SCORING THE APPS
Apple tree Photos
Apple Photos Verdict:
Dive+ Application Verdict:
Photoshop Lightroom Verdict:
Meet DIVER’south new apps reviewer
– and as a keen underwater photographer, her first assignment was to decide which are the best value-for-money apps for editing your underwater photos. Here she compares v contenders
PICTURE It: You emerge from the sparkling water elated, having just completed the dive of your life. All around you divers are whooping and high-fiving each other – the atmosphere on the dive-deck is both electric and contagious.
Among the buzz, you lot are silently thanking Neptune that this swoop was the one on which you lot remembered to bring your camera.
With the memories safely tucked away on your memory card, this will exist a story for your future grandchildren, and to finally cement your hero status at the local pub.
Settling down over a well-earned mail-dive drink, you lot pull out your laptop, insert the card and… goose egg. Your dream pictures are shot after shot of blue, blue and more blueish.
Sometimes under-exposed, sometimes over-exposed, they are not a patch on the vivid colours and stark dissimilarity that you remembered so clearly.
I tin almost guarantee that this won’t be a far cry from the first experiences of anyone who has attempted to turn their hand to underwater photography. My own first experiences were decidedly underwhelming.
Getting the shot right
“in camera”, with no post-processing, ordinarily takes a bang-up investment in training, time, and equipment.
Only there is an easier
(and much cheaper)
solution. For those of us who just want a fantastic-looking fix of holiday snaps to semi-professionals honing their craft, a slew of apps is available for every taste and upkeep to help you lot get the most from your photos.
While above water, what we record with our cameras bears petty difference to what we come across with our eyes. Life becomes a little different the moment we drop beneath the waves.
As depth increases, nosotros quickly begin to lose the Big 3 Cs:
Colour, Dissimilarity and Clarity.
For the virtually function, when we utilize whatever kind of software or app to mail-process our pictures, this is what we’re trying to restore.
So I accept scored the apps on a scale running from
0 (completely hopeless)
5 (utterly fantastic)
in the categories shown in the console below left.
SCORING THE APPS
Is the app pitched at
all-time left to the experts?
A beginner app volition be straightforward, with no jargon, but might exist lacking in features that offering very fine command. An app aimed at people with a little more than feel might require more understanding and user input but volition offer greater control over how your images expect.
Ease of Use:
With increased command often comes increased complication. Can yous observe your most usually used adjustments easily? Are they intuitive to use?
Does the app requite y’all realistic and true-to-life results, or does the cease product expect over- or under-processed?
Does the app offer whatsoever add-ons, extra functionality or support that sets it apart from its peers?
Costless (available on iOS devices only)
Ease of Apply:
3 – A set of sliders that y’all could see all at once would have fabricated this easier, as would placing the usually used functions at the meridian of each menu.
2 – The lack of a suitable white-balance feature lost Apple Photos big marks here.
1 – None to speak of, other than easy sharing.
Apple Photos Verdict:
Apple Photos comes as standard on iOS devices, making information technology both accessible and intuitive to Apple users. While it redeems itself with an auto-enhance feature, Instagram-style filters and the power to annotate your photos, overall it let itself down in a number of areas.
The sliders didn’t feel as comfortable to use every bit on other apps, and some of the terminology wasn’t very beginner-friendly, but where it sailed wide of the marker was the complete inability to appropriately modify the white remainder of the photo. In the underwater world, clearly, this will often exist number one on your listing of postal service-processing adjustments!
While fine for a quick import and share, it might be worth giving this one a miss.
Photos for iOS and iPadOS – Apple
Free (Bones), £5.99/month, £17.99/year (VIP)
Life Plus Tech
Ease of Utilise:
5 – It couldn’t be easier: one click to process, 1 click to share.
iv – Mostly very proficient for the bulk of people. Non quite up to scratch for a slap-up eye, and the algorithm can be fooled by some colour palates, but it dramatically improves near images.
4 – Dive+ can too be used as a logging app and fifty-fifty as a dorsum-upwards swoop computer (in a housing!).
Swoop+ Application Verdict:
A clever app that fills a gaping niche in the market, Dive+ is the result of a collaboration between Dive+ and equipment manufacturer Weefine. Information technology is pitched at entry-level photographers, particularly those who want to shoot with their phone under h2o, and Weefine make an accompanying housing.
Information technology contains a range of other features that makes the app experience a little cluttered, but the 1-click color correction – the main selling characteristic of the app – is unproblematic and often effective.
Y’all won’t reach the same results as with manual post-processing (though you lot can carry out limited corrections), but for those wanting a quick solution to shoot, edit and share, this seems to tick all the boxes.
However, for me there are ii large issues with Swoop+. First is the fact that you must either subscribe to VIP (which also gives y’all the ability to batch-edit) or go artistic to remove the Dive+ watermark that is automatically placed on your prototype.
The second consequence, tucked abroad in the pocket-size impress, is the fact that sharing content through the Dive+ app gives the company rights to that image – and that is a big no-no for keen photographers.
Having said that, if you intend only to edit rather than share through the app, or don’t mind Dive+ using your photos, it chop-chop becomes addictive hit the button and watching your pictures come to life!
Swoop+ : Globe’s Diving Community
Free (Basic), £iv.49/month (Premium), £9.98/month (Photography CC Plan)
Ease of Apply:
iv – Some terminology tin be a piffling unfriendly for beginners, simply simple sliders make editing an easy process to learn.
five – Manual corrections have a lilliputian longer, just with the potential for spectacular, true-to-life results.
5 – Lightroom gathers almost every tool a photographer could desire, from sharing and cataloguing to smart tagging and deject-based backups.
