The new iPhone 4S is known for its great camera ( 8 megapixle resolution, f/2.4 apature, improved backside illumination sensor, excellent auto white balance, advanced color accuracy, face detection, and reduced motion blur), but in order to take a picture that will include all these great features you need ‘something’ that will give you an edge. You need an app.
I was a bit skeptical before I purchased the $1.99 Pro HDR app. I didn’t want to pay money for something I either won’t use, or worse, find to be a piece of junk. The Pro HDR app ended up to be a success, and after a few tries I managed to master all of its functionalities.
There is a Learning Curve
There are a two things you’ll need to keep in mind when using this app:
- It is more about the photographer than it is about the app. Yes, the app will do some amazing things, but you need to keep in mind your part in the process of taking the picture. For instance, it is important to stay motionless during the two second period shot. Doing so will result with some nice photos.
- If you are planning on taking a penalty kick during the next FIFA world-cup, you can scratch it off of your list (until you invest in a good DSLR camera that is). Instead, try to focus more on portraits, or outsides photos (sunsets, forests, etc). I found it to work the best.
Below are two samples of before and after photos I took the other day. I really like the sharp colors of the after photos. I think the app did a great job with balancing light and exposure. Also, you’ll notice that the after photo is framed. This is one of the built-in features the app offers.