Camera + app review
Camera + was the first photo app I ever downloaded on my iPhone, and it's still my favorite. I guess you never get over your first love. Honestly though, it's just that good. Once I upgraded to the newer iPhone 4S, I was really eager to see what the new, more powerful camera in the phone could do, and then play around with those shots with Camera +.
There is really so much you can do with this app - even take the pictures, instead of just processing them - but I am only going to focus on some of the core elements that I use frequently for processing my iPhone shots. I can't possibly take you through everything this app can do, so I will just process a shot with you and you can see how I use the app for my everyday iPhoneography.
I highly recommend this app and suggest that once you download it, just start tapping away and you will be very pleasantly surprised at all that it can do! Price: $1.99.
Ok, let's get into it! As I mentioned above, you can take shots with this app, but I prefer to shoot with the camera function on the iPhone, as I tend to shoot a lot and then come back later to process them. So, once you open the app and select your photo, just tap it once to load it into editing mode. It looks like this:
The first thing to note is that along the bottom of the screen are the various editing sections, or modes: Scenes, Adjust, Crops, FX Effects, and Borders. Those are your main sections, and within each are where all the tools and settings reside.
As you can see in the above image, "Scenes" is in red as that is the mode we are currently in. Just above that bottom strip are all the various settings you can choose from. Though you can see a couple (Clarity, Auto, Flash, etc) there are quite a few. Here's the full list: Clarity, Auto, Flash, Backlit, Darken, Cloudy, Shade, Fluorescent, Sunset, Night, Portrait, Beach, Scenery, Concert, Food, and Text. Each are them is unique and I recommend you experiment with each of them, since the effect can vary a bit depending on what the original photo looks like!
All you do is tap once on the setting you want, and it automatically changes for you. In the below image, I have selected Clarity (which is incredible - I use it on nearly every single photo!!). It is my favorite setting and really gives the image some "pop"!
And here is the Sunset setting:
After I have chosen my settings here (in this case, I went with Clarity), then I usually click the FX Effects tab so that I can further enhance the shot. Again, you will have multiple options to play with. Here's the first menu that comes up, which is called Color:
These are all pretty cool, though my personal favorite on this page is the Vibrant setting. Note that once you tap on the setting you want, it will load the photo with that setting so you can view it, and there is also a slider you can move around to adjust the intensity of the effect - good stuff!
Here is a preview of the Retro menu...
And here is a preview of the Special menu...
I really like the Polarize setting here, and every now and then I use the HDR setting too.
Here is the photo we are working on with the Polarize setting selected. Notice the Intensity slider? Just tap once and slide to make your adjustments! The left-pointing arrow next to the word Polarize just takes you back to the previous menu.
After making all the adjustments I want on the Scenes and FX Effects menu, then I usually take a look at Crops and finally Borders. Here is the Crops main menu:
Again, you have several options here in terms of how to crop the photo (assuming you even want to - and I rarely do). Freeform (which is the setting that is highlighted) is just like it sounds - slide the little white boxes you see on the edges of the photo and it will make the adjustment. But there are also several more variations on cropping: Original, Golden, Square, 3x2, 4x3, 4x6, 5x7, 8x10, and finally 16x9. It's all pretty cool.
Ok, now it's on to the final adjustment - Borders. There are lots of choices here, and though I rarely use borders on my "real" photos, I find that I quite like them on my iPhone shots!
There are two tabs with different Border choices: Simple and Styled.
Here's the Simple Border menu:
And here's the Styled Border menu:
Probably my favorite of all is the Dark Grit border on the Styled menu. Here's the shot with that one selected:
Notice the Captions option on the right side. Yes, you can add Captions or even the Date onto the shots - cool!
At this point, we are basically done with the shot. (I opted to pass on the border on this one.)
Time to save it and share it!
Just tap on Done in the upper right corner, and it takes you to this screen:
Here I select Save, and it drops it into your Photo Library. As you can see, you can also share on your social networks from this screen. Or if you want to you can edit the photo some more. The choice is yours! Or if for some reason you are not happy with it, just click the red X on the photo and start over!
Here is the final shot after all my adjustments:
And just for fun, here's another version with a border and caption:
This wonderful app gives you a lot of capability and flexibility, and is a lot of fun to play with. Also, it's incredibly intuitive to use (not like some apps I have tried) and acutally really easy. I usually spend 3-4 minutes on a photo, and that's about it. The only reason it takes me that long is that I like to look at things several different ways. So in terms of straight processing, I can do a photo in less than a minute with this awesome app - talk about getting things done! Now all you have to do is go shoot some photos!
Have fun out there and enjoy Camera+ - it's a winner!!