDR pictures of water. I happen to like very much of those, even though the water keeps moving.
This app has several modes to take the pictures, but you probably want the default. You also can set the focus/exposure brackets to be fast or more accurate. Go for the default until you learn to do it properly.
The final photo resolution is customizable. Default is maximum resolution.
You may have noticed that the iPhone has the HDR option natively, and if you ever tried it, you also noticed that it pretty much sucks. It takes 2 pictures and most of the time you will get the trails and double imaging.
Make the test and compare.
HDR Photo Camera is free for a limited time and you shouldn’t wait for too long.
I just realized that I have never mentioned Hipstamatic in this site. For that I am deeply sorry and I hope you can forgive me someday.
Synthetic Corp made this awesome app for those of you who love to take pictures, and need that extra little something to it.
This amazing app takes you on a tour around the Lomo world. These little cult cameras were once used by spies on the cold war. They were small, light, made of plastic, and easily “tuned” to adapt any situation.
Nowadays, when you buy a lomo, you also get duct tape to cover up some cracks in the structure that let light in. This is the great thing about lomo: each camera is different, lets a different amount of light in, and the results are always a surprise.
Take a look at some pics to see what I’m talking about.
So, Hipstamatic gets you that lomo feeling at each picture you take.
To immerse you even further in the experience, the app comes with a set of lenses, flashes and film roll, that you can select separately, or even shake the device to get a random combination.
The standard included sets are:
John S lens
Kaimal Mark II lens
Buckhorst H1 lens
Ina’s 1969 film
Kodot Verichrome film
Cherry Shine flash
If you really love it, you can buy additional sets to your collection:
Includes Helga Viking lens, 3 color flash gels, and Pistil film.
The Portland [99¢]
Includes the Lucifer VI lens and BlacKeys film.
Shibuya 渋谷区 [99¢]
Includes the Roboto Glitter lens, Berry Pop flash, and Float film.
Includes Alfred Infrared film and BlacKeys Supergrain film
The Mission [99¢]
Includes Bettie XL lens, Eggshell White camera case, and Ina’s 1935 film
Includes Chunky lens, Cano Cafenol film, Blanko Noir film, and Mr. Bling camera case
As if this is not enough, the app allows you to order paper prints of your pics.
Also, you can upload your pics directly to Facebook, Twitter, Flickr, and Tumblr.
Hipstamatic goes for $1.99, and it’s worth every penny.
Hipstamatic on the AppStore ($1.99)