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Camera+, The Ultimate iPhone Photo App

Best iPhone Camera App Ever and my first App ; )

Camera+, the App that I’ve been working on for over a year, is now available in the App Store.

Woooo! *does a happy dance*

If you’ve been following my Twitter, Tumblr or Flickr stream, you’ve probably noticed a lot of iPhone shots pop up recently from my trips to New York and San Francisco. Now I can finally share the amazing app that created all those cool FXs!

NYC Taxi iPhone HDR
HDR (Special FX)

I partnered with the amazing Taptaptap team including, John Casasanta, Scott Meinzer, Wolfgang Bartleme and Karl Von Randow, on Camera+ and I truly believe we built the most streamlined and extensive camera App for the iPhone.

Camera+'s Purple Haze
Purple Haze (Colour FX)

I spent most of my time creating and tweaking all the custom Scene and FXs for the App in Photoshop. In all honesty, it was really hard coming up with 24 unique FXs.

I can’t even count the number of crazy and horrible FXs I came up with in the process, but I’m sure my colleagues can tell you that “subtlety” is not in my post-processing vocabulary. :P

*the hidden city*
Hipster (Retro FX).

We went all out on the names of the FXs, “So Emo” being my absolute favourite.

We’ve all had so much fun testing and creating the App, minus the time when we got slapped with a big rejection from Apple for trying to sneak in an illegal feature :-/

It’s been a long process and one that has renewed my passion for taking and sharing images. I am ecstatic to share this App with you! I can’t wait to see what you create with Camera+.

Download the App & show me your photos!

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    June 7, 2010 at 8:41 AM

    Downloading now! I’m so excited. :D

    I loved the photos you took with this app in NYC. Awesome effects.

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    June 7, 2010 at 10:15 AM

    I follow you on tumblr and have been looking forward to your app for a while! Playing with it today has been great and the app is fantastic. I plan to leave an iTunes review for it later today after I process a couple more photos.

    Only one recommendation: can we stack the filters? All other iPhone camera apps I own allow you to combine fx filters for a unique look and it’s frustrating not to be able to do this on Camera+. Perhaps as a possible update? thanks!

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    s h e r r y
    June 7, 2010 at 3:26 PM

    Lisa, this looks SO cool! :D:D:D I gotta check it out :) (I love using my iPhone while traveling. Feels safer than pulling out my DSLR sometimes).

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    June 7, 2010 at 4:09 PM

    So when can we expect the android version?

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    June 7, 2010 at 4:53 PM

    Love the app, can’t wait to see what the app will be like when the iPhone 4 comes out.

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    June 7, 2010 at 7:04 PM

    wow, I’ve been beta testing the app, and never realized you were involved in creation! I must say that this is the best camera app I have seen for the iPhone. Great job with your work with Tap Tap Tap!

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    June 7, 2010 at 9:55 PM

    Downloaded app today and all I can say is “wow!” love it! Tried a lot of camera apps, and until now bestcamera was my favorite. This one tops it easily. Great job! Fun to use. Easy to use! Great effects that are just right. See several shots that I took today, well yesterday since it’s after midnight now, and plenty more will be there. 5 stars!

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    June 8, 2010 at 2:29 AM

    I love this kind of innocent photography. Just catch the moment and make it unique. Really nice App…

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    Hakan Uzunoglu
    June 8, 2010 at 3:46 AM

    i believe this app is going to change the mobile photography idea. it really is cool.

    by the way why did you change your theme ?

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    June 8, 2010 at 6:47 AM

    Great little app, I have had a blast with it so far.

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    June 8, 2010 at 3:49 PM

    Hi Lisa,

    Just downloaded the Camera+ App and played around with it.

    I have to say: Well done! And definitely worth more than $2.39

    I have the iPhone 3G, which means the camera itself isn’t the best, but that will change soon enough. ;-)

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    Elliot Haney
    June 9, 2010 at 6:25 AM

    Hey Lisa,

    Awesome awesome looking app, and that’s my issue… it looks oh so good, but I can’t use it. Any plans in the future at all for an Android version? I know it’s not up to you but hey, who knows? Awesome work though.. thanks for the inspiration!


