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Yesterday I had the honour of doing a short segment on iPhoneography/Mobile Photography on creativeLIVE. I’ve been involved with creativeLIVE for a number of years, first as a volunteer and then as an employee, it’s a pretty cool place to be. But yesterday was a very different experience, which I’ll share more on later.

I wanted to quickly answer one of the questions that was posed a few times: What are my top 5 go-to apps?! So here they are, with links and a few examples…

My fab five:

HipstamaticiPhone – $1.99 + in App upgrades

These two images were captured via hipstamatic, they are “straight out of camera”, no other edits than the filter combination used for shooting.

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SnapseediPhoneAndroid – FREE!

These images were edited with Snapseed. Snapseed is a very robust editor! check out my tutorial on Snapseed here. Some of the functionality has changed a little since I did this post, but there’s still a lot of great information there!

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VSCO CamiPhoneAndroid – FREE w/in App upgrades

This was edited via VSCO cam. VSCO offers a handful of “film/analogue” styled filters, occasionally they will have free upgrade packs and additional packs you can purchase.

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PicFXiPhone – $1.99

Picfx is filled with lots of fun filters, some crazy colours and awesome textures + effects. You can control the amount of the effect that’s applied as well stack effects on top of one another.

This image was edited with PicFX + Mextures

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MexturesiPhone – $1.99

Mextures has different filter options, some colour gradients, textures and event a little grit and grain. Want to get a little dirt on your iPhone images and make it appear as if the image was created years ago, this is a fun option to play with. Like Picfx you can stack effects on top of one another. You can also use different blending modes, like “Overlay, Screen, Multiply… ” sounds like Photoshop doesn’t it?!

This image was shot with Hipstmatic and edited with VSCOcam, Mextures + Picfx.

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Thanks for asking and please let me know if you have more questions!

~ kate

6 thoughts on “iPhone apps: my fab five

  1. Thank you Kate for introducing me to some new apps! I downloaded Mextures right away and I can tell it will be a new favorite. I love your work!

  2. I LOVED you on creative live. Thought you were awesome and helpful! Thanks for sharing your knowledge. You ROCK!

  3. Thanks so much Tamela, hope you enjoy Mextures, looking forward to seeing what you do with it. ~ kate

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