iPhone Photo Processing With Photogene

PhotogeneThe iPhone 3GS has a 3.15 megapixel, autofocus camera. While it has its limitations, it’s good enough that I keep my DSL-R at home for all outings where photography isn’t the primary objective. It’s not very good in low light or where the scene has high contrast (the dynamic range is very low). In the right hands it can be a wonderful little camera for two reasons: it’s always in your pocket (or hands) and photos can be captured, processed and uploaded all from a single device.

To process photos on the iPhone I consistently turn to Photogene, an app that is quick, intuitive and very powerful. Here’s an example of what can be done in a few minutes with a few sliders.

Photogene - before and after
Photogene - before and after

With Photogene you can easily crop, rotate, straighten, and sharpen photos, as well as adjust levels, exposure, contrast, saturation, color temperature, and red, green and blue values. Speech bubbles and fancy borders can also be added. When your photo is just how you like it you can save, adjust resolution, copy to clipboard or share with your friends via Twitter, Facebook or email.

All this wonderfulness is just $1.99. Not bad, eh? [Photogene in iTunes]

Photogene histogram
Photogene histogram
Photogene straighten slider
Photogene straighten slider
Photogene exposure/contrast sliders
Photogene exposure/contrast sliders
Photogene decorations
Photogene decorations
Photogene sharpen slider
Photogene sharpen slider
Photogene's Done dialog
Photogene's Done dialog

To see more iPhone photos I’ve processed using Photogene check out my iPhone Gallery.

When I want a fake tilt-shift look I use the TiltShift Generator app.

What is your favorite photo processing app for the iPhone? If you’ve used Photogene, what do you like about it? What do you wish were different? Let me know in the comments.

5 Comment

  1. Kyle Alan Hale says: Reply

    So.. are you excited or dubious about the HDR announcement?

  2. Native HDR is awesome. It is a pretty interesting way of overcoming the limitations of the sensor. I’ve been using the Pro HDR iPhone app with some success. I think Apple will surely do a better job, and I look forward to seeing it live.

    The Apple TV looks really cool!

  3. Kyle Alan Hale says: Reply

    The Apple TV does look cool (and woah small), but not compared to my Mac Mini Plex/Linux media server combo… Yes, I’m boasting. It’s freaking sweet.

  4. That is a sweet setup, but it cost much more than $99.

  5. Kyle Alan Hale says: Reply

    Little bit.

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