Product Review: Camera+

We’re always on the lookout for new products that make it easier to create new content – whether it be something as vital as WordPress, which allows just about anyone to create a cool website fairly easily, or the RED EPIC, perhaps the most digitally advanced motion picture camera in the world.

Recently I started to use Camera+ again. I’ve had this iPhone app for awhile, but I never really plugged in until I saw some of the great photos my friends were posting on Facebook. So I reopened the app and played with it over the holidays.

The end game? The app not only helps you take better pictures, but is a great photo editor as well.

The first thing you’ll notice out of the box is the ability to create both a focus point and exposure point on your touchscreen. With the native Camera app on the iPhone (very solid in it’s own right), the focus point and exposure point are the same. But with Camera+, you can mess around with the exposure to get what you want. Check out the picture below to see what I mean:

Focus Point on Wood Statue, Exposure Point on Red Wall

Once the picture is taken, the fun begins. In Camera+, you can mess around with about 100 different settings and combinations to make your pictures look anyway you want – from effects like Grunge to Ansel Adams to Depth of Field. You can even crop and add borders – and then of course share your pic across your favorite social network to show off your mad skills.

 

Lots of Effects to Choose From

If you’re a complete photography novice like myself (hey, I leave all the video production to the other guys) – then this tool is a fun way to maximize what just might be the best camera of all: the one that’s with you. And since most of us carry our phones just about everywhere we go, here’s one way to get really good snaps. All for the rich price of 99 cents.

One thing I’m doing this year is taking one picture a day. Then at the end of the year, I’ll compile that into a visual journal. Should be fun. And with technology making it simple to carry around a really nice camera wherever I go, should be fairly easy too.

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Author: Chris Donaldson

Chris Donaldson is Executive Producer at HCFmedia. Can film making change the world? The Short Answer: Yes.

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