Camera+ Photo: Tiny Town of Kotor, Montenegro by Oleg Lutsenko
I have a little Canon point-and-shoot camera. I even have an old Nikon 990 that's a pretty decent digital camera (if only I knew how to really use it...). But usually, all I have is my iPhone. So when I came across Lisa Bettany's post, 25 Amazing Camera+ Photos, I realized just how powerful my little mobile phone could be.
Camera+ is one of my favorite photo apps. I'm not a photographer, and I'm using the lesser camera on the iPhone 3GS, so the photos I take aren't anywhere near this good. It amazes me, though, that a camera on my phone could have this much potential.
Instagram Photo: A House in Bath by MikeUs
Another one of my favorite photo apps is Instagram. Mashable posted this article last month: Meet the Top 15 Photographers on Instagram. There are some amazing photographers on this list, and the first one, MikeUS, is one of my favorites. I originally thought he must be uploading photos taken with a higher end camera, but the only thing he uses in addition to Instagram is TiltShiftGen. He lives in Bath, and is also an incredible designer.
Combo Camera+ and Instagram Photo: Baha'i Temple by me
I use a combo of Camera+ and Instagram all the time. Again, I'm not a photographer but occasionally I get something that turns out pretty nifty. Both apps have social sharing built in but I tend to share via Instragram, probably because it was the first social photo app that I used.
Combo Instagram and Diptic Photo: "May". Assemblage Sculpture by Paul Moschell
Another effect app that I see used a lot in conjunction with Instagram is Diptic, which lets you combine multiple photos into one. At least I assume they're using Diptic, as it was the only app I found that created this effect.
There are lots and lots of other apps out there. A couple that get consistent raves are ProCamera and Hipstamatic. If you want to explore furthere, take a look at these photo app lists at TheNextWeb.com and Pixiq.com.