6 Apps to Unleash Your Mobile Photography Creativity


“The single most important component of a camera is the twelve inches behind it.” – Ansel Adams

The connected camera and mobile photography currently represents a major switch in the way that modern photography works. As much as people may say that it is the end of professional photography, they still don’t realize that it’s still all about the creativity in the mind of the person behind the camera. And while some apps are quite good, others allow you to unleash even more creativity than a standard filter. Here are our favorites.

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Review: Perfectly Clear for Android

We’ve given our first impressions on Perfectly Clear for Android, put it up against its Lightroom counterpart, and also reviewed its iPad app. For the past two weeks we’ve been testing the app quite a bit. As what can arguably be called the Anti-Instagram due to the fact that it works to beautify your images, Perfectly Clear is also an app that shows potential of much more promise if a few kinks are ironed out.

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First Impressions: Perfectly Clear for Android

Perfectly Clear for Android was announced about a week ago from this posting. We’ve previously reviewed the Lightroom Plug-In, and when the Android version was announced, I thought to myself, “This is probably the perfect platform for it.” Why? Well, no phone shoots RAW, and one has to understand that an app can only take your photos so far but it will possibly dramatically improve those from a phone.

In many ways, one can describe Perfectly Clear as the Anti-Instagram: no vintage filters to warm your heart up but instead highly processed algorithms to help give you better photos.


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Editing Video in Adobe Lightroom 4 Beta: Canon’s Cinestyle Color Profile

Various rundowns and impressions have been posted over the internet on the impressions of Adobe Lightroom 4 Beta so far. For me, I wanted to see how the new video editing interface worked. This came after downloading the Technicolor Cinestyle Color Profile for my Canon 5D Mk II. To be quite honest with you, I don’t see why I couldn’t have just manually set the color, saturation, contrast, and sharpness settings myself. However, I do see how it allows the user to have more latitude with their editing providing you’ve got a working knowledge of color theory.

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Review: Perfectly Clear Lightroom Plug-In

I had heard of Perfectly Clear before and have also seen very positive reviews of the software, but it was only when I got to try it myself was I actually able to make any concrete decisions about it. Perfectly Clear is a plug-in for Lightroom 3, Photoshop, and also exists as a stand-alone software. The aim is to make editing as simple as possible for consumers and it does so by using more vernacular terminology and by giving in-depth explanations as to what each setting does.

But will simplifying things still help you to accomplish your tasks?

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App Review: Perfectly Clear HD for the iPad

Open an image in Perfectly Clear HD and it's displayed like this: on the left the original file, on the right the processed image.

Apple’s iPadis a great way to display photographs, whether to family and friends or to show to clients, and it’s easy to get images onto the device, either with the Camera Connection Kit (from Apple) or via a connection to your computer and even wirelessly using software such as Shuttersnitch. However, unless you’ve spent time correcting your images on your computer and then transferred them, you’re basically stuck with the images as they were in camera, which isn’t good enough: nearly every digital photograph will benefit from some correction and enhancement. Athentech Imaging has produced Perfectly Clear HD, its image enhancement software, to do just that on the iPad (as well as being a plug-in for PhotoShop, but we’ll deal with that in a later article).

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