Hueless App For iPhone 5

Cavendish, Suffolk, England - 2013

Cavendish, Suffolk, England – 2013

Hueless App Overview
Price: $1.99
Version: 2.6
Size: 8.7 MB

Compatibility
Requires iOS 5.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad 2 Wi-Fi, iPad 2 Wi-Fi + 3G, iPad Wi-Fi (3rd generation), iPad Wi-Fi + Cellular (3rd generation), iPad Wi-Fi (4th generation), iPad Wi-Fi + Cellular (4th generation), iPad mini Wi-Fi, iPad mini Wi-Fi + Cellular, iPad Air, iPad Air Wi-Fi + Cellular, iPad mini with Retina display, iPad mini with Retina display Wi-Fi + Cellular, iPod touch (4th generation), and iPod touch (5th generation).

Hueless is optimized for iPhone 5.

Website http://curioussatellite.com/hueless/

Download https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/hueless/id507463048

Review
Black and white photography is my real love. So last year, after I purchased the iPhone 5, naturally I began searching for a dedicated black and white app to support my film work, and came across Hueless.

Let me say first up, Hueless v2.6 isn’t perfect. Second this is not a comprehensive review of Hueless’ capabilities, just a little ‘taster’, so to speak, of a great little app.

On balance, for me, it is the best black and white iPhone app currently available that I have found and used. For one thing Hueless has a remarkably comprehensive and useable set of tools that are accessed by a transparent toolbar:

* It has a larger set of filters (6 – red thru blue) than I ever used with my film cameras – the degree of effect can be ‘dialed in’ via a slider bar and the effect seen live.
* Live adjustable contrast and contrast balance via sliders.
* Rule of Thirds and other grid overlays (3 grid types).
* Adjustable aspect ratio (3 ratios).
* Live pinch zoom control.
* Adjustable flash modes.
* Separately adjustable exposure and focus points.
* Front camera toggle.
* Live view in black and white.
* Custom presets.
* Geotagging.
* EXIF data recording.
* JPEG (high or max) or TIFF formats.
* Expanded low-light response (with iOS 6).
* Sharing via Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and email.
* In-app help guide.

The live view shows in real time how your image will appear. By tapping and sliding the on-screen adjustable filters, and tapping the exposure and focus points in real time one can see the finished picture before it is taken. Often the effects can be striking, depending on the level of adjustment and intensity chosen. Hueless not only remembers settings between shots, it also remembers settings if the app is left but not quit. A great time-saver.

I am constantly surprised just how good Hueless images can be. Of course they are taken using the iPhone’s camera, but they are full-bodied and rich in depth, and far better than many dedicated digital cameras.

Some examples I have taken can be seen on this website’s Gallery page.

The developers have thought about how photographers work. For example the app’s display works in both portrait and landscape mode, the tool bar rotating to the left (from the top in portrait mode) and the shutter release moving to the top of the screen in landscape for one-handed thumb release. A nice touch.

Hueless is happy to get itself out of your way. The on-screen menu can be hidden by tapping the ‘H’ button, leaving a clear screen.

Some tools can be set to a personal preference from their defaults, e.g. the shutter release can be set as a tap to fire or tap, hold and release to fire, useful – and better I find – than hovering one’s finger or thumb over the screen’s shutter button before pressing the shutter release.

On the iPhone 5 Hueless v2.6 wakes up fast, and images are saved quickly to a dedicated Hueless album. Occasionally though, when firing up Hueless, the live view flickers and jumps with digital interference, as if there is a loose connection. When this happens I shut down Hueless and re-open it: usually this does the trick in the first instant to sort out whatever software glitch has stopped it working properly.

Summary
Hueless is not a post-process app, it does not post-process images. The image you see on the screen, with whatever adjustments – filtering, contrast etc – you have made is the one saved to the Photo Roll. Basically Hueless is ‘What You See Is What You Get’.

Hueless is all about the monochrome world. The tools aren’t gimmicks but worthwhile ones of high quality to produce straightforward black and white imagery of a high standard, given the limitations of the iPhone’s camera. What Hueless does, it does very well, concentrating on exposure, focus, contrast and filtering – in real time.

Any operational limitations it has are pretty much down to the iPhone interface and using an iPhone as a camera. This aside, I love it, and recommended it highly. At $1.99 it really is a no-brainer if you’re into black and white.

Pros
Excellent and useful tool set – no gimmickry.
Everything works in real time.
High output quality.

Cons
Occasional software glitch on starting.
Less battery drain would be nice.

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