In this continuing series of iPhone Artistry articles, we’ve discussed valuable−and sometimes wonky− issues surrounding using your iPhone and iPad for honest-to-goodness image capture and editing. In this particular article, we’re taking a detour (well, on the wonkiness, anyway) to examine an app that promises to lead us into the mythological land of decision-free photography.
Many of us fancying ourselves “serious” photographers and image editors display an open contempt for software claiming to be automatic and foolproof. We eschew the idea behind automated things, like the “green rectangle” on our camera’s mode dial, even calling that auto-everything mode the “PHD” Mode −as in “push here, dummy.” After all, doesn’t some of our photographic thrill stem from having control over the hardware, software and materials of our medium? Well, the app developers behind Perfectly Clear (www.athentech.com) are out to change our collective mind about iPhone/iPad photo correction that’s fast, easy and, yes, automatic.
Perfectly Clear can indeed be used in a fully automatic fashion, but the app developer leaves plenty of room for parameter tweaking and decision making, all in an interface that doesn’t overpower your actual image. The Kaaterskill Creek photo in Figure 1 shows Perfectly Clear’s default settings and both the before (1) and after (2) versions of the image.