10 years later, Hipstamatic is still around and deep in its retro roots

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Hipstamatic X hits the App Store Tuesday.
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The smartphone photography tidal wave started with ripples from Hipstamatic. It was the first app with filters for snap-happy iPhone users to change the look of their photos.

A tap of the finger and that ho-hum photo of your dog became a work of art, quirky and painterly with the look of a photo spit out by an old Polaroid camera. Quickly, it became a tool for serious artists and photographers.

Hipstamatic celebrates 10 years this Tuesday with a free download for iPhone called Hipstamatic X. The anniversary app will bring some of the simple, original analog charm of the first app as well as a stable of old-school cameras, from Pinhole to Tintype.

Take the pain and expense out of photo editing [Deals]

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Movavi Photo Editor
Bring the best out of your photos with the help of this Mac app
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Digital photos are one of the most effective and enjoyable forms of content of our time. Want in on the fun? Great, but you might get overwhelmed by the complexity and cost of standard platforms.

If that’s the case, this affordable, intuitive photo editor is worth a look.

Create funky photo art with this double-exposure iPhone app

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Who could do this to a selfie.
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Of the countless apps for creating stunning effects to your iPhone photos, the best ones have two things in common: ease of use and effects that are actually stunning.

Fuzion, an artsy double-exposure iOS app, aspires to be in that elite stable of must-have photo styling apps. Its developers should know relatively quickly if they have a hit on their hands when it launches Thursday.

Unleash your graphic design prowess with Pixelmator [50 Essential iOS Apps #40]

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Pixelmator is a powerful, all-in-one graphic design app for photographers and designers alike
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50 Essential iOS Apps: PixelmatorSince its introduction, the iPad has slowly won over new markets of people. Over the past couple years, photo and image editing apps have found a home on Apple’s tablet. Pixelmator for iOS takes photo editing and graphic design on iOS to a new level, bringing a photoshop-like experience to your fingertips.

Protect your photo collection with Google Photos [50 Essential iOS Apps #21]

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Google Photos is the photo and video backup app we all wish Apple would give us.
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50 Essential iOS Apps: Google Photos Photos and videos are some of our most important mementos, helping us recount our fondest memories. The thought of losing those keepsakes shouldn’t be something that keeps you up at night.

With Google Photos, every photo and video on your iOS device can be safely backed up to the cloud, accessible even if your iPhone or iPad goes up in flames. Even better, Google Photos can help you free up space on your iOS device, so there’s always room to take more pictures.

Tweak your photos to perfection with Snapseed [50 Essential iOS Apps #4]

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Snapseed's editing tools are accessed with a flick of your thumb
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50 Essential iOS Apps: Snapseed Photo Editing app The iPhone’s camera is arguably one of the best cameras most people will use for capturing life moments. Sometimes, though, those photos don’t turn out quite as perfect as you hope. The iOS Camera and Photos apps have some basic editing tools, but if you’re looking for more fine-tuned tweaks, Snapseed is a powerful, free photo editor for iOS that helps revive and tweak your shots.

Former Apple photo guru releases powerful iPhone camera app

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Harness RAW Power with your iPhone or iPad.
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A “Gentleman Coder” who is the former director of the Apple photo apps teams has launched an IOS app for the photographer who prefers to shoot RAW images.

RAW Power for iOS hit the App Store this week from software company Gentlemen Coders LLC, which was founded by Nik Bhatt. His 14-year stint in Cupertino included being Senior Director of Engineering for the Aperture and iPhoto teams and later the Chief Technical Officer of the Photo Apps group.