Wednesday, September 28, 2011

App Review: Camera+

Camera+ is the 5th most popular paid (paid meaning its not free) app in the App Store at the time I am writing this review. I thought I might give you a little insight as to why this is.

When you open Camera+, you see what's called your lightbox, which is a collection of the photos you have edited and saved to the app. At first, yours will be empty, but once you've edited some photos, it'll be similar to this:

To edit a new photo, you can either take a new one right from the app, or edit an existing photo, already in your camera roll. Once you've selected your photo, it will go into your lightbox, from there you select your photo, hit edit and it takes you to a screen where you can start editing your photos:

Once you enter the editing stage, there are many options. The first tab, as shown above, is Scenes, here is where you adjust your photo to make it look better and clearer. There are too many scenes to go over in detail, so I'll just list them.

  • Clarity
  • Auto
  • Flash
  • Backlit
  • Darken
  • Cloudy
  • Shade
  • Flourescent
  • Sunset
  • Night
  • Portrait
  • Beach
  • Scenery
  • Concert
  • Food
  • Text
As you can see, there are a ton of different scenes you can apply to make your photo look better.

On the next tab, Adjust, is where you can rotate or flip your photo. There's not much to that one, its self-explanatory.

The third tab, Crops, give you a few options for cropping your photos. There's freefrom, original, golden, and square. It all depends on how much of your photo you want to be seen.

If you thought there were a lot of scenes, then move to the fourth tab, Effects. Here is where the fun really begins. There are 4 categories of effects: Color, Retro, Special, and Analog. All of the categories except for Analog come with the app. The Analog category can be purchased for $0.99.

Here is what the categories include:

Color -

  • Vibrant
  • So Emo
  • Redscale
  • Sunkiss'd
  • Cyanotype
  • Black & White
  • Purple Haze
  • Magic Hour
  • Sepia
Retro -
  • Lomographic
  • Hipster
  • Lo-Fi
  • '70s
  • Tailfins
  • Ansel
  • Toy Camera
  • Fashion
  • Antique
Special -

  • HDR
  • Grunge
  • Overlay
  • Miniaturize
  • Depth of Field
  • Faded
  • Polarize
  • Color Dodge
  • Cross Process
Analog -

  • Diana
  • Contessa
  • XPRO C-41
  • Silver Gelatin
  • Nostalgia
  • Pinhole
  • Helios
  • Expired
  • Chromogenic
I have tried out quite a few of these effects, and they are really fun to play around with. Here are some examples of photos I have edited using this app: 

Scene: Clarity Effect: Cyanotype

Effect: So Emo

The fourth and final tab is borders. I don't really use borders since I don't think my photos need them most of the time. But there are 2 categories of borders, Simple and Styled. Each category has 9 border choices. They are:

Simple -

  • Thick White
  • Thin White
  • Round White
  • Thick Black
  • Thin Black
  • Round Black
  • Light Mat
  • Dark Mat
  • Vignette
Styled -

  • Instant
  • Light Grit
  • Old-Timey
  • Vintage
  • Dark Grit
  • Film
  • Offset
  • Viewfinder
  • Sprockets
Like I said, I don't use these borders much, but when I do they add a nice touch to my photos.

After you having finished editing your photo, hit 'Done'. It will take you back to your lightbox. Tap your photo, and it will show you sharing options. The sharing options for version 2.3.1 are Flickr, Facebook, Twitter, and email. This is where most people send their photos so I have found these options to be enough.

Overall, Camera+ is a very nice app for making your iPhone or iPod touch photos look great. The selection of effects and borders make this app unique. I have not had any problems with this app except for some occasional crashes, but that will be fixed with future updates.

Here is the link to download Camera+ for $0.99:

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