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    June 9, 2010 at 9:46 AM

    I love the photo of the cabs. I’m not a big picture person, but I think I will definitely be getting your app. Very cool!

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    Paul Salzman
    June 9, 2010 at 7:08 PM

    Bought Camera+ yesterday after watching macbreak weekly. Blown away by how it makes even my old 1st gen iPhone’s camera pop! Love the UI and the speed, yet especially the tools. Very well done. Dumpimg darkroom and Photoshop mobile for this. Thanks, Lisa and TapTapTap!

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    June 9, 2010 at 7:17 PM

    Hi Lisa, just wanted to congratulated you on such a fantastic App. I have pages full of iPhone photography Apps this one has easily become my favourite out of the bunch. I love the filters as well as the look and feel of the App design in general. I can’t wait to use it on the new iPhone 4! I think it is perhaps slightly under-priced for what it is. Thanks again!

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    Adam Hill
    June 9, 2010 at 8:44 PM

    I’ve had some good results on my 3GS – can’t wait to get the iPhone 4 and try it out on that :)

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    June 9, 2010 at 11:09 PM

    I’m sorta skeptical to dole out the $2.99 then in a few weeks it’ll be on “sale” for .99. It’s happened to me before.

    However, the more great things I’m hearing about it the more it entices me!

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    Darryl Adams
    June 10, 2010 at 12:50 AM

    I downloaded this app and took some photos on Parramatta at dusk.

    Absolutely fantastic! Best photos I have ever taken! Just the stable button alone is worth the price. And the lightroom element is a dream to use.

    This app is slightly sluggish on a 3G, and may be enough to abandon changing to a v4 iphone rather than android…CURSE YOU LISA!!!

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    Dennis Bjørn Petersen
    June 10, 2010 at 4:52 AM

    Congratulations on the launch and best of luck with it. I hope it’ll make you filthy rich ;)

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    Simon Brown
    June 10, 2010 at 6:23 AM

    Fantastic app!! easily the best photography app in the app store. I can’t wait to use it on the iPhone 4!

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    June 10, 2010 at 4:17 PM

    Any other experiences? Just curious because the camera app in the new iOS 4.0 sports a zoom function now also. Anyone know how Camera+ stacks up against it?

    I sincerely want to purchase this app, just want to make sure I’m happy without the $3 purchase…

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    June 11, 2010 at 12:57 PM

    Wow, even in Germany its #11 of the most downloaded apps, even with all the soccer world cup apps currently high up in the list. Congratulation! Great work.

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    June 14, 2010 at 1:47 AM

    I just downloaded the camera app. It is really good Lisa! I love the effects. There is such a good collection and I really like the user interface design.

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    June 14, 2010 at 4:10 PM

    Cool app and you look good HD or SD

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    Justin the Mighty
    June 14, 2010 at 11:27 PM

    Just bought this a few days ago and have had all sorts of dorky fun with it. (Actually caused me to spend more time taking pictures with my phone than I have in quite some time.) I would love something like this on the PC. Sure, these effects can be done with Paint Shop Pro or Photoshop, but sometimes I’d just like to take a picture from my computer and have a quick effect on hand without all the fiddling. I’m impatient. :)

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    Jules Burt
    June 22, 2010 at 6:39 AM

    I’ve just reviewed this app and posted my own collection of photos made with it at
    Great app, thanks Lisa!

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    Aspen Mayer
    June 26, 2010 at 10:24 PM

    On iPhone 4, after taking a pic, the shutter stays closed until you open the Lightbox. Could you add a feature to reopen the shutter automatically, or after tapping on the shutter/viewfinder area?

    Great app!

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    Aspen Mayer
    June 27, 2010 at 12:37 AM

    Follow up to previous comment.

