My previous post about smartphone apps for graphic designers got some great reactions, well- most of the reaction was like, “Hey, this stuff is all for the iPhone… arghh!”. So I am dedicating this post, and the series to follow, strictly to the iPhone.
Let’s face it, the iPhone has some seriously cool apps when it comes to design and photography. I shoot more photos on my iPhone than I do on any other camera that I own… for real.
It is easy to do (I always have my phone on me), super easy to share with anyone through email or posting to Facebook, the quality can be very high and it is cheap- besides that, the pictures are sometimes amazing and some of the best images I have taken (disclaimer: I take A LOT of pics, a lot of them do outright suck).
Hipstamatic is the King of iPhone photography IMO. The options and the interface are amazingly simple and not just fluff. Enough said.
Nike HipstaPak now available for Hipstamatic. Use the in-app store to download.
Check out Hipstamatic’s Facebook page where they show off some of their newest lenses and films like the free SXSW FreePak.
And yes, that is Charlie to the left!
There is no real instant gratification here, this is something you logg everyday and it pays off (hopefully) in the end (whenever that is?). Take a picture of yourself. Every day. Set reminders. Get into the habit. The more pictures you have, the better your Everyday app will be.
I started to take a few pictures everyday since May- I set reminders for 10am, 6pm and 11pm and so far it is starting to get interesting… but nothing like the artist, and co-creator of the app., Noah Kalina’s everyday picture video that he took over 6 years.
360 Panorama is pretty easy to use, if you have a steady hand. I have talked about it in the past and I still am a fan of the way it can seamlessly build in realtime as every incoming frame is processed.
Slit-Scan is a technique much better shown than said, but… it captures an image one chunk at a time from a moving horizontal position- kinda like dragging your hand across a photocopier. I haven’t tried this one yet-but I just downloaded it!
Interlacer combines alternating lines from multiple images and colors to make a new image. The end result can vary from a multiple exposure to a color tinted photo to a very abstract creation.
[Android friendly!] Photoshop express is simple and easy to use- I have only really ever used the crop feature, but it takes about 3 touches and I have a cropped photo. Bam!
There are a bunch of iPhoneography apps that I haven’t jumped on getting yet or I have checked out and they just lacked in some way- either the interface was real bad or the idea was good but the execution wasn’t there.
Any iPhoneographers out there that can recommend some that I haven’t seen? I would love to hear about or see what you have taken with em’. We can try to feature them in part deux!