The Apps that Make iPhotos Shine

During the last few weeks I have been running a series on iPhotography. Specifically in regards to the tool set I use to capture landscapes with my iPhone. You can catch the intro and links to the rest of the articles here:

Today we are going to talk about photography apps that simulate DSLR functions. As you probably already know we don’t have the same control over the iPhones camera as you do with a DSLR. Most noticeably the shutter speed or aperture (i.e. the opening that lets light into the camera and thus hits the image sensor or film). To account for this some very clever people have done this for us via software or as we like tobcall them Apps.

For the last four weeks I have exclusively been using two iPhone Apps for all my iPhontograhy. I found them the best at what they do.


The first is ‘Pro HDR X’. HDR or ‘High-dynamic-range’ is not something new to photography and has been around since the 1850’s. The basic principle behind producing a HDR image is to take multiple photos of the same scene and use the past parts of each to produce the final product. In a digital world this usually means taking a number of photos and then going through each pixel by pixel and picking out the best based on a developed algorithm.

To show this process in action and the benefits of using HDR I have included two photos below taken in the same location within minutes of each other. The first is using the standard iPhone Camera App and the second is using the ‘Pro HDR X’ App. The difference between the two photos is significant.



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