Five must have photography apps for the iPhone

By Swapnil Mathur | Published on 28 Nov 2012
Five must have photography apps for the iPhone

The iPhone has a long standing reputation of packing in very good camera technology into a cellphone. It may not have the highest pixel count, but it definitely ranks very high in the quality department.

However, the stock iPhone camera app and built-in features aren’t enough to squeeze out that every last bit of performance your hardware is capable of. Here are 5 iPhone apps that will give you some great results, pushing the camera to the max.

You don’t have to be a photographer to have these apps on your iPhone. Regardless of your proficiency, each one of these apps is extremely easy to use, thanks to their intuitive user-interface. We strongly recommend that you get these apps onto your phone to make the best of it.

Camera (Rs. 55)

The first place you’re going to have to start in the process of having a great image to show off, is to well, be able to shoot a good image to start with in the first place. The stock camera app on the iOS devices are fairly good when the lighting is good, but that quickly changes when, for example, your subject is backlit. The stock app will only focus on what it meters for (and vice versa), causing everything to be either severely under-exposed or grossly over-exposed. This is where Camera comes in. The key feature of this most popular camera app is that allows the user to set individual focus and metering points, ensuring your images are properly exposed and focused. The app also does offer a host of other features like a timer mode, image stabilization and a host of editing capabilities, but these are all just sweet benefits.

Download Camera from here.

Instagram (Free)

Instagram’s fame is unrivaled. It’s an app that should be on your phone as long as it’s available for your device. Shooting with Instagram is an absolute breeze and the assortment of filters available allow the app to add an ethereal feel to your images. Of course, Instagram also has the social angle on it, allowing you to add friends who will see your work as its uploaded and vice versa.

Download Instagram from here.

Snapseed (Free)

If you’re someone who has a creative vision every time they take a shot, Snapseed is going to be the perfect app for you. While it does access the default camera app, we prefer pairing it with images we have shot using Camera . We can open the image in Snapseed and edit it using a plethora of filters already built into the app. However, it’s not just filters, but also adjustment options along with the ability choose just how much of each is applied that makes this app the our absolute favorite when it comes to editing images on the go.

Download Snapseed from here.

Photosynth (Free)

Are you a panorama junky? Well, then Photosynth is for you. It’s ironic that a Microsoft app would be in this list, but well, the simplicity coupled up with the powerful results the app delivers has us completely impressed.

Download Photosynth from here.

Pro HDR (Rs. 110)

This one is definitely a tried and tested one. We’ve used the built-in HDR mode on the camera app and it just doesn’t cut it. We’ve used other apps in the App Store as well, but none gave us the kind of functionality that HDR Pro does. You can select your highlight and shadow spots manually along with even adjusting the individual HDR settings (Brightness, Contrast, Saturation, White Balance and Tint).

Download Pro HDR from here.

Swapnil Mathur

Digit's resident camera nerd, (un)official product photographer and the Reviews Editor

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