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Pro HDR by eyeApps LLC is a cool little iPhone 3/4 app that lets you make HDR photos with your iPhone. With version 2, you can indeed create stunning full-resolution HDR images on your iPhone 4 or 3GS.

I tested the program on an iPhone 4. When you start the app, you are presented with a few simple choices.

1. Make an auto HDR photo

2. Make a manual HDR photo

3. Look at your library of stored HDR photos

You also have a choice to set some preferences via the settings tab or get help. That’s all there is to it. In practice, it’s just as simple.

Copyright Scott Bourne 2010 - All Rights Reserved

Start the app, point your camera at a scene you’d like rendered in HDR and click AUTO or MANUAL HDR. I found the results in AUTO  so good, I haven’t messed with the MANUAL choice much.

Once you select AUTO HDR you just tap the screen once and the program does the rest. After the image is made, you can adjust it further by moving some sliders back and forth that let you control things like saturation, contrast, brightness and warmth.

I made the two images in this post using an iPhone 4 and Pro HDR for iPhone. I liked the results. They took just a minute to refine in Aperture and the photos provide a surprising amount of detail and richness of color given their origin. (If you want to see them a bit bigger they are on Flickr here –


Pro HDR won’t eliminate the need for a DSLR and tripod for serious HDR shooters, but if you just want to have some fun with your iPhone, this app provides a bunch of it for $1.99.

Highly recommended!


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