Academics have much to gain by tech advances that have made video and smartphone photography more accessible. These advances are not only useful for gathering information during field research but also powerful mediums upon which to share research findings. The addition of online video networks such as YouTube and Vimeo, Instagram, etc., also provide platforms upon which to easily share our content with the world.
If you don’t want to invest in an expensive video camera, you may be pleasantly surprised to find out that you can record videos or take photos on your smartphone of good to excellent quality. If you have a computer, chances are that you may already have video creation and editing tools built into the software in your computer. If you have a Mac, you can use iMovie. If you have a PC, you may have Windows Movie Maker.
There are many free video recording and photography apps you can download to your phone. Here’s a collection of some of the best.
Cinegram (IOS, ANDROID) – Allows you to create short videos.
Vine (IOS, ANDROID) – to create short looping videos which you can then instantly post on Twitter.
iPhoto (IOS) – If taking videos with your Iphone or Ipad this is the best way to edit and manage these pics. Also offers ICloud support.
8mm Vintage Camera (IOS) – it comes with many retro filters that you can apply to your video. Useful if you want your video to have a vintage feel.
Viddy (IOS) – If you are looking for quick and easy ways to record, edit, and share videos, this app integrates with Facebook, YouTube and Twitter.
Vyclone (IOS) – lets you create video remixes by allowing you to combine your own video with others to create complex collaborative projects.
Clinch (IOS, ANDROID) – creates a movie about the area around you from Instagram, Google, Tweets and more. Everything based on your location and sent instantly.
Snapseed (IOS, ANDROID) – the best photo editing app available for smartphones. It has special settings which allow you to get greater control over the image. For example, it lets you set separate focus and exposure targets among other things.
Camera+ (IOS) – Offers many editing effects, filters, and frames to make your image clear and professional looking.
Adobe Photoshop Express (IOS, ANDROID) – Not as powerful as the full Adobe Photoshop software, but still offers some of the best effects and editing capabilities at your fingertips.
Instagram (IOS, ANDROID) – offers a small yet powerful set of editing options compared to some of the other apps, however, it comes with a popular and large social network which, is a great platform
to share your photos with others.
Fhotoroom (WINDOWS PHONE) – one of the better photo editing tools for the Windows Phone. Also lets you create short, animated, shareable GIFs in a matter of seconds.
Pixlr Express (IOS, ANDROID) – Lets you take panoramic or 360-degree “sphere” images.