8 great iPhone photo apps

By Lauren Crabbe, Macworld |  Software, iPhone, mobile apps

Filterstorm; $4 (iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad)


Nothing captures the vastness of a landscape quite like a panorama, but taking and stitching together good pano shots can be extremely time-consuming. The free Dermander app makes the process fun and easy. You capture the photos within the app and it stitches a panorama together as you go. When you start shooting the panorama, you press an on-screen button and move to connect the two sides of a yin-yang shaped graphic that floats over the scene. Once the shapes are connected, wait a split second while Dermander takes the photo. When it is done, the yin-yang separates again and you can move further across the scene. The app knows what points it needs to tether to, so when you pan across the view, Dermander is telling you to move farther left or right and to keep your iPhone level. Because of this, it’s really hard to take a bad panorama. Even in a small space like an office, Dermander makes nearly flawless shots. After you are finished with your scene, send it to Dermander.com for hosting or to your Facebook or Twitter feed.

Dermander; Free (iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad)

Slow Shutter

Photographers who normally shoot in manual-mode are no doubt frustrated with iPhone photography. For them, the idea of adding a blurring or lightening filter instead of just slowing the shutter speed takes away the art of playing with camera settings. Cogitap’s Slow Shutter app gives some of that control back to the photographer. Since the iPhone camera doesn’t have shutter control, Slow Shutter mimics the effect by layering multiple photos on top of one another. It’s a cool solution that unfortunately caps the image size at 1024-by-768 pixels—small, but big enough for most online purposes. Slow Shutter features three capture modes—Automatic, Manual, and Light Trail. Automatic is relatively equivalent to the shutter priority mode in a DLSR; Manual opens up the aperture all the way, absorbing all possible light so you can adjust the exposure afterwards; and the Light Trail mode is designed for light painting. There is also a manual, Tap To Focus option. When using this app, make sure you have an extremely steady hand or a tripod, because nothing can ruin the magic of slow-exposures more than camera shake. If you are using a tripod, Slow Shutter has a useful self-timer so you don’t even get the shake that comes with pressing the capture button.

Cigitap; $2 (iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad)

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