The Luminance iPhone and iPad app by Subsplash is another addition to the photo app cadre. Luminance combines the vibe of Hipstamatic and Instagram with the photo editing features of Snapseed and Fotoyaki. Where the Luminance iPhone and iPad app brings a fresh perspective is in the streamlined interface and performance of the app.
You can choose a photo from your iPhone or iPad library, as well as snap a photo from Luminance. I was impressed with the quality of the photo I took from the Luminance iPhone app. It captured and preserved the light in a remarkable way. As I adjusted the photo with the Luminance iPhone app’s tools, the integrity of the light in the photo remained and was frequently enhanced by the treatment.
All of the effects are accessed from the home screen with one touch. You move back and forth between the treatments, the photo editing tools, as well as sharing options from the top of the screen. The options and enhancements are available through easy, nuanced, and intuitive options at the bottom of the screen.
You adjust the photos style with a thorough and interesting palette of treatments. The treatments are available by scrolling with your finger along the bottom of the screen. The speed and ease with which the Luminance iPhone and iPad app adjusts the photo certainly exceeds expectation. Generally, there is a reload that requires a waiting period for most other photography apps, but not for Luminance. It is adjusted in a snap.
The photo editing features are easily accessed from an expanding menu at the bottom of the screen. The options to enhance and address your photo’s nuances are more than what the average user would want, but they are so easily manipulated that an amateur would quickly become an expert photographer. Features like white balance, exposure, saturation, colors, tone curve, and contrast are adjusted simply by moving your finger across the screen. As you make the adjustment, the quick response of the Luminance iPhone and iPad app results in instantaneous adjustment to the photo on the screen.
With the Luminance iPhone app, you can not only crop the photo and change the shape. You can also rotate the photo. You can manually adjust the photo’s size by swiping your finger on the screen.
After you edit your photo, you can share via Facebook and Twitter. You have the option of saving to your camera roll, as well as the opportunity to email it.
For photo pros or amateur photographers who want to take their photography to the next level, the Luminance iPhone and iPad app is a tremendous option. I downloaded the app from the iTunes store when it was offered for free. The current price is $1.99, and it is well worth it. The Luminance iPhone and iPad app is taking many of the features of other popular photography apps and making an even better photography app.
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