The Lightbox in Camera+ is a feature that has only gotten better as iOS has evolved. The Lightbox takes the pictures you’ve just snapped and holds them in a staging area for editing (or deleting), and it will only send them to the Camera Roll when you have specifically tapped on a Save button. You can also choose to import pictures you’ve already taken right into your Lightbox, but it’s arguably easiest to work with pictures you’ve just taken, as they’ll already be there.
I thought the Lightbox was a neat little feature when it first came out, but I chose to tell Camera+ to save straight to the Camera Roll for the sake of speed. My thinking at the time was: why take a picture and then place it in a staging area just to save it later? However, now that Photo Stream automatically spreads the contents of my Camera Roll across all of my devices, I’ve become a lot more picky about what makes it there in the first place. I view pictures in the Photo Stream very often on my iPad, and I don’t want blurry or badly framed stills taking up space.
Previously, I had wanted very much to use iPhoto for iOS as my main photo editor. I loved the novel sliding controls and the way I could simply slide between shots and edit them on the fly (most other photo apps require you to pick and edit one photo at a time). Unfortunately, as it is now, iPhoto is simply too slow, and although I can edit several shots at once, I can only save one photo at a time to the Camera Roll. I think that’s a terrible oversight on Apple’s part.
But this is where Camera+ and the Lightbox really shine for me now. The Lightbox is superb as a staging area for pictures. I can snap 20 shots and return to them later on to edit or cull. I bought Camera+ years ago for $0.99 for its separate focus and exposure controls. I still really love those focus and exposure controls, but this app is now indispensable to me because of the Lightbox feature I had, until recently, largely ignored. So if you’ve been looking for a way to help you manage your Photo Stream across your Apple devices, Camera+ is my number one recommendation (especially if you’re using your 4S as your main camera).