Pro HDR X Iphone App

I’ve been using the Pro HDR app since it came out several years ago.  It was my go-to app for taking pictures in an amazing number of conditions, simply because it always produced great results.  The only issue it had, and it was a big one especially when things were moving in the scene, was that it took too long to “analyze” the lighting conditions and take the two shots that it used (one over exposed, the other under exposed) to create the final image.  Frequently things either moved in the scene, or my hand moved and I’d get ghosting.

The makers of Pro HDR have recently introduced a great upgrade.  This new app takes three bracketed shots, almost instantaneously, and blends them automatically, creating images with great dynamic range.  It is now definitely my regular picture taking app for my iPhone.  I went out today to a local park to test the app out, and was quite impressed.  These pictures are not intended as great art.  I just wanted to see the results in different lighting conditions.

Normal exposure
Normal Exposure
Under exposed
Under Exposed
Over exposed
Over Exposed
HDR blended image
Final Blend – HDR

The series of three images and final HDR clearly show the process.


I did find that the software does tend to produce images that are overly “warm”, but that is easily corrected with sliders once the picture is taken.



Native iPhone app
Native iPhone app
Pro HDR - warm
Pro HDR – warm





A good example of the detail captured with the extended dynamic range is shown in the following pictures…a close up of clouds cropped out of the above set of pictures:

Pro HDR - detail in clouds
Pro HDR – detail in clouds
Iphone native camera app.  Clouds blown out.
Iphone native camera app. Clouds blown out.


Another example of images in a difficult lighting situation is the final two, shot into the sun.  The iPhone native app predictably created a very dark foreground while the Pro HDR app handled the situation relatively well.

Oddly when I used the native iPhone HDR functionality I saw very little if any difference in any of the pictures? Not sure what iPhone’s native HDR does.

Pro HDR - pretty well balanced
Pro HDR – pretty well balanced
iPhone app.  Dark foreground, blown out sky
iPhone app. Dark foreground, blown out sky

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