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Photo Tools and the Evolving Image

Innovations in cellphone cameras and software -- and a wave of apps that add artistic finishes -- have revolutionized photography. Now anyone with a cellphone can snap photos with a professional feel and share them. But are these tools making us better photographers? We discuss the new social art of photography, and explore the best apps, tools and projects that are changing the practice of photography and "phoneography."

Matthew Barrick's picks for best photo apps:

  1. Camera+

  2. Instagram

  3. Photosynth

  4. Hipstamatic

  5. CamWow

  6. Top Camera

  7. Darkroom Pro

  8. Camera Awesome

  9. 360 Panorama

  10. Diptic

  11. Touch Retouch

  12. Snapseed

  13. Photoshop

  14. Flixel

  15. Toy Camera

  16. TiltShift Generator

  17. Photogene

  18. Photopower

  19. Pro HDR

  20. Color Splash

  21. Artistic Touch

  22. Group Shot

  23. Fast Camera

Lisbeth's Picks For Best Photo Apps:

More of my personal favorites:

  • Postagram for sending photos as a postcard straight from your phone
  • PostalPix for ordering prints of your photos straight from your phone
  • GIF Shop for making animated GIFs on your phone
  • LensFlare, add 40+ lens flare effects to your photos from dreamy-looking sunlight to eerie J.J. Abrams-esque lights
  • Camera+ for basic editing - straightening photos, cropping, making minor contrast, color adjustments
  • 360 Panorama for shooting interactive 360-degree photos that you can share with anyone online
  • Pocket Light Meter and Golden Hour -- I use these with my film cameras and DSLR.
  • I haven't played with this, but this is an app that gives you Instagram-like filters within Photoshop. So the idea is that you can use those filters on your DSLR photos. It's called Photogram: http://pskiss.com/

  • GLIF Tripod Mount
  • Cell Lenses
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