I’m going to show you a photo I took today. You can tell by the blurry Instagram edges, but without them, would you know I took this picture, added text and edited it all on my iPhone?
I used some of my favorite apps to achieve it, and I am going to show you them here today! And Driod users- I am not completely forgetting you. Many of these apps are available on Driod, and I have an awesome app for you at the bottom of the post!
First up, I want to show you my all time favorite- Pro HDR. Pro HDR takes two images and combines them to make an HD shot. You know how your pictures can either be overexposed in the sky or underexposed for the subject? Pro HDR takes care of that!
Just check out the image below- one with the standard iPhone camera, and the next with Pro HDR. (All text, and the side by side images were courtesy PicFrame).
Kind of a dynamic difference, no?
Pro HDR is my hands down favorite for landscapes because of the combination of two images. But there are plenty of tiems holding the phone (or having your subjects) still just doesn’t work. Hands are wobbly, people move, and it just isn’t always ideal.
For times I need a faster HD type photo, I use Camera 360. Check the image below- Camera 360′s is slightly crisper and easier to see sharp details- because I had a hard time holding perfectly still in front of a closeby subject (in landscapes, this isn’t as big an issue since small movements wont make a big difference like something up close). You can also set Pro HDR to take one image, but I love Camera 360′s results for up-close shots.
Camera 360 offers numerous filters and effects, as does Pro HDR, but Pro HDR also lets you increase or decrease contrast, brightness, warmth, tint… just like Photoshop. You can also upload a picture you took with another app and use those controls in Pro HDR.
Iframes, Lens Light, Bokehful and Bubble Frames are some of my favorites for fun effects.
Lens light offers numerous effects- you can add a spotlight, lens flares, bokeh as well as tons of textures like water drops. While you can move around the bokeh and make it more or less saturated in the image, you can’t pick exactly where the effects will end up on your picture- sometimes it just doesn’t work well and it’s in people’s faces in an awkward way. But when it works, it’s great!
Bokehful (available on Driod) allows you to pick four different bokeh shapes, and different color pallets- but you can pick exactly where your bokeh effects will show up.
Bubble frames is a purely fun app- you can pick backgrounds (they have some seriously pretty patterns), and then circles on top of the background. You can fill the circles with other patterns, pics, text- whatever. It’s a tad addicting…. just warning.
For text, I use PicFrames, Phonto, or Pics with Words- depending on the style of fot I want. Pic Frames lets you put pics side by side or make collages and gives you different tape-like labels to choose from, Phonto offers really fun scrapbook-style labels and text bubbles, and Pics With Words has some great fonts. It’s totally up to you!
Ok… so if you have a Driod, search for all of the apps above. Depending on your phone, many of these are available. BUT- my friend who is just as addicted to photo apps as I am has given her gold stars to PicsArt. You can chose filters, frames, make a collage, bokeh, backgrounds- pretty much everything! Also you can change tints, sharpness, and other phot edits- even draw on the pic! So cool- almost makes me want a droid .
What are YOUR favorite apps?