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September 3, 2012

Art of the camera phone: Best photo apps

Flowers, family, found objects. If you have an iPhone, chances are you've started to explore the world of iPhoneography — shooting images with your phone and, if you choose, processing them using various applications.

There are hundreds of apps out there for the iPhone photographer — some great, others less so. But just as with coffee, it's all a matter of taste. The fun thing is, it's only your own taste that matters.

Here are some ideas on how to go about taking iPhone photos and selecting apps that will work best for you.

It's all in the picture. A great photograph is all about content. Just because you shot it with an iPhone doesn't mean that concept has to go out the window. No stress, though: The content only needs to mean something to you. If you have an Instagram feed or a Twitter or Facebook account, it's easy to share the image with the world. But kids also grow up fast, so you have the option of keeping a shot hidden away for future blackmail purposes.

Take the photo first, process it later. When you're taking a picture, apps practically call out to be used: Add some color here, drop in some scratches there and after a bit, the sky is purple and your child's face is green. Upload and voila, it's art! But I'm a big proponent of capturing the image first and processing it later. Just because your favorite app is at your fingertips doesn't mean that you'll like the processed photo a year from now. So take that cute baby picture with your iPhone, save it to the Camera Roll, then add your flair later. This way you'll always have the original to go back to.

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