Though it may be hard to believe, it’s only been about six years since Apple unveiled the first iPhone. Since its June 2007 release, the iPhone and the class of ultra-versatile smartphones it inspired have changed the way we browse the internet, get directions, stay organized, and stay connected with friends, family, and colleagues.
Another realm in which the iPhone has had an enormous impact is that of photography. In a hugely controversial decision last May, the Chicago Sun-Times laid off its entire 28-person photography staff, training reporters in “iPhone photography basics,”and relying on them generate photographic content instead.
In the past few years the popularity of iPhone photography has exploded, even gaining its own name: “iPhoneography.” Because of the enormous popularity of iPhoneography and the lackluster quality of the iPhone’s native camera app, there are a ton of photo-taking and editing apps available in the app store.
Don’t fret, though; we’ve taken the time to compile a list of the 5 best apps for iPhone photography. Download these 5 apps to take your iPhone photos to the next level.
App number 1: Camera+ ($1.99)
Created by Tap Tap Tap, Camera+ is the current best-selling camera app for the iPhone, and that comes as no surprise to us. This app has a ton of great features, and Tap Tap Tap always seems to be working on improving them and adding new ones.
The appropriately named Camera+ can be used to both take and edit photographs. For shooting, Camera+ boasts features like a 6x zoom, anti-shake, and a grid overlay to assist with composition.
Once you’ve taken a photo you like, you can open Camera+’s Lightbox, a sort of staging area where you can view the photos you’ve just taken, import images already on your iPhone, and delete unsatisfactory images before they reach your camera roll. The Lightbox is also where you choose which photo you’d like to edit.
With the editing software you can add a variety of color and retro effects via the intuitive thumbnail-style menu (which also allows you to preview your edited image). You can also manually crop the photo to your own specifications, or select one of several standard sizes from the app’s menu. You can finalize your image by choosing a border, and share it on Facebook, Twitter, Flickr, or send it in an email, all from within the app.
Stay tuned, another app tomorrow!