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The 9 Best FREE IPhone Photo Apps

First Posted: 08/08/11 06:23 PM ET   Updated: 10/08/11 06:12 AM ET

More and more I find myself leaving my digital camera at home in favor of the camera on my smartphone. It's not that my iPhone takes better pictures than my Olympus (it doesn't); but rather, as a non-purse-carrying male, I would rather just take slightly less sharp photos on my phone than shove another gadget in my pocket.

If you're like me and you find yourself taking more and more photos with your iPhone, then you know that the camera itself is fairly no-frills. Luckily, there are a lot of great, useful, fun and--oh yeah--free apps in the iTunes store to enhance your photo-taking, -editing, and -publishing options. Our rundown of Android photography apps is coming soon, but for now, take a look at our favorite photo freebies for the iPhone:

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The Big Daddy of iPhone photography apps, Instagram may already have 7 million users and 150 million photos taken, but the price is still right at zero dollars.

After a quick registration, Instagram allows you to apply a number of filters to your photos, making them appear as though taken by an old-school Instant Polaroid camera or Lomography lens. You can then share your new hipster-y filtered photos via Twitter, Facebook, Flickr, Instagram (where others can "like" it and comment on it) and other sharing sites. And that's it! It's not the most fully-loaded effects app on the market, but it doesn't aim to be, either. A simple idea done well, Instagram has brought vintage-style photography to the masses.
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