My Favorite New iPhone App: CameraBag

Posted on November 7, 2008. Filed under: iPhone | Tags: , , , , |

I just downloaded my favorite new iPhone app: CameraBag. Developed by Nevercenter, it adds some ridiculous functionality to your iPhone/iPod camera. I’m an amateur photographer, and have a fun collection of cameras from a plastic Holga to an old Kodak SX 70 to a 1938 Argus, some old Brownies, a 1937 Univex, my boring Sony Cybershot, my wife’s 35mm and my iPhone. Most of the cameras have no film, it’s difficult to get and I don’t really know how to use them and because it is always in my pocket, most of the pictures I take are with my iPhone.

I was excited to see that developers are coming up with interesting plugins that take advantage of the iPhone camera and add steroids to it. The iPhone takes OK pictures, not very high megapixels, terrible in low light, or slow when you need a quick shot, but it’s not horrible for a camera you take everywhere in your back pocket that is also a phone, web browsers, etc. But, I’ve begun to notice some odd glitches either from the software, from moving the camera shile shooting, covering the lens until right before the fake click. These have given me a way to be more artistic with my photographs. Now comes the Nevercenter CameraBag. It basically offers filters for your images. You can pull images from your existing iPhone Photos folder, or take new pictures. It doesn’t offer many preferences:

iPhone CameraBag Preferences

iPhone CameraBag Preferences

It does offer a great list of photo filter options. Several new options have been added to this version of the app, and I’m hoping for more in the future such as saturation, faux depth of field, cropping, zoom, lens options. FOr now though, here are examples of each of the camera options beginning with the original image I took outside my office window:

iPhone CameraBag Original

iPhone CameraBag Original

Here is a comparison of CameraBag’s filters:

iPhone CameraBag Helga (Holga)

iPhone CameraBag Helga (Holga)

I won’t do an example for each camera filter, but for this one, here is an example of a shot I took with my Holga. You’ll see similar saturation, the halo effect and what’s missing, the light leaks. I’m hoping to see this addition in a future version:

Rowboat in Provincetown taken mid-day with Holga.

Rowboat in Provincetown taken mid-day with Holga.

And now, the rest of the filters:

iPhone CameraBag Lolo (Lomo)

iPhone CameraBag Lolo (Lomography)

iPhone CameraBag Cinema

iPhone CameraBag Cinema

iPhone CameraBag Ansel (as in Ansel Adams)

iPhone CameraBag Ansel (as in Ansel Adams)

iPhone CameraBag 1962

iPhone CameraBag 1962

iPhone CameraBag 1974

iPhone CameraBag 1974

iPhone CameraBag Fisheye

iPhone CameraBag Fisheye

iPhone CameraBag Infrared

iPhone CameraBag Infrared

Here are some screenshots of the interface:

iPhone CameraBag Opening Screen

iPhone CameraBag Opening Screen

iPhone CameraBag Camera Menu

iPhone CameraBag Camera Menu

Most of this stuff can be done with some time in Photoshop or with the actual cameras represented, and to all of the camera snobs that say the iPhone is an expensive “toy camera”: duh, it’s not meant to be a replacement for toy cameras, SLRs or a good digital camera. But, when it’s the camera in your pocket, at least it can be fun!

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