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Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Gadget Bag: iPhone Apps

Instead of always hauling the Big Boy D-SLR, get creative with the iPhone’s built-in camera and these apps. Low cost and often free, they let you break away from the constraints of your “serious” photography and stay fresh.

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“ These images remain a visual journal, but gathered and bound together this book becomes a stake in the ground. With it, I hope to underscore—perhaps help legitimize—the idea that an image can come from any camera, even a mobile phone. Inherently, we all know that an image isn’t measured by its resolution, dynamic range, or anything technical. It’s measured by the simple—sometimes profound, other times absurd or humorous or whimsical—effect that it can have upon us. If you can see it, it can move you.

“For me, the iPhone has been a dream come true. One button. Always with me. Incredibly accessible. There’s no losing sight of the work at hand by way of more complicated gear. Writers have notepads, painters have sketchbooks, and I have a camera that’s always with me. Chances are, you do, too.

“As an artist, I feel more free with the little camera built into my iPhone than I ever have with any other camera. I somehow recovered an innocence I’d lost, and I was able to see the world again for what it is: a beautiful, funny, sad, honest, simple, bizarre, and wonderful place. If taking pictures helps you see this, then keep shooting. The best camera is the one that’s with you.”

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Following is a brief list of some cool iPhone Apps that will help you get more out of your iPhone and have more fun experimenting with photography.

Best Camera from Chase Jarvis lets you simply edit and share your iPhone images. There’s a set of filters and effects that can be easily applied. Virtually infinite creative possibilities are possible with your iPhone photos. Using Best Camera, you can share images directly via Twitter, Facebook, and other sites. At www.thebestcamera.com, there’s also a new online community that allows you to contribute to a constantly evolving gallery of iPhone photography from around the world. $2.99

HDR For Free
HDR For Free from Michael Moon has nine presets for making HDR images from your iPhone shots. While a “real” HDR image is built from several individual exposures that are brought together into a single photo, this app builds the HDR image from one exposure, so it will be limited and there will be noise issues. Still, you can have some fun experimenting with the effect, and it’s a free app, so what do you have to lose? Free

Crop For Free is also from Michael Moon, and if you guessed that it crops the photograph and it doesn’t cost anything, you’d be right. What’s so earth-shattering about being able to crop? Nothing, but being able to do it fast and easy on the phone is a nice feature to have. Free


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