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Top 10 HDR iPhoneography Apps

HDR iPhoneography is one of the most exciting areas for mobile photographers. We have put together the top 10 HDR iPhoneography apps that you should check out, this is a definitive list based on sales and feedback critique. There are plenty of excellent apps that incorporate HDR within them, the likes of Camera+ is an excellent example. In this instance we only wanted to seek out dedicated HDR apps to gain a true overview of the marketplace.

All these apps are worth checking out but certainly if you’re only looking for one look no further than TrueHDR or Pro HDR, these are proven apps that have stood the test of time. But this is too much of an exciting area to not try the new apps on the block and there are some excellent ones.

Enjoy this list and retweet and for all you developers out there, start developing more HDR apps, there aren’t enough excellent ones, we want more!



Use TrueHDR to take full-resolution HDR (high dynamic range) pictures with your iPhone 4, 3GS, iPad 2, or iPod Touch 4G. Beautiful new Natural mode takes better pictures than ever before and with faster processing speed. Autocapture mode makes it easy to take fantastic HDR pictures, and SemiAuto mode offers greater control in choosing exposure points. Share using Facebook, Twitter, or email from within the app.




Pro HDR massively extends the dynamic range of your camera and produces beautiful. Pro HDR is the first HDR app in the world with an automatic mode. Also provided is an assisted Manual mode for those times when you wish to choose your exact exposures. Finally, you can take stunning high-resolution photos of all those scenes that are just too contrasty to capture in a single picture.


HDR Effect Pro


Due to HDR Effects Pro your photos will be subject to dynamic combination of images shot at the same time and differing in the choice of the major digital photo parameters. Thus, your new photos will consists of four photos differing in their range, combined in one. Each of the four photo versions involved in combination, is optimal in its tonality, contrast and natural shade.


HDR Fusion


Featuring real time image analysis and ultra fast image processing, HDR Fusion has been designed so that you can quickly catch those unique moments. Simply launch the app, tap the shutter button and preview the result almost instantly.


Simply HDR


Simply HDR will produce an outstanding picture with a maximized range of dynamic light, but for times when your subjects are people or pets, we’ve provided a "brush" tool to gently smooth areas with too much detail or use it to correct a halo where the sky meets the trees.


Bracket Mode


Quite an undiscovered app in the app store but once found most users have found this app to be quite a gem. The reason it’s hard to find is basically due to the name. Most iOS photo app users are not completely au fait with photograhic terms and literally search for a specific feature they have heard of. So, for example if they are looking for an HDR app they will search for HDR and do not relate that term to bracketing, a name change would bring more sales for this developer.

Featuring real time image analysis, Bracket Mode has been designed so that you can quickly catch those unique moments . Simply launch the app, tap the shutter button and preview the pictures instantly. Tap the save button and you will be ready to aim the camera at your next subject.




Flare allows you to shoot video in HDR mode and it’s very impressive. This is our only HDR video app in this selection. This app performs real-time shadow enhancement and gives a realistic HDR look.


HDR Foto


Although not terribly well received when first released, this app has now been updated and is going free for a while. It’s definitely worth a download as it now seems to be operating a lot better, previously users complained of constant crashing.

Worth trying out..


REXiG HDR Camera


Newest of the HDR apps in the appstore. REXiG is gaining rave reviews check it out to find out why.

In general, the HDR composite will require multiple Photos. In this application REXiG can represent a high dynamic range by restoring information from the darker and bright portions. When information in a dark part and a bright part is completely lost this in turn will not get good result. Also, Since the noise tends to brighten the dark areas, noise reduction will be very useful.


Dynamic Light


Similiar to REXiG this app only uses one image to create an ‘HDR’ image. Includes additional filter effects too. The HDR look works best on landscape and outdoor pictures especially with cloudy skies and lot of textures. This also minimizes the camera noise. Large flat surfaces without a texture are not a good match for this effect, nor are portrait photos, unless you are after particular effect.


Joanne Carter, creator of the world’s most popular mobile photography and art website—— TheAppWhisperer platform has been a pivotal cyberspace for mobile artists of all abilities to learn about, to explore, to celebrate and to share mobile artworks. Joanne’s compassion, inclusivity, and humility are hallmarks in all that she does, and is particularly evident in the platform she has built. In her words, “We all have the potential to remove ourselves from the centre of any circle and to expand a sphere of compassion outward; to include everyone interested in mobile art, ensuring every artist is within reach”, she has said. Promotion of mobile artists and the art form as a primary medium in today’s art world, has become her life’s focus. She has presented lectures bolstering mobile artists and their art from as far away as the Museum of Art in Seoul, South Korea to closer to her home in the UK at Focus on Imaging. Her experience as a jurist for mobile art competitions includes: Portugal, Canada, US, S Korea, UK and Italy. And her travels pioneering the breadth of mobile art includes key events in: Frankfurt, Naples, Amalfi Coast, Paris, Brazil, London. Pioneering the world’s first mobile art online gallery - has extended her reach even further, shipping from London, UK to clients in the US, Europe and The Far East to a global group of collectors looking for exclusive art to hang in their homes and offices. The online gallery specialises in prints for discerning collectors of unique, previously unseen signed limited edition art. Her journey towards becoming The App Whisperer, includes (but is not limited to) working for a paparazzi photo agency for several years and as a deputy editor for a photo print magazine. Her own freelance photographic journalistic work is also widely acclaimed. She has been published extensively both within the UK and the US in national and international titles. These include The Times, The Sunday Times, The Guardian, Popular Photography & Imaging, dpreview, NikonPro, Which? and more recently with the BBC as a Contributor, Columnist at Vogue Italia and Contributing Editor at LensCulture. Her professional photography has also been widely exhibited throughout Europe, including Italy, Portugal and the UK. She is currently writing several books, all related to mobile art and is always open to requests for new commissions for either writing or photography projects or a combination of both. Please contact her at: [email protected]


  • Jimmy

    Will any of these apps convert existing images to HDR images? I’m on an iPad by the way. Thanks for a nice guide 🙂

  • Calisson

    HDR Effect Pro (or Effects–you spell it both ways) does not seem to be available any more, at least not by that name. It might be useful to show the app’s icon so we can verify we are looking at the exact same app you are referring to. REXiG HDR Camera is now called A HDR, for example, and maybe HDR Effect Pro has a different name too.

  • RzTz

    Found it… HDR Effects Pro was by Zed Apps LLC, but seems to be unavailable in the App Store now.