Jun 21
2011

I must have done something right because for Father’s Day my daughter (okay, really my wife) got me an iPod Touch. Now you would think that being a computer geek would mean I have electronic devices all around, but I don’t. In fact there are a few times I feel out of touch with the electronic world around me.  The rest of the time, when I’m not on the computer I’d rather be unplugged and away from all those gadgets (the television being the one exception).

I love photography. I love my new iPod Touch. And thanks to the all the great applications out there I can tie the two together. This is nothing new. In fact I’m late jumping on the bandwagon but I’m still going to enjoy the ride.

The camera app for the iPod is great but I’m really getting a kick out of using and exploring Instagram, Dermandar, Pocketbooth and HalfTone.

Instagram

Instagram App Allison & Socks

For a free app this has to be my favorite so far. A lot of great features, easy to use and the ability to work with images taken from other applications is huge!

The filters includes are excellent but the ability to save the original image taken within this app as well as the filtered image awesome.  That frees you up to try out the other filters on the same image.

Once you have your image the quick sharing option allows you to post to Facebook, Twitter, Flickr, Tumblr, Foursquare, or Posterous with ease.

Cost: Free

HalfTone

HalfTone App - Allison

HalfTone App - Allison

I’ve only played with this one for a few images but I can see it’s appeal. While not an app that you’ll be using to build a personal photo album I can see using this for those quirky images to share with friends. Halftone adds an aged halftone-style printing effect to photos to give them a unique, vintage look.

While the default setting for HalfTone give almost a comic book vibe to the image you have a selection of built in styles to work with as well as control over the dot size, strength and gain.

What’s nice about this is that you can essentially turn off the dots and use the 27 paper styles to add borders to images that you find perfect just the way they are.

Cost: $1.99
Worth it? For the amount I’ll use this app to get a laugh or two I think it’s worth it. If you’re not into the comical shots then you may want to pass.

Dermandar

Dermandar is a free app that allows you to quickly and easily create panoramas. And feel free to get crazy and do a complete 360 with this app it’s that easy to use.

I haven’t used Dermandar that much just yet, but I know that it’ll be one of those apps I use all the time on vacation. In fact, with a camping trip coming up this weekend, I’m sure there will be a few panoramas to share.

The image below was taken with Dermandar, emailed and then uploaded without and editing.

Cost: Free

Dermandar - Out the Window

Dermandar - Out the Window

Pocketbooth

Pocketbooth - My fat head

Pocketbooth

It’s been a while since I’ve seen a photo booth around. Now, I can just grab my iPod Touch and have one wherever I need it.

Choose between a strip of 3 or 4 images, 5 different effects, 2 paper stocks, black or white border color. Set the time between shots from 1 to 5 seconds and either use the front or rear facing camera.

A great app to have fun with but could also be used for the serious photographer. The time between shots could lead to some creative image strips.

Cost: $0.99
Worth it? Yeah, I think it’ll be worth the price once I get a bit more creative with it.

Other Apps

There are a number of other great photography related apps listed at iTunes that I’m interested in trying out. One high on my list is Hipstamatic – the only issue with this app is having to pay for additional features (filters, film types) that I have a feeling I can find elsewhere in free apps.

So before I start exploring a few other photography related apps for my iPod Touch, anyone have certain apps they won’t do without? Please, leave them in the comments!

 

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