Obscura Camera 4
SIMPLICITY IS THE NAME OF THE GAME WITH THIS CAMERA APP. $7.99 | obscuraapp.com
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.