    Can’t pin down the exact cause. Turning sounds off seems to cause the shutter to not hang all of the time. There must be some other variable because it doesn’t immediately stop hanging once the sounds are off.

    I’ll see if I can troubleshoot this any more.

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    Aspen Mayer
    June 27, 2010 at 1:42 AM

    I think I’ve narrowed down the problems, of which there appear to be two. I can’t tell how related they are, if at all. They are both resolved by entering Lightbox. Neither has anything to do with the sounds, as I previously suspected.

    1) Once a photo is taken with flash On or on Auto with flash firing, the GUI shutter hangs closed until you enter Lightbox. It doesn’t hang if the flash is Off or doesn’t fire on Auto.

    2) After taking a picture without the GUI shutter hanging – that is, without the flash firing – the flash toggle and front/back camera toggle buttons disappear until entering Lightbox.

    Neither of these bugs is cleared by returning to the GUI camera back. Only entering Lightbox or app switching away and then back restores the buttons and opens the GUI shutter.

    Hope this helps!

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    Aspen Mayer
    June 27, 2010 at 1:45 AM

    Also, I couldn’t add Twitter sharing as the first sharing account. When I tried, it had the pinwheel/working symbol, then I was kicked out to the Home screen. Only after adding Facebook sharing could I then add Twitter sharing.

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    Mostly Lisa
    June 27, 2010 at 1:11 PM

    @Aspen Mayer: thanks for all the awesome bug reporting! we really appreciate it. we are releasing an update to fix all these issues in the next couple of days :)

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    Simon Hiscock
    July 1, 2010 at 9:09 AM

    Camera+ is a brilliant app. I love the simplicity with which you can turn a fairly ordinary photo into something that you want to keep and share. Thanks very much for producing such a great app. Simon (UK)

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    Jules Burt
    July 1, 2010 at 2:14 PM

    Hi all,
    There’s a new Facebook fan page for us all to share our Camera+ pics, please take a look here;



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    July 2, 2010 at 5:54 PM

    Wow, that looks like a fantastic app! Congratulations Lisa.

    I don’t actually have an iPhone, so I’d like to register my vote with the others for an Android app!

    An Android app would be awesome and would definitely be the best camera app on Android-based phones.

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    July 3, 2010 at 8:28 PM

    I’d buy it if it were on Android.

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    July 12, 2010 at 9:37 AM

    Hi Lisa, I really like this app but it’s become less useful for me on iOS4. I just moved from a 3G to 4 and I have the iOS4 update but it is still slow compared to the built in camera app. Any chance we can get settings to disable the UI shutter and other “pretty” but slow features? Something where we can take photos “bam bam bam” similar to the DSLR the UI is modeled after? Any plans for a video version? Thanks! Keep up the great work!

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    July 13, 2010 at 5:14 AM


    I hope you are getting a good percentage of the revenue. You deserve it.


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    Greg Robinson
    July 21, 2010 at 10:27 PM

    Hi Lisa – I don’t know if this is the right place to ask. I have Camera + on my iPhone 4. I try using the stabilizer and it never takes a picture. I even set the phone on the desk and finally after bout 2 minutes it snapped a shot. Is there something I am doing wrong or that I need to do? Thank you. Greg

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    Greg Robinson
    July 21, 2010 at 10:36 PM

    Never mind…I needed to update.

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    July 28, 2010 at 8:53 AM

    Is there geotagging on the pics? I just took a bunch and they didn’t come up on my places map. In using iPhone 4.

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    Matt Britton
    July 29, 2010 at 1:10 AM

    Fantastic app! I’m interested in the geotagging too. Location services are on for camera+ but pics aren’t appearing in the ‘Places’ tab in my photo album. For me, thats the only thing that stops it replacing the camera app at the moment.

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    Dan Gerson
    August 1, 2010 at 5:47 AM

    +1 for geotagging, just noticed that was not a feature. That is really the last bit, otherwise a fantastic app!

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