Photo Tools and the Evolving Image
Innovations in cellphone cameras and software -- and a wave of apps that add artistic finishes -- have revolutionized photography. Now anyone with a cellphone can snap photos with a professional feel and share them. But are these tools making us better photographers? We discuss the new social art of photography, and explore the best apps, tools and projects that are changing the practice of photography and "phoneography."
Matthew Barrick's picks for best photo apps:
Lisbeth's Picks For Best Photo Apps:
- Image Blender for photos that look like double exposures
- Diptic for putting multiple photos into a grid
- SnapSeed - You can use it to add filters, textures, and make more precise edits.
- Vignette (an Android app)
- iPad apps for editing Photoshop Touch, iPhoto, Adobe Carousel
More of my personal favorites:
- Postagram for sending photos as a postcard straight from your phone
- PostalPix for ordering prints of your photos straight from your phone
- GIF Shop for making animated GIFs on your phone
- LensFlare, add 40+ lens flare effects to your photos from dreamy-looking sunlight to eerie J.J. Abrams-esque lights
- Camera+ for basic editing - straightening photos, cropping, making minor contrast, color adjustments
- 360 Panorama for shooting interactive 360-degree photos that you can share with anyone online
- Pocket Light Meter and Golden Hour -- I use these with my film cameras and DSLR.
- I haven't played with this, but this is an app that gives you Instagram-like filters within Photoshop. So the idea is that you can use those filters on your DSLR photos. It's called Photogram: http://pskiss.com/
- We're always writing about tips on using apps and DIY ideas on our Instagram (@photojojo), We Love Phoneography blog, and our newsletter.
- Here are a few write-ups we've done on phoneography:
- How to Use Your Android as a Photo Tool + Top 10 Apps
- 5 Fantastic DIY Ways to Take Your Cell Photos Off-Screen
- 10 Tips to Make Your Phone Photos Amazing
- 10 Ways to Play with Instagram
- DIY: Turn Phone Photos into Mural-Sized Prints