This is the day I’ll write in detail about Vivid HDR. I’ve had the app for awhile and was suppose to write a review. I was also going back and fourth with the company with our opinions. My questions are…these…why is Vivid HDR so great ? What makes this app special ? Will this be the only HDR app I’ll ever need. One of the blog review I read did point out the major flaw in the app. Guess what I’m going to do…I’m going to rip this app apart. Then I’ll tell you what the different TIFF formats are, because you need to learn the difference. So later on down the road if you plan to print your master pieces, you will need some serious software to fix the problem.
Before I start writing out the blog post, I did do some serious research and found all the correct information. If you don’t believe what I’m writing, then Google it. That’s how I’m able to find the information.
*All of the photos were taken with Vivid HDR. No editing was done with the photos and straight form the app. Some were taken with CPL (circular porlarized filter).*
You load up the app and these are the following screen shots. It’s a very simple app to operate. No bells and whistles just a cut and dry app.
I wanted to show you that most of the photos I shot with were TIFF and not JPEG. There will be a JPEG photo shown in the blog because I want to explain compression and show you some examples.
This is the first photo I shot with Vivid HDR on my iPhone 6 plus. It’s a JPEG because I wanted to try the app first before putting my settings. As you can see, it full of color with deep saturations. I just shot it naturally. Now let me show you when you blow things up on a bigger screen.
Do you see all the compression and noise when you blow up the photo at 100% ? You don’t see this on your iPhone screen but you will on your iPad, Laptop or Desktop. I don’t even see this on my iPhone 6 plus but there’s more.
This is thee EXIF from Big Photo…so you know that I’m telling you the truth.
I do like the Bleach version over the Dynamic version but on my Laptop it tell me another story. These are both TIFF photos taken at Balboa Park on Friday. If you noticed the Bleach version is very washed out to the point that you’re loosing details in the photo. It looks great on your iPhone but not on the larger screen. This is the stuff that other bloggers don’t point out. All they care about is saying this is a great app…go out and buy it. People are really serious about printing their art work and want to print them big to sell them. By the way I’m a little pissed over these results because I thought the problems lie on my old iPhone 4S and not with my iPhone 6 plus.
Even when it’s hazy and the glare from the sun while using a CPL will not save your photos when you shoot with Vivid HDR. It still looks like crap. This is why it’s important to learn to take photos properly and not depend on apps to save you from your mistakes. If anything learn from your mistakes !!!
Here’s another photo I took with Vivid HDR and using a CPL. Do you noticed something in the right hand corner of the photo ?
This perhaps !!! That is lady and gentlemen what is called Noise and Compression. This is from a TIFF file.
Here it is…EXIF doesn’t lie at all. You get some serious compression from shooting Vivid HDR. They said you can load lossless compression files with the app but what they fail to mention is…there’s compression when you take photos with the app.
I read more on the website in the F.A.Q. Thought myabe the lazy mode makes all this compression and noise. Because they show you on the website and tell you the difference between the two mode settings.
NOPE !!! You can see the compression where the black is on the top right hand corner and the green in the water.
Look what Big Photo says, there’s compression in your photo. I think they need to add that these are LZW TIFF formats rather than TIFF because if the compression and noise.
The only thing that is saving this app is Black and White conversion. It’s not true black and white because you’re shooting a color photo. Where as Hueless, MPro and a few other apps, you’re shooting straight black and white without any conversion.
Like I showed in yesterday’s blog post, you get beautiful black and white results with a CPL.
As you can see, it’s not as bad as color. Black and white is the most forgiving of all things in Photography. All you need to do is add some noise reduction and you’re ready to print.
My thing about Vivid HDR is if it’s fast and easy, what are you loosing ? You have to be loosing some type of quality if it’s a fast processing app. It shows you’re loosing qualities in the details of your photos. Vivid HDR in my opinion is a “Quick and Dirty” HDR app, compared to others I’ve used. You don’t see it until you view your photos on the larger screen. Again black and white is the only thing saving this app. But what upsets me most if how the fill you up with jargon, instead of giving you straight and simple answers. They figure if they use big technical words you will back down and hide in a corner. If you think I’m wrong by all means keep using the app, don’t plan to print your HDRs because you will be royal pissed with the results.
I want to thank Ittiam for giving me a code for Vivid HDR. If you have any questions about this blog, please leave comments or contact me firstname.lastname@example.org. Have a very Happy Easter and see you soon…