As you might know if you follow me on twitter, I recently acquired an iphone.
This, of course, means I’ll be reviewing some iphone apps.
Let’s talk about CameraBag, shall we?
CameraBag is an iphone camera app that applies effects to photos you’re taking, or photos in your library.
Many of the filters included emulate toy camera photography, vintage photos, and (you guessed it!) Polaroid.
Here’s the official list:
The cameras included in CameraBag:
-“Helga” – A square-format toy camera feel with washed-out highlights and old-school vignetting.
-“1974” – This is your father’s camera. Faded, tinted, and hip.
-“Lolo” – Shoot from the hip and take life as it comes with vibrant, colorful shots.
-“Cinema” – Dramatic, moody, wide-screen stills from the movie of your life.
-“1962” – Dynamic black and whites from the photojournalists of a bygone era.
-“Mono” – Smooth gradation from black to white.
-“Infrared” – Simulation of the popular landscape photography technique.
I found The Lolo filter to be pretty inaccurate as a fake lomo effect, and the Fisheye & Cinema settings to be fairly silly…but all the rest of the stuff in this app’s bag of tricks is pure magic.
There are a lot of things about low-fi photos that I love, but let’s be honest, the iphone camera doesn’t really do it for me on it’s own. CameraBag changes all that, making this tiny camera the kind of gritty it should be.
Reasonably priced at $2.99, it gets the Cute Tech stamp of approval.
Check out my examples of “1962”, “Helga”, and “Instant” below:
For more examples, check out the CameraBag photo pool on Flickr.