Quick Review: iPhoto for iOS. New release does simple tricks

My Apple fetishism forced me into watching the 90 mins new iPad keynote launch on Wednesday and downloading the new iPad app – iPhoto for iOS. Here’s a quick user review on this new release, some tricks it does well and some mere baloney functions.

Here is a photo taken from my Nokia XpressMusic while I was enjoying my routine run by the lake. As shown the position of the image is pretty balanced on the horizon so I only played with the hues, lighting and saturation on the image.

I cropped the unwanted sides of the image and first played with the saturation and light balance on the tool bar. The result was pretty satisfying even by only adjusting the two elements. However, since the Apple keynote demo emphasized much on the hue changing and brushes available on the app, I monkey-ed with them as well.

One really amazing thing that the apps does is that it allows you to pick a spot on the image and work on the hue. For instance, you place your finger on the sky and you can adjust the hue by simply moving left and right. Same goes for the color saturation on the ground. The app recognizes the pixels on the image and understands the changes you may want to make. It is extremely user-friendly and I would say a five-year-old can do a better job than I do with this image.

Downside: the apps doesn’t allow you to change the opacity and fill of the brushes or hue that you want to apply onto the image. You’ll get a standard impact of the changes regardless of the areas you want to edit on the image. For beginners this may not be much of an issue but many designers would appreciate if they can have more control over the hard/softness of the brushes and other adjustments.

Overall, it is a fun play. The apps is worth the price if you are serious about the photos you upload to your social media profile and are willing to take time to edit each one of them. Did I mention I spent about 20 minutes on editing the photo above?

Play it yourself and you’ll be able to tell the practicality of the app. iPhoto for iOS is available on Apple App Store at $4.99 today. It works on iPhone and iPad on iOS 5.1.

Image source: AnAndTech.com

About Jason Tham

Jason Tham is a PhD student at the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis. His research interests are digital pedagogy, connectivism and connected learning, computers and writing, and visual rhetoric.
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