So, why would I look for more? Some phones may not have such a powerful editor or may need a bit of help. Aviary is an editor that has a bit more along with the usual editing modes, it has a backlit enhance; you can add frames, stickers and text; you can whiten areas (i.e.teeth or selective highlights); and a blemish brush.
Sometimes you may want to publish multiple photos in a fun collage but what to do? There are two options I like for Android- PhotoGrid or PicCollage. PicCollage allows you to use photos from your camera, Facebook, and the web. You can change the background and add stickers and text. When you are finished you can save it and share it. PhotoGrid is a bit more versatile but it only allows you to pick from the photos you can access on your phone’s card or internal storage. You don’t have to hunt for the folders, however it finds them for you automatically. It allows you to use a multitude of predesigned templates- horizontal, vertical, square and panoramic. you can also create free form collages. It also has a Sketch Guru that turns your photos into sketches.
There are other apps that have made it onto my phone for photographic uses, but the ones that were soon deleted include TwitPic, Color, Instagram, and RAW. The first two apps are applications used for posting to social networking sites. I don’t go around posting alot of photos to my Facebook and Twitter accounts. Twitter is not really a site made for photos but Facebook is and my accounts are joined so when I post to one it posts to the other. So if you are looking for an app that does that sort of thing you might consider linking your accounts and using Color (for Facebook). You can control to which album it uploads and never have to worry about clean-up later on your Facebook profile. RAW is an app that allows you to view RAW photo files on your phone. Sounds nice but I really didn’t use it much so it was soon deleted. As for Instagram, I liked the fun filters that it offered but the hubbub with their user agreement didn’t sit well with me. For that matter neither did the copyright infrigement of a Hatian photographer who posted photos of the earthquake aftermath via Twitpic three years ago this month.
Social Media agreements makes me leery! Watermarking content for upload is important. In Photoshop I use Digimarc, an unseen watermark that keeps my content safe and trackable. I can’t wait for a Digimarc app for embedding watermarks on the fly but there is one for reading them. Digimarc Discover allows you to read watermarks in print media, songs in music, scan barcodes and QR codes all on your smartphone. Check out how Sports Illustrated used it in their Swimsuit Edition:
Another app I use frequently is the Eye-Fi app. It allows me to upload my photos to my Flickr account when I am not near my home network. I have blogged about the Eye-Fi card previously and am using it frequently to tether between my camera and my laptop even when there is no local network. The Eye-Fi Mobile/Pro creates a network when none is available to allow you to view your images on locations via your laptop, send them to your phone and backup to Flickr or instant sharing to Facebook.