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Best Camera

$2.99 • Chase Jarvis Worldwide • http://5str.us/f3c

See through to a photo’s essential nature

Chase Jarvis, a photographer who inspires other photographers, released Best Camera to allow the small changes to pictures that often make photos pop. Best Camera has no fancy features. It can make images starker by removing colors or more vivid by enhancing saturation.

After taking a picture in the app or loading one from the Photo Library, swipe along the bottom to look through filters. Filters are additive: keep applying them to layer effects. Tap the filter icon in the upper right and a display of all the applied effects appears at the bottom; tap an X to remove a given change.

The program, which takes its name from the motto, “the best camera is the one that’s with you,” also hooks into several photo-sharing and social-networking services. With a single tap, you can upload to Flickr, post to Facebook, tweet at Twitter, save to your Camera Roll, and email the image out—and send a copy to Jarvis’s thebestcamera.com site. Photos on that site are accessible via the app, too, in a nifty photo-reveal interface.

Best Camera may help you become a better photographer by giving you a few controls in the field to make the iPhone a better, if not best, camera.

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