Even if you don’t have the new iPhone 4, with it’s 5 megapixel and HD video capabilities, you can still capture and edit some great photos and video with some new apps and some extra hardware.
This is not a complete list, however it does cover some new ways to shoot better photos and capture your videos easier with your smartphone. I covered the iPhone, well… because I use it. There are lots of video apps and hardware for a wide range of smartphones out there- let me know if you use a different phone and what apps/hardware you use and we can add them to the list.
Camera Pro Plus
This app’s biggest selling point is its strong suite of tools for still photography. Photo editing is faster than on many other apps, because users can make several adjustments to the photo and click once to save the edits. If you’re looking for an all-in-one camera app that will not just let you snap images but make some on-the-spot edits to them and share them with others, Camera Plus Pro is worth a look.
360 Panorama – Realtime
360 Panorama allows you to create some huge panoramas, easily. Just tap the screen and pan your phone camera in any direction. You’ll see your panorama being built in realtime as our computer vision-based system analyzes every incoming image. When you’re done, you can save your panorama instantly to the Camera Roll, no need to wait for it to stitch.
I am a toy camera geek! Plastic Bullet puts the fun, spontaneity, and surprise of plastic-fantastic toy cameras on your phone. Just tap to turn your photos into gloriously unpredictable works of art, then tap again to change the look.
With a whole new genre of films being produced strictly on smartphones currently, creatives are learning how to overcome things like poor video quality by steadying their shoots with products like Zacuto’s Zgrip iPhone PRO. There is far too much side to side movement when shooting with an phone even when trying to hold it with two hands very steady. The iPhone snaps into the cradle, the cradle snaps into the Zacuto Zgrip and you are ready to shoot steady like a pro.
This is a bit more hi-tech, but it looks pretty rad not to mention. DSLR Slate is the perfect companion for the DSLR Filmmaker. As a Universal App, DSLR Slate runs natively on iPad, iPhone, and iPod Touch. “Slating” shots has become standard practice on set and helps streamline shot logging and post production. Along with a color chart and selectable running timecode, DSLR Slate has all the traditional items for input such as Scene, Take, Framerate, Director, etc.