In recent years, smartphones with high-quality cameras have revolutionized the way users take and share photos. Come to think of it, camera phones have really come a long way. I still remember the first camera phone that I bought few years ago – it was a Sony Ericsson (can’t remember the model though).
The pictures that I’ve got were routinely out-of-focus and full of noise, that they were barely usable after I shrunk them into pint-size. Most of the time, I can only used them as my handphone wallpaper but nothing else.
Luckily, as mobile phones continue to become faster and more powerful, the pictures that we get now are as good as taken from a point-and-shoot camera. Now that smartphones come with internet connectivity, users can take pictures and conveniently share them online.
It’s all about the ease of shooting and sharing that makes it so attractive. I like taking pictures with my iPhone too, especially on days when my bag is heavy. I can leave the camera at home and rely on iPhone to shoot.
Among all the iPhone Photography apps, Instagram pleases me the most. It is a very simple apps that allows users to take pictures, add preset filters to them and share them online. It is fully integrated with popular social networking websites like Facebook, Twitter and Flickr.
I can upload my pictures onto Flickr instantly, and then use them on my blog. It saves a lot of time, without the need to plug a cable and download onto my computer. However, it does irritate me sometimes when it doesn’t function properly due to the poor 3G connection.
Recently, my colleague introduced PhotoWonder apps to me, and I find that it’s really cool. It dresses up your pictures with effects, props, decorations and frames. You can make picture collage with a wide range of templates too.
You can also beautify your pictures by slimming the body and face, making the eyes larger and smoothen the complexion. All these effects can be achieved by just a smudge or tap with fingers. Now, everyone has great complexion and zero acne. Pretty and happy!
If you want a more comprehensive make-over, you can try Photo Makeover apps. I rarely use it because I find that it’s quite complicated. Other apps in my iPhone include Camera+, Photosynth and Leme Camera – but they are all under-utilized because I’m just too lazy.
What is your favourite photography apps? Please share with me. iPhone or Android, both are welcome.