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Everyone enjoys taking pictures, as taking a photo is how many choose to capture a moment or memory in digital form. The iPhone — and, by extension, iOS as a platform — has quickly become one of the most popular ways to take these photos. Apple has included industry-leading optics in their devices since the iPhone 4. More importantly, Apple has focused on the software side of their solution, making a solution where tech specs take a back seat to the processing techniques in iOS. Let’s take a look back at the year through the lens (pun intended) of photography. (more…)

Camera apps are among the most popular on the App Store. From social networks based upon photos to simple apps that make collages, all types of activities that are based on photos are active pieces of the market.

Most of these apps rely upon Apple’s own Camera app for the photo itself. This isn’t surprising — the native Camera app is utterly fantastic in almost any condition, as Apple has taken its time to optimize in every possible way. Camera Plus — note the word “Plus,” not the symbol — takes on Apple’s solution, as well as all other competitors. (more…)

Ember can be many things to many people. The app can function as a private digital scrapbook, collecting images and screenshots on your device and presenting them to you in a custom list. It can be used to organize images for graphic designers — or for reviewers, who take screenshots of apps.

At its most basic level, Ember is a way to collect and store images of any type away from the stock photos app. It makes browsing those photos easy, and it makes sharing those photos seamless. With its Mac client, it also becomes an effective way to manage a library of specific photos and screenshots. But, with competitors like Evernote available, is Ember worth it? (more…)

Camera+ has been one of the most popular camera apps for the iPhone ever since it debuted back in 2010, offering a dizzying array of features and advanced controls for composing shots. To say that Camera+ was groundbreaking would be an understatement and it set the benchmark for how a camera app should be. It even introduced new features, such as the rather controversial VolumeSnap: a feature that led to the app being pulled from the App Store, only to then see it become part of the built-in camera app.

With the iPhone now the go-to camera for almost every user, the market for camera apps on the App Store has become one of the largest and second only to games. Camera+ has had some fierce competition since our last review in 2011 but the developers, tap tap tap, have now launched their next major iteration: Camera+ 4.


Now, I’m not saying all teenagers lack focus … but most do; I was one and you probably were also. Michael Sayman, however, is focused. With over 2 million downloads under his belt, and an iOS developer title at the ripe age of 12, this kid is one to watch. To that end, his latest endeavor is 4 Snaps, an app that brings together the best things of youth: friends, games and twerking.

Want to see what the cool kids are into these days? Sure you do. (more…)

You probably don’t have enough photo-editing apps, right? Or you have plenty, but you don’t have any apps that let you put a silhouette of a pig on your best friend’s head. Krop Circle is the app that let’s you put a silhouette of a pig on your friend’s head.

It’s not all just pig silhouettes, though; there’s birds, skulls, lightning and the alphabet, too. You could be putting all sorts of things all over your friends’ bodies right now. More than just a gimmicky app to embellish photos and cover pictures of your friends with skulls and swirlies, Krop Circle makes awesome images and is a lot of fun. But will this minimalist app have enough features to make it worth your while? (more…)

It’s difficult to deny that the iPhone, and smartphones in general, have changed the world of photography. Gone are the days of needing to own a point-and-shoot camera to be able to take decent pictures whilst out and about, because most of us have a great camera built into our phone. Furthermore, the App Store is now home to hundreds, if not thousands of apps dedicated to helping you get the most out of your smartphone camera, giving you quick and easy ways to edit, improve and share your photos.

Wood Camera is one of the latest additions to the ever-growing photo editing app market, and it shines. Let’s go more in depth after the jump. (more…)

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One great thing about the iPhone is the ability to take amazing photos wherever you are, but what about when it comes time to edit those pictures? Sure, you can add fancy effects with lots of different apps, but I’m talking about real, Photoshop-style editing. What app does that?

AnyShape — Photo Editor lets you edit your photos in extremely detailed ways. You can use a selection tool the cut an image out from its background, or change the selected area. Want to apply effects? Sure, you can do that too, including pixelate, greyscale and more. Or you can just cut out a portion of the photo and make the background transparent. Seriously, there’s a lot of tools at your disposal with this app, and it all works with your fingers.

In fact, let’s get specific. You’ve got your Bezier selection tool, a finger smudging tool, selective filtering and coloring, shape cropping — this thing is jam packed. Plus, it can process any image up to 10MP or 25MB. Through that in with a ton of filters and professional enhancement tools, and that’s a pretty solid package for under a buck.

Ultimately, AnyShape — PhotoEditor gives you freedom. You don’t have to hop onto your Mac to edit your photos anymore, you can do them right away from the comfort of your couch or while riding to work on the train. No matter where you are, you have all the same tools on hand as you would with your Mac, but they’re in your pocket. That’s pretty impressive.

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There are a lot of camera apps in the App Store, but if you want to add some text or a caption to an image, there’s not a lot on tap. Sure, there are some LOLCat and meme apps to try, but if you don’t want super cutesy text all over your carefully shot and edited photo, there hasn’t been a lot to choose from.

Tiny Post is filling that gap, with photo captioning that’s for more than just tapping out “i can haz” on all your pictures. But is it really good enough to claim real estate next to our other photo apps, or will it turn out to be just another meme generator? (more…)

I love toying around with photos and manipulating different settings. When you walk around with an iPhone in your pocket at all times, you tend to rack up a decent collection of photos. And so it seems like the best companion for a large photo library is a large collection of iOS apps centered around image editing.

Popsicolor is brand new to the App Store having been first published in June 2012. Their branding is fantastic and they’ve already made it into the “What’s Hot” section of the App Store. Let’s find out why after the jump.

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