Turn the view from your bedroom window into a display of miniatures. In TiltShift Generator, you can add a radial or lineal blur—keeping just one part of your composition in focus as the rest fades together. You can then control the contrast, brightness, and saturation before adding a vignette. It is easy to over-do toy camera effects, but if applied correctly to a busy landscape photo, the tilt-shift effect can be a really effective technique for drawing focus to a scene. Non-landscapes can also look good with TiltShift Generator. Because of its hyper-focusing, you are able to make your portrait subject super emphasized in the scene, blurring out the background and surroundings. You can then export your photos straight to Facebook and Twitter when you are done.
Art and Mobile; $1 (iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad)
High Dynamic Range (HDR) photos are dramatic, beautiful, and look super professional—and with Dynamic Light, they are ridiculously easy to recreate with just one photo. This was a stand-alone application for PC before it was an iPhone app, and it has brought its great processing capabilities to the iOS interface. In Dynamic Light, you can take photos or upload old images and apply the app's one HDR feature to make a landscape look epic. You can control the strength and radius of the HDR effect with an incredibly simple interface. You just have to move your finger around the axis in a box of light—the horizontal axis is strength of the effect and vertical axis is the radius—and you can watch your photo change as your settings do. After you have selected the perfect intensity of the HDR effect, you can add an additional filter (but too much and you run the risk of making photos look laughably processed—even for an HDR.) The product itself is one of the best one-shot HDR effects available, and the app works wonders with photos that have a lot of texture.
Mediachance; $1 (iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad)
Go ahead and keep your hipsta-insta-gramatic apps, but expand your repertoire to include these apps as well. They are all extremely easy and can make your photos look great. And for goodness sake, set all of your apps, especially those lo-fi guys, to "Save Original Photo" so little Hansolo can see what life was really like in the 2010s.
[Lauren Crabbe is a Macworld intern and photographer.]