My family's never really been camera people. My mother only now is using a film point and shoot manufactured by KimoraLeeYamaguchi or something Asianesque like that.
Disclaimer: This is not me excusing the absence of second-born photographs.
However, the nurturing took hold and I was never the one posing the group and capturing the moment. Until now.
I'm particularly obsessed with Bugs, so I thought I'd share my favorite photography apps.
Camera+ really is revolutionary with bells and whistles and such. Whether you're Annie Leibowitz or my mom, you'll love it. Take your pics straight from the app and adjust exposure, ISO, and focus. It includes the delightful feature of a "photo flashlight" which lets you see how scary the flash will be first and then adjust. You can tweak based on scene and add FX effects all within the app. And then export it to all kinds of places like your library, Facebook, Twitter, Flickr and email. If you only get one app - this is the one.
Sometimes a photo is great, but it's greater when it gets a caption. Right across its face. With Labelbox, you pick your tape, pick your words and save. Also send to many of your social media hangouts.
Diptic lets you tell a story with your photos by creating collages in all types of layouts. The above photo was to tell the story of what Camera+ could do with a photo taken on a Blackberry.
This collage tells of a story of serving folks who survived the wrath of a deadly tornado. Plus, I threw in a lovely label for good measure.
Sometimes you want what you can see, not what your lens can see. That's where Photosynth excels. Shoot wraparound panoramas and then easily publish to Facebook or your website. I look forward to using it when I'm in prettier places. Like outside. For now, all you get is my 3 cups, my favorite printer and all the scissors I hoard.
Instagram is ideal for photos and for socializing. Sort of like tailgating or the DMV. Take a pic, filter, and add to your feed. You can also send directly to Facebook, Twitter, Flickr or email. Some of my favorites to follow are @carynorton, @jasminestar, @karlaarcher, and @shannonsteele. Feel free to take a gander at the Jamie's Rabbits feed. It's truly riveting.**FREE**
5 Bonus Apps I Hug and Squeeze:
Flickr: Great manager of your online library.
Color Effects: Do you wish your picture of a red rose only showed that rose in color? You're in luck.
Hipstamatic: I'm 10% 60-year-old hipster so I adore the app that takes your photos back in time to analog.
TiltShiftGen: I'm 65% 12-year-old girlie girl. So having an app that makes it appear as though I took them from a Hello Kitty toy camera is winning.
Half Tone: I know the bulk of you are moms or pale geeky guys. For you boys, here's to you. This app conjured up this of my godson:
Finally, learn even more about taking your iPhone to the next photography level with my favorite mecca of knowledge: iPhoneography.
So...what did I leave off the list?
For the record: I'm 25% highly functioning, mature adult.