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5 Best Android Photo apps to take urban pictures

Urban pictures are normally taken on the go, you just casually find the moment and take the shot. Normally the equipment is not the best suited, as you tend to use what you have in hand. In most cases you?ll use the camera that you always carry around: The Smartphone

So for all android users we have made a top 5 list of the best android photo apps to take and edit your urban pictures.

1. Camera 360


This popular camera app brings professional settings to your android phone together with tilt-shift and color shift modes. HDR pictures and various popular effects (lomo, retro, dreamlike, etc.). It?s a very complete photo app that allows you to take high quality shots of your urban walking.

2. Fast Burst camera


Urban pictures can be landscapes, but you might also need to take fast shoots of some magical moments. For this we recommend you use this app that lets you capture up to 30 frames per second. Then it will be quite difficult that you miss the magic moment!

3. Wondershare Panorama


Android 4.1 comes with default panorama mode, but not all android phones are up to date (at least mine isn?t). So for all of you who like to take panorama pictures this is a must-have app.

4. Little Photo


Sometimes we just want to keep things simple. In this case Little Photo is our best choice, a very simple photo app that gives us simple filters with previews to enhance our shoots.

5. Adobe Photoshop mobile


This is not a photo taking app, but it?s the most complete free picture editing application around. So if you use any of the above cameras you will always be able to retouch and enhance your pictures with the mobile version of the most popular photo editing tool.


How Cameras Have Changed Over The Years

The knowledge on which contemporary cameras relies upon was produced many years ago. Even though antique cameras are basic and far removed from today’s modern technologies they were still very advanced for their time. In 1885 George Eastman produced the contemporary photograph film technology which enabled cameras to become portable and opened them to a mass market. George Eastman was the brains behind the very first Kodak camera.

The very first camera made by Kodak was vended with an already incorporated film in it. If customers wanted to get their films developed, the whole component had to be sent to the manufacturer. The manufacturer then used to develop the film and reload the camera with a fresh one. This method, however, only lasted for a short time, as improvements were made in technology.

In 1901, George Eastman benefited from his self-created technology. He invented the Brownie. The new camera not only had the ability to take snapshots, but was also quite handy and small in size to be carried around anywhere. This resulted in the camera being so admired that its production continued for many years. The Brownie was so admired, that its production continued till the 60?s.

While several companies were experimenting to create superior technology to incorporate in their cameras, in 1948, a special type of camera appeared on the scene. It was the Polaroid Camera. It was a camera that could develop pictures instantly. It fascinated many people with its capabilities. Even though this technology was much more costly, it still became a huge success. People loved the fact that a picture is available just in few minutes after snapping. It was so admired that it became an extravagance that people just desired to have. Even at this point of time, this camera is a hit due to its capabilities.

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In modern times, the digital technology has even penetrated into cameras. Even though today?s digital camera is the successor of a prototype made by Texas Instruments in 1971, the real deal was produced in Japan in the year 1988. Later, its production started in the States in year 1991. The earlier versions of digital camera were so expensive, that only high wagers and renounced photographers were able to purchase them. These models could cost thousands of dollars. Later, after further technological advances, the cost of production dropped. Today you can easily get an excellent features camera under $500.

Camera is a very important creation. It has led us to look at our history through photos. We can actually look into our pasts. It has transformed our surroundings and the way we look at our world. Just imagine how our homes would look like without the pictures of our close ones.

Today’s cameras such as the Nikon D7000 or the Canon Eos 1100d (both available at Jessops) make professional photography accessible to everyone. It really is just a matter of pointing and shooting, if you’re lucky your pictures could even end up in the National Geographic! Which camera do you use? Share your photography tips by adding your comments below.


New Design

It has been more than two years since this website was started. During this time we have published around 400 pictures, most of them of places we have been lucky enough to visit.

Now, after all this time (two years in the net are an eternity) we think is time to do some changes to keep fresh, offer amazing pictures everyday and help you navigate through or website so you can discover more of our content.

Since the first day we have tried to fulfill our commitment to publish at least one picture per day. Now we are even more commuted to this and we will start posting pictures of places we have never seen before.

In order to keep fresh the design has been redone from scratch:

  1. We have a new logo, which we think that helps to tie all the web together.
  2. All the cities have been arranged by continent and country, now it’s much easier to find pictures from places close to the one you are visiting.
  3. There are customized entry pages for every continent, country and city with a brief description, we are still adding them as we want to put unique content.
  4. To help you find more amazing pictures and wallpapers we have added thumbnails of related pictures to the one you are seeing.
  5. Every picture has a download button so you can grab them and use them as wallpaper.
  6. And the most important one: Now we have a blog! And soon we will also have a shop, why? So we can deliver you nice photography tips and products!

So we really hope you like our new design and find navigation easier, since all is quite new if you find a bug we appreciate you tell us so we can fix it and our most important wish is that now you enjoy this site even more!