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Make the most of your iPhone camera: My fave photo apps

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Welcome to the final day of "We {Heart} iPhones Week!" I hope you have been enjoying the shares from our guests the last few days. Now it's my turn to chime in on apps. In honor of the cute phone case from ClickinMoms (the winner of which I'll be announcing in just a few more hours–last call to enter here), today I'm giving you a peek at my favorite photography apps. 

When choosing my apps for this list, I had a specific audience in mind:

Busy mom on the go who may or may not have photography as a hobby.

I have found that most apps listed under the "photography" category in iTunes are for people who have the time and interest in editing and putzing around with their images. I most definitely do not. If I'm going to spend time editing, it's going to be on images from my DSLR in Lightroom on my desktop. My camera phone is for fun snapshots. They are what they are, I'm not even remotely concerned with white balance or exposure.

So with that in mind, here are my absolute favorite apps for making the most out of your phone's camera:

Insta
Instagram:

I love love love this app. It is fast and fun. There are other similar apps out there (Hipstamatic, I'm glaring at you) that attempt to turn your phone into a fun camera with filters and "lenses" but they are all painfully slow. With Instagram, you snap the photo and then can select your filter later which really speeds things up. I love that this allows you to see which filter looks best on your particular image. Once you've chosen, it is easy as pie to share that photo to Facebook, Twitter, email, etc. 

Something to keep in mind: Photos you take in Instagram are saved in your Photo Album as well. I've been known to take the photo there and then hop over to my social media channel of choice to share through that app instead (Flickr, Facebook, email, etc.) I think this is a super neat feature of the app.

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Batch
Batch:

This is a new to me app. I don't have a ton of experience with it, but from what I've tested I love. The peanuts' grandparents have a nearly insatiable lust for more more more photos of the girls. With Batch, I can easily select a whole collection of snapshots and send them as a group via email. They display like a little photo album. Very handy. Even handier for those of you who may enjoy sharing photo albums on Facebook (which is also an option within the app.) You can even tag your people right in the app before it loads to FB. 

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Flickr
Flickr:

The Flickr app is far from perfect, but I do enjoy it. I'm really active with my photo project participants over there and I love being able to look for their most recent uploads via my phone. I can also check in on comments made to my own images. If you join me for Project 2012 (more details coming soon!), you can rest assured I'll be keeping up with you via this app. 

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Goldenlite
Golden Lite:

This app is so useful for natural light lovers like myself. All my backlit images from my natural light workshop were taken during the "golden hour"–2 hours after sunrise or 2 hours before sunset. Golden Lite tracks those times for you so you can plan to be on location at just the right moment. I really gave the app a workout during my class and what a difference the right timing can make!

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Postcard

 

Postcard on the Run:

I so wish I had this app when we were in Mexico earlier this year. I can't wait to go on a real family vacation to try it out. Basically, you snap a photo with your phone, load it into the app, type out a message and add a snail mail address and they print and create a one-off postcard to be mailed to your recipient. Prices range from $.99 – $1.69. LOVE this.

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Evernote

 

Cam Scanner with Evernote:

I'm an ex-magazine hoarder. I have such a hard time recycling my Martha Stewart Living and Better Homes & Gardens magazines. I discovered Cam Scanner a while ago and it has made it far less painful to rid my house of the clutter. I use my phone to take a picture of the article I want to remember within Cam Scanner. The app then cleans up the image so it is more readable and I can then file away the image in Evernote. You can read more about Evernote here. So handy!

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Clickinmoms

ClickinMoms

I was obsessed with the ClickinMoms' forum before, but now that they've released their app I'm a goner. The app only works if you have a forum membership, but it brings the tutorials and conversations into your pocket and on the go. I confess most of my downtime spent in doctors' waiting rooms or drive-thru lines is spent reading up on things here. It may not directly use your camera, but it is one of the best photography apps out there.

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