LightBoxr is what you would called a true LoFi retro camera app, it stays true to form because of the resolution save (1836 x 1836) with the app. Some people will argue that it should have high res output but on the other hand I feel it’s find where it’s at. I’ve worked with a lot of developers in the last 2 and half years with testing apps. After working with them I’ve come to understand their frustration with the limitations of each device they have to make work when they developer these apps. Most people assume all camera app should have high res output, I used to be that person until I started to test photo apps. I’ve been going back and fourth with Hyunho Son the developer of LightBoxr. You might know his other apps like Picture Show and Plastica. The developer understands the concept of LoFi and Toy Camera photography and executes it very well. In my opinion he’s one of the best when it comes to understanding the functions of the plastic body and lens. The quality of output that comes out with his photo apps, makes you forget that these are not high res images and that’s the magic of LightBoxr. The top photo is edited with LightBoxr.
After you load your photo or taken a picture with Lightboxr, it will look like this. You will start off with 3 basic functions of the app, shuffle, edit and save. There are other button at the bottom row too. Those are Heart, Camera, Picture and Gear. Camera and Picture button are taking taking or loading a button onto LightBoxr. The other two buttons Heart and Gear are for saving a preset and settings with the app.
These are you settings after you’ve tapped on the gear button. I just turn everything one just to have it on in case I want experiment my theories with the app.
The default tool that you will always start with when you load or take a photo is the FILTERS. With the latest update there are 55 filters on this app, so you have a very broad range of retro selections. Some are very slight and sometimes having the slightest look will change a photo’s appearance.
But my favorite are the black and white or monotone presents with this app, by far if you’re looking for a black and white preset with no fuss with no muss this is the app for you. Sometimes when you use black and white, you don’t always want to mess with it. You just want to hit a button and move on or post and share. That’s what I like about LightBoxr, sometimes I don’t always want to mess with fixing a black and white photo. I just want to be able to tape on a button and go on to the next thing.
There are a lot of editing tools with LightBoxr and these are the main edits. There are some tools I didn’t show such as shadow details, highlight details, color channel mixing, text, fonts and alignment. This is a full blown editing apps with lot of attention to details. It’s probably the most powerful retro camera app on the market I’ve come across and used so far.
This is my finished Macro Flower photo, edited with LightBoxr.
When I tapped on the shuffle button, I got this random mix of filters and adjustments. It turned out really nice so I saved it.
What I like most about LightBoxr is it’s range of choices you have at your disposal. You can make you photos look close to old retro slide films, like this one. I was trying to experiment with my 4x Telephoto lens with DCkina because it lacks edge to edge sharpness. So I’ve been using retro toy camera apps to make up the faults in the lens, it’s one of those things I’ve learn making due with what you have and making great art with it.
I also like how you can make the colors pop in your photo and make them look very retro at the same time.
The most beautiful thing I love most is the subtleties of color and frame selection. This will be my go to app when I want to place a subtle frame or color with a touch of grain. This app just makes your photos look absolutely gorgeous to the point that you just melt on the inside. I want to thank Hyunho Son for giving me the chance with LightBoxr, keeping me informed and the tweets back and fourth. If you want to pick up LightBoxr at the App Store, just click “HERE”. The app is on sale for $.99 and is at a steal !!! Compatibility: Requires iOS 7.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. This app is optimized for iPhone 5. Make sure you have iOS 7 if you want to purchase and use the app. If you have any questions just leave a comment on this blog post or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. I hope you’ve enjoyed this blog post and see you soon…
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