I recently replaced my 16GB 1st Gen iPod Touch with a 32GB 4th Gen iPod Touch. I’ve had a chance to try out quite a few apps, some of which are new and some which are old favorites of mine. What I wanted to do was to put together a list of some of the apps that I enjoy most from the various categories.
Rather than trying to list all my favorites apps from all the categories in one post, I will just focus the ones relating to photography right now and cover the others in subsequent posts.
If you don’t have an iPhone or have an iPod without a camera, then obviously some of these apps will be of no use to you. There will be many listed in future posts though that will be worth checking out.
I will list a short description and a few reasons why I think each one are worth checking out. These are not necessarily in a particular order.
Diptic – This is one of my favorites. It allows you to combine multiple pics (either from the camera or from your stored photos) into one and gives you a bunch of different layouts to choose from. You can then easily e-mail your photo or upload directly to Facebook from inside the app. Diptic is an amazingly simple program to use and it does just what I need it to.
If you head on over to Flickr and check out the Diptic App group you can see some great examples of what this app can do.
Hipstamatic – This is cool photo app that simulates a wide variety of old lenses, flashes, and film types. I feel that in-app purchases of what they refer to as “Hipstapaks” are necessary to get the most enjoyment out of this app. Hipstapaks are different groupings of lenses, film, and flash add-ons you can purchase to simulate additional equipment. This would be especially cool on the iPhone which has a far superior camera. The fact that the photos are designed to have that “old photo” look to them might help hide the subpar quality of the pictures taken on the iPod.
If you want some examples of the type of photos you can take with this app, head over and check out the Hipstamatic group on Flickr where you can see over 85,000 examples from more than 7,000 group members.
Pro HDR – This is a pretty decent app when it comes to bringing out detail in darker areas. It takes a series of two or three pics that it merges to create a photo that has good all-around exposure. The multiple shots take a little bit longer than I would like. If you can hold your camera somewhat steady though, it does a pretty good job of combining them together. It obviously won’t match the quality of what you could put together with a program like Photomatix, but for an app it does a respectable job.
Goomifier – I love this app. Take a photo and easily morph it into something hilarious. You can shrink people’s heads, stretch out their noses, give them crazy expressions, or whatever other things you can think of, and then save, e-mail, or upload your creation to Facebook. If you make a mistake or want to revert to the original, just give your iPod a quick shake and watch it morph back to normal. This is a great time waster and never seems to get old.
Incredibooth – This is a fun app that simulates a B&W photo booth. It snaps four consecutive pictures and then presents them in a sheet of black and white prints. Simple and fun app that should provide a lot of fun at parties or when just goofing around with friends. It utilizes the front-facing camera and you can see yourself on-screen so you know exactly what will show up in the picture when you take it.
Pano – This is a slick app for creating panoramic photographs. It walks you through each shot, and provides a ghost image of the previous shot so you line up your pictures better. It does a pretty good job putting them together and is an overall cool photo app to have on hand.
PicBounce – I was not going to put this in my list because of one big reason. The user agreement for this app required that you agree to let PicBounce access your Facebook account even when you are not using the application. This did not sit well with me at all and that was unfortunate because I loved the program. I just went to iTunes a minute ago to see if others had the same concerns and it appears that I wasn’t the only one. Their most reason update, which was yesterday states “You spoke and we listened. PicBounce 1.3 no longer requires ‘offline access” to your Facebook account.” This is good news and removes the one problem I had with this. PicBounce is a great program for taking a picture and uploading to either Facebook or Twitter (or both at once). You take the picture, write a description, and upload. That’s all it does and if that’s all you need, then this app is perfect.
This app is also free right at the time of this post, so there is no reason not to check it out.
Phanfare – This app is good if you host your photos on Phanfare and if you do, you are probably well aware of this already. Phanfare is still the most complete online photo site I have found to date. You were already able to manage and edit your pictures online and even offline using their awesome desktop application. Now you can add your mobile device to the mix and do many of the same things right from inside the Phanfare app.
Perfect Photo – Nice app that allows extensive tweaking of photos and also provides some instant affects you can apply like Posterize or Pencil Paint.
It relies heavily on sliders to make adjustments and would be nice to have numbers that would reflect the position of the slider, but that isn’t enough of a gripe to make it a deal breaker.
Well, that’s a list of the photo apps I enjoy and use most often. If there is one you think I should check out, please don’t hesitate to leave a comment. I will be covering another category of apps in a future post.