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Take Interesting Photos on Your iPhone

written by: Arnold Zafra•edited by: Bill Fulks•updated: 5/20/2011

The iPhone has a great camera feature which is widely used by photography enthusiasts. Thanks to the various apps that are available taking photos with the iPhone becomes more exciting. Here we've rounded-up ten of the best camera apps that can transform your phone into a digital camera.

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    hipstamatic iphone app Hipstamatic is currently the number one paid app in the Photography category of the App Store. It's one of the best if not the best iPhone camera app that we've seen so far for the simple reason that it extends the default features of the iPhone's camera app. Interestingly, in this day of advanced photography tools, an iPhone camera software that brings back the old days of photography is getting mileage from the iPhone crowd. Basically, what this app does is let you take photos that mimic the look and feel of old photos taken by plastic toy cameras of the past. The app lets you swap lenses, films and flash settings in an instant. The app gives you various camera base models including John S, Jimmy, and Kaimal lenses, Blanko, Ina's 1969 and Kodot Verichrome film as well as two standard flashes. Words are simply not enough to describe how this app makes your iPhone camera more fun and exciting. You have got to try it for yourself. (Price: $1.99) (Download link)

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    Pro HDR

    pro hdr For iPhone 4 users, creating decent HDR photos became an easy task with the default HDR settings. But if you have an iPhone 3GS, you'll definitely want to have this app to let you produce stunning HDR photos as soon as you've snapped a photo using your iPhone's camera. Of course, iPhone 4 users can also use this app as it seems to produce better looking HDR photos than the iPhone 4's default HDR settings. To produce high dynamic range photos, this app captures an image exposed for the highlights and another exposed for the shadows. The app then aligns these images to produce gorgeous-looking 3 or 5 megapixel HDR images. You can produce HDR photos either manually or automatically. In manual mode, the app will guide you into choosing the exact exposures that you want to use. (Price: $1.99) (Download link)

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    pocketbooth Want to turn your iPhone into a pocket photo booth? This app is the answer. The app was designed to emulate the experience of the 1950s-era model 11 photo booth. If you don't know what that is, simply do a Google search to learn more about it. What you'll appreciate about this iPhone camera app is that it is so easy to use even if you're using the rear-facing camera of your iPhone 4. It also lets you share photo strips via email, Twitter, and Facebook. The app also automatically saves photo strips to the app as well as exporting them to your iPhone's camera roll. It also lets you set different effects and pose options. (Price: $0.99) (Download link)

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    Camera Bag

    camera bag Want to enhance your iPhone photos some more? Check out Camera Bag iPhone app. It dramatically enhances your photos using many classic camera and film simulations. Yes, it's practically like having a dozen unique cameras all in one app. This app features cameras such as Helga, Colorcross, Instant, Magazine, 1974, Lolo, Plastic, Cinema, 1962, Mono, Infrared, and Fisheye. It's really a great iPhone camera app that extends your iPhone's camera features. (Price: $1.99) (Download link)

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    Camera Genius

    camera genius Camera Genius is another great iPhone camera software loaded with so many features that it will make you forget about your iPhone's default camera app. Among its many great features are - anti-shake stabilization, timer for timed group photos, camera guides, review button, and a big photo button that makes it easy to capture photos especially candid shots. The app also reminds you of how many photos you've taken so far by displaying a photo counter in the upper corner of your iPhone's screen when you are using the app. (Price: $1.99) (Download Link)

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    Best Camera

    bestcameraapp This camera was great in the iPhone 3GS and even better on the iPhone 4. Inspired by the saying that "the best camera in the world is the one with you," popular photographer Chase Jarvis decided to make a great iPhone camera app that lets you shoot, edit and share your iPhone photos with the world. The app gives you powerful, and yet easy-to-use set of photo filters and effects that you can apply to your photos with a touch of a button. It lets you stack, mix and remix photo sets. Some of the great photo filters you can use include - Jewel, Paris, Slate, Candy, Contrasts, Lighten and more. Finally, when you're editing your photos, you can then share them with your friends on Facebook, Twitter, Flicker, email and (Price: $2.99) (Download link)

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    infinicam From the makers of the CameraBag iPhone app comes an equally stunning iPhone camera app called Infinicam. Similar to CameraBag, this iPhone camera app also lets you apply high quality effects to photos with its stylish interface. The app generates a new and unique randomized camera style every time you press your iPhone's camera button. In addition, the app also lets you apply 18 high-quality film-style borders to your photos. What's good about this app is that it lets you create your own camera style, through advanced algorithms which the app employs. The app also lets you use a cropping tool, camera history, manual camera code entry, full resolution saving and for iPhone 4 users - retina display support and multitasking. (Price:$1.99) (Download link)

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    pano iphone app Are you a fan of panoramic photos? This app has got you covered. It simply lets you take beautiful, seamless panoramic photos straight from your iPhone. This app would not have received various praises from photo enthusiasts and experts if not for its many great features. These include a simple interface, 360-degree panorama photo capture, handy semi-transparent guide, advanced alignment blending, the option to save panoramas to your camera roll, final resolution of up to 6800x800 and a resume function when photo taking is interrupted. (Price: $2.99) (Download Link)

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    diptic Diptic is a pretty cool iPhone camera app that lets you tell a story by combining photos you've taken using your iPhone's camera. The app allows you to easily combine multiple photos and create a before-and-after sequence, juxtapose contrasting images or produce photographic series. To create fun photo sets, you can either use your iPhone camera to take new photos or use what's available in your iPhone's camera roll. The app also features nineteen different layouts, brightness/contrast/color saturation adjustments, customizable controls for border color and width, simple and intuitive interface, and option to export your final product to email or camera roll. (Price: $1.99) (Download link)

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    Camera Duo

    cameraduo This iPhone camera app is fairly new and yet it is already receiving accolades from those who downloaded and are now using the app. Basically, what the app does is to let you take photos while recording a video. The app gives you two photo capture modes, either real photos or extract from video you've captured. It also boasts of flash, torch, focus, exposure and white balance settings which you can tweak anytime you want to. Other features of this app include multiple cameras/swapping support, tap to focus and Retina-display optimization. (Price: $0.99) (Download link)