Kaleidoscope Camera by Binary Noise Ltd. is a great alternative to the typical camera app. It makes it very simple to create unique images from everyday objects.
Kaleidoscope Camera provides a real time view with smooth interactivity that makes adjusting your image very easy. There are 6 different mirror configurations that range form a spiral to a mandala.
After you take the picture, you are given the option to save to your album, post to facebook, or email it to someone. Theres nothing complicated about this app.
The user interface is simple. There are 4 shapes, with two of them expanding to offer up to 6 total. The box in the top right is what your camera is viewing. If you tap it, you can switch between the front and back camera. The shape in the square defines what the kaleidoscope camera is using to create the image. Swipe left and right on the screen to rotate the shape and change the image.
This first one is one of their samples.
My examples were edited with Snapseed to add some punch.
I used LensLight to add the sun to the middle.
This app is very user friendly and makes it easy to create some abstract images. I find that shooting subjects with a lot of contrast makes for interesting images. The price is very affordable for an app that you can turn to when you’re uninspired to shoot with a typical camera.
Price: $0.99 Compatible with iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad. Requires iOS 4.3 or later.
***Full disclosure, I did not pay for this app, I asked for a promo code so I could review it. I’m not being offered any compensation for this review. ***