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Fun Photo Apps for the iPhone & iPod

Updated on April 7, 2012

One of my favorite features of the iPhone is the camera.

The camera itself doesn't always produce the best quality images, especially in low-light and the response time of the shutter can be difficult for moving targets or candid shots, but the convenience is ideal and with a little practice, you can be taking professional photographs in no time. In addition there is a vast array of apps for improving the quality of your photos, adding filters, sharing & printing right from the device that are all either free or very inexpensive.

Enhance Your Pictures Taken on the iPhone with Photo+

The Photo+ App ($1.99) is both a camera and a photo editor. What I love about taking photos with it, is the continuous shutter, so you can just keep snapping away, until you get the best expression or ideal shot you are looking for.

Photo+ iPhone App ($1.99)

Photo+ Lightbox UI, showing additional options for photos captured using the app or uploaded from the native Camera Roll.
Photo+ Lightbox UI, showing additional options for photos captured using the app or uploaded from the native Camera Roll. | Source

All of the photos appear in a fancy Lightbox feature that allows you to easily scroll through and choose the best one. Once you have chosen your image, from the Lightbox, you have the options to:

  • Edit
    Lots of great options including changing the lighting from the "Scenes" filter, adjusting the orientation, cropping, Special Effects (My favorites include 'Magic Hour', 'Sepia', 'Fashion' & 'Ansel')
  • Share
    Built in options include Flickr, Facebook, Twitter, SMS (text message) or Email
  • Save (to your camera roll)
  • Info
    Date, time, resolution, file size, ISO, lens, f/stop, shutter speed, and location (if geotag is enabled)

Photosynth (Panoramas)

(free)
A great app for shooting panoramic shots. It would be most ideal to use a tripod, but the beach photo below was taken freestanding and came out pretty well.

Beach Panorama taken with Photosynth iPhone app
Beach Panorama taken with Photosynth iPhone app | Source
Running brook taken with SlowShutter app
Running brook taken with SlowShutter app | Source

SlowShutter

($1.99)
Ever seen those beautiful photos of soft, running water in a green forest and wonder how that effect is achieved? Usually a photograph is taken by quickly opening and closing the shutter to allow light to hit and expose the film, but if you leave the shutter open longer, than anything that is moving will become blurry. The SlowShutter app allows you to easily achieve this effect.

Once again, a tripod would be ideal for shooting these types of images, but I have another sample to the right that I took at a small running brook without a tripod and it didn't come out too bad. I am really looking forward to using this app more.

Share Your Photos Online

There are thousands of ways to share your photos with others online including social media, such as Facebook or Twitter, and websites that share albums and give the options to print photos, such as DotPhoto or ShutterFly.

It really depends on your personal preference and who you would like to share it with. For me, I mostly use Facebook to share photos of my children with a close group of family or friends. For photos I take that I want to share with the world, I use Instagram.

Instagram Photo Sharing
Instagram Photo Sharing | Source

Instagram

Instagram is a free social media iPhone app that allows you to quickly share and tag your photos with other Instagram users. You can follow people with similar interests like many other social media websites and by using a hashtag, you can tag your photos and find others sharing images with a similar description.

Postagram Postcards - Send Your Photos to friends & family for $0.99!
Postagram Postcards - Send Your Photos to friends & family for $0.99! | Source

Postagram Postcards

Postagram Postcards is also a free iPhone app, but for $0.99 you can send a printed postcard with your photo to anyone in the world. It's a great way to send photos to people who are not online very often or do not have computer access. I have used it many times to also send long distance thank you cards with a personal touch.

Just for Fun Photo Apps

I enjoy testing out a variety of photography apps on the iPhone, below are some samples of photographs taken just for fun.

Photo Mess is an app to help you create fun collages
Photo Mess is an app to help you create fun collages | Source
Labelbox app allows you to place text on photos
Labelbox app allows you to place text on photos | Source
CamWow is an app similar to PhotoBooth on the Mac. It has a variety of filters to distort images.
CamWow is an app similar to PhotoBooth on the Mac. It has a variety of filters to distort images. | Source

iPhone/iPod Camera Tips

  • Did you know?
    Earbuds with volume control can work as a shutter. With iOS 5, you can use the '+' (volume up) button as a shutter release on both the phone, as well as, a set of plugged in earbuds. The earbud method is great for use with a tripod and to avoid any shaking to get a clear image.
  • Need to transfer photos from your iPhone to HubPages?
    There is an app for that! The HubPages app allows you to upload photos from your iPhone, saving you time from downloading the photos to your computer and then uploading them to your HubPages account.
  • Blurry shots?
    Focus on individual subjects by tapping on them on the iPhone screen, this will also adjust the lighting, so tap away and create your perfect photo before pressing the shutter.

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