Over-hyped Photography App? – Afterlight App Review
Afterlight (previously known as “AfterGlow”), was originally released on the App Store November, 04, 2012. It’s quite a well-known photography app, due to it’s constant reign on the Top Charts of the App Store. However, within span of four years many paid and even free photography apps have been released, which offer features that go far and beyond what Afterlight has to offer. Is Afterlight only staying on top due to it’s earlier success during a more simpler time? Lets take a look:
A Basic Photography App For The Masses.
Cost: $0.99 USD ($1.19 CAD).
Compatibility: Requires iOS 6.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.
– Cheap price @ $1.00.
– Minimal & Easy to use interface.
– Features 59 photo-filters.(VERY MILD FILTERS).
– 78 texture/light leaks. (With adjustable colors & placement.).
– Double Exposure tool
(Mix Two different Photos from your photo-library).
– Fusion tool records your photo-edit
(filters & adjustments) to apply on
other photos. (Similar to Photoshop Actions).
– Export High Res Images.
– Manual Camera Controls.
– 15 Super Basic Editing/Adjustment Tools. (Brightness, Contrast, Saturation, etc)
– In-App Extras (Instant Film Pack, Wallpaper Pack & Wander Pack for $0.99)
– 128 different frames & borders for your images.
– Send to Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Message, Etc.
– Photo-editing feels very shallow (Apply basic filter, make adjustment).
