Monday, December 12, 2011

Top 5 iPhone Photography Apps

For the first post to the blog, I wanted to share a topic that most people - regardless of their photography skill level - could get engaged with.  So as I am sitting here listening to Adele on iTunes, let's talk about Dakota Vision Photography's Top 5 iPhone Photography Apps.

1.  Photogene2 - $0.99  Photo Editing
After opening a picture from your camera roll or directly from the application, just tap on the wrench and let the fun begin!
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The user interface is quite easy to learn.  The feature list is quite impressive.  You have high-end features like histograms, IPTC, luminance & chroma denoise, curves, cloning and dodge & burn tools.  Add to this basic white balance & color tools, standard filters, text options and borders - you have one Powerful editing tool at your fingertips.

2.  360 Panorama - $0.99  360 Degree Panoramic
Have you wanted to show off your new kitchen remodel, but just couldn't figure out how to do it without sending 50 pictures?  Here is your software.  This software has a useful gyroscope feature which allows the capture of more accurate panoramas.  The program takes a little longer than standard stitching apps, but the overall quality is extremely good.

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When you load the app you are presented with a 360 view grid with in image in it from your camera.  You turn in a 360 degree circle pausing as the camera catches up to create your panorama.  You can view your image as a live image, save it to your camera roll as a regular image, email it, or upload it.  Some uploads allow for the 360 view as well - especially for those that want an interactive photo.  This is a simple app that works well in well-light areas.

3.  Pro HDR - $1.99  High Dynamic Range (HDR)

This app is not just like the one included in your 'Camera' app which takes one photo and enhances it.  This actually allows you control over your high dynamic range photography including exposures and in-app capture.  It is not meant for taking pictures of the buzzer beating shot - it's meant for something that holds its place for 2 seconds or more while the photos are being captured.  Image alignment and HDR merging is in-app and quite powerful allowing for up to 8mb photos.  For those beautiful sunsets without blown-out highlights and extremely dark shadows - this is the app for you!

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4.  ColorSplash - $0.99  B&W with Color Editing

ColorSplash lets you quickly and easily give photos a dramatic look by converting them to black and white, while keeping your chosen details in color. This effect draws the viewers' attention to the colored areas, creating striking images.

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Thanks to its intuitive and responsive user interface, ColorSplash is super easy and fun to use. You simply use your finger as a brush to remove or bring back the original color from regions of your image. Using a two finger pinching gesture you can quickly zoom in and out in order to work on fine details or larger areas. Works well with reflections, singling out people in a crowd, sunrise/set, and many other types of photographs.

5.  TPE - $8.99  The Photographer's Ephemeris

Yes, for you experienced photographers - there is even an app for you!  Remember, it's all about the light.  An ephemeris is a table of numbers giving the position of astronomical objects in the sky over time. The Photographer’s Ephemeris gives the raw data, but goes on to display it visually, overlaid on Google Maps, allowing the user to see the angle of the sun and moon for any time and date and any location on earth.  It is a map-centric sun and moon calculator: see how the light will fall on the land.
TPE's map-based approach means you are not limited to a predefined list of locations, which often don't include the places many photographers go. Instead, search for any place name on the planet or position the map pin exactly where you want it.

While originally conceived for landscape and urban architecture shooters, all outdoor photographers can use TPE to plan the best locations and times for a given shot.

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Well, that's our list - comment or add any suggestions to the list that you have on your iPhone. You don't have to have an expensive DSLR to enjoy photography! See you behind the lens...