This is a damn tricky blog post as new software comes out every 2.5 seconds and issues I raise with current software is most likely fixed by the time I finish writing this sentence…so this blog post will be a continual work in progress that I will update as much as possible. I can’t make a post “sticky”.
This was done at the request of my good friend and effectively brother Eric Kessler who has finally got an iphone touch so he can test out the new motion controlled software. He is android through and through and that is cool (he even got me a Xoom for my birthday and am enjoying it very much!) but I think he is liking iOS and wanted me to do a post recommending my favourite apps….So here it is!!
There are available on the app store links for all the below apps. I am an itunes store affiliate and I think I get something like 5% of any purchases made through the link. So thanks for supporting my site by buying through it!!
There are physical accessories I recommend for the iphone. One is the very simple and cheap ($20) Glif. It acts as a tripod mount for both portrait and landscape mode and it also works as a simple prop for the phone.
The third and priciest is the Owle Bubo. It is heavy but adds mounting points, a very solid two handed grip and a nice wide angle lens. It costs about £150 from your local retailer.
This app has been redundant for so long, every since the iphone 4 came out it was useless. Today they finally updated it and it is now the iphone timelapse app we needed. You can share the file directly to youtube, facebook, vimeo or upload it from your phone to any other source or offload it to you computer via wifi. It supports the full rez 2592×936 which creates a still image of 5mb a picture. Great to have the large file to manipulate later in post but it will eat up your memory! Thanks for finally updating it Laan Labs!
Here is a small example from an earlier version made on the iphone 3.
Next up is new kid on the block Filmic Pro. This give us selectable frame rates, manual exposure, manual focus via two selectable points. It’s not totally solid yet as it’s version 1 but it works pretty well and costs just $2.99 so you can get 24p and 25p finally. Hooray!!
Artemis Director’s Viewfinder
This is a FANTASTIC app that let’s you pre visualise what a shot will look like with any given lens…although anything wide than 34mm and it simply adds a blank border as the lens cannot go wider than that. It supports all the cameras from Super 35mm, to 1/3″ chip cameras to your favourite DSLR. Simply select the camera you are shooting with, the lens you want to use and it will show you the field of view. ESSENTIAL. It costs $29.99 but worth every penny!
This is such as essential app for anyone serious in understanding the technical aspects of filming. This $29.99 app will help you calculate depth of field, field of view and so much more. It’s absolutely brilliant. Very easy to use and will increase your understand of the how things work as well as become an essential tool!
For $4.99 you can see via 3D augmented reality exactly where the sun will be at any given time, where it will set and even where the sun will be on a different day in the calendar! Want to recce a location but can’t go at the time you want to shoot? No problem, use this. See where the sun will be and you can work out if it’s workable or not. I adore this app and use it all the time. Perfect for making sure you get those perfect sunset timelapses too!!
There are a few slate apps for the iphone/ ipad but this one has the edge for me. DSLRslate comes a close second. What I love about this, especially on the ipad is it is an incredibly versatile slate that costs just $19.99. It has so many features it’s ridiculous.
It’s a digital slate for under $20 and it also lets you log shots that can be exported as XML files and more, take stills shots with the camera (not with ipad 1) to go with your slate, You can also using an in app purchase by an optional module which lets you send, receive, and jam-sync LTC timecode with supported cameras via the iOS Device headphone jack. You can also sync timecode over WiFi between multiple iOS Devices. MovieSlate on one iDevice can remotely control iPads running MovieSlate.
There are so many excellent features, another new one is the music video bit that lets you play the song you are doing a music video too and have the time code for each take to perfectly match up. Crazy!
An obvious one. Fiddly on the iphone but on the ipad 2 it flies. Edit your stuff on the go. Works a treat and is just getting better and better and it’s only $4.99!
Do you want to be Tom Lowe when you grow up? Well that’s a tall order but a good start would be to buy this app. This is simply a bargain. $4.99 and one of the most beautiful apps I have ever seen. Using augmented reality but not needing a camera this lets you stargaze and see where stars are at any given point, even the other side of the earth. Are you planning on timelapsing the milky way? Know where to point the camera with this. When I shot my failed Supermoon timelapse (failed because I mucked up the settings) in Miami I knew EXACTLY where to point the 600mm lens at on the horizon thanks to this app. Buy it and show your naysayer friends. They will fall in love with like you will and like I did.
8mm Vintage Camera
I love this little app. A lot of fun. Shoot your boring videos as Super 8mm with a variety of stock and even add in that annoying whirring noise or you can even mute the microphone for added Super 8mm authenticity. It’s all real time and it costs just $1.99. Love it!
Panoromatic 360 also works well and I also use that a lot but what I love about this one is it creates 360 photos that you can upload to the web and spin around by your fingers or using the gyroscope of your phone move around as if the view was there.
RE: Universal Remote
Stay in hotels much? Have problems getting them to select your HDMI in? At home and have too many remotes? This physical add on with free software adds an ir remote your iphone/ ipod and turns it into the best universal remote out there. It’s $68 but it’s the best universal remote I have used. I never leave home without it!
For $4.99 this excellent app lets you remote control your mac turning your iphone into a trackpad, a remote or even a keyboard with track pad if you have an ipad!! Great for controlling your imac from the sofa or you mac plugged into your TV! Another fantastic piece of software that just keeps getting better.
Slow Shutter Cam
This $0.99 app is a work in progress for me. It’s almost there and getting better but for less than a dollar you cannot go wrong. Obvious a propped up iphone or tripod mounted one is needed to make this work but when it does work it works well giving you nice long exposures and streaks!!
Oldy but Goldy! Been using the Shazam service for years even when it cost 50p a time…now it’s free on the iphone! What is that music you hear? Want to know? Then use Shazam, let it listen to it for 20 seconds or so, it will hopefully tag it, it does most times and even give you an itunes link to buy it. Ignore is now longer an excuse for not knowing what something is! I wasn’t sure what the song was below but with Shazam I tagged it and bought her entire collection!!
The grandaddy of photo manipulation software has a basic version on the iphone and ipad that is free. It is useful for a number of tweaks. It’s free, you can’t lose. I use it quite a bit to straighten images and other things. There is also a $3.99 in app purchase for more features.
There are hundreds of photo apps for the iphone. Below are a few of my favourites…They all have the good and bad points. The one I use most these days is Camera+ but uploaded via Tumblr. Although their online service isn’t bad. I like what Instagram does to photos and like the iphone community but hate the terrible lack of proper web presence. Hipstamatic is fun and the design of it is cool. I love the randomness of Plastic Bullet. It does light leaks like no other. It’s totally random so every time you use it the results are different, like a plastic camera! The in camera HDR is pretty good on the iphone 4 but I like True HDR below the best for getting half decent HDR results. Be careful not to overuse it though! Incredibooth is a lot of fun and works just like an old photo booth with 4 photos taken with the front iphone 4 camera
My favourite tweaking app at the moment. I love the clarity filter and the vintage presets. Also the online interface is nice as you can see all the photos you have taken with it. An essential camera purchase!
All taken with True HDR. First photo Camera+ also used