now for some camera whimsy apps

Posted on April 29th, 2011

It’s really not enough any more to just point and shoot? It’s a bit, “is that ALL you know about iphone apps?” If this IS all you know, then this little rundown of apptastic iphone appendages will delight you. Play with them over the weekend.


I came across this great post on THE BEST CAMERA APPS from one of my favourite NYT writers David Pogue. Here’s the bits you want:

  • Try TiltShift(from $1). It’s a photographic trick that, by using selective angles and blurring, makes the real world seem to be made of tiny toys.
  • Picture 1 Time Lapse ($1) lets you create a high-definition time-lapse movie automatically while you’re away. Watch a building go up, watch a flower bloom or just see what’s been going on at home while you’re away.
  • Panorama apps are plentiful and joyous; they combine multiple photos into one much larger, infinitely wide-angle whole, automatically and without a computer. For example, you can shoot a bunch of photos fairly sloppily using whatever camera app you prefer, and then feed them into AutoStitch Panorama ($2). It magically analyzes the resulting shots and combines them, beautifully. This app doesn’t require you to line the left edge of each new photo with the right edge of the previous one, and it stitches photos both vertically and horizontally.
  • Picture 1 Try microsoft’s PhotoSynth (free). You can shoot all around you, capturing entire interiors, for example, including floor and ceiling, one slice at a time. Each time you move the camera to a new view, there’s a beep (hold it!) and then PhotoSynth snaps the shot by itself. The app uses the iphone’s gyroscope and motion sensor to figure out how you’re holding the phone. It creates a seamless panorama that you can navigate with your finger, or post to facebook – either as frozen images, os as fully interactive, zoomable, pannable panoramas. Two words: download this.
  • Picture 1 Download Camera+ or ProCamera, too. You’ll get a little bit of everything — better shooting, cropping and editing, filters and effects, and direct posting to the popular online networks — an all-in-one option that gives you a good taste of the possibilities.

The shot above and these below are by Jo using CameraBag and InfiniCam. Do you have any other tricks for getting your pics all whimsy-like?



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  • pip

    Thanks Sarah! I never know what to look for in App Store, these are fabulous. xx


  • Mia

    It’s nearly worth buying an iPhone for that adorable tiny toys app!!! Omg, love. xx


  • Caitlin

    Hey Sarah, random but am in the midst the fun activity of collecting quotes for a friend’s business, found this one and wanted to share it, since it resonates with your blog oft.

    “The role of a writer is not to say what we can all say, but what we are unable to say.”
    — Anaïs Nin


    Sarah Wilson

    Sarah Wilson Reply:

    Perfection! Thank you…although it ups the ante!


    Caitlin Reply:

    Haha, no pressure!!!


  • Lindsay

    I just love the word ‘whimsy’! It says it all!


  • Caroline

    Another to add to the list is Instagram. Great way to add effects to photos you take with your iphone. I am obsessed with taking arty images since downloading this. Best of all it’s free!


  • Lynette

    Sarah, why are you going to the logies? Are you on televison and I’ve missed your show?

    Hope you don’t ruin your dress with spray tan streaks! lol