Instagram is my favorite photo-sharing service. SmugMug’s excellent Camera Awesome has became my default iPhone picture-taking app. So when I learned this week that there was a new version of Camera Awesome with built-in Instagram support — following Hipstamatic‘s recent Instagram integration — I was tickled.
Camera Awesome’s Instragram feature isn’t a one-tap process, but it’s still pretty nifty. It actually takes three clicks, and what you’re doing is sending a photo you took (and, optionally, edited) with Camera Awesome into Instagram. From there, you can post the pic to Instagram as usual.
I suggest that you invest a few extra clicks in Camera Awesome to crop your image to a square aspect ratio before you move it into Instagram. If you don’t, you’ll end up with unsightly black bars in Instagram, which wants all photos to be square. It doesn’t let you crop and resize Camera Awesome photos as you can do with ones you bring in from the
iPhone’s Camera Roll.
It would be nice if a future Camera Awesome upgrade let you do the cropping as part of the Instragram export, but it’s pretty easy even now.
This new version of Camera Awesome has a few other improvements, including pinch-to-zoom when you’re taking a picture. SmugMug also took all the filter effects that it was selling in multiple bundles, and decided to put them all in one all-encompassing $9.99 upgrade. (The app itself, as before, is free.)
In short, Camera Awesome is now even awesomer.