This may or may not be an enhacement to our beloved iPhone. It’s all about the taste, your photography experience and some other factors. I just tested this app, and i dont like it, but not necesarelly that the iPhone’s camera sucks ( and NO, more MP doesent mean nothing.so dont expect too much from the next gen iPhones ) and i tend to believe that the light, angle, time of the day (which corelates with the light) were not my best choice.
First let’s understand what HDR means : In image processing, computer graphics, and photography, high dynamic range imaging (HDRI or just HDR) is a set of techniques that allows a greater dynamic range of luminances between light and dark areas of a scene than normal digital imaging techniques. The intention of HDRI is to accurately represent the wide range of intensity levels found in real scenes ranging from direct sunlight to shadows.
HDRCamera for iPhone is an easy to use app, that will let you take a photo and/or choose one from your library and apply 6 different HDR effects on that particular photo. Now i may be wrong on this, but i think you need to take at least 3 pictures of the same thing ( may be an object, landscape w/e ) at different light condition ( i think u mess with the ISO ) to get more shadows, more mid tones, more lights and than import all of them in a image processing software like PhotoShop and work your magic. Im not a photographer by any means, but some pre-defined HDR filters in the iPhone may not suit everybodys tastes.
After you install this app, its recommended to restart your iPhone. I got different results with and w/o restarting my iPhone , and you will even get a pop-up screen on the first lunch telling you to do so.
First thing you need to do is to either take a picture or to import one from your photo library. Once the pic is loaded you need to tap on select filter and choose the one of your choice. Than just tap apply filter and youre pretty much done. You can save the modfied picture to your library w/o loosing the original version.
You will have 6 different filters to choose from : Bloom, HDR Classic, HDR Color+, HDR Night mode, More Colors and More Contrasts. Under the Options button you will be able to change the resolution : 320, 640, 800, 1024 and 1600 . It’s funny that you will be remembered that the iPhone is not a desktop computer and a higher resolution will need more image processing time.
I really think that you will get the best results using this app with photos shot at mid day, when you will have a rich and beautiful natural day light. I tested this app at 6:30 PM and i had a sunset, and the sky was in not better condition as well. Pretty rainy weather here. Personally with my first test of this app, i am not satisfied at all with HDRCamera for iPhone, but like i said above i am no photographer. So im sure there is some trick im not aware of and i am really sure that my timing was not the best.
The picture on the right is the original pic i shot to test HDRCamera for iPhone. To be honest not a bad pic and i think that if this was shot with a professional camera and i knew how to HDR things up, it would’ve been a killer picture.
You can see below the same picture , with all the filers applyed to it : Bloom, HDR Classic, HDR Color+, HDR Night mode, More Colors and More Contrasts