2 Killer iPhone Photography Apps

TiltShiftGen
First up is TiltShiftGen. This app has got to be one of the most underrated iPhone photography applications in the iTunes store. That’s likely due to how its creators have positioned it… wrongly. Even the name hides the power of this thing. For example, in the all-important iTunes title, the developers call it a “Fake DSLR”, and say it “will allow you to create retro miniature pictures”. Sorry guys, but this application does SO much more than create fake miniature pictures. In short, TiltShiftGen has become my go-to application for creating the “look” I like from my iPhone pics. Now I’m admittedly fickle when it comes apps on my iPhone — some sexy new number might show up tomorrow and catch my eye. But for now, I’m completely in love with this one. But why?
Well, for starters I’m a HUGE fan of shallow depth of field, over saturation, vignetting, you know… that sort of stuff. The user interface, features, and speed of this application allow me to create some pretty cool effects very quickly, and just using my thumb. Take this image for example. It’s a simple shot of a Japanese garden taken at Hakone Gardens in Saratoga, CA. With about four quick corrections (Blur, Saturation/Contrast, and Vignetting). The image went from “oh nice”, to “oh my!”.
For $0.99, I don’t think this is an application you can afford NOT to purchase.
PhotoGene
Second on my list is PhotoGene. This app is my “Swiss Army Knife” of iPhone Photography. It’s kind of like Photoshop on the iPhone. Kind of what Adobe’s Photoshop iPhone app should’ve been really, complete with cropping, saturation, rotation, sharpening, borders and more. The power of this app becomes clear the first time you see a histogram on your iPhone with shadow, midtown, highlight sliders. Most of what I need for basic on-the-go pixel pushing is tucked neatly in this application. There are a few features I’d love to have, like some sort of rudimentary cloning tool, and more control over the size of borders, etc.
But for my $2.99, I’ve already gotten WAY more than my money’s worth out of this application.
Photographers like Chase Jarvis were early to recognize what a game-changer having a decent camera with you at all times is. But the iPhone camera is so much more than just a camera. Not only do you have a camera with you, but one with photo-manipulation software and a way to share your creations. All of this wrapped up in one pocket-sized package.
So celebrate the restrictions, and the new capabilities of this new kind of image-making. In future posts I’ll go into detail on my other iPhone apps, and how I use them. In the mean time, post your favorite iPhone apps in the comments, and check out a few of my iPhone pics on Flickr.
http://www.flickr.com/photos/fredjohnson/

1. TiltShiftGen

First up is TiltShiftGen. This app has got to be one of the most underrated iPhone photography applications in the iTunes store. That’s likely due to how its creators have positioned it… wrongly. Even the name hides the power of this thing. For example, in the all-important iTunes title, the developers call it a “Fake DSLR”, and say it “will allow you to create retro miniature pictures”. Sorry guys, but this application does SO much more than create fake miniature pictures. In short, TiltShiftGen has become my go-to application for creating the “look” I like from my iPhone pics. Now I’m admittedly fickle when it comes to apps on my iPhone — some sexy new number might show up tomorrow and catch my eye. But for now, I’m completely in love with this one. But why?

Well, for starters I’m a HUGE fan of shallow depth-of-field, saturation, vignetting, you know… that sort of stuff. The user interface, features, and speed of this application allow me to create some pretty cool effects very quickly, and just using my thumb. Take the above image for example. It’s a simple shot of a Japanese garden taken at Hakone Gardens in Saratoga, CA. With about four quick corrections (Blur, Saturation/Contrast, and Vignetting). The image went from “oh nice”, to “oh my!”.

For $0.99, I don’t think this is an application you can afford NOT to purchase.

2. PhotoGene


Second on my list is PhotoGene. This app is my “Swiss Army Knife” of iPhone Photography. It’s kind of like Photoshop on the iPhone — you know what Adobe’s Photoshop iPhone app should’ve been. Complete with cropping, saturation, rotation, sharpening, borders and more. The power of this app becomes clear the first time you see a histogram on your iPhone with shadow, midtone, highlight sliders. Most of what I need for basic on-the-go pixel pushing is tucked neatly in this application. There are a few features I’d love to have, like some sort of rudimentary cloning tool, and more control over the size of borders, etc. But for my measly $2.99, I’ve already gotten WAY more than my money’s worth out of this application.

It’s the camera you have with you.

Photographers like Chase Jarvis were early to recognize what a game-changer having a decent camera with you at all times is. But the iPhone camera is so much more than just a camera. Not only do you have a camera with you, but one with photo-manipulation software and a way to share your creations. All of this wrapped up in one pocket-sized package.

