Photography in Dallas

Easy HDR On Your iPhone

Mar 06

Easy HDR On Your iPhone

Another Awesome Photo App!

We all carry our cell phones everywhere and they are slowly replacing the point and shoot for day to day photographs.  Luckily, there are tons of great apps that can really take your iphotography to the next level.  I’ll even give you a chance to get it for FREE!


True HDR

I came across True HDR sometime last year and love it.  It was created by the folks at Pictional and it really rocks!  They were even kind enough to give me a free copy of the app to give away -more on that in a sec.

What Is HDR

HDR stands for high dynamic range.  You basically combine several images- each with a different exposure- to create stunning and unusual photographs.  For a more in-depth explanation of HDR, you should check out Trey Ratcliff’s site and his HDR primer.

What does TrueHDR Do?

tank photograph

standard iphone photo

Ok, here’s how it works.  The app will basically take a series of pictures at different exposure levels, then merge them together.  All you have to do is compose the shot and hold the camera still while it is taking the pictures.

As an example, I’m going to photograph this tank, that just happens to be sitting at a park by my house.

true HDR

TrueHDR screen

You have a few choices to make, including – how much control do you want to have?  You can go with Auto – where the camera does all the work- or Manual where you have a lot more control.  There is even a SemiAuto mode, if you just can’t decide between the two.  For this example, I will just go with Auto Capture, since the phone is probably smarter than me anyways.  :)



Merge Screen





From there, I compose the shot and hit the button.  The camera takes three shots and I am presented with this Merge Screen, which shows me the exposure range that has been captured.  I simply his “Merge” and the app goes to work!  A few seconds later, the HDR image is created and ready to go.  Well, almost…



Take It Further

The cool thing about TrueHDR is that it doesn’t stop there.  Once the basic image is created, you have a series of screens where you can tweak the image brightness, warmth, etc and shape the overall feel of the shot.

iphone hdr

Then you can click the FX tab and apply one of the preset filters to the shot.

iphone photograph

The resulting image can be quite different that where you started.

hdr photograph iphone

Final Image

This shot doesn’t really even look like much of an HDR image anymore, but I really liked the punchy colors, so I went with it.  If you want a more traditional looking HDR look, you probably don’t want to do too much tweaking and filtering to the image.  Try it both ways and see which you like best!

Want A Free Copy?

The app is only a couple of bucks at the App Store, but you can win a free copy here.  I’ve setup a giveaway via Rafflecopter, which will give you several ways to enter and keep track of your entries for you.  Pretty cool, huh?

So get to it and enter, because the only thing better than a Cool App is a Free Cool App!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

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  1. Ann Mullen /

    Wow, the return of artistic photography. We used to do all that in a the dark room. This is so cool.

  2. Christi Johnson /

    WOW! I had absolutely NO idea that my iPhone could do this. Thanks so much for this article. Now, I can waste even more time on my phone. Thanks a lot. ;) I’m no photographer, but this is really going to make me seem like I have skills that I actually don’t have. Seriously…I LOVE this article. Wait until I show my husband – who has an EVO. lol!!

  3. bbrian017 /

    Hey this is cool Larry, man I miss my phone 4. When I drop it and smashed it I was forced into a cheap android it’s never been the same…

    • Larry /

      Dang- that is a bummer. I have nightmares about dropping and breaking my phone.

  4. Nicole /

    So generous of you to give away those apps for free! iPhones are really great.. Thanks for sharing this. Great job!

  5. Sheila /

    You are always artistic doing this kind of photograph..I will show this to my friend because she loves photography..

  6. Mirana /

    The results are subtly improved and realistic looking photos, as opposed to the fake, over-processed look that is often the hallmark of HDR.

    • Larry /

      Its all a matter of personal taste, of course. I just lean toward the more subtle. Glad you liked them too!

  7. Everest /

    You captured the tanks perfectly Larry! Thanks for sharing the free applications for iPhone. This is great!

  8. awesome. hdr on your iphone… i wanna play

  9. Yucel /

    I found this picsart app for my droid… thing is, I like the artistic renditions so well… like to have it for my Photoshop… anyone find anything like that?

    If yes, please email me?

    You can locate me through my website..

    Thanks y’all..

  10. I really editing photos.. And I love using photo applications. Good thing you’ve shared this review about HDR. Actually I haven’t heard about HDR before.. Thanks for sharing this!

  11. abhinav /

    Great Post…thanks for it sharing.

  12. Dean.C /

    Hi Larry,
    I just gotten my iPhone yesterday and I’m so excited to discover a lot of things from it… Thanks for sharing with us this thing, I will check it out….

    • Larry /

      You can definitely find TONS of ways to waste time on your iPhone. It is an awesome device!

  13. Kelsey87 /

    Hi Larry! Providing us this useful information is really a big help. And explaining it step by step is easy to understand. Thanks for the post and for the opportunity to get this new apps for free.

  14. Heide /

    Luckily, there are tons of great apps that can really take your iphotography to the next level.

  15. Ma.Dharess /

    Hi Larry…I agree that this is really a fun app…hmm…I have to try this anyway…Thank you for the idea and the step by step instruction…

  16. Melissa Smith /

    Thanks for showcasing this app, I think that I will have to get it for my phone. I just wished I would have made it for the contest – I guess I’ll have to enter in the next one ;)

  17. Timothy /

    Just wanted to tell you I really found this post interesting and I’ll be pinning this on my pinterest account!

  18. Avril /

    Wow! the picture is totally amazing. That was a nice result from where it started.

  19. Maryden25 /

    HDR got great features. I love how it makes photos stunning. I want to have it in my phone. And hoping I could download that for free. I just love having great pictures. Come on, who doesn’t want one?! Right?

  20. It may not apply but are there any similar types of apps for a Blackberry. I feel like I am the only person using this nowadays. I need an iPhone!

    • Larry /

      Trev- I felt the same way when I had my Droid. I finally switched to the iphone and love it!

  21. Sandra92 /

    Hi Larry,
    This type of application is very interesting… I do love to share this to my friends because its very indeed…

  22. Hi Larry,

    That is amazing; the first thing I did when I found your post was to look at the pictures. And I thought to myself that this is probably another professional camera or something. I was in total shock to read that I can do this by myself with my iPhone. I will definitely get this app.

    Thank you so much,

    • Larry /

      Thanks for taking the time to comment Mark. Glad you enjoyed it. Best of luck with the HDR!

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