Dynamic Light ($0.99) by Mediachance is a HDR app for your iPhone that creates unique and vibrant looking HDR photos right on your device.
HDR is usually a love-or-hate relationship with most people, although there are some that are indifferent. Personally, I don't really care either way, but when HDR is done right, it can look pretty good. But how about unique? Well, that's what you get with Dynamic Light.
Dynamic Light lets you import a photo from your photo library on your device or take a new one. When you get your photo, you'll see the "Dynamic Light" effect (which is Normal in the app) applied to your photo.
There is a slider beneath your photo that you can use to adjust the strength of the effect on a scale of 0-100. The middle point is marked by a red line if you want to see a visual element of how strong or weak your HDR effect is.
As you adjust the slider, you can see how unique Dynamic Light makes the HDR effect on your photos, especially at 100. It's a very high-contrast feel that I don't really see in the other typical HDR apps.
In addition to this unique HDR effect, Dynamic Light has 11 other effects to apply to your photos. Each one adds it's own look in addition to the HDR effect, so the end result can be some amazing looking photos that you wouldn't have thought possible before.
What good is an HDR app if you can't see the difference between the original and the result? Dynamic Light allows you to switch between the original photo and the HDR-ified photo, or you can have a split pane view with the original and result side-by-side. This feature is really nice to have as you can clearly see the difference that the app makes.
When you save your photo, there are options to save only the result, original, or both the original and result. If you choose Original and Result, the images will be saved separately, not in that split pane view you see in the preview.
In the app Settings, you can adjust the intensity of the radius, surface smoothness, and color boost with the provided sliders. These will affect the HDR results, so it can be fun to mess around with to find what works best for you. There is a Default button to go back to the default settings for the less adventurous.
Quick Presets are provided to automatically adjust the sliders to a low, mid, or high setting. The app can also save all images in full-size, which is off by default. So if you like full-res images, make sure to turn that setting on.
The interface for Dynamic Light is pretty simple and straightforward. My only complaint is that the icons for buttons in the app don't seem to be optimized for the Retina Display, which always irks me. Though it's not a huge issue, I hope the developer can optimize the graphics fully for Retina in a future update.
However, if you like to experiment with your photos and create totally unique looks, then Dynamic Light is definitely a HDR app you should check out for some crazy results. Of course, the HDR effect can add a bit of noise to your photos, but the overall effect can make it worth it.
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