So celebrate the restrictions, and the new capabilities of this new kind of image-making. In future posts I’ll go into detail on my other iPhone apps, and how I use them. In the meantime, post your favorite iPhone apps in the comments, and please check out a few of my iPhone pics on Flickr.

  • http://waleedsgallery.biz Waleed Alzuhair

    I really like TiltShiftGen, in addition to the DOF control, I find the contrast control very valuable.

  • http://waleedsgallery.biz Waleed Alzuhair

    I really like TiltShiftGen, in addition to the DOF control, I find the contrast control very valuable.

  • http://www.whirljack.net/jeremybrooks Jeremy Brooks

    I am really liking ShakeItPhoto and AutoStitch. AutoStitch does a fantastic job: http://www.flickr.com/photos/jeremybrooks/3936029196/sizes/l/

  • http://www.whirljack.net/jeremybrooks Jeremy Brooks

    I am really liking ShakeItPhoto and AutoStitch. AutoStitch does a fantastic job: http://www.flickr.com/photos/jeremybrooks/3936029196/sizes/l/

  • http://Www.holritzphotography.com Amber

    Those are my top 2 as well…but I also LOVE quad cam and photoforge. Good stuff!

  • http://Www.holritzphotography.com Amber

    Those are my top 2 as well…but I also LOVE quad cam and photoforge. Good stuff!

  • http://www.twitter.com/zero1 Paul Calan

    My current favorite iPhone photography apps are:

    Mill Colour its free and and has some great stylish effects,I really like their Black Noir filter.

    Lo-Mob $1.99 brings some cool lo-fi filters to your iphone.

  • http://www.twitter.com/zero1 Paul Calan

    My current favorite iPhone photography apps are:

    Mill Colour its free and and has some great stylish effects,I really like their Black Noir filter.

    Lo-Mob $1.99 brings some cool lo-fi filters to your iphone.

  • http://www.flickr.com/ishutterthethought Florentino

    My two fav photo appa are Photoshop.com Mobile which is believably Free, and CameraBag at $1.99 but worth it

  • http://www.flickr.com/ishutterthethought Florentino

    My two fav photo appa are Photoshop.com Mobile which is believably Free, and CameraBag at $1.99 but worth it

  • http://www.flickr.com/ishutterthethought Florentino

    Photoshop.com Mobile which is Unbelievably Free.

  • http://www.flickr.com/ishutterthethought Florentino

    Photoshop.com Mobile which is Unbelievably Free.

  • jmikek

    PhotoForge – it’s like Photoshop for iPhone! Has tons of tools. I’m surprised more people aren’t talking about it.

  • jmikek

    PhotoForge – it’s like Photoshop for iPhone! Has tons of tools. I’m surprised more people aren’t talking about it.

  • Steve

    I love PhotoForge too, it’s really like a mini-photoshop for iPhone (you can even choose RGB/CMYK/LAB in the histogram!)

  • Steve

    I love PhotoForge too, it’s really like a mini-photoshop for iPhone (you can even choose RGB/CMYK/LAB in the histogram!)

  • http://serviamphotography.com Joshua Segraves

    Got both of them with your recommendation and they’re great. Thanks!

  • http://serviamphotography.com Joshua Segraves

    Got both of them with your recommendation and they’re great. Thanks!

  • http://flickr.com/ari Steve Rhodes

    I also like QuadCamera another app from the creator of TiltShiftGen

    http://artandmobile.com/quadcamera/

    http://www.flickr.com/groups/iphonequadcamera/

  • http://flickr.com/ari Steve Rhodes

    I also like QuadCamera another app from the creator of TiltShiftGen

    http://artandmobile.com/quadcamera/

    http://www.flickr.com/groups/iphonequadcamera/

  • http://www.rbitting.com Richard Bitting

    I just got iTimeLapse yesterday. Real time lapse movies from the Iphone. Can’t wait to try it out. http://timelapse-iphone.com/

    Got this from here: http://dpexperience.com/2009/12/10/the-best-iphone-apps-for-realphotographers/

  • http://www.rbitting.com Richard Bitting

    I just got iTimeLapse yesterday. Real time lapse movies from the Iphone. Can’t wait to try it out. http://timelapse-iphone.com/

    Got this from here: http://dpexperience.com/2009/12/10/the-best-iphone-apps-for-realphotographers/

  • http://www.tysonwilliams.com/ Tyson Williams

    This is one of my favourite iPhone Apps when it comes to photography! Worth every penny!

  • http://www.tysonwilliams.com/ Tyson Williams

    This is one of my favourite iPhone Apps when it comes to photography! Worth every penny!

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