5 must-have lenses for the Windows Phone 8 photographer
The Windows 8 photographer can boost their capture creativity by looking in two places. Most editing apps, once downloaded, will live in the main menu alongside apps for productivity, news and whatever else you might be interested in.
Lenses, on the other hand, can be accessed from the Windows Phone 8 native camera application. When in the capture screen, users tap the arrow icon to view their lenses menu. While developers have yet to flood the Windows Store with options, we found a few lenses worth shooting with:
1. ProShot; $1.99
For the old-school manual photographer looking for more control than found in the Windows Phone 8’s native capture tool, ProShot offers an alternative. The app lets photographers choose their shutter speed, ISO, white balance, focus and flash.
2. CamWow; Free
While serious apps are good for everyday shots, sometimes its nice to get a little crazy. CamWow provides several real-time filters to make your photos look out of this world. The effects range from X-ray to pop art and can be applied on both the front- and rear-facing camera.
3. Pictures Lab; $2.99
More of a photo editor than capture application, Pictures Lab applies customizable retro effects to images. Capture in Pictures Lab allows users to choose either tab to focus/capture or face detection focus. After the image is taken, users then decide which filters they would like to apply. Each filter comes with its own customizable options like brightness and contrast control.
4. Blink; Free
One of the first lenses available in the Windows Phone 8 Store, Microsoft's Blink lens is a great addition to your mobile photography collection. When you are ready to capture the action, Blink takes a series of photos and lets you pick the one that you want to keep. It's perfect for fleeting moments and fast-moving subjects.
5. Refocus; $0.99
One of the fastest moving trends in consumer photography is the Lytro effect. Post-capture focusing has found itself in everything from hardware rumors to iOS apps. In early May, the Refocus lens brought the effect to the Windows Phone 8 Store. The app is similar to FocusTwist for iOS but is half the price. It's great for indecisive mobile photographers who want to choose their focal point after snapping the photo.