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Quick High Resolution HDR With Editing Through Lightroom Mobile

Adobe has updated their Lightroom Mobile app with a few features that will be improving my workflow:

  • Authentic HDR taking through the app
  • Exporting original raw images to camera roll
  • Improved rating for images
  • Improved cloud syng

The addition of HDR photography to the app has the customization tuning that I would expect from a Adobe app. Rather than one-size-fits-all, a bit of tuning helps set the app to my HDR style:

A winning feature of using Lightroom Mobile app for HDR is it’s option to have it in the quick apps area of the iPhone. When access is turned on, a HDR snap is just a right swipe on the screen away.

Once a moment is captured, the Lightroom Mobile app takes a little while to save to it’s own editing library. Once there, the HDR photo has all the fine turning options that any photo edited in the app gets:

I enjoy the apps handling of editing a selected area. Most apps let you set a dot or crosshairs where the edit will happen, while Lightroom Mobile uses a circle solution so the editing area is truly known:

Raw image saving is handled via a picker to choose the image between JPG and DNG

The improved rating solution is within the photo detail view… select as many or few stars as the picture deserves.

Multi iPhone Photos merged into one for higher resolution… and clarity?

I have spent the morning playing with the iPhone app Cortex Camera. I am a bit confused but will stick with it.

The app it’s self is very simple, but the results are confusing me. Cortex Camera takes (they say 100 photos via a video capture) many photos, then merges them together into a single result. The output, according to theory, could be cleaner and with more clarity than just snapping one photo.

Launching Cortex Camera, you have the option across the bottom for the iPhone’s photo library (view only), the shutter button and the ‘settings’.

The settings in Cortext Camera lets you adjust the megapixels, on a iPad it goes above the power of the camera so the merging of photos is filling in a lot of areas to pixel multiply. PNG is not standard for the iPhone camera and is supposed to be a clearer image result. Alignment is if you have the app merge the photos into one or stack so it shows movement blur.

The photo taking experience involves not moving for about 3 seconds. A progress bar appears on the screen, when the photo was successfully taken it is saved to the iPhone’s photo library. If you move too much or something passes through the photo while be taken, the process will stop and warn you to move less. I have taken photos with Cortext Camera inside, outside, low light, bright light, big area, close up… every result is blurry. I have taken more than two dozen photos in both 2 mp and 8 mp settings, I just can’t come up with the perfect situation that the merging of multi photos into one looks better than just snapping a photo.

To compare, below is two regular iPhone4s photos, first is the regular and the second is the iPhone’s HDR. Notice that Cortex Camera zooms in a bit as well is narrower/taller with the regular iPhone photos as 1060 x 1890.