We are new to using our iPhone for photographs. We only just bought the new iPhone 4s before leaving on our trip to Europe and we have been learning and testing as we go.
Lucky for us, we had the chance to hang out with iPhone photographer extraordinaire, Kirsten Alana while staying at our apartment in Rome with HouseTrip and she shared a lot of her expertise with us. We've been playing around with apps and learning how to use a few of them and I really wanted to share what we've figured out.
It's a Whole New World!
I cannot believe the things you can do with an iPhone. We're taking photos that we never thought possible and are having a blast doing it. It's finally fun to upload our shots to the Internet and share them with our network we aren't embarrassed anymore. We have joined the cool kids and now take fun and interesting photographs. So let's look at what we've learned so far.
We started using this app last year when Sherry Ott of Ottsworld introduced us to it during the Mongol Rally and have only just started using it regularly.
How it works – Go to the instagram app and either take a photo with your iPhone or choose a photo from your library to share. Then choose a filter of your choice, write a comment to go along with it and choose the social network you want to share it with. (you can hook up your social networks like Twitter, Facebook, Four Square and flickr) It will automatically go up on Instagram and your friends and family will be amazed with your photography skills.
Follow us on Instagram and let's start sharing photos we're ThePlanetD
This is a very cool app that we were introduced to by another iPhone uber-expert Jen Pollack Bianco. Diptic allows you to combine several photos into a very cool collage. You can choose the amount of photos you want in the image, what way you'd like them to go – horizontal or vertical and choose the type and width of border you want. If you have a photo series that you want to share, it's a great way to show it off.
Snapseed is sort of like photoshop for the iPhone. It is a fun tool that allows you to enhance your photos and make them pop out of the computer. You can either take a photo or choose one from your iPhone's library and then turn your snapshot into a masterpiece.
Tools: you can crop, sharpen an entire image or just a specific location, make a photo black and white, add filters and effects such as vintage or grunge, put frames around he photo and adjust the width. You can straighten your image and even use selective focus. Get creative and have some fun!
HDR has been hot these days and now you can do it on your iPhone. The app will automatically take two photos for you at two different exposures. (You can also have it set to automatic and just tap the screen and the camera will do everything for you or you can put it on manual mode and select the areas you want the camera to focus on) It then combines the two photos taken at different exposures. You can then adjust the brightness, contrast, saturation, warmth and tint, It almost makes your photograph look like a painting. What I also love is how you can write text on the photo, put a border of choice around the photo and turn it into a post card. Yes, I'm having fun with Pro HDR
This app by SmugMug does exactly what it says; it makes your photos awesome with the awesomize app. You can choose from different filters, textures, effects and frames. Camera Awesome does a lot of what instagram does, but it gives you a wider range of choice and you can crop, flip and rotate your photos as well.
What I love is the image stabilizer that steadies the camera while taking a photo in low light.
You can select focus on an object after the photo is taken and change your exposures.
You can do so many things with the apps mentioned above. Each of them has their benefits and we've been using them all for different occasions. The one draw back we find is that the apps suck our battery life. However, there is an extra battery pack that you can buy that we'll be ordering when we get home. We also learned another trick by National Geographic photographer Ken Kaminesky (yes, I had to throw that in, I know a National Geographic photographer) about getting a mount for the iphone so that you can put in on a tripod or an extender to take photographs of yourself!
In a few weeks, I may have to do a follow up post about all the extra gadgets you can buy for the iPhone. I think I'm converted. It's iPhone photos for me!
There are other apps that we are just starting to play around with like Photosynth which I am loving on the iPhone, but don't have a clue how to upload onto my computer since we use a mac and it is a microsoft program. We have some awesome 3D images from the Vatican that are so far only being used for our viewing pleasure. We've also been playing around with PhotoBox allows us to bulk upload to facebook add photo effects to your pictures.
We've only just scratched the surface as to what you can do with iPhone photography and there are several other apps out there as well.
Do you have a favourite iPhone photo app that you'd like to share?