For most of the past 20 years or so I’ve had a camera with me wherever I go. If it’s not one strung around my neck and weighing me down with extra lenses, it’s one or more cameras clanging around in my bag. And that does not include my iPhone, which these days makes up well more than half of my photos.
What’s interesting about modern digital photography is the ongoing trend to take crisp and clear, point and shoot, even DSLR photos and convert them to look like film of the last century.
Wood Camera is a good example. It’s a photo editor app. Take your photos on the iPhone with whatever camera app you choose. Then, process the photos to look like film photos. It sounds crazy, but that’s the trend today.
As iPhone camera apps go, Wood Camera is priced low yet is stuffed with plenty of useful features– more than most at this price.
The Lightbox makes it easy to view all your photos. The in-app camera (not my favorite) gives you 32 different lenses to shoot photos.
The real fun begins with editing, though. Simply layer the dozes of textures, lenses, and frames for a difficult to count number of combinations.
The slider controls are simple to use to adjust texture or effects intensity (numerical controls would be better). Wood Camera is actually a bit too sensitive for my tastes when it comes to using gestures and touch to control effects.
Trial and error is the rule of thumb, though. Edits are non-destructive, and unlike some iPhone apps, Wood Camera handles the full resolution of your iPhone 4S and iPhone 5 camera (import and export).
Sharing photos online is usually a touch or two.
What’s interesting about using the iPhone as a camera is the amount of time devoted to post processing vs. camera setup, composure, lighting, aperture and shutter speed when compared to what I do (or, rather did) with my DSLRs.
My iPhone has two folders full of camera and photo processing apps. I suspect I’m not alone. I just haven’t figured out why so many of us prefer to take modern digital photos and make them look like film photos from the previous century.