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Web Buzz: Enhance your phone photos with this app

The 100 Cameras in 1 app can add special effects to pictures taken with the iPhone, iPod touch and iPad. Android is next.

January 22, 2011

You can pump up your vacation photos with special effects using this smart-phone app.

Name: 100 Cameras in 1

Available for: iPhone, iPod touch and iPad; Android is in the works.

What it does: Turns an ordinary iPhone photo into a creative image worthy of framing. First, take a photo or use an existing one. Then choose from 10 mood types to alter the look of the photo. Next, pick another effect with a poetic title. Finally, keep adjusting your creation by using the slider to further enhance the effects.

Cost: $1.99

What's hot: Photographer Trey Ratcliff of Austin, Texas, traveled around the world to gather hundreds of textures. He then narrowed them down to 100 and mixed them with overlay and other blend modes to create a multitude of custom effects that you can use on your own photos.

What's not: At first glance, it seems as if the results all look alike. But have patience and experiment with the easy-to-use visual-effects mixing machine. You can be your own photo DJ. This app is not aimed at professional shooters but, rather, travel photo enthusiasts.

Worth it: Absolutely. If you like CameraBag for customizing photos, you'll enjoy upping the ante with this app.

—Jen Leo

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