When all is said and done, I prefer the iPhone for photography over other handsets. The ability to take a decent photo, edit it on the fly and then share it with friends and family is priceless. As a result, I’ve amassed a large number of photography apps. One app that’s made it into my virtual camera bag for the long haul is Big Lens, an editor that lets you add creative effects to your photos.

Big Lens excels at adding effects, especially a depth-of-field effect. The app lets you take a picture manually or add one from your camera roll. When you load the photo into the app, you have the option to select the area of the photo that you wish to highlight. Using your finger, you color the highlighted part red. When you are done, the app will bring your object to the forefront by blurring out the rest of the image. You can adjust the blur by changing the aperture settings on the app. It sounds tacky, but it’s not. When done carefully, you can achieve a lovely effect.

Big Lens also lets you apply nine different lenses to the photo which will fill the out-of-focus light points with decorative shapes (Bokeh Effect). Just like the depth-of-field effect, this sounds gimmicky, but it isn’t once you figure out how and when to use it. Besides the depth-of-field and glare effect, you can also apply your choice of 18 different filters that’ll change the color and contrast of your photos.

If you enjoy picture taking on your iPhone, then you should definitely consider adding Big Lens to your repertoire of apps. It’s available for US $1.99 from the iOS App Store and is a universal app that’ll work on any device running iOS 4.0 or later.

Daily iPhone App: Big Lens lets you add some pizzaz to your photos originally appeared on TUAW – The Unofficial Apple Weblog on Thu, 05 Apr 2012 12:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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