5 Cool Photo Apps to Use on Your Next Cruise

Photo altered using Instagram.

If you’re like me you’ll want to take a lot of photos when heading out on your cruise vacation, and since disposable cameras seem to be out the window with the Walkman, many people are turning to their smartphone for quality pictures. The iPhone and most new smart phones take great high-resolution images. In my search for some great photo apps I’ve come across these five that I found work the best.

1. Instagram a popular and cool photo app that lets you enhances your pictures through the use of filters and borders, as well as, share them on Twitter, Facebook, and email.

2. Photosynth by Microsoft lets you take great panoramic pictures with your iPhone, and allows you to share them on Facebook, Twitter, email and save them to your Camera Roll. I recently used this app in Boston when I was trying to get the whole “Cruiseport Boston” sign in one picture.

3. Snapseed is an awesome photo app, it lets you easily adjust your photos’ brightness, sharpness, blur, and even crop them. The thing I love most about this app is that it lets you experiment with a variety of filters and borders without forcing you to crop out parts of your images like Instagram does. It also lets you share you pictures on Twitter, Facebook, Flickr, Instagram, and via email. You can also print the picture using Apple’s AirPrint technology.

Panoramic picture with Photosynth.

4. Color Splash is one of the sharpest apps when it comes to creating black and
white pictures. The coolest thing about the app is that it also lets you add areas of color to your black and white photos creating some really interesting pictures. It’s really easy to use and you can save multiple sessions to resume your work later. It also lets you share your pictures on Twitter, Facebook, and Flickr, as well as, save them to your Camera Roll. You do have to pay for this app, but there is also a similar app called PhotoSplash which is free.

5. Camera+ is another great picture app, my favorite feature about this app is the scene modes and flash features which is something you find in most digital cameras, like for example scene modes like Backlit, Sunset, Night, Beach and Portraits. It also has a number of different filters like “HDR” and color filters that you don’t get with Instagram or Snapseed. The app also lets you add boarders and share them on Twitter, Facebook, Flickr and via email. You do have to pay to download it, but it’s definitely worth it.

There are dozens of apps that will enhance your pictures but after downloading and testing a number of them, I found these to be the best. I also really like using two of these apps in conjunction with each other, like importing a picture into Camera+ and using the “HDR” filter and then opening up my new image in Instagram and adding another filter like “Earlybird.”

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