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The iPhone Army* has a new weapon: photography applications, and lots of ‘em. But who has the time to page endlessly through that collossal archive? Who wants to install every app and try to figure out a) what it does, b) whether it does it well, and c) if it’s worth the price?
We set our intrepid researcher Matt Nuzzaco (photographer extraordinaire and all-around nice guy) to the task and we are proud to report his findings. Here for your reading pleasure (categorized, rated and generally twitterpated) may we present:
*similar to the Kiss Army but with less makeup and shorter boots.
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A Word about iPhone Applications
Were you were one of the of the first people in line to get a new 3G iPhone? Perhaps you’re hanging on to the one with the cracked screen that’s gone everywhere with you since last year? Or maybe you have a regular phone and are just wondering what all the fuss is about. Regardless, you’ve probably heard the buzz about the newly available iPhone applications.
There are approximately 80 bazillion of them, ranging from games to fitness accessories to scientific tools to our favorite: the photography apps.
Here’s how our roundup works:
All of these apps were tested on an ordinary 2007 model iPhone, not the fancypants 3G version.
Pressed for time? Read on for our Top Ten favorites!
Photojojo’s Top Ten Photo Apps
Photocalc is a really handy iPhone photo application that doesn’t snap or even view photos. Photocalc performs various photography related calculations such as exposure (variables: ISO, aperture, shutter speed), depth of field (variables: focal length, aperture, distance) and flash (variables: aperture, ISO, flash power, distance) and there’s even a location-based solar calculator that will figure out sunrise/sunset times. Along with the calculations, PhotoCalc gives you a great pocket reference with a glossary of terms, filter descriptions and film characteristics. This is a must-have application if you’re really into photography.
2. Mobile Foto
For anyone that uses Flickr, this is the application to use. At first glance the UI is fairly spartan but that’s a good thing for a photo application; the photos take center stage. After a quick Flickr API authorization process, the application was ready to go. After using the application for several days, I don’t recall any crashing or frozen behavior.
3. Fuzzyshot Photo Blog
Fuzzyshot is a super simple photoblogging application; snap a photo with the apps camera mode and it’ll immediately be uploaded to your Fuzzyshot photoblog. This app requires a simple and quick registration with Fuzzyshot’s website. Your photoblog will be www.fuzzyshot.com/yourusername. That’s about it: clean, simple, fast and free.
MoPhoTo is a simple application that allows you to create photo albums on your iPhone that pull from services such as Flickr, MySpace, Photobucket and Picasa. I really like the quick, clean UI. It never feels super laggy (I’ve been testing on wifi) and there is ample feedback when photos are loading. MoPhoTo does not require signing up for a service and you can point to anyone’s photos on these services as long as they are publicly accessible. I like the ability to download photos I like to my camera roll for viewing offline. The only drawback I see with MoPhoTo is that it doesn’t cache any of the photos/albums. I can imagine this being frustrating if you weren’t on wifi or 3G.
Okay… iMarkMySpot just might make me buy a 3G iPhone. iMarkMySpot is an iPhone app that logs GPS waypoints and time stamps. After a day of shooting photos with any digital camera, you can merge GPX data logged with iMarkMySpot with your images EXIF data. I really enjoy applications that do something unique, and so far (to my knowledge) iMarkMySpot is the only iPhone photo app of it’s kind. Totally worth $.99.
Photogene is a simple, well designed photo editing application. With this application you can access images stored on the iPhone’s camera roll, manipulate them and then save back to the camera roll. The features are fairly limited but they cover the basic tasks very well: levels, rotation, straightening, cropping, custom borders and comic talk bubbles. The only thing I think that’s really missing is color balance especially since the iPhone’s camera is easily confused by changing light situations. I’d like the ability to shift the colors a bit after snapping a shot and uploading to a website/service/email. This has a very intuitive, Mac-like UI, and the changes happen in real time. With a few more editing features, I think this could be one of the best iPhone image editors available and a bargain at $4.99.
Polarshot basically does what the name suggests, you can take new or existing photos and save them with a classic Polaroid style border. There is a camera mode within the application or you can dig an existing shot out of your camera roll, adjust the cropping/scaling, add captions and even draw on the shot with different color markers. After you’re done editing you can save the shot back to your camera roll. Nice, cheap, simple and good UI. If you want the Polaroid touch and don’t have your real camera with you, this application does the trick nicely.
Ezimba is surprisingly awesome! It’s essentially a filter based image manipulation application. The UI isn’t very slick and the logo is pretty boring but Ezimba makes it up by providing dozens of neat image filters and the ability to change your mind and go back to previous versions of the image.
Klick is a yet another Flickr application that allows you to view, and post photos. Klick stands out from the pack for a few reasons: it’s free, the UI and usability flow is fantastic… and it’s FREE. I found myself exploring photos via Klick’s “Near Me” mode which uses Google Maps and little pushpins, click a pin and up pops a mini preview of photos clustered around that location, tap the photo and you can view fullscreen, tap the full screen again to see comments and other related data.
SmugShot is SmugMug’s iPhone application for uploading photos directly to a SmugMug account. The application cannot view photos from SmugMug, but you have the option of snapping shots and sending directly to SmugMug or uploading an existing photo from the camera roll. I’m really impressed with SmugMug’s web based iPhone UI, it’s almost as fast and easy to use as a native iPhone application. A nifty feature of SmugShot is that you can queue up a series of images and then click ‘go’ to start uploading the shots.
Photobucket for iPhone
Big Canvas PhotoShare
Specifically for Flickr
Tools of the Trade
Toys and Widgets
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Matt Nuzzaco is a genius by day, photographer by night, and friend to small animals everywhere. You can learn more about him at nuzz.org.
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