I love photography, and the camera I always have with me is my iPhone 5. With good technique, any iPhone is capable of producing outstanding images. The default camera app in iOS is designed to takes photos, and that’s all it does. Manual control is limited (focus point can be specified), and it has no advanced post-processing options at all (white balance, exposure, color curves, etc.). Enter KitCam, the best photography app I have ever used.
KitCam is a new photography app from GhostBird software. At $1.99, KitCam is an affordable and well-designed piece of software. There are basic features for casual users and advanced features for enthusiasts. It’s just a must have app for people who love photography.
KitCam comes with thirty film simulations and thirteen different lenses. Film simulations range from “Instant 23″ to film noir-inspired options. Lenses include vignette and tilt-shift effects. These film simulations and lenses can be used live! This is really important for proper composition because you get to see what your photo will look like before you actually take it.
Manual control is one of KitCam’s main selling points. Tapping the screen with two fingers allows focus point and exposure to be set independently. Exposure compensation and white balance can also be manually set. This is great when taking photos indoors when color temperature can confuse a camera’s automatic white balance setting. Keep in mind all of this is visible in the live preview in realtime. Awesome features!
Post-processing happens after a photo is taken. KitCam offers a variety of different tools to enhance your images. For casual users, there are image enhancement presets. In addition to cropping, rotating, and flipping images, you can also change film simulations and lenses in post-processing. For advanced users, the “PRO” menu offers manual control over contrast, saturation, color balance, sharpening, etc.
KitCam also has a video mode with multiple recording resolutions available (288p, 480p, 720p, and 1080p). Most of the film simulations and lenses are also compatible with video mode. KitCam’s latest update introduced an import feature. You can now use KitCam’s extensive post-processing tools to alter any image in your photo library. Unlike Instagram, KitCam supports full resolution photography on all compatible devices.
If you’re serious about photography, definitely take the time to read more about KitCam. It’s really a great app, and excels at showcasing the iPhone’s photographic capabilities. KitCam is available for $1.99 on the App Store, and is compatible with iPhone, iPod Touch, and iPad. It requires iOS 5.1 or later, and is optimized for iPhone 5.