Photoshop Lightroom Verdict:
Lightroom is the big daddy of photo-editing, and justifiably then. It caters for every level, from beginner through expert, with its range of editing software.
The almost bones option is the mobile version, which features an auto-edit (though by and large suited for land photography), a gear up of much classier presets than Apple Photos and the all-important white-rest tool.
It also has all the usual adjustments that you would wait to make (dissimilarity, vibrance, exposure etc) and these are delivered as an intuitive set of sliders.
also offers a bespoke tablet version – the big brother to its small-screen stablemate. Editing on a larger screen offers much greater precision, specially when using a tool such as Apple Pencil, and the layout is amended slightly to make the best apply of this.
Although some features in both apps (such every bit spot-healing) are available only on purchasing the Premium package, the gratis version is excellent.
Where Lightroom actually stands out, however, is in its
ability to catalogue pictures
and work across multiple devices.
With the cloud storage offered past either the
Premium or Photography CC packages
(which also includes Lightroom for Mac/PC and Photoshop), you tin can seamlessly complete a quick edit on your mobile to show your dive-buddies, followed by a more than comprehensive edit during the surface interval and finally put the finishing touches to information technology on the big screen when yous become home.
Initially I, forth with many other users, was put off by the idea of a subscription-based service – but here’s why you shouldn’t exist. Adobe ceased to sell standalone versions of Lightroom (the final 1 was 6) this yr.
It’southward still possible to pick up a re-create on auction sites, but the cease of production too brought the end of support for the package. If y’all bought a camera released after December 2017, Lightroom 6 will fail to recognise information technology.
For this reason, coupled with the cloud-based backup and the reassurance of knowing that your Lightroom parcel volition always be the latest version, I recommend subscription as the way to go.
Whatsoever of the Lightroom software is best enjoyed with a chip of noesis of photographic terminology, but in reality a little playing with the sliders will exist more than enough for most people to pick upwardly the basics.
And if you observe yourself hooked and wanting more than, Lightroom could take you all the way to the front cover of DIVER! An excellent app.
Lightroom: Photo Editor
Free (Basic), £1.79/month (20GB Storage Plan), £9.98/month (Photography CC Plan)
Ease of Utilise:
4 – Photoshop Fix pitches itself as a companion to the more serious Adobe photo-editing apps, and equally such the controls and terminology are piece of cake to use and understand.
4 – It tin accept a little work to get information technology bang on, specially on a smaller screen, but good results can exist achieved.
3 – The app itself doesn’t comprise whatsoever extra features beyond piece of cake sharing, but power it up with a subscription and the Adobe family has you covered for anything y’all could need.
Got an errant fin in the groundwork of your prize-winning photograph? Those few extra holiday pounds starting to show around the edges of your wetsuit? This app is for you!
Photoshop Fix picks upward where Lightroom left off. That spot-healing tool that yous missed out on in the free version of Lightroom? You can notice information technology here, along with a host of other warping and smoothing tools to have the pounds off and remove unwanted wrinkles.
Photoshop Fix doesn’t seek to replace Lightroom but rather fills a dissimilar niche – indeed, you will probably discover yourself swapping between the 2, depending on the functions you require.
This isn’t the app for finesse, but it is splendid at the role for which it is designed. Absolutely, it doesn’t make quite as proficient a job of it equally the full Lightroom suite, but for the casual user, it’south more than practiced enough.
Adobe Photoshop Fix
Ease of Use:
4 – Once you realise that you can adjust a slider from anywhere on the screen, life becomes much easier, but almost led me to give up before I had worked this out.
3 – Depending on what yous’re trying to achieve, y’all can nevertheless produce good-looking images with this app, although information technology wouldn’t be appropriate for someone who takes editing seriously.
i – Role of Snapseed’s entreatment is in its simplicity. As such, yous go no extra features except the ability to share and export to multiple platforms.
I must admit, I similar this i more than I thought I would. While frustrating at start (navigating the menus takes a trivial thinking exterior the box), once I got the hang of it Snapseed was relatively straightforward.
Again geared more than towards the casual user rather than the serious artist, it has an fantabulous range of tools to suit most entry-level photo editors.
Where Snapseed lets itself down is with the lack of white-rest control – the eyedropper tool was hopeless at best, and with only temperature and tint sliders, it doesn’t offering a patch on Lightroom’s array of adjustments.
For me, that was enough to condemn Snapseed for underwater work, but having said that information technology would exist an excellent, mid-range (and nigh importantly, gratis) offering for readers who likewise shoot a lot of state-based photos.
Snapseed on Apple Store and Snapseed on Play Store
Despite enjoying using most of these apps, for my money in that location is
one clear winner. Lightroom is the undeniable reigning heavyweight champion and it is clear to see why it is the preferred selection of pro photographers effectually the world.
Spend a little money and you lot’ll walk away with a suite of cross-platform powerful editing tools that will seriously up your game.
Yeah, to make the virtually of information technology you will need to invest a little time in learning how each of the adjustment sliders will affect your image, just information technology’s a worthy investment.
The well-earned runner-up slot goes to Dive+. As an underwater photographer I have my misgivings almost the way it manages the rights to your images, only for those out at that place who just want a swell picture to share on social media with minimal effort, this is the one to go for.
It’s refreshing to run across a developer finally sitting up and paying attention to our growing niche marketplace!
Then perchance the next time that you settle downwards with your well-earned post-dive drink to run into blue, blueish and more than blue, instead of sighing and resigning them to the depths of your difficult drive, y’all might well run into the potential in your images just waiting to be unlocked.
If you have any swoop-related app you lot tin can recommend, or if you lot have adult 1 and want to permit other divers know about it,
please email email@example.com
– and we’ll consider it for inclusion in a time to come review.
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