Thursday, June 3, 2010

Photo Apps for the iphone

Most of the pictures on this blog were taken with Bip's iphone, mostly, the "shakeitphoto" app.

Now that I have my own iphone, though, I've found a couple of other apps and I just wanted to share the ones I really like to use. My apologies for the photos you've already seen before.

Of course, first we have the ever-popular "shakeitphoto". Josh and I both use this for just about everything. Once you take the photo, you actually take your phone and (to quote the great Andre3000) "shake it like a polaroid picture." It has a magical quality that makes colors more saturated and people more beautiful. It's pretty fantastic.

See? Magic.

Then I found another one, also called "shake it". This one really gives you that true Polaroid look and even takes a while to 'develop' (remember when people used polaroids in a non-hipster fashion? Like it was an ACTUAL CAMERA? Those were the days. I'm old and I still have mine). The only problem with this app is it doesn't automatically save to your photos, you have to save it before exiting the program. I stress this because I took some great photos of the dogs that are now lost forever because I assumed they had automatically saved themselves.

(I like this pic because my hair looks so long!)

Next is the "Cross Process" app. Since I've only had my phone a few days, I've only experimented with it a little bit, but I do love it deeply already. I think it loves me back.

Isn't it heavenly? Flowers courtesy of our sweet neighbors & friends Tim and Meredith. I adore Hydrangeas and cannot wait until we have our own.

(That's Julio 'talking' to me)

You can "Cross Process" a picture more than once, which is how you get the lighter tone.

Lastly, we have the "Hipstamatic" app. There is quite a lot of internet buzz about it, expecially in the blog-world. It is kind of cool because you can change out 'lenses', 'film', and 'flash' for different looks. However, of the photo applications I have tried on the iphone, this is my least favorite. I have gotten a few interesting pictures with it, but it's mostly a crapshoot. You never know what you're going to get with it, but most of the time it's not as good as you were hoping for. However, it's 'trendy' right now, so I guess people are going to like it even if it adds nothing to the photo most of the time.

(I have to confess, this is my favorite hipstamatic photo. Of course, I had an extremely photogenic subject.)

(looking a little green around the gills)

And, just for fun, here is an example of the Lego Photo app.



This one is not nearly as fun as I thought it would be, I was thinking it would be something more along the lines of the White Stripes' "Fell In Love With a Girl" video. But it's still kind of fun, and maybe someday I'll capture something great with it, you never know! This is another one where you have to save the photos to the phone yourself or they are gone forever.

Ok, I am off for a four day weekend, to get some stuff done around the house and to try to sell my fresh-out-of-storage stuff on Craigslist. More on that debacle another time!


  1. That first picture of Julio-where he's peeking out the window is SO cute. You should get it made into little notecards or something!!

  2. He's pretty darn cute, isn't he? He was sad momma was going to work that morning.

  3. I think the hipstamatic takes a while to figure out which lenses and film go well together. Another camera app you should try is QuadCamera - takes 4-8 pics in succession and is SO FUN!

  4. I have looked at the Quad-Camera, but not made the purchase yet!

    My recent adds have been bwCamera, ToyCamera, Plastiq, Fisheyes (eh), OldCamera, LOMOstyle and MoreLomo.

    You could say I'm addicted.

    I'd love to find a good app for macros, but haven't yet.

  5. this was wonderful!

    ill definitely get the first one and then the cross process too!
    loved it!

  6. Glad you liked it! Quad Camera, Plastiq and Lo-Mob are some recent new favorites of mine, too. I honestly haven't used my real camera in months.