Apps to Capture Your Christmas Stories

Our first family event of this Christmas season is today and I’m ready to capture all Christmas family festivities . Here are the iPhone apps that will help make that happen.

  • Camera+ [on sale right now for 99¢] – gives me more control over my iPhone’s camera by letting me choose what to focus on and where to pull the exposure from. And it has a stabilizer to keep the shakes from messing up my pictures. It has basic editing tools and a bunch of filters. And I can send my pictures to Flickr from right in the app.
  • Blurb Mobile [free – plus upgrade is 99¢] lets you build stories from the photos, videos and audio captured on you iPhone. Quickly build a storyline of photos and video clips, then crop and scale them to suit you. Add audio and text captions and when your ready, post your production at your Blurb Mobile site and then share it via email, Facebook or Twitter.
  • Flickr [free] has just updated their iPhone app adding a camera and a number of interesting filters. The app can be used to take and edit photos, upload them to your Flickr account – complete with metadata details – and share them within Flickr and via Facebook or Twitter. Flickr also has an app for Android users.
  • Givit [free] makes it easy to capture and share your own video productions right from your iPhone. The editing tools are simple to use, allowing you to highlight the bits of video you want to use, add slow motion and fast motion effects and transitions between “scenes”. Once you’ve got your video the way you want it, upload it to your Givit site and share it with the world. There’s no limits to the length of your video productions and you get the first 5GB of video storage for free.
  • Posterous [free] is where our family maintains our private “news center” so this is where most of the captured festivities will be shared. The iPhone app makes it easy to send the photos and videos to the space where it will automatically be forwarded to all family members via email. There’s also the reader side of the app so everyone can see the fun as it happens. Posterous also has an app for Android users.
  • iPhoto [$4.99] for iOS provides great editing features and even though the sharing options are limited, I do love the Journal feature.
  • Day One [$4.99] my divine little journaling app goes with me everywhere. I’ll quickly add a photo then tap the weather and geo-locate icons to capture a moment, then later edit that entry to add the details of what was happening at the time. I also have the desktop Day One [$9.99] and a copy of the iOS app on my iPad. All stay synched via iCloud or Dropbox so I can fill in the details from just about anywhere.

Fortunately all these tools fit on my iPhone which will be within easy reach at all times and it’s a lot less conspicuous than sticking a big camera in their face. And, with the crowd of characters found in my family, I think I’m going to have a lot of digital storytelling fun this holiday season.

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