When you or your students are taking pictures, either with an iOS device or a digital camera, you often want to enhance the image but don’t have the time to really dig down into a program like Photoshop to give it the edge you are looking for. @octobersmith introduced me to a free app a while back that gives you a ton of editing options right at your fingertips. Let me introduce you to Camera Awesome!
Whether you are taking pictures with the app itself or importing from another application or email, you will notice right away the ease of use this app has. Clicking the magic wand enters you into editing mode. The first thing you will notice is a slider that you can use to enhance detail in the photo. As you move the slider to the right you will begin to notice the image brightening up and becoming more crisp. Find the spot where you feel the image looks the best and keep the slide there.
Below the slide are more options for you to experiment with. Transform lets you crop the image to where you like it. Presets, Filters, and Textures allow you to add from a number of different effects. It will really take you playing with the different effects for you to find your favorites. You will also start to notice that certain effects will work better in particular situations. There are nine different effects that you have access to for free under each category. There are other effects available for purchasing if you find you need more options. When you have the image the way you want it, click done and let the app do its magic!
Look below to see a few examples of what this app can do. The first picture is the original. It is followed by three effects I have added to each original.
Once your image’s effects have been added to the original, you can choose what you want to do with it. Along with exporting an image to your camera roll, there are many other options available for you. Choose to share through Twitter, Facebook, Flickr, Picassa, Photobucket, and more! Set your accounts up through the app and you are ready to roll.
If you want an easy way to take your images to the next level, Camera Awesome is the app for you!