Ob­scura Cam­era 4

SIM­PLIC­ITY IS THE NAME OF THE GAME WITH THIS CAM­ERA APP. $7.99 | ob­scu­raapp.com

TechLife Australia - - DISCOVER - [DAVE STEVEN­SON]

For pho­tog­ra­phers, the de­fault iPhone Cam­era app lacks fine con­trol over things like ex­po­sure and fo­cus.Ob­scura greets you with wire­framestyle con­trols, and your first im­pres­sion will be that sim­plic­ity has been pri­ori­tised over power. How­ever, there’s a lot go­ing on under the sur­face. As with iOS’s built-in Cam­era app, you can tap any­where in the frame to set ex­po­sure and fo­cus, but hold a fin­ger on Ex­pose and a cir­cu­lar con­trol pops up, en­abling you to ad­just ex­po­sure. The fo­cus con­trol works sim­i­larly. Use­fully, Ob­scura uses fo­cus peak­ing — high­light­ing parts of your shots to show you what’s fo­cussed.

Also in­cluded are manual con­trols for ISO to boost or re­duce ex­po­sure, and but­tons for con­trol­ling shut­ter speed. There’s also the option to cap­ture RAW and JPEG files at the same time. Ob­scura uses a some­what fid­dly series of swipes to pro­vide access to ad­di­tional manual con­trols — white bal­ance pre­sets, a rule-of-thirds grid over the viewfinder, and an ar­ti­fi­cial hori­zon. You can add live fil­ters to your shot, too. And we no­ticed only by ac­ci­dent that tap­ping the mid­dle of the con­trols pro­duces a pop-up menu that en­ables you to shoot RAW or Live Pho­tos and more.

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