Are you a horrible photographer? A professional photographer? Somewhere in between? No matter what your level of skill is as a photographer, you should check out the app Dynamic Light from the iTunes App Store. Dynamic Light is an app that allows you to enhance your digital images by adjusting the light and adding special effects to them.
The app, which was recently updated, has 27 different enhancements enabling you to alter your images. You can either use an image that is already on your iOS device (iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch) or take an picture with your camera on your device.
I confess, I don’t know much about photography, though I truly enjoy the artistry of results. I recently discovered that I appreciate photographs that are digitally altered using HDR imaging. HDR imaging, also known as High Dynamic Range imaging, enhances images through altering the intensity of the light.
My interest in this type of photography was piqued when I attended a local art show and fell in love with a photograph by Robert Lott. In fact, I appreciated his work so much I bought the photo for my husband for our anniversary (and it wasn’t only because Mr. Lott was using an iPad to display some of his portfolio at the art show!).
My interest in this type of photography was furthered by my discovery of a fascinating blog on the subject by a Wonder of Tech reader, Mike. His blog, Mike10613’s Blog, covers a variety of topics including HDR imaging (he actually calls it NeoDigital photography, which may be a British term for HDR imaging). Mike’s blog not only has beautiful photographs, he helpfully explains what he does to improve the quality of the photos.
Anyway, I digress. Back to the app. When I realized I had a deep appreciation for this type of photography, I was excited to discover the Dynamic Light app for a mere $0.99 in the iTunes App Store that allows me to digitally enhance my photos. That’s right, this app promised to take my worse-than-amateur photos and let me turn them into something I might actually want to look at. What a concept! But would it work? For $0.99 I was willing to take a gamble.
I downloaded the app and began playing with it using some of my photos from my European travels. So many times I would take pictures of truly amazing sights, only to discover that somehow my camera didn’t capture the awesomeness of the vision. Okay, maybe it wasn’t the camera’s fault, but I never seemed preserve the magic I felt at seeing some of the sights.
Enter Dynamic Light.
Here are some examples of my pictures before and after using Dynamic Light:
I’m no Ansel Adams but this image seems much more powerful in black and white. The contrast of the mountains with the water is intensified, giving the mountains a sense of power and the water a mirror-like quality. The clouds stand out more as well, adding interest to the picture.
Mysterious Light was the setting I used to alter this image of a European canal. The alteration more accurately conveys the sense of history and character than the unaltered image. The bottom picture captures the imagination while the top picture, well, just looks like a tourist snapshot.
This rainbow appeared just as I got out of the car to take a picture of the threatening storm clouds. But the original picture seems washed out and the rainbow is barely visible. I used the Normal setting on Dynamic Light which brought out the rainbow and showed the storm clouds more threatening, as they appeared to me on the day that I took the picture.
Oops! I caught the balcony railing in my shot and the reflection of the sun on it really distracts from the beauty of the picture. I used the Normal setting for this photo in Dynamic Light and was able to soften the imperfection of the balcony railing, while making the clouds seem as intense as the day I witnessed this stunning sunrise.
What I particularly like about this app is that you can control the intensity of the effects by spinning a dial at the bottom of the picture. It’s both fun and useful to see how altering the intensity will affect the picture.
I also like how you can see the original and results side by side, to see if you really have improved the picture. The app is meant for scenery shots, but I’m certain people will use it to alter faces as well, probably with comical results!
I know there are quite a few professional photographers who read this blog and they may very well not need this app. Or they may find it to be a useful way to make their great images even better. But for anyone who need a little help or wants to have fun playing with images, Dynamic Light is a great way to spend $0.99.
Note: I have purposely not mentioned specifically where these pictures were taken. Do you recognize any of these scenes? Let us know in the Comment section below!