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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I stumbled across a really sweet free camera app, but it’s 100% in Chinese so I have no clue what anything says. What I do know is this app is pretty awesome and has tons of photo effects, filters, borders and more.

This will be my first all screenshot app review. App usage is mostly straight forward as it has what you’d expect from a camera app :
– Snap new photo or select from your Camera Roll
– TiltShift
– color controls
– background frames
– loads of photo filters and effects
– share social or save locally

If you’re adventurous and into photo apps, give this one a try. I think the AppStore’s Genius feature is how I found this one, or maybe Appbzr. Either way, this is an amazing free camera app.20110519-073736.jpg20110519-073751.jpg20110519-073801.jpg20110519-073808.jpg20110519-073823.jpg20110519-073835.jpg20110519-073847.jpg20110519-073900.jpg20110519-073917.jpg20110519-073926.jpg20110519-073943.jpg

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UPDATE: My apologies to the Chinese and Japanese.  This application is Chinese and I couldn’t tell you what the name is.  I always scan the app store for photo, then look at non pay apps.  This is how I found this gem.

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.

I’ve been a huge fan of mobile phone photography since my earlier Nokia fanboy days. Now that I’m on the iPhone, there are countless options for photo apps. In the next few posts I’m going to show each of the apps pictured below. Each app is free, and worthy of a download even if you only snap one photo.

Pictured apps :
– MoreLomo
– Wink
– Aisu B&W
– Aisu Sepia
– Mill Colour
– Lego PHOTO
– PicPosterous
– Vint Green
– Format126