Seven Instagram alternatives for iOS

By Karissa Bell and Leah Yamshon, Macworld |  Software, instagram

Start with your general edits, then choose between three sets of automatic filters: Basic, Supreme, or Deluxe. Each filter set has a handful of specific filters, with Basic yielding the most simple filters and Deluxe housing the most extreme. Once your base is set, you can move on to tweak the lighting, edit the contrast, add a vignette, and choose a complimentary border.

These image-editing categories have their own presets for beginners, but if you prefer full control instead of the given presets, you can manually adjust for saturation, color filter, exposure, temperature, and light. Want to compare your edits to the original photo? Just tap and hold, and watch your photo fade from its edited phase, to its original state, and then back again.

The full version of PhotoToaster is $1.99; PhotoToaster Jr. is free, but has ads and lacks some features.

Hipstamatic: Synthetic Corp's popular apps specializing in vintage and lo-fi effects—Hipstamatic and D-Series—offer users a unique take on sharing and lo-fi iPhone photography.

The $2 Hipstamatic has been a staple in the App Store for its unique take on vintage camera and the incredible versatility and control afforded by the app. Instead of applying filters, as with other apps, with Hipstamatic you get a variety of lenses, film, and flash types to shoot with.

Initially, you get four lenses, three types of film, and three types of flash with dozens of additional varieties of each in additional Hipstapacks, which are available via in-app purchases in the Hipstamart. In total, Hipstamatic boasts more than 250,000 possible combinations of effects to play with.

Sharing—both through social networks and with the Hipstamatic community—is also well integrated in the app. In addition to sharing via Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Tumblr, and Flickr, you can interact with other users through contests and shared albums. Hipstamatic also has its own cloud service for saving prints and print lab so users can easily order prints of their favorite photos.

The free D-Series, while not as feature-rich as the original, emphasizes sharing even more. Formerly known as Disposable Hipstamatic, the app offers a lo-fi take on the idea of sharing a disposable camera and is designed to be shared with groups of friends. Visually, the app has the same toy camera look of the original Hipstamatic, though you can customize the outside of the cameras if you wish.


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