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Apps: Photography

Best Apps: Photography

photographyPhotography apps add a long list of needed features to your iPhone's camera, including visual effects, digital zoom, and photo editing. Many of these apps also make it easy to share your images with your friends through either e-mail, MMS, or by posting them directly to social networks, image hosting sites, and even your own blog. There are even apps that will help you improve your photography skills. It's likely that no one app has all the features you need, so make sure you have a good idea of what you want to do with your camera before you start paying for apps. Best of the Best


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XMarks bookmarks - get your bookmarks from anywhere

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One thing I want wherever I am, is my bookmarks. I must have a couple of hundred bookmarks categorized and sorted on my desktop. Xmarks - www.xmarks.com is my savior. With it, I can access all my bookmarks from my PC computer at work and my iMac at home ...... And now on my iPhone, iPod touch and iPad.

Download it for free on any computer, and you can sync bookmarks across all platforms. All you need to do is click on your bookmarks tab and, bingo...there all are.

Download the XMarks app to your iOS devices, click on it and you have them on all there too.



You Gotta See This

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Have you ever take a photo of something like the Grand Canyon but found that your picture just could not portray the magnificence of the scene? With You Gotta See This, you can portray the scene a little bit better.



Stop taking pictures and start taking works of art with CanvasPop!

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If Yogi Berra were to assess today's use of cameras he might say: "Nobody takes photographs anymore... they're too busy taking pictures."  If you're like me, you have thousands of digital pictures stored on hard drives and online galleries but only print a tiny fraction of them.  Once in a while we'll find "a keeper" and enlarge it to 11"x14" and frame it, but by and large, photos stay on the computer and maybe a digital photo frame.



App Review - ColorSplash

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First there was B&W and then COLOR came along. Now you can have the best of both worlds.    



A square deal on warranty coverage because 'Stuff Breaks.'

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Stuff Breaks.  So says SquareTrade, the folks who offer an extended warranty for your iPhone and iPad, among other devices.  It's true, and perhaps even more so with the abundance of glass on the iPhone 4.  I have always kept my iPhone in a case, because, frankly, I'm clumsy and prone to dropping it.  However, the new iPhone 4 is so slim and elegant that you might want to keep it unveiled. Case or no case, you should check out the SquareTrade offer.  For $99 you get two years of coverage (or you can be billed $5.99/month).  That represents a 20% limited time offer.  You can transfer or cancel at any time and get a prorated rebate.



CNET's 100 favorite iPhone apps

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CNET is selecting their 100 favorite iPhone apps in 10 installments. Starting today, each day for the next 10 business days CNET writers and bloggers will take turns identifying their 10 favorite apps. Today's first installment is by Kent German, senior editor at CNET Reviews. The 10 selections are presented in slide-show fashion. Among his favorites is Photoshop.com Mobile, the free photo editing app.



Cycle Art!

Creating a visual celebration of the bicycle

I discovered, somewhat by chance, an unexpected power within the iPhone on a long bicycle ride early last year. A chance encounter with blooming dandelions stopped my ride, and I took a photo of them with my iPhone. Later, as I played with the photo in a quiet setting, using a number of image editing apps, I realized I had discovered a new genre, which I call, "Cycle Art." Simply put, Cycle Art is a mobile, digital celebration of the bicycle.


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Video Zoom Plus -- app lets you zoom in when shooting videos with your phone

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I haven't yet tried this app, but Video Zoom Plus ($0.99) would have come in handy a couple days ago when I came across a deer on campus. The deer was fairly close, maybe 20 yards, but it got a bit lost in the video that I took. I wish I had been able to zoom in. And that's what this new app promises -- 5x digital zoom. But if you have a 3GS you'll need to upgrade it to iOS4. 



From Darkroom to Living Room

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Years ago I tried to make color prints in an old fashioned darkroom. In order to make a print you needed to make test pictures. First, you'd try to get the right exposure making a test strip. Then, you tried to get the correct color. Usually it took (me at least) several sheets of paper and 30 minutes until I got a good (at least decent) print.

I was thinking about those "good old days" this afternoon when I made the photograph that is shown. The difference being that in order to combine those three images it took about two minutes. Diptic is easy to use. You identify which template you want to use and add the pictures one at a time. You can move them around until they look right. Adding the colored border took about an extra 15 seconds.



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