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Five Photo Apps for your Smartphone

Following the old saying that "the best camera is the one that's with you", more and more people are using their camera-equipped smartphones to capture the moment. The development of these phones has been accompanied by an explosion of image-processing apps. Some of these are simply bad, while others can definitely be a fun way to enhance the final result. Here are five apps to consider:

Touchnote App
Touchnote Postcards (iPhone/Android/iPad)
Convert your digital photos on your phone directly into real postcards with this app. Cards can be sent anywhere directly from the provider - no more trips to the post office. Just in time to send a greeting card for the Holiday season!
Developer Website | Download from iTunes
360 Panorama App
360 Panorama (iPhone/Android/iPad)
With this app you can stitch photos together on your phone to create a panoramic image. Snap, stitch, and share images on Facebook, Twitter and via email. It is that simple, and fun.
Developer Website | Download from iTunes
Camera+ App
Camera+ (iPhone)
The built-in camera on the iPhone will get you by. But the Camera+ app takes it to the next level. It includes tools to improve exposure, focus, lighting and even an image stabilizer, as well as tools for editing and sharing.
Developer Website | Download from iTunes
Slow Shutter Cam App
Slow Shutter Cam (iPhone)
Create blur and movement with slow shutter-speed effects on your photos with Slow Shutter Cam, just like you would with a DSLR camera. Enjoy almost complete control over your shutter speed... on a smartphone!
Developer Website | Download from iTunes
Pro HDR App
Pro HDR (iPhone)
This app allows you to combine three or more images taken to create HDR (high dynamic range) images that capture the bright and dark tones. This is currently as close as you can get to the 'real' HDR photography on an iPhone.
Developer Website | Download from iTunes

A camera phone will obviously never completely replace an SLR for some uses, but with increasingly sophisticated equipment, it is surprising what can be accomplished. If you have a favourite photo app on your smartphone, or have accomplished great results with one, we would love to hear about it. We'll pass it on in a future issue of the Newsletter.

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Sophie Pasquet

Sophie Pasquet

Sophie has been a photographer, educator and traveller for most of her adult life. She founded Better Paris Photos in 2008 (which became Better Travel Photos in 2014) to deliver exceptional photography experiences to travellers.