A few weeks ago I reviewed Instagram, my new favorite camera/social media App for the iPhone. While Instagram gives you quite a few options in the way of filters to use on your photos, I'm always looking for more! 100 Cameras in 1 gives me tons of more options! Now, 100 Cameras in 1 isn't a new App, but with the integration into Instagram it has taken it up to the top of my favorites list of Photography Apps on my iPhone and iPad.
An Awesome App All By Itself!
To be fair 100 Cameras in 1 is a really nice App even without the Instagram integration. I first downloaded this App when my buddy Brad Moore (who happens to be one of the best concert photographers that I know) wrote about it on Scott Kelby's Pimpy Thursday blog post months ago. I was instantly surprised with the quality of the filters. There was a lot of time and effort put into development. I have seen so many "filter Apps" that produce cheesy, "not useful on virtually any image" filters just to raise the number of available filters. This App is not like that. Each filter is well thought out and designed, and while you're not going to be able to use every filter on every image to achieve a cool effect, the majority of the time most of the filters will produce something different and cool on any image.
Loading an image is simple. Launch the App and you are given a choice of taking a photo or create from library(note if you're on the iPad 1 you only get create from library since there is no camera). Once you have your image loaded you are presented with 10 pages, each containing 10 filters per page. There are small thumbnails next to each title to show you a preview. I say title not description because they really don't provide any sort of clue as to what the effect will do. Each filter adds a different effect to your image. Some are more bold than others, but each is unique. But wait there's more! The App isn't limited to the first set of 100 filters that you get initially. By tapping the more button on the upper right side of the screen you have a choice of 10 different sets of filters. That's 1000 filters total! Next to each group, the App tells you what subjects that particular set of filters is best for. Be it people, landscapes or the beyond they have something for everyone!
Of course just like any good mobile photography App, there is Social media integration. Offering uploading to Facebook, Twitter, Flickr, Smugmug, and Dropbox right from within the App and of course transferring to Instagram( I'm getting to that). This App has you covered in the Social Media department!
Now to the reason that I have recently started using 100 Cameras in 1 a lot more as of late, Instagram integration. Here's the workflow. Take your image with the default camera App or through the 100 Cameras built in camera function. Add your filter to your image within the App. Click the share button on the bottom right of the screen and choose "Send to Instagram" from the options. The image is opened in the Instagram App giving you all of the editing options you would normally have within that App with the 100 Cameras in 1 filter already applied. This gives you the freedom to add your Instagram filters, and upload it to the Instagram community, Facebook, and Twitter just like you normally would! This integration has added literally thousands of possibilities to your image editing for Instagram.
You Should Get It!
Even if you're not a Instagram person (RC I'm looking squarely at you buddy) 100 Cameras in one is an awesome photography App to have on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch. If you ARE a fan of Instagram, you can't go wrong by adding thousands of possibilities for your filters. I would recommend this App to anyone that likes to take pictures on their iOS device.