Though I do not own an iPhone, I’m always looking for new cool applications for my iPod Touch. The limitations of the Touch keep me from having a lot of the good applications is the only problem.
I stumbled upon this application called ‘The Best Camera’ which is a great combination of multiple capabilities of the iPhone. It is to a certain extent a photoshop type application where you can edit photos that you’ve taken on your phone and then save them. The aspect of it that really intrigued me though was the sharing community that it brings to the table. After you have gone through the array of filters, vignettes, frames, contrast settings, etc., you can then upload to the internet. With the click of one button, it is linked to your Facebook, Twitter, email, phone memory, and ‘thebestcamera.com’s online interactive gallery.
On the website there is a live feed of pictures that people have taken and uploaded. You can look at all the pictures, pictures of the hour, pictures of the day, and pictures of the month. It really encourages people to put their work up for recognition across the globe. I feel that this is a new sort of technology that is really encouraging the use of the cell phone camera for arts sake and for sharing inside of a community. The website was inspired by a book that the creator put together called THE BEST CAMERA is the one you have with you. He created the book completely of pictures taken with his iPhone to demonstrate that it is not as much about what camera you use as it is what you take a picture of. With new applications coming out that focus on the community built around the app, I think that even simple things such as being able to put a filter on your photos will expand because of the ability to share and compare.
So grab your iPhone and get THE BEST CAMERA application if you want to make it on the top photo of the hour/day/month chart, until I get an iPhone, I will be content with Paper Toss and Duck Hunt.