7.13.2010

Shake It Like a Polaroid Picture

You guys already know that I'm into photography - so this post is gonna go there for a minute :)

I'm far too lazy to lug around my dslr all the time so often I only have my iPhone with me to take quick snapshots. Now, the iPhone camera is not bad at all (I have the 3G) but sometimes, the pictures are kinda lacking and could definitely be better. I mean, even though they're snapshots (sometimes of random things like what I'm eating...you know how it is!) I still want them to look good - especially since I sometimes share these pics here on the blog.

So when one of my favourite photographers Bonnie Tsang shared that she uses the ShakeIt Photo app for her iPhone pics I knew I had to check it out.

I'll be the first to admit, I'm cheap with iPhone apps. 99% of the ones on my phone are free lol. But ShakeIt is TOTALLY worth the 99 cents it costs. I LOVE IT. It takes your photo from so-so and make it interesting. It has a slight cross-process meets polaroid feel and adds contrast that just makes your picture...cool :)

I'm totally a fan of before and afters before buying so here's a couple for you to see what it does:











Awesome, right?

One thing to keep in mind is that it makes the image into a square format - which I'm still getting used to and, to be honest, I'm quite enjoying training my eyes to "see" pictures in that format. What's great is you can also apply it to pics that you've already taken and have saved on your phone - in addition, of course, to the new pics you take. So this past weekend after I got the app I had fun applying it to pics I had on my phone and taking new pics. Oh, and a fun feature - when you take a pic (or apply it to a pic already on your phone) you can shake your phone back and forth and the pictures moves back and forth - and then appears - just like a polaroid! And it adds that cool ol' school polaroid border. So fun.

So - definitely two thumbs up! And you'll be seeing a lot more of my iPhone pictures now :)

There are TONS of camera/photography apps available and it can be overwhelming - so I wanted to share this one with you all because I really think it's great. I also got 2 or 3 more that I like (but I think I like this one the most)...I'll share the others in another post :)

Do you use any camera/photography apps for your iPhone? If so which ones?

12 comments:

Tamstyles said...

i wish i had an iphone...so are we still waiting?

Sweet Nothings said...

i use the poloroid app on my mac computer since I dont have an iphone, and i lOVE it..i've been taking pictures of my little beast george and making them poloroids and emailing them to my gparents, and Im pretty sure it confuses them tremendously

Kay* said...

@Tamstyles - Yup, still waiting...it could take a few weeks...you all will definitely be among the first to know :)

@SweetNothings - LOL that's too funny! I got another app call polarize which is pretty cool too - and free! But this one is my fave :)

Fatin Azreen said...

I don't have Iphone but planning to have one soon. Yea, polaroid is awesome. :)

Sunny said...

I don't have an iPhone but I have an Android, and you just made me go to my market place to see what I could purchase to make my camera quality better.... because regular old myTouch camera quality is awful!

Mandy said...

I dont have an iphone but the after pictures are awesome. Hoorary for fun photos from your cell!

Alexia said...

ShakeItPhoto and CrossProcess are the only ones I use ;)

ashlina {the decorista} said...

great shots.....
so pretty and fun.

Anonymous said...

have you checked out the Hipstamatic iphone app? I read about it in a mag recently (I think it was Martha Stewart mag Aug 2010 issue)

Danielle said...

I am obsessed with Hipstamatic (the best iphone app out there). Do you have it?

mychelle said...

I use Hipstamtic, Lo-Mob and Camera Bag. Although the original photo quality from the 3G iPhone isn't the best, these definitely make it fun!

Brandy B. said...

Mmmm.....I think I am the only one not liking the after. Yes the iphone pics are dark but the polaroid app clips color(this is best described as over exposed) and makes the image yellower. ....I really like your photos and you blog so it was hard for me to write this. I hope you take this as constructive criticism. I have found that my phone takes better b/w photos.

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