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Yanik’s Top iPhone Photo Apps

I know many of you own an iPhone and I often get tweets on how I post process my iPhone photos. First off, I would just like to say that, without exeption, all my iPhone photos are processed within the iPhone. I don’t have the time or desire to process them on my computer.

So let me take this opportunity to go through my top iPhone photo apps. But more importantly, I’ll guide you through the apps and how I personally use them. Last June, I had posted my top iPhone photo apps but things move quickly in the app store and on my iPhone so this update was a long time coming! So let’s getto it.


PhotoForge

By far the closest app out there which resembles Photoshop and has a ton more features than the Photoshop app.  In conjunction with the drawing side, the photography side of the app is great. It’s very intuitive and the touch features work well. Here’s what I use PhotoForge for:

  • RGB Curves: you can play with red green blue curves on top of your normal curves adjustments. I use the RGB curves like a WB adjustment to cool or warm my image.
  • Unsharpen Mask: let’s face it. The IPhone camera is prone to camera shake thus creating movement blur so having the ability to sharpen your image like Photoshop’s Unsharp Mask is a no brainer.  You can control the Amount, Radius and Threshold.
  • Hue/Saturation: Tweak the hue, saturation and Lightness with sliders just like in Photoshop
  • Crop: I only use PhotoForge to crop my photos. it’s very easy and precise.
  • Sunset/Blue Sky: a neet little feature which adds an orange (sunset) or blue (blue sky) gradient to your image. Kindda like the graduated filter in Lightroom.
  • B&W and Sepia: gotta have those and they’re there and I do use it on occasion.

There are many more features like unlimited undos and tons of presets so as you can see, get a lot of bang for your buck! For only $2.99, you really get your money’s worth. What a deal! Here’s a video demo:

Best Camera

I use this app mostly to upload my photos to Facebook, Twitter, Flickr and the BestCamera site. But for the last little while, the Facebook upload doesn’t work. It does have some cool automatic stackable filters but I find that, for the most part, they are overpowering and degrades the image quality fairly fast. For automatic filters, I would rather use Camera Bag. You can get the app for $2.99. Here’s a video demo:

Camera Bag

This is a fun app with some fun presets to post process images quickly on the fly. My favorite preset is Helga which puts a vignette and slightly desaturates the colors. In total, you get 10 presets for $1.99.  I sometimes save my image with the Helga preset and then tweak it a bit more in Photoforge. Here’s a video demo:

Tilt Shift

This is a great app that I use very often not just to create a tilt shift miniature effect but also to blur backgrounds. What’s great about this app is that you can also adjust saturation, brightness and contrast. And at $1.99, it’s well worth every penny.

Pano

I tried a few free panorama apps but they don’t even come close to the precision of Pano! I was very surprised by the stiching quality. I love using this feature. Seeing the app icon on my phone reminds me of panorama options that I tend to forget with my DSRL. It’s as easy as taking your photos with Pano and then clicking “make my panorama now!” button. You can take up to 16 photos with a max resolution of 6800 x 800. You can get Pano for $2.99.

iTimelapse Pro

If you love timelapse photography like I do, you’ll want this app! For $2.99, it’s a steal. I’ve used it on photo shoots and on trips. It has flexible options including overlay (onion), high resolution recording, adding music and the ability to share it on Youtube, Facebook, Vimeo and email.

Video Recording on 2G/3G

Finally, if you’re like me and you’re not an owner of an iPhone 3Gs and you want to shoot some video, I recommend getting this one by Manfred Nerurkar. For $1.99 you’ll be able to record at 15 fps and add tons of cool effects like old movie and super 8. The great thing is that you can easily share your clips on Facebook, Twitter, Youtube and by email.

So there you have it! The iPhone photo apps that I use most often. I hope this will help you make some sound decisions on your next purchases.

5 responses on "Yanik's Top iPhone Photo Apps"

  1. Photocalc is great! Another app I find myself using often is Shoot Planner

  2. Great apps! I will check them out!

    There is an app named Strobox that let’s you create your own lighting diagrams. Excellent for studio work!

  3. May I recommend: Hipstamatic and Film Lab for all you old school filmy types!

  4. I only use Photoshop.com and I am very satisfied with it. Thanks for the others though. Feel free to browse my pictures – all takwn and altered with iPhone.

  5. Thx for this post mate! Very helpful!!!

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