As a person who loves photography, I’m always on the hunt for new camera apps for my iPhone. There have been some great ones, too. Camera+ and Instagram are two of my favorites. However, a new one has emerged, and I’ve fallen in love. It’s called Grid Lens.
Grid Lens, an app created by Bucket Labs, lets you automatically create a photo grid, taking multiple photos at once, or allowing you to manually fill in each frame as you like. You can take photos in each frame to essentially create your own story.
The look of the app is slick and beautiful. When you launch Grid Lens, you’ll get a quick tutorial on how to use the app. Once you’re done, you can tap anywhere to dismiss it, and immediately jump right into the app.
The app launches with a default grid layout of six spaces (2×3), and there are several buttons at the bottom: gallery, grid layout, shutter, automatic or manual mode, and single (one image divided by lines) or multi-lens mode. Controls such as flash and front-facing camera are found in the top left and right corners of the app.
If automatic shooting is on, Grid Lens will cycle through the frames and take photos automatically. Slide the button to manual, and you can tap an individual frame to get exactly the angle and feature you want. Pretty cool.
Tapping on the grid button will allow you to choose different layouts. The app comes with 17 layouts to choose from, but there is also the option to create your own. You can create your own layout by adding rows, then columns, and then splitting the spaces into smaller ones until you’re satisfied with the result. And if that’s not enough, there’s also a “random option” – if you’d rather have the app surprise you.
Another cool feature is the ability to choose the border color, thickness of border, and the ratio (1:1, 4:3, 5:7, 2:3, and 16:9).
Once you’ve snapped and composed an image, the app will process it (via a munching monster in the bottom left corner), and you’ll be able to view it in the gallery. The gallery shows all of the images you’ve composed with Grid Lens. Tapping on an image in the gallery will present you with a few saving and sharing options. You can save it to the Camera Roll, share it on Twitter, Facebook, Flickr, email, and even Instagram.
But that’s not all. Grid Lens also features its own set of filters that you can apply directly to your own photos. It’s not exactly Instagram like, but they can definitely add some nice touch to your already unique images.
Altogether, I found Grid Lens to be a pretty sweet photography app. It’s not the app that you’d reach for every time you want to take a picture, like, say, Camera+ or Instragram. But for those situations when you want to create a collage of images, it’s the perfect solution. It’s one of those apps that makes you want to take more photos. Not only that, but the UI is absolutely gorgeous and I found it easy to use. So, if you love photography, and you’re looking for a photo app to capture and create more unique looking images, then you should definitely grab Grid Lens.