En­light Quick­shot

AI-pow­ered edit­ing in this pow­er­ful app

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Free From Lightricks, lightricks.com Made for iPhone Needs iOS 10.0 or later It was only a mat­ter of time. With the iPhone’s cam­era al­ways im­prov­ing, ar­ti­fi­cial in­tel­li­gence in pho­tog­ra­phy was al­ways hov­er­ing over the hori­zon. With Quick­shot it’s fi­nally here – an app that of­fers to fix your photos be­fore you’ve even pressed the shut­ter but­ton.

For ex­am­ple, it uses your iPhone’s ori­en­ta­tion sensors to deskew photos be­fore you take them, so you al­ways end up with a level hori­zon. It also of­fers to ad­just things like light­ing in real time, and can ap­ply fil­ters be­fore you shoot.

In­sta­gram­mers will love the deep se­lec­tion of pre­sets, but hit the in­di­vid­ual set­tings but­ton and there’s even more: shad­ows, highlights, vi­brance, and sat­u­ra­tion can be edited in­di­vid­u­ally, as can color tem­per­a­ture and tint, tak­ing Quick­shot’s edit­ing ca­pa­bil­i­ties way be­yond the iPhone’s stock arse­nal. The fi­nal nudge into pro-level spec is the app’s abil­ity to batch edit, ap­ply­ing the same fix to mul­ti­ple images to­gether.

You get other photo modes too. HDR+ is sim­i­lar to the iPhone’s own, yet seems to gather more de­tail in tax­ing ex­po­sures with ex­treme highlights and shad­ows.

The Strobe mode is de­signed to mimic the ef­fect of a long ex­po­sure and mul­ti­ple flash bursts; the app takes mul­ti­ple ex­po­sures and blends them to­gether, the­o­ret­i­cally keep­ing static ele­ments in one place, while mov­ing sub­jects ap­pear mul­ti­ple times as they move across the frame. In prac­tice this is chal­leng­ing to use, and our first ef­forts with surfers were less than rad­i­cal. The more de­tail there is in the back­ground of your strobe images, the harder us­ing the Strobe mode seemed to be.

Quick­shot is an in­ter­est­ing, well-ex­e­cuted con­cept. DSLR and Light­room re­fuseniks will be able to con­jure sur­pris­ingly good images from the app. Quick­shot is sub­scrip­tion­based – $19.99 un­locks all the app’s fea­tures for­ever, or you can opt to pay $1.99 per month for a year’s sub­scrip­tion, or $9.99 to sub­scribe month by month. The lat­ter op­tion is bad value, but $20 for an app that of­fers near-pro edit­ing ca­pa­bil­i­ties is worth a look.

the bot­tom line. A flex­i­ble and pow­er­ful photo edi­tor for your iPhone. Dave Steven­son

Keep it sim­ple: Quick­shot of­fers a wealth of good-look­ing pre­sets.

Strobe mode is best learned by fol­low­ing the built-in tu­to­rial.

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