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!
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?
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.
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. :)
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.
Then you can click the FX tab and apply one of the preset filters to the shot.
The resulting image can be quite different that where you started.
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