Other features include a Tilt Shift effect, high-resolution photo saving options, and touch-based focus and exposure functions. When taking a photo, tap once on the touch screen to set the focus point, and then tap twice to set the exposure.
For the socialites, Magic Hour works seamlessly with a bunch of social and sharing platforms—Facebook, Twitter, Foursquare, Flickr, Tumblr, and Posterous, to be exact—and also offers easy uploading to Evernote and Dropbox. It doesn't have a standalone network or feed, however.
Want to save the two bucks? Try Magic Hour Lite for free—it comes with the same standard 40 filters, but lacks Filter Market access.
Pixlr-o-matic: Dubbed the "Darkroom App," Autodesk's free Pixlr-o-matic lets you combine photo effects to customize the image in different ways. Your default film roll comes with 26 different filters to choose from, and after you select your base effect, you can pick from 30 different light settings and give it a border.
A paid version of Pixlr-o-matic—available as a $1 upgrade in the free offering—promises complete access to a catalogue of effects and overlays.
Once satisfied, hang your image up to dry with clothespins (in true darkroom-development fashion), and then export it to your desired location.
Pixlr-o-matic stands out for its built-in image sharing service, imm.io. Each image you publish to imm.io gets its own link, which you can share at your leisure. This gives you—the photographer—hands-on control over who sees your photo and how it gets used.
When you launch Pixlr-o-matic, a notification pops up that reads: "In order to improve this app, we receive non-personal, aggregated product usage data. You can turn this off in the Info menu." This is an excellent option for those concerned about privacy—either the data the app collects will not be personal, or you can opt out of data-sharing all together.
This app's flexible privacy options pared with private imm.io viewing makes Pixlr-o-matic a standout service with neat, retro photo effects.
PhotoToaster: For some people, Instagram's kitschy factor is a turnoff—its hip filters definitely aren't suited for everyone's style, and the app leaves little else in terms of photo editing features. If you like easy sharing options but dislike the washed-out vintage look and would prefer higher-quality tools, East Coast Pixels' $2 PhotoToaster is a solid compromise.
PhotoToaster boasts of more general photo-editing features—you can crop, rotate, and flip photos straight from the tools menu.