Instagram has become an addictive social media tool, relied upon by users both for its FOMO-eliciting sharing capabilities and for its color filters that have the ability to make anyone appear more attractive than they really are. And while concerns persist about what the platform’s “selling out” to Facebook could mean
down the road, smartphone photographers remain compelled, for now, to experiment with some of the newer photo apps on the market.
VSCO Cam: VSCO Cam
was born out of a premise that speaks directly to Gen Y’s propensity toward minimalism: “Less Is More.” Launched just a couple months ago, the film emulation app
has quickly become a favorite digital photo processing tool among discerning creative types
for whom Instagram’s filters have become too obvious. Unlike many of its photo enhancement app predecessors, VSCO distinguishes itself by capturing uncompressed JPEG files before applying effects, resulting in superior quality photos. The iOS app, which boasts 10 filters and options to adjust the grain, saturation and more, has been compared to Lightroom
, making it an important tool even for those who prefer to take their photos with real cameras
Asking friends to pose for a photo and then secretly video recording their awkward mugging
is one of the meaner modern pranks to emerge in the smartphone age. It's a source of amusement, for sure, but failing to capture an important moment because you accidentally hit the video button instead of the camera one can be exceptionally disappointing. Enter StillShot
, an iOS app that allows users to extract video frames as photos. The tool, which was developed by the same team behind GroupShot
, also has implications beyond salvaging the mistakes of clumsy digits. Indeed, it can be used to capture action shots for which the iPhone’s camera isn’t fast enough.
It’s unlikely that the concept Instaglasses
that went viral last week will go into production anytime soon. Those yearning to see the world through hipster-filtered glasses, however, may find a suitable substitute in Wood Camera
. The first release from development team Bright Mango
, the iOS app allows iPhone shutterbugs to apply any of its many special effects in real-time, enabling them to see an enhanced image through the viewfinder before taking the photo. The in-camera editing setup includes 22 lenses, 17 textures, 12 frames, and tilt-shift controls. Among its most significant features is the ability to modify changes made to the original image, even after exporting it.