If you’re an iPhone user, you probably know the pain of poor image quality all too well. Each time you head to a beautiful destination or stop at an interesting piece of sidewalk art in your hometown, you can’t help but notice that the images taken with your phone simply don’t do your amazing subject much justice at all. Although you could always go the pricier and less convenient route of investing in a good camera, it would be a whole lot easier and more cost effective if the camera you already have (your phone!) could do the job instead.
There’s no way to make your phone camera’s photos come out as beautifully as an expensive camera, but there are solutions that can bring them a bit closer to that quality. No, I’m not talking about using Photoshop or an editing app to clear up the image, I’m talking real-time solutions.
There are apps available to help improve your iPhone’s camera quality in real time without having to go back and edit your photos to the nines. This means less time editing photos that simply won’t turn out well and more time spent enjoying beautiful shots that were edited almost to perfection to begin with.
Here are four apps to make this blissful iPhone photography experience a reality.
Ever take a photo with horrible exposure, coloring, or highlights that simply can’t be fixed by an editing app later on? If so, Manual is here to make sure you never have to endure that horrible experience again. You can use Manual to live monitor automatic exposure values, focus zoom, fill flash, find light and dark themes for each shot, display a rule of thirds grid, and control white balance and shutter speeds. This app is $1.99 in the App Store.
2. Horizon Camera
It’s safe to say that your friends hardly ever shoot your videos horizontally as they should to get everything you’re doing in the shot. Horizon Camera allows you to shoot videos horizontally without flipping your phone to make it easy to capture the perfect video. Finally you have a solution other than re-shooting the cool moment you were hoping to film horizontally in the first place. This app is FREE in the App Store.
3. NightCap Pro
Taking a good photo at night can be nearly impossible without the right tools. NightCap Pro allows you to take brighter and clearer shots when you’re low on light. The app uses Aidie (Artificial Intelligence Derived ISO and Exposure) to ensure users are able to capture the brightest, clearest images possible with limited light. This app is $1.99 in the App Store.
4. Cortex Camera
Cortex is another app that allows you to take better shots with low lighting without the grainy appearance often associated with using flash or a brightening tool. The app enhances shadows and brightens dark areas of your photo to help you get the perfect shot without making it look unnatural. This app is $2.99 in the App Store.
So there you have it, four apps to bring you one step closer to becoming a master iPhone photographer. Have an iOS app you’d recommend? Let us know in the comments!