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Camera+ for iPad – My replacement for the built-in camera app

I bought Camera+ several months ago, November 2012 actually, and I’ve been using it as my main camera tool every since. It offers a whole host of features I really like such as the camera level, the “rule of thirds” grid and the image stabilizer button. They really make it easier to get a clean and level shot. The other part I like is the camera roll. You get a nice thumbnail view, “lightbox”of your images so you can see which ones you want to work on. From there you can crop, rotate, adjust and add borders.

The Scenes function adds some nice features such as Backlit, Flash, Sunset, Beach, etc, that change the warmth and saturation of the image. These are very similar to what you see in most Point and Shoot camera. A picture of a bottle of The Macallan 12 was warmed up nicely by the “Food” preset.

The Adjust option lets you add White Balance, Straighten an image or Flip it as well as add a Vignette for artistic effect or adjust the overall tone.

FX Effects allows color saturation presets like Sepia, Vibrant, Black and White, etc. Again, these are similar to the options you see in most Point and Shoot cameras today and it can make for some interesting images. At the very least it can give your image a dash of flair before you post it.

Any of the edits can be undone and none of them are committed until you actually save the image. You can tinker to your heart’s content without damaging the original. And once done, the image is saved to the Camera Roll so you can get to it from dozens of other applications or post it online. I personally use AirDisk Pro or Posts to send it off as a blog post.

I really like Camera+ and although I mainly use the Crop and Rotate functions, I have made a few adjustments using the Scenes functions and may have dabbled with some of the other features just to get an unusual effect. The Scenes function along can really enhance an image.

Camera+ is still just a mere $0.99 and absolutely worth it. If you take more than a handful of pictures, especially when you can work on those images with the larger screen of the iPad, it’s definitely worth getting. Overall a very good app. And $0.99? Wow.

Camera+ for iPad

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Snapseed by Nik Software – Free for Today

I really don’t know anything about this app, but any camera app that’s free for the iPad has my interest. Not to mention this is by Nik software and they make some great plugins for Photoshop and Paint Shop Pro.

I don’t know if this is any better than the Camera+ for iPad app I bought just the other day, but I’m anxious to check it out. It provides the ability to take photos, Saturate, Crop and do other manipulations. That sounds like a good deal to me.

And for the price of free, you really can’t object.

Snapseed by Nik Software

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360 Panorama

Here’s another little photography tool that might be worth a look. I love those big panoramic pictures of the city, the landscape, the canyons, but I’ve never put in the energy to try and make them myself. It’s not like there aren’t plenty of tools out there to help with the process, I just can’t get them all together at the right time.

Until now.

With 360 Panorama and either the iPad or the iPhone, you can take panoramic pictures whenever you want. I was experimenting with this yesterday on my iPad, and it comes across surprisingly easy. You point where you want the image to start and press "Start". The screen is turned into a large grid and you work you way from side to side, following the lines to keep the lens as level as possible. When you’ve travelled enough, I the iPad takes another image and stitches it to the first. As you pan across all the images are put together in one lone piece. You can then export that to Photo library and work with it from there.

As with any other panorama, it’s as perfect as you are steady. If you jump all over the place, so will the image. If you have a steady hand and stay within the lines, you should end up with some decent work.

I found the app to be wicked good fun and at only $0.99, I don’t really see a problem. It doesn’t have any real editing tools, so you can’t adjust the images within the iPad, but then again, based on the final size, why would you want to? That would best be handled through more dedicated software.

Since it’s fall and there are some wonderful landscapes to have, this might be the best time of the year to mess around with this. I don’t have images to show off just yet, but I plan to make some as soon as possible.

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360 Panorama

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