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Get App-y: 5 apps for your summer travel photos and video

Travel photographer John Barnett offers his favorite five iPhone apps for taking photos and videos on his travels around the world.
by Lillie-Beth Brinkman Published: May 20, 2013

ProHDR ($3.99 for a full version, free for a lite version from eyeApps): Barnett says this is the best solution for creating photos in the “high dynamic range” of images for people who aren't sure what it is. HDR is especially good for shooting landscapes and scenes that have both light and dark images. While the look can be overdone, this app gives users more control than the iPhone's own settings, including after the photo has been taken, he said.

• Pro tip: Hold the iPhone steady while two shots of different exposures are taken at the same time. This will prevent ghosting and blurred areas.

Slow Shutter Cam — long exposure photograph (99 cents, Cogitap): Capture light trails and blurred movement, especially like traffic lights at night or running water.

• Pro tip: Use a tripod or prop up the iPhone to keep it steady during the shot.

8 mm Vintage camera (1.99, Nexvio). This app lets you shoot retro-looking videos with your iPhone and apply effects to existing videos, Barnett said.

“It looks very real and retro and gritty,” he said. “It's obviously not for everything.”

• Pro tip: In this app, you can choose to record audio or mute the sound for making a silent movie or add a projector sound, Barnett said.

And Barnett's general iPhone tips are basic ones for beginners: 1) Get closer to your subject instead of zooming in, which reduces the quality and size of your images. 2) Think about lighting — find the most interesting lighting outdoors at sunrise and sunset — and your photos will improve. 3) Pick your best photos on the iPhone and print them: “Most people have years of digital images and very, very few actual printed copies,” he said.

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by Lillie-Beth Brinkman
Lillie-Beth Brinkman is a Content Marketing Manager for the Greater Oklahoma City Chamber of Commerce. She was previously an assistant editor of The Oklahoman
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For more information about Barnett, find him at Instagram @johnbarnett, on Twitter @picturejohn or see more tips on Wood Camera's blog at


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