HDR Photos is a branch of photography which is increasingly popular, and which is not delivered in the built-in camera software of any Windows Phone OEM.
A number of apps have now become available for Windows Phone to address the issue, but they have all been relatively expensive and for some bizarre reason did not included a free trial – essential when results have varied widely between the various software offerings.
HDR Photo Camera has now finally seen the light, and the latest version of their software finally includes a free trial.
Their app works by capturing three successive frames at different exposure levels (bracketing). Then it uses the exposure fusion technique to select relevant elements and combines these frames into a new high dynamic range image.
The best results are obtained when the scene includes both dark and bright areas, such as taking pictures of a tall building against a blue sky, of the sunset into the sea or of some beautiful cloud formations.
Version 3 of the software includes:
- anisotropic alignment algorithm for hand-held HDR shooting (blurring caused by hand shaking is removed)
- self timer
- virtual horizon
- composition grid
- share button
The app is $2.99, finally with a free trial, and can be found in the Windows Phone Store here.