Pro HDR for iPhone and iPod Touch

Why have HDR on an iPhone? Because you can! Sometimes an iPhone is the only camera I have on me, and I want the ability to go a little deeper. I see HDR as a great tool that can help get the shot in tough conditions. Sure, the iPhone has a built-in HDR ability that works well, but its just not tweakable. What’s really nice is the ability to actual take control and develop an image so you can handle tough situations like backlight or lowlight.

Enter Pro HDR from EyeApps LLC. At $1.99 in the App Store, it’s a steal. The app is very full-featured and gives the discerning photographer more control when on the go.

Here’s how it works.

1. Launch the Application. Tap the Auto HDR button. You can go into manual mode if you want to pick your shadows and highlights.

2. Compose the shot then tap the screen. The app then analyzes the scene and find the lightest and darkest point.

3. Tap the Screen Again and hold still (and your subject too). This is not an app for action shots.

4. The app aligns the images and presents you with an option to tone the images.

5. Adjust the sliders to taste. You can also tap the thumbnail to view the image full-screen.

6. Click Save to store a full resolution image.

Be sure to visit the Settings button on the launch screen where you can choose to save high-quality or optimized images, as well as the original shots.

Here’s another example of shooting in real low-light (yes, its an ugly shot… but it shows the capacity nicely).

Here’s one more taken just after sunrise and a long redeye from San Francisco to Washington, D.C.

You can find out more about the application here or pick it up at the App Store.

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This post sponsored by Peachpit Press

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About Richard Harrington

Richard Harrington is the founder of RHED Pixel, a visual communications company based in Washington, D.C. He is the Publisher of Photofocus as well as an author on Lynda.com. Rich has authored several books including From Still to Motion, Understanding Photoshop, Professional Web Video, and Creating DSLR Video.

Posted on May 2, 2011, in HDR and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 3 Comments.

  1. I have found this app produces some results I could not have gotten with single photos. I won’t say a proper dSLR or even high end point and shoot couldn’t have done better as I am hardly qualified to make that claim (I know just enough to be dangerous ad they say) but when you are pressed for time shooting with an iPhone (4) with camera apps is a real boon. For example, the third photo in the linked post Granada, Soain only came out because of Pro HDR.

  2. I have ProHDR on my phone, as a demo, and I love the ability to tweak the image after the merge, but I opted to pay for TrueHDR instead because the demo images showed that TrueHDR did a much better job mixing images than Pro HDR.

    In my testing of ProHDR (free) the merging was more like a very basic dodging & burning where you could see the gradations in the sky where the app merged the two photos together.

    TruHDR’s merging is invisible to me.

    I started investigating HDR alternatives to Apple’s HDR mode because Apple’s HDR always looks false. The merging of the two images always takes away color, and whites are never white. It just looks oddly wrong in some unquantifiable way. – That said, Apple’s HDR is the only one you can use on the fly. It takes the second image near instantaneously, whereas the other HDR apps take the second image seconds later. As you said- not good for action shots.

    TruHDR takes the longest of the three HDR apps I have to merge the results. But I find the results most pleasing. It also does a good job aligning the two images since such a long time passes between the shots. Unless your phone is mounted on a tripod, the two pictures will not match perfectly. And I’ve never been able to see any discrepancy after the merge. Apple’s time delay, while minimal, can still create some ghosting in the image because it makes no attempt to re-align the two pictures.