Polatax brings back the memories of taking Polaroid photos right to your iPhone. Focusing on the Polaroid effect, this app is brought to you by Make A. If you love the look and feel of vintage Polaroid photographs, then this is an app you will want to consider purchasing.
- Shoot live or upload from your camera roll
- Selection of a dozen Polatax papers/frames
- Add text to the bottom of the Polatax image.
- Select from numerous font choices and colors
- Ability to place text to the left, right or center of the Polatax
- In App photo editing allows you to adjust Brightness, Contrast, Saturation and Sharpness
- In App effects allows you to choose from 12 free photo effects (Singe, Vivid, San Carmen, Indiglow, Concorde, Aqua, Strato, Laguna, Ventura, B&W, Sepia, and Soft Focus)
- 3 In App purchases, for $.99 each, will get you the Grunge, Nostalgia and Viewfinder pack
- Save to album, send to Twitter, Facebook or via email
Ease of Use
Ready for that nostalgic feel of the Polaroid camera? In a few easy taps, you will be able to customize your image with your choice of “old paper” combined with text and send it out in a snap. I say “old paper” because that is the descriptive term used by Polatax. I’d love it if they were a bit more creative with these names. They did a nice job naming their photo effects, and since the “old paper” is such a significant part of the Polaroid-style, it would do it some justice to have some interesting name choices. Browsing through old paper #1-12 seems to have a lack luster appeal to it. To me, the paper choices are all a bit too similar. Adding specific names, as well as more depth to the paper designs, would be a great update in the future.
After uploading an image from your camera roll (or shooting a live image), you can easily select a paper/frame style of your choice. Next, if you would like to add text to the bottom of your image, simply tap on the icon with the pencil that says “write”. You can choose from multiple font styles and colors. Adjusting the size and position of the text is easy. Adjust the slider bar to increase or decrease the size of your text. Positioning your text is as simple as it is on your word processor. Do this by selecting form the left margin, center, or right margin icons.
Clicking on the FX Editor will bring up a screen that looks like the one below. Being able to edit with the in app editor allows you to complete your editing process all in one app, if so desired.
By tapping on each selection, you can use an editing wheel to adjust the brightness, contrast, saturation and sharpness. Simple and effective.
Your finished product will give you an image that is reminiscent of the Polaroid photographs of yesteryear.
Download Now: Polatax for iPhone
Compatible with iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, iPhone 4S, iPhone 5, iPod touch (3rd generation), iPod touch (4th generation), iPod touch (5th generation) and iPad. Requires iOS 4.3 or later.
About Nicky Sanford
Nicky Firment Sanford is a self taught photographer specializing in iPhoneography.
Finding inspiration through her daily surroundings, you will see her coastal lifestyle come through in her work. Sunsets, sailboats, and silhouettes are her favorites to shoot. She is the momma to two growing boys and a proud military wife. Her personal website is www.thephotomomma.com and on Instagram @thephotomomma