Just came across a handy photo app called MoloPixFree. In a nutshell this app snaps multpile pictures and then puts them together in a grid. The free version has two main options :

– grid size ( 2 or 6 pictures )

– shutter speed ( slow, medium, and fast ).

Usage is extremely simple. Pick grid size, snap photo. The camera automatically snaps 2 or 6 photos after you hit the take picture button. Shutter speed determines how much delay between pictures.

There is also a sharing feature, but you have to register with molo.com to use it. I haven’t tried to share, but it looks like their own sharing service vs the standard social sharing options.

I don’t forsee myself using this a lot, but it is useful and not polluted with banner ads. Here are some screenshots of MoloPixFree.

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My new favorite free photo app for iPhone is Instagram. A new social photo sharing service with some sweet filters.

What you get with Instagram
– free photo app
– 10 or so image filters
– social connections and photo feed
– geotagging photos

It’s totally straight forward. Sign up, install the app, start shooting and sharing your photos. Here are some screenshots from various screens in the app.

Friend me up after you install the app, I’m ericfickes.

It’s official, this blog is now published from an iPhone 4. I had hoped it would have changed the game, but it seems like the game is just faster and shinier. That’s cool, the new iPhone is a huge upgrade from the 3G.

Something new on iPhone4 is an eye tazer. Marketing might tell you it’s a flash, but my pupils and my pets will tell you otherwise. Let’s just say it’s wicked gnar gnar bright.

So I’ve been bummed about the new flash until tonight. It’s too bright to use on people or pets, but iPhone4 can take great night photos. I snapped a few garden shots while out with the doggies. These were all taken around midnight, so all I could do was aim.

I wouldn’t enter any of these into a contest, but I am shocked how good these came out.

LEGO Photo is another free iPhone photography app. Probably the most fun of the free apps, LEGO Photo let’s you apply a Lego block filter to photos from the camera, or existing photos from you camera library.

There isn’t much else to explain. Choose a photo, wait for LEGO Photo to process, then tap the screen to apply random filters. Once you find one you like, save the photo.

Here are some shots of LEGO Photo.

Mill Colour is definitely one of my favorite free photo apps for the iPhone. You would use this app to run your photos through various ‘Looks’, or color filters. Or you can manually adjust various levels in your photos by hand.

I was impressed with the amount id color controls and options in MillColour. Most free apps give one or two cool tricks, but MC gives you a bit more. Below are some screenshots. I think print is my favorite look right now.

MoreLomo is a free photo app for iPhone that applies a lomographic effect to your photos. You can LOMO up new pictures from the camera, or existing photos from your library.

Overall I’d say this app is worth a download. Usage is super simple, but the app is a bit crashy. Like any photo taken from your phone, the results are hit or miss, but this isn’t a fault of MoreLomo.

Below are some shots of the app, and a few sample LOMO-d pics.

I’ve been a huge fan of mobile phone photography since my earlier Nokia fanboy days. Now that I’m on the iPhone, there are countless options for photo apps. In the next few posts I’m going to show each of the apps pictured below. Each app is free, and worthy of a download even if you only snap one photo.

Pictured apps :
– MoreLomo
– Wink
– Aisu B&W
– Aisu Sepia
– Mill Colour
– Lego PHOTO
– PicPosterous
– Vint Green
– Format126

My phone is a remote control

September 29, 2009

Now that I use iTunes on a daily basis, the app Remote is a must have. Remote is a free app from apple that let’s you control iTunes from your iPhone. After installing Remote you’ll need to add your phone in any iTunes you wish to control.

The app is totally straight forward and has the same interface as iTunes. Here’s what the app looks like.

I’ve found another great use for my phone, recording band practice. Back in the day I had a great Aiwa cassette player that had a dedicated microphone jack that made great recordings. Now that cassettes are gone, I haven’t been able to record band practice.

That all changed when Apple released OS3 and the new Voice Memo app. Now I can record band practice on my phone. While this is a great solution for me, I still have two problems.

1.I play my iPhone in a few songs ( BEBOT & All you base )

2.My band rocks a little too hard for the phone’s microphone.

Item 1 I can live with. Item 2 I’m in the process of remedying. I want to make a foam shell of some sort to control the noise level. Right the recordings clip pretty hard, but not bad enough that I can’t hear what’s being played.

The Voice Memo app makes surprisingly good recordings. If you have any suggestions on sound dampening, please let me know.

Tonight I tethered my Macbook Pro to my iPhone 3G. ZOMG!!!! In theory, I now have internet anywhere I travel.

This is seriously huge to me since I’m an internet junkie, as well as an internet professional. Yet again, one more reason why the iPhone is the best.

Here’s a quick rundown on how to get your tether on.

Requirements :
– iPhone 3G or 3G S
– Computer, preferably a MAC running OSX
– iPhone to USB cable
– Knowledge of using Google.com
– 5 minutes

Steps :
1.Launch safari on iPhone
2.Search for “how to tether iphone 3g”
3.Choose a site you feel comfy with. I chose the tutorial on BenM.at.
4.Follow instructions.
5.Be happy you have an iPhone

Now I realize steps 3&4 don’t help too much, but this isn’t a feature that’s officially out yet, so you’re slightly on your owm here. I will tell you my experience with the BenM.at site was both a success and as easy as the big type suggests.

What I did was download and install the USA AT&T profile. I didn’t even have to bounce my phone. My computer did need a reboot though.

My first tether attempt was from my VISTA Bootcamp partition. VISTA detected and installed the iPhone immediately, but when I tried connecting I was asked for a network key. I couldn’t figure this one out so I booted into OSX and everything just worked.

My tether experience was literally this easy. I hope you have the same luck.

* NOTE : I’m sure there are ways to tether older iphone via jailbreak, I just haven’t ventured down that path tey.