HDR Fusion, just get it

August 29, 2011

I really don’t know much about HDR photography so this review will be very simple.

Free iPhone photography app HDR Fusion is totally worth a download. HF is free and a really simple way to take *single* HDR pictures on your iPhone.

App usage is even easier than the built in camera.

1. Open HF
2. Point and shoot
3. Keep your phone still until you hear two camera shutter clicks
4. HF merges images
5. Save or Retake your photo.

HF takes two photos then auto merges the two into a single HDR photo.

There are a few manual controls like manual focal points and self timer, but overall this is a point and shoot affair.

Below are some screenshots. The actual HF interface looks almost identical to iPhone’s camera so no shot for that.

Take note of the last 3 pictures of the slip on. Picture 1 was taken with HF, and the last two were taken with iPhone’s camera in HDR mode. Kind of splitting hairs with this pic, in general I always prefer HF’s output.

HF isn’t mind blowing, but it’s really simple and I love the auto image fuse. HF has found it’s way into my Instagram workflow. Really fantastic if I’m snapping a stationary photo. Use HF to get a really rich shot, then run through Instagram filters.

Enjoy, and I would love to hear about any free iPhone photo apps I haven’t covered yet.

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LEGO Photo is another free iPhone photography app. Probably the most fun of the free apps, LEGO Photo let’s you apply a Lego block filter to photos from the camera, or existing photos from you camera library.

There isn’t much else to explain. Choose a photo, wait for LEGO Photo to process, then tap the screen to apply random filters. Once you find one you like, save the photo.

Here are some shots of LEGO Photo.

Mill Colour is definitely one of my favorite free photo apps for the iPhone. You would use this app to run your photos through various ‘Looks’, or color filters. Or you can manually adjust various levels in your photos by hand.

I was impressed with the amount id color controls and options in MillColour. Most free apps give one or two cool tricks, but MC gives you a bit more. Below are some screenshots. I think print is my favorite look right now.