Best 10 Apps for iPhoneography

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iPhoneography is the art of creating photos using an Apple iPhone.  It is also known as i4neography, and uses iOS- based applications to take photographs.  It originally started with the iPhone 2G in 2007, as it was the first time a camera/phone was considered advanced enough for more professional photographers to start experimenting with.

Today iPhoneography has become a recognized art form and with the release of some incredible new apps, has become increasingly sophisticated.   This, in turn, has opened up a previously limited field (photography) to allow for emerging artists, creative, photographers and social media users to bring their work to the public domain via the internet.

Here are the top ten apps for iPhoneography:

iColorama

icolorama

Price: Available from the App store priced at ÂŁ1.49/$1.99

What’s great about it: The last touch for your images, apply a variety of different effects, colours, filters and image settings.

Features:

  • 4 circle masks for enhancing details
  • Deform or change the image using your finger or 8 deform presets
  • Enhance the colours and tones of your images with more than 200 presets
  • Sketch, Simplify and Painterly effects allow you to create amazing pieces of art
  • Upload directly the result to Instagram, VK, Flickr, Facebook, Twitter and Tumblr

PureShot 2.0

PureShot 2.0

Price: Available from the App store priced at ÂŁ2.49/$3.99

What’s great about it: Described by Apple as the “no nonsense” camera app, PureShot is like a filter-free zone for your photo updates, the new and improved 2.0 version offers a number of new features.

Features:

  • three (3) frames multilevel HDR processing engine
  • automatic and manual ghosts removal
  • composition filters (Natural, Vignette, Dynamic, Vibrant, Sky Map™)
  • post-processing color adjustment
  • 16 Mpx (and more) compatible
  • New background saving hugely extends the shot buffer
  • New 3-shot burst and 3-shot exposure bracket options
  • New background saving hugely extends the shot buffer
  • New 3-shot burst and 3-shot exposure bracket options
  • Maximize viewfinder for iPhone and iPod touch with 3.5-inch screens

Instagram

Instagram

Price: Available from the App store for free
What’s great about it: With over 100 million users, Instagram is a fun and free way to share photos and to keep tabs on what users across the globe are snapping and sharing, from your friends to celebrities.

Features:

  • 100% free custom designed filters and borders such as XPro-II, Earlybird, Rise, Amaro, Hudson, Lo-fi, Sutro, Toaster, Brannan, Inkwell, Walden, Hefe, Nashville, 1977, and others.
  • Instant sharing to Facebook, Twitter, Flickr, and Tumblr
  • Free unlimited uploads
  • Linear and Radial Tilt-Shift blur effects for extra depth of field
  • Full iPhone 5 front & back camera support

Instant, The Polaroid Instant Camera

Instant, The Polaroid Instant Camera App

Price: Available from the App store priced at £0.69/$0.99
What’s great about it: Instant offers the best simulated Polaroid photo effect available, and who doesn’t love a good Polaroid?!
Features:

  • 30 unique vintage style photo filters
  • 10 unique handwriting style fonts to add to your photographs
  • Text can be resized and rotated using your finger
  • Adjustable border effects including 26 different colours, crosshatch effect, stain and wrinkle
  • Filter effects to make the photos appear more like real polaroids

Starmatic

Starmatic

Price: Available from the App store for free
What’s great about it: The legendary Brownie Starmatic camera at the touch of your finger on your iPhone.
Features:

  • Import your pictures in any format: square, landscape or portrait
  • Innovative user interface and scroll features between pictures
  • Filter and save your filtered pictures in your camera roll, post them on Starmatic and share them on Facebook or Twitter, only if you wish to
  • Import your all your Instagram pictures in a few clicks
  • Change instantly between camera films / currently two films including a total of 26 stunning filters

Etchings

Etchings

Price: Available from the App store priced at £0.69/$0.99
What’s great about it: Create beautiful, unique etched illustrations and artwork from your photo library.
Features:

  • Once you have created your etching, it’s easy to share on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram
  • Amazing filters including the “classic” to create black and white photo etchings, or other more fun filters like the “air mail” to create a postcard effect.
  • Etchings works well with other apps, easy to import images directly and to export them in high resolution to your camera roll or other photo apps.
  • Adds a unique and classic effect to any image.
  • Follow on Twitter at #etchings to see what artists are creating using the app

Percolator 2.0

Percolator 2.0

Price: Available from the App store priced at £1.49/$1.99
What’s great about it: A very fun, coffee-inspired app which allows you to transform any image into a breath-taking colourful mosaic.
Features:

  • Unique “brews” each with their own retro-inspired look
  • Easy to share creations through email, Facebook, Twitter or Instagram
  • Intuitive dials allow you to create amazing mosaic creations 
  • New filters and effects, like Treble, Superstar, and SteepiaTM
  • Unique textures ranging from Paper Cup to Clouds, extend the creative possibilities.

Popsicolor

Popsicolor

Price: Available from the App store priced at £1.49/$2.99
What’s great about it: Makes turning your photos into a watercolour painting or ink drawing seem like child’s play.
Features:

  • Amazing watercolour and ink effects.
  • High resolution output
  • Share on email, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Postcards
  • 23 varieties of intensity or focus (16 ways to accent your settings alone!)
  • Optional border and auto-enhance setting

KitCam NightSnap

KitCam NightSnap

Price: Available from the App store priced at £0.69/$0.99
What’s great about it: Take awe inspiring photos even in very low light.
Features:

  • Night Snap allows you to manually set the exposure time (shutter speed) up to one full second.
  • Great night and low light shots
  • Capture light trails in the dark
  • 10 New geometric shape frames: Circles, diamonds, hearts and more. These frames will really make a statement!
  • Easily export your originals without reverting any of your edits: When saving and sharing your photos you may now choose to share the original/master rather than your edited version.

Hipstamatic

Hipstamatic

Price: Available from the App store priced at £1.49/$1.99
What’s great about it: Digital photography at it’s very best. Easy to make and share beautiful photography.
Features:

  • Hundreds of different effects by using different lenses, filters and films
  • Monthly photo contests to win prizes
  • Share on email, Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram
  • Snap is a free monthly digital publication showcasing what artists are doing with Hipstamatic
  • Order prints directly from the app delivered to your door

There is a wide variety available to anyone with an interest in photography from the amateur, to the professional with the added bonus of being able to share these works of art instantly on any social media.
With the launch of the new iPhone 5 which has an 8MP iSight camera as well as improved HDR capabilities, these apps combined with the most advanced camera phone on the market, bring the world of photography to anyone with the desire to create art with their photos.

Author’s bio: Claire writes reviews for Printerpix.com, an online photo product company. Claire loves to write and has a passion for photography.

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