My Best iPhone Photo Apps – 10 Images From Downtown Long Beach

While pedaling around Downtown Long Beach on my bike today I pulled out my iPhone 4 to try out a few new photo apps I recently downloaded. Then I got the idea to make a quick series of photos using the different apps… So the following 10 images were all created and edited with different apps on the Apple iPhone 4 within a span of about an hour and a half on the evening of January 18, 2011. Enjoy!


* Images have been scaled down in Photoshop on my computer to upload easier. The Hipstamatic images were accidentally shot using the “low quality” setting. Woops!


Here are the the different iPhone 4 photography apps I use…

Camera – The stock camera on iPhone 4 is really good, and I still use it most often for taking snapshots with the phone.

Hipstamatic – This app is super popular and is kind of a cheater’s way of making a cool image. But I don’t care, call me a cheater… A cool image is a cool image in my book. My favorite lens and film combo is the John S lens with Kodot XGrizzled film.

AutoStitch Panorama – Overall I am really impressed with the AutoStitch app. It makes great panoramic images, but since you have to take several individual photos and “stitch” them together, it doesn’t always produce the results I hope for. I think I’m starting to like 360 Pano a bit better now that I’ve used it more. However, because AutoStitch uses individual photos, the end result is sharper than 360 Pano, so I feel like I have to choose which app to use based off the intended usage of the photo. The cropping tool works great, too.

Pro HDR – This is probably my favorite photo app so far…well worth the $1.99 price tag. It has plenty of manual controls to tweak your photo, and it is super easy to use. I’ve been extremely impressed with the quality of the images it produces and I don’t feel like any other apps give me the the flexibility that this one does. I would recommend this app to everyone that owns an iPhone 4.

OldPhotoPRO
– This is a pretty rad app that has really cool results. Some people may love the look, and others may hate it, but I’m into it. However, I haven’t paid for the high-resolution (and ad-free) upgrade, so my image quality hovers around 640 x 479 pixels, which is really small compared to what iPhone 4 is capable of cranking out.

Camera+ – Am I missing something here? Besides being able to set a self timer, I haven’t found a time when this app comes in handy. I never use it.

360 Panorama – With this app you simply wave your phone through the air (slowly and smoothly) for the app to capture what’s in front of it and build a panoramic photo out of the scene. The image is created seamlessly, so there aren’t ever any vertical lines showing where multiple images have been stitched together, but the cropping tool is difficult to use, and the image quality isn’t as sharp as I’d like it to be.

TiltShiftGen – Creating a tilt-shift effect is pretty cool, but even though this app is easy to use and produces good results, I’m either just not a fan of the tilt-shift look, or I simply haven’t found many instances where it is effective. This one is almost more of a novelty app to me as opposed to something with a great function.

iTimeLapse – This app is more for the video side of things, and I haven’t used it enough to figure out if I like it or not.

PS Express – I only keep this app around for basic photo editing—rotating images or adjusting the contrast, saturation, or exposure. It gets the job done.

CameraBag – This app has a bunch of different types of photo filters built in, but I don’t like any of them very much so I rarely use the app.

8mm Vintage Camera – This is another video app, so I won’t go into details here, and although I love this one for Twitter videos, I have never tried it out in any other outlets.

3 thoughts on “My Best iPhone Photo Apps – 10 Images From Downtown Long Beach

  1. Noah

    These look great!

    It also proves that you don’t need a DSLR to take nice photos. I am a bit envious of your creativity and eye for photos :)

  2. Corey Thomas

    Got a question bro. I just ordered my new 7d kit with a couple of lenses and a 580ex ii. I like the pocket wizards plus ii but is there another reputable brand out there thats a little cheaper? I know pw is the best and i’ll probably bite the bullet and get them but wanted a pros opinion.

    Thanks Fat

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