Yes, boys and girls, guys and gals, Aunty Kate is a photo buff and I loves me some Canon DSLRs. I’m almost 100-percent positively sure that I’ll be an early adopter to Canon’s new EOS 100D/Rebel SL1 (think Rebel that shrank) when it arrives. Here’s the problem. While I anticipate the Rebel SL1 will take higher quality photos than my iPhone’s built-in camera, all the good apps for photo management are on the iPhone and they’re dirt cheap. Handy Photo is the perfect example of why I’ll probably move photos from my Canon DSLR back to the iPhone or iPad for editing and enhancements.
Why are iPhone photo apps so good and so inexpensive? For less than two bucks you can take ordinary photos and dress them up to look this good by adding a few filters and textures and tools.
There’s a Magic Crop tool that uncrops what’s been cropped. Objects within a photo can be moved. And, yes, there’s the usual array of color tools– brightness, contrast, saturation, warmth, shadows, highlights, and more.
Then, combine those with twenty filters that turn ordinary into extraordinary.
Remember, this is not a Mac app. This is an iPhoto app (also work on iPad; the extra screen real estate is appreciated). These days all I do is just quickly shoot a photo and not worry about composition or exposure, because all that can be enhanced with any one of a few dozen photo enhancement apps on my iPhone.
With Handy Photo, you can add filters until the cows come home. Then, add frame styles and textures (adds texture to each photo). And these adjustments are not made to shrunk down images– instead, Handy Photo edits a copy of the original in the original size.
What amazes me about this kind of application is the disparity between price tag and end result. This isn’t Photoshop, of course, but the end results can seem like a Photoshopped picture. How is it that it’s priced at less than $2?