Lately, I have been more and more into taking great pictures with my iPhone 5, and I have found the best apps around that will help you take better photos on your iPhone’s 10-meagpixel camera.
The first is called Pro HDR, which costs $1.99 but is worth $25.
Say you’re taking a picture of a sunset. What this app does is take two different photos of the same thing, but it takes a photo of the sunset in one bright exposure and then one in a dark exposure. The app then transposes the two on top of each other, giving you a brilliant picture with the widest amount of visible light possible.
Once you’ve taken the shot you can adjust the picture to your liking with five different picture settings, numerous photo filters and a few other editing options to make your picture amazing.
Camera+ is an app that operates a bit differently, but in great tandem with Pro HDR. It allows you to take a photo on your phone by pressing one finger on the area of your screen’s camera frame that you want to focus on, then asks you to pick an exposure level of darkness or light whose outcome will vary depending on the points you choose.
Having Pro HDR and Camera+ on your devices open up a world of photography that you never thought was possible with a camera phone. Taking a photo in Camera+ will give you a great focus and desired brightness, then importing that photo into Pro HDR will allow you to change contrast, saturation, picture warmth, etc., and will effectively give you the closest thing to a photo taking with a professional Digital SLR camera you can get for less than $5.
Oh, want to take one of the coolest pictures imaginable with a free app?
Download Bubbli, which is a photography app that takes your iPhone (5 or later, sorry friends) panoramic function to the next level. You install the app and pick any place or time and make a literal bubble out of the area by scanning a 360-degree radius around you, which is challenging at first, but gives you the ability to show your complete surroundings to anyone all over the world.
Do you have a son or daughter that is texting way too much for your cell phone bill? Have them download wither WhatsApp or Kik Messenger for free. WhatsApp gives anyone with a phone number free texting capabilities without using any cellular data or incurring charges, while Kik Messenger can connect any two people and devices together without even needing a phone number.
Lastly, I’ve got to invoke a few noteworthy games.
I recently downloaded QuizUp and I cannot stop playing it. The app uses your Facebook login information to connect you with all of your friends who have downloaded the game so you can challenge them in over 250 different topics that range from World War I to Harry Potter to wine trivia. The app updates itself constantly and new topics pop up almost hourly.
If you want a more “mindless” game download Dots. During our iPad training this summer, I sarcastically told a classroom full of teachers that if they didn’t want to waste time, they shouldn’t download the app. I came back from vacation to find that my ploy worked and they were all playing it.
The game is simple: different colored dots drop onto the screen and you use your finger to connect as many as possible. Spoiler alert: if you make a square of any size, the entire color is wiped off and your points skyrocket.
Use any of these apps and you won’t be sorry. Or, at least, not as sorry that I just now told you that if you put your iPhone or iPad on Airplane mode when it charges it’ll charge twice as fast.