I love taking pictures. When digital cameras got bit on the market, I finally felt free! And when I got the iPhone, I was stunned by the rather good quality of the photos from it and even printed out quite a few of them. Since then, I’ve been taking pictures left and right and noticed that one of my favourite shots is the panorama – you know, the extra wide or long shot which looks great for landscapes. Well, now you can do that on the iPhone!
Everybody likes to share photos. Unfortunately, with all the various social networking and storage sites, one of the biggest problems is sharing said photos with everyone. Thanks to a new app Photoscatter from the folks at Unique Apps, things just got a whole lot easier.
Brain Controller is a clever demo for Motion Portrait‘s photo-to-animation technology, a sometimes funny, sometimes scary application which morphs digital animation from still photos. The iPhone version is a port of Motion Portrait’s PC application, and while extremely simple, exhibits the company’s expertise in enslaving humanity to their alien overlords… and animation. Brain Controller came to me at a strange time too: in Dune’s prequel, House Corrino, the skin of my neck has been crawling at the constant mention of biological tampering. This app ain’t going that far, but after a good dose of coffee, I can see the tainted future, and it isn’t great!
Motion Portrait’s app has managed to remote control itself into TMA thanks to a few good videos which you can see here.
The drama is long over - QuadCamera for 3.0 has been in the App Store now the better part of a month thanks to the efficient App Store approval team. So far, out of 100 reviews, the current version is predominantly valued by the numerical score of 5, and in the meantime, 2.0 version of the software has been given to Apple to approve. While QuadCamera isn’t the camera app for everyone, it seems to have the ability to inspire creativity in a vast number of people. For example, the below firework shot (from creator Takayuki Fukatsu’s Flickr portfolio) was taken with QuadCamera, showing the power of an emulated shutter burst.
Takaki Fukatsu, QuadCamera, 1.99$, 0.3 MB
AutoStitch, developed by Cloudburst Research, is an iPhone app that allows you to stitch multiple images together to create seamless panoramic photos quickly and easily. Just how well does such a tool perform on a mobile device? Read on to find out.
ColorClaw from developer Green Parrot Pictures is a very clever photo colour manipulation app for the iPhone/iPod Touch, that allows users to remove the effects of artificial lighting/colour casts or add/enhance colour effects to your iPhone photos.
One of the upgraded components of the new iPhone 3GS was the 3MP camera (up from 2MP on the 3G). Apple also finally integrated both a tap and auto focus system to give users a bit more control while taking their pictures. With the upgraded camera, you are now able to take even more amazing photos using your phone. One feature that was still lacking unfortunately, was a zoom function.
For the budding iPhone photographer, the snap-happy peep or the artistic eye, the Japanese shop, Gizmoshop has introduced two great lenses. One, a 180º fisheye and the other, a macro lens attachment for your handset which can add new angles to your photography. The lenses can also be attached to other devices, but Gizmo are selling unique bundles for the iPhone 3G (and 3GS).
Last week, I noted that SepiaCamera had obtained a well-deserved price-upgrade: it is now free! The same developer, Takayuki Fukatsu, has had recent trouble with Apple’s approval process as his upgraded QuadCamera, a popular photographer’s tool was rejected for use with OS 3.0. Fortunately, that restriction has been lifted and the app can now be downloaded for 99 cents.
Takayuki Fukatsu, QuadCamera, 0.99$, 0.3 MB
Don’t ask me what I meant, I just pounded the keyboard and a title popped up on the screen. What I do know is that developer sonson made this unique app to work extremely well with photos. So, while candiding about the city with your respectable 3GS camera, you have a backup plan in case any of your photos require discretionary measures. In Japanese, the blurring effect is called モザイク or mosaic, but in English, I cannot think of the name. Anyway, (cue the jingle) – there’s an app for that.
sonson, HideHere, 0.99$, 0.1 MB