HDR photography is tricky business. Under the right circumstances, high dynamic range imaging can add a valuable level of detail to a photo and bring it to life. It can just as easily be taken too far and ruin a photo, causing it to look overdone and cartoonish. (And of course, there is plenty of room for personal opinion and taste in this area as well). HDR Camera by MacPhun, allows a selection of filters to applied to your iPhone photos to achieve an HDR look.
This is what I found when using HDR Camera as well. To begin with, the app is only using a single image (while this single-image method can be done with desktop HDR editing as well, it’s not the preferred choice). After you select the image, you can choose one of eight filters to be applied. Depending on the combination of image and filter you chose, the end result may be subtle, or it may be way too much.
More often than not, I found the results from HDR Camera to be far too extreme. There are no adjustment settings available—only a choice of filters. While you may be able to play around with various filters on each photo until you find one you’re happy with, I didn’t find the process worth it.
If you’re a fan of HDR photography and are willing to spend some time tinkering, you may end up with a satisfactory result. For everyone else, there are plenty of options to improve your iPhone photos without going down the HDR path.
[Macworld contributor Beau Colburn lives in Boston where he enjoys taking photos of Fenway Park as often as possible.]