Travel Tools: Pudding Cam (& other photography apps we love)

It’s fun not to be controlling multiple knobs from a bulky camera once in a while, when all you’re ever going to do is point the screen to your subject and tap the shutter.

But far from being a no-brainer, the likes of Instagram are the nearest we could get to toy film camera effects, something we haven’t tried yet (films + printing are expensive).

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For this, we use either Instagram or Pudding Cam, both free and cool and super easy to use. Although Instagram allows a live preview of its filters, we prefer Pudding’s version because it provides more choices (9 cameras, 8 films, all interchangeable).

It has a Panorama Camera, a Fisheye, and a couple of Motion cams capturing frames in two, three, and four, but our favorite combination is the Snap Camera + Vintage Blue film. We found its Fisheye cam a little problematic though since it doesn’t focus on anything, regardless of the distance. Max width of photos is 1280px, good enough for web sharing.

Ilocos was a particularly good subject for these lomo/vintage-feel photos, especially with the Snap Camera + Vintage Brown combination. We love the instant vintage finish! We have this earnest wish to  be able to travel and take photos only with our phones, but that would mean dealing with a severe case of separation anxiety with our trusty old Nikons. :P For now these tools do a great job complementing the tons of travel photos we bring home every time.

Pudding Cam is available for both iOS and

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Calle Crisologo, Vigan (Snap Camera + Vintage Brown)

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Calle Crisologo, Vigan (Snap Camera + Vintage Brown)

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Calle Crisologo, Vigan (Snap Camera + Vintage Brown)

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Calle Crisologo, Vigan (Snap Camera + Vintage Brown)

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Calle Crisologo, Vigan (Snap Camera + Vintage Brown; right photo Vintage Blue)

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Clockwise from left:
Kapurpurawan Rock Formation (Snap + Vintage Blue)
Ilocos Norte Museum (Snap + Vintage Brown)
Pagudpud (Snap + Vintage Blue

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Clockwise from left: Ilocos Norte Museum (Snap + Vintage Brown); Paoay Church (Snap + Monochrome); Paoay Church (Snap + Vintage Blue)

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Clockwise from left: Saramsam Restaurant, Laoag City (Snap + Vintage Blue); Vigan City (Snap + Vintage Brown); Kapurpurawan Rock Formation (Snap + Vintage Blue)

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L-R: Pagudpud sunrise (Snap + Monochrome); Kapurpurawan Rock Formation (No filter, post-processed thru Instagram); Pagudpud sunset (Snap + Vintage Blue)

Some techniques we found useful when shooting with a mobile phone:

Physical shutter buttons produce sharper photos than tapping the shutter on the screen.
Exhale, then click. Sharper photos guaranteed. :P
Hold the cam in place for at least two seconds after pressing the shutter. Mobile phones are notorious on lags.
Built-in flash sucks. Don’t use.

Other apps worth trying out:

Pixlr-o-matic (although there’s also the Pixlr-o-matic PLUS: good for artsy-fartsy filters, overlays, and frames. Full version gives you countless options and lets you save high-res copies. Available for iOS, Android, and as a Chrome web app. Also free for download or a plain web-based app.

Camera360 Ultimate – PinGuo Inc.Favorite feature is the Double Exposure where you shoot two photos (may be two different filters too, and they have HDR as well as lomo effects) and the app automatically overlays them. Available for iOS and Android.

Lens+ – CnCWorks much like Pudding, with more filters, including a Diana & a Holga. Also shoots videos with the same filters (Holga videos!), and has live preview. Available for iOS ($0.99).

How about you, what’s your favorite photography app when traveling? Please share! :D

Check ’em out (plus more – Hipstamatic – Hipstamatic, LLC, VSCO Cam® – Visual Supply Company, Hyperlapse from Instagram – Instagram, Inc., etc.) here —

~All photos taken in Ilocos Norte & Ilocos Sur, Philippines.~

Note: This is not a sponsored post.

  • tria

    Thank you, thank you, thank you for this! I have been looking for solid camera apps for quite some time now and haven’t found anything that wowed me. I’ve downloaded almost everything that google suggested but they’re all decent at best. This, on the other hand, is amaaaazing! Effects are awesome and the interface rocks. And the best part is it’s free! :)

    Hoookay I sound overly enthusiastic now but hey! It’s the first time in ages that I am beginning to be confident in using my phone to take pictures of places, thanks to this app :)

    Thaaaank you!

    P.S. You two take great pictures. Using just your camera phones and producing lovely photos like the ones above say a lot about your photography skills. <3

    • Two2Travel

      Thanks Tria! :D Glad to be of help somehow. Post some photos! :)

  • Pudding Camera

    Hi, this is Pudding Camera Facebook manager. Thank you for sharing great tips about Pudding Camera app :D We have introduced your blog on our official facebook page ( We want to give sincere thanks for using Pudding Camera, and for your wonderful photos :)

    • Two2Travel

      Hi Pudding Cam, thank you for sharing! Taking photos on the road using your app has been such a joy, we can’t wait to be back on the road again! :)