2012 is a new year and since the holidays just passed, I’m sure a lot of you received either an iPhone 4S or an iPod Touch. Either way, you’ll want to make use of the build in camera on these devices since they both do a decent job of taking everyday pictures. These 6 apps are my most used photo apps of 2011. I chose these because they are all unique in their own way and each do tasks that the others do not. My favorite however of the bunch is Instagram due to its social networking aspect and ability to view photos from all around the world from its many users.
These 6 I chose because I used them the most in 2011. That may change in 2012 as I’m always on the look out for new apps and obviously if a better app comes out, old apps get replaced.
Instagram – (Free) – Pick from one of several gorgeous filtered effects or tilt-shift blur to breathe a new life into your mobile photos. Transform everyday moments into works of art you’ll want to share with friends and family. Share your photos in a simple photo stream with friends to see – and follow your friends’ photos with the click of a single button. Every day you open up Instagram, you’ll see new photos from your closest friends, and creative people from around the world.
Squara – ($1.99) – Over 10,000 presets can be created by combining 19 special effects, 6 adjustment effects, 12 borders and 11 light-leaks(19 x 6 x 12 x 11). All of these outstanding effects can be applied with simple swipe operation or shuffle button. In addition, the filter combination can be saved in user presets, which can be applied again anytime.
Halftone – ($0.99) – Halftone goes beyond typical “photo filter” apps to give images a unique, vintage style that makes them look like they came from an old comic strip. With 27 paper styles, nine built-in layouts, two caption styles, six different speech balloon styles, more than 25 stamps, and the ability to choose a font (including three embedded fonts), photos can be customized, then saved to the photo album, sent via e-mail, shared with friends on Facebook and Twitter, sent to other apps like Instagram, Camera+, and Color Splash, printed, and sent as a real, physical postcard!
Label Box – (Free) – Labelbox helps you highlight areas, label items in your photo in an artistic, creative and fun way. You can even use different labels to create frames inside your photo.
Frame Magic – ($0.99) – Combines multiple photos into one beautiful and elegant framed photo.
Pixlr-O-Matic – (Free) – Turn your photos into cool looking vintage images – editing is as easy as one, two, three. With this fun and simple darkroom app, you can layer filters, lighting and borders to get that retro grunge look in three simple steps. So many options to choose from, there are 25,000 possible finishes for any one image!