There are iOS based apps which make it fun to take pictures. There are numerous photo applications for iPhone in the iTunes Store; so many that they now constitute a separate category of programs. This review takes a closer look at five of them: Hipstamatic, Instagram, Genius, Photoshop Express and Pano.
Hipstamatic has become very popular across the country and around the world since last year and is still one of the most popular photo applications for iPhone. Briefly, Hipstamatic allows you to take pictures and adding effects to give a customized expression. In practice, the images resemble those of the albums from your parents and grandparents childhood.
Have you just seen others Hipstamatic images? But the program has a lot of choices and opportunities to create images of old-fashioned touch.
You can choose from several varieties of both lenses and film. When you buy the program it comes with three film versions and three lens types. You also have three flash types to choose from. All these can be combined as desired. If you took a picture as you chose the wrong lens, film and flash, you can change it afterwards. However, it was a little unclear from the settings that you chose before taking the picture.
Are you unsure of which settings you want, you can let the program decide by shaking the phone before shooting? And you will have more settings; you can purchase this through the program.
Images you collect in a separate gallery. From here you can put them in separate piles (stacks). The aim of the stacks is to simplify the organization of pictures, plus you can send off several pictures at a time simultaneously. Would you send your photos to Facebook, Tumblr, Flickr or e-mail, you can find links to it directly in the gallery.
The user interface appears slightly disorganized and messy, with no clear structure for menus and choices. Some of the reason for this may be enough that the interface should give the impression that you are using an old analog camera. This means, among other things, that the applicant is about 1/6 of the screen. This could Synthetic Corp., which created the program, with the benefit dropped. The important thing is how well the pictures are, or what?
All in all a great app that is worth the few crowns it costs. Hipstamatic gives you many opportunities to play with the age of your images, and can create effects that you otherwise only bring with advanced imaging applications.
Instagram is founded on the same principle as Hipstamatic and lets you take pictures and then provide those effects from the old camera.
In this program you will not see the effects on the image until after you have taken it. Once you’ve snapped, you can choose between 15 different effects. You can also select photos you already have in your phone’s photo gallery, and put effects on them.
An additional effect Instagram has in addition to the 15 “layers” you can add on, the so-called tilt shift effect. In short, do the parts of the image blurred, so that the image gives the illusion of looking at the subject in miniature.
Once you have processed finished the new or old photos, you can enter information about what you are shooting and how it is taken, if desired.
Instagram has many opportunities to share with other platforms. On the list you will find Facebook, Twitter, Flickr, Tumblr, Foursquare, Posterous and e-mail.
The difference between Hipstamatic and Instagram is that the latter, in addition, a social service, where you can share your photos with other Instagram users. Just like Twitter, you can see how many other Instagram users you follow and how many follow you.
The program requires you to register. However, this is done within seconds. Once you’ve registered, you can search for other Instagram users via such as Facebook or Twitter, and then see all the new pictures people post on his Instagram account. It looks unfortunately like you only get to see the pictures others have posted after you started following them.
In Instagram menus are slightly more transparent than in Hipstamatic, with a constant main menu at the bottom of the program window. The different windows are also clear and easy to navigate in.
We like this program very well, especially because you can take both new images and retrieve from the old phone’s gallery. In addition, it is straightforward and easy, and gives you the opportunity to share the joys of the program with other users in many ways.
Genius lot like Hipstamatic and Instagram, but also allows you to record video.
The program also has several handy features, such as burst, time release and stabilization. A native guide with tips and tricks on how to take good pictures can also do wonders for novice photographers.
Pointless video frames
The video portion of Genius works in practice just like the iPhone’s built-in camera function. In addition, you have no way to edit the film like you can with the pictures you take with the Genius.
In the main program window, you can easily snap your first picture as you can access the main menu. Need help elements as grid so you can find the golden ratio faster, you can enable this. “Requires registration”.
Are you principled opponent of the programs you use to know where in the world you are, it can be difficult to use Genius. For you to see the pictures you take, you must specifically allow it locates you using your phone’s GPS.
Again, you can choose to take new photos or access from old phone’s photo gallery. Once you have taken or retrieved an image, you can apply effects, adjust color and lighting, cut the picture and replace the frame. The effect is reminiscent of many of those in the other two programs, for example, you can give your image an “old” effect. However, other effects, such as gold shimmer, sepia, extra glow and black and white are available. You can nicely add multiple effects on top of each other in one image.
Send pictures “everywhere”
Genius has a great choice when it comes to sharing pictures on social media. On the list you will find Facebook, Flickr, Picasa, Twitter, MobileMe, and Tumblr. In addition, you can send the image via e-mail or phone clipboard.
The menus are clear and straightforward, and we never wonder where we are or what we do, as is the case sometimes was with Hipstamatic.
Interest imagery you get more entertainment out of Hipstamatic and Instagram. But are you also looking for a program that lets you extract the images, the Genius is a good choice.
Photoshop Express Review
This is the most technical programmed we are dealing with at this time. Photoshop Express is as the name suggests, an extremely light version of Adobe Photoshop advanced image editor for Mac and PC. Find Mac coupon codes here at CouponColor.com.
Again, you can choose whether to take a new picture or edit the one you already have. Once you’ve selected a picture, you get four different menus to choose from: Cropping, adjustment, filters and effects. During alignment, you can play with such brightness of the image. In the filter menu, you can for example make the image sharper or less sharp. Here’s an effect (Reduce Noise) which is not available before buying it from Adobe. If you are looking to save money, then you can try receiving Adobe Coupons here.
Among the effects one can choose from different color schemes, “white glow”, “warm vintage” and “rainbow”. You also have the option to add on different frames around the image if you want it.
The pictures you can share to Photoshop.com, Facebook and Twitpic. Not any major sharing opportunities here that is. There is no shortcut to send the photo by e-mail.
Adobe has done a good job with the menus in Photoshop Express, especially considering that the first (original program) is so advanced. However, it is never hard to know where in the menus you are, where you are and where you tap to get back.
The program does not give you the great opportunities when it comes to adding aesthetic or fun filters to photos, and perhaps best suited for those with a more technical approach to the pictures you take with your mobile phone. Are you in the audience, the program works very well?
Pano is one of the applications in the iTunes Store that lets you take panoramic pictures with your mobile phone.
This is a very simple program, in fact so simple that it does not have any menus. When you start the program brings up a search that covers almost the entire screen. Then you just start shooting for each picture you take, adding a “watermark” of part of the previous picture in the viewfinder, so you should be able to find the edge of the previous picture. Without this tool, it would be virtually impossible to get the different images to fit flush against each other.
it seems in fact that it placed a small angle difference between each image, possibly to give the merged image the illusion that the image is taken with a wide angle lens. This turns dog bit wrong, when the angle difference makes it impossible to get one picture to fit perfectly into the edge of the other. Thus is revealed the fast if you try to convince anyone that your image is actually an image.
You can choose how many images you want to combine into a panorama, and if you want to take pictures vertically or in landscape format.
Here you can see a panorama of the pictures we took with Pano:
The program provides no ability to send pictures on to social media or e-mail. Saved panoramas lands right in the phone’s photo gallery.
Pano is without doubt the program you speak to the fullest fastest. It is so easy to navigate that it’s brilliant. Unfortunately the program is not in itself so very well, and the seams between the images can be virtually never hiding.