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The thing I enjoy most about digital photography is the ability to manipulate photographs after they’ve been taken. However, the nostalgic side of me still remembers film photography and the quirks that came with it — little blemishes and white frames with the date stamp added to the photo’s character. Not to mention, the photo’s ageing process — ah, the vintage look. How we strive to bring it all back and add that elusive “charisma” to digital photography.

Sure, it’s all possible with a little Photoshop trickery. But today, we have a great app to share that will add character to your digital photographs with a click of a button.

We’re giving away 10 copies of CameraBag Desktop for Windows and Mac worth $190 in total. Let’s find out how you can win one!

If you’re wondering why CameraBag sounds so familiar, you might have caught us reviewing its iPhone brethren, CameraBag for iPhone, in an earlier article — The Best Free Alternatives To Top Commercial iPhone Photography Apps The Best Free Alternatives To Top Commercial iPhone Photography Apps The Best Free Alternatives To Top Commercial iPhone Photography Apps Read More . Without a doubt, CameraBag Desktop lives up to its expectations and more. Shall we take a look at its major features?

As soon as you launch the application, you’ll be presented with a blank canvas. Simply open a photo or drop one into the interface to begin. As you can see, I’ve added a photo of a beautiful Russian lady, sitting and waiting for a photoshoot at a bridal convention. Below the image, notice a whole palette of filters ranging from the plain ol’ black and white to the often used colour-cross.


All you need to do is click on any of the filters and it will be added to your photo.

CameraBag has a really intriguing feature called Reprocess. It mimics the process of film development and so, by enabling Reprocess and clicking on any effect several times, the resulting image changes as though it was being developed over and over again. With Reprocess, no two image will have the same vignette or colour-cross effect.

By default, CameraBag applies only a single filter to the image. But by enabling the Multi-filter option by checking the box above the image, you have the ability to select multiple filters. The order in which the filters are applied also affects the output, which means to say that adding the Helga filter before the Instant filter will produce a different effect compared to adding the Helga filter after the Instant filter. Get it?

CameraBag also comes bundled with several custom filters which are really awesome. These custom filters are combinations of several filters that produce several coveted looks.

Here’s one called Expired Instant. Speaking of ‘instant’, CameraBag allows you to add custom borders and cropping styles to your photos. So you can easily achieve that “polaroid” image canvas.

One of the greatest aspects of CameraBag is the fact that you can download user-generated filters via their website. And that’s not all, maybe you created a really cool looking filter? You can save that custom filter combination and share that with the community as well.

CameraBag brings a whole new meaning to digital photography. Download a copy and try it for yourself.

How do I win a copy?

It’s simple, just follow the instructions.

Join our Facebook page by clicking the Like button or you can follow us on Twitter, if you prefer. If you’re already following us, you may skip this step.

If you can’t see the fanbox, click on this link.

Here’s the giveaway form. Please fill it in accurately. Be sure to enter your real name and email address so that we can get in touch if you are chosen as a winner. Click here if you can’t view the form.
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This giveaway begins now and ends on Friday, 2nd of July at 2100hrs PST. The winners will be selected at random and announced via email.

Spread the word to your friends and have fun!

MakeUseOf would like to thank David and Stephanie from Nevercenter for their generosity while participating in this giveaway. Interesting in sponsoring? We’d love to hear from you. Get in touch with us via email.

[update] Here are the 10 giveaway winners:

  1. Julie Brown
  2. Eban
  3. Tamra Douglas
  4. Susan Funderlich
  5. Carlomaru
  6. Conrad Driggers
  7. Carlos Moreira
  8. Héctor Ramírez
  9. Steve Staley
  10. Wade Potter

Thank you for participating!

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  1. Mike McCabe
    July 2, 2010 at 7:35 pm

    Thank you for this giveaway. I have announced this at another forum and also tweeted about the giveaway so please enter me in the draw.

  2. Mike
    July 1, 2010 at 3:46 pm

    Thanks for the giveaway