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Take More Awesome Photos With Camera Awesome [iPhone]

Bakari Chavanu 14-03-2012

taking better photosJust when I think there’s more than enough iPhone camera apps 10 Powerful & Useful iPhone Camera Apps To Help You Take Better Pictures Read More in the iTunes Store, I stumble upon yet another one that builds off previous camera apps and includes photography features not found in point-and-shoot cameras, or DSLRs for that matter.


In this case, I’m talking about a professional grade camera app called Camera Awesome. I say professional only because the app is feature rich, though you don’t have to be a professional photographer to use it.

Basic Features

Camera Awesome builds off and extends all the features found in the iOS 5 version of the iPhone’s default camera Take Better Pictures on iPhone With Free Camera Plus Read More —including lock focus, self-portrait mode, flash, video cam, digital zoom, and quick editing enhancements. Camera Awesome also builds off many other fine apps like Camera Pro, Best Camera and FastCamera.

Advanced Camera Features

If you find the grid composition feature in the native iPhone camera useful, Camera Awesome provides additional composition guides that can help take your photography to another level. Not only does it include the well known Rule of Thirds guide, but it also has Golden, Trisec, and Square guides.

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Camera Awesome contains various shooting modes including Stabilization, Slow Burst, Fast (Low Res) Burst, and two different timers. Since you can’t adjust the shutter speed in the iPhone camera, the app’s Burst tools might very well do the job for capturing moving subjects.


When you select one of the tools, just hold your finger on the shutter button in order to take a burst of shots. The tool is not nearly as fast as professional DSLR cameras, but if the iPhone camera is your only tool, Burst could come in pretty handy.

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Camera Awesome also contains a Big Button shutter tool which enables you to tap or slide your finger over any part of the iPhone screen to take a picture. Holding the iPhone in one hand, and your hand lightly tapping or swiping your finger over the screen is the best way to get a more steady shot. However, in my experience with this tool I found the Big Button shutter a little sensitive, so you will want to practice with it before taking it out for important camera shooting.

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No camera app will do an adequate job with flash photography, but Camera Awesome also includes a built-in flashlight that remains on during the shoot. This tool may come in handy when the lighting situation is too dark to even frame and focus on a subject, as well as being useful for low-light, shadow areas.

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In camera mode when you press your thumb and index finger on the screen, it will bring up two tools – one for setting exposure on a part of the subject(s) and another for locking the focus on another area. These are the type of advanced shooting tools that you won’t find in any point-and-shoot camera.

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Artistic Filters

The artistic side of Camera Awesome includes several dozen retro and astonishing filter and frame effects that can be applied to an original shot in just a single tap.

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Camera Awesome starts you off with about a dozen filter presets appropriately labeled with rad names like Rubby Slippers, Trinity, Pillow Fight, and Bombshell. It would take a lot of skill and time to achieve these filter effects in an application like Photoshop.

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With Camera Awesome, in just a few seconds you can see all the effects applied to the same original photo and choose the one you like. There are several dozen filters that you can purchase in packets for 99 cents apiece. If you like artistic style photography, you’re going to be blown away by what Camera Awesome can do.

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Sharing Features

Nearly all advanced iPhone camera apps include features for exporting photos to the iPhone camera roll and online photo sharing sites.

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The photo sharing and printing site SmugMug, which developed Camera Awesome would like you to store photos on its site, but it also allows you to share to FaceBook, Flickr, Twitter, Picasa, Photobucket and via email. The app also includes a 1-tap pre-set for sending photos directly to a designated site.

For those new to iPhone photography, Camera Awesome may have a bit of a learning curve, but if you’re looking to get beyond just point-and-shooting photos to actually creating artistic shots, Camera Awesome enables you to do that in its all-in-one process.

Let us know what you think of Camera Awesome and other similar apps.  Are there any features of this app that you would like to see incorporated into the iOS camera by default?

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  1. srinivas
    August 24, 2012 at 11:33 am

    I took few pics to test camera awesome app and tired to upload the same to picasa but I am getting below error. Can any one please help me.

    sharing failed
    The most recent upload has failed.
    Please make sure your connection settings are correct.

    • Bakari Chavanu
      August 26, 2012 at 5:54 pm

      Srinivas, please try to contact the developers of the app with your question. It's difficult for me to troubleshoot issues on my end. Sorry.

  2. Bakari Chavanu
    July 15, 2012 at 11:50 pm

    Thanks for your feedback.

  3. RonZ
    July 14, 2012 at 10:06 am

    There's one thing that made me delete the app :
    "awesomized" photos ?on't automatically go to the camera roll, instead, only the original ones do !

    • Bakari Chavanu
      July 15, 2012 at 11:51 pm

      Hmmm, thanks for letting us know that.

  4. Dave
    April 7, 2012 at 3:30 pm

    Where does Camera Awesome store the photos on my iPhone?
    They're not in the Camera Roll or Photo Stream!
    If it's not going to store there, this app is worthless for me.

    • Alan
      April 12, 2012 at 11:59 pm

      The app has a feature that allows you to transfer the images to your Camera Roll.

      • Maria
        June 23, 2012 at 5:58 pm

        Alan, I am trying to make sure all of my camera awesome photos are synced to picasa as well as added to camera roll. I have adjusted the settings etc, but they don't seem to be synced/been added. I've tried selecting a few of my 400+ to test, but also can't them to "go". Any suggestions? or does this only work with future photos taken?? What to do about what I currently have?

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  6. Dhyta
    March 22, 2012 at 3:54 pm

    In the video, Nick uses the Email Photo button when iwvieng the photo on the iPhone. This generates a new email with a 800-pixel-wide photo attached.I stumbled upon a method to attach photos with much higher resolution (1040 pixels wide). Assuming you're on iPhone OS 3.0, from the thumbnail view in an album or the camera roll, tap the icon in the lower left corner, select your photos, then tap Copy . Start a new blank mail message, then paste the photos into the body. It may be an extra step or two, but the payoff is higher-resolution attachments.

  7. Primecath
    March 15, 2012 at 3:20 am

    Will this work on the IPOD?

    • Bakari Chavanu
      March 15, 2012 at 7:14 pm

      The camera-supported iPod touch? Yes, I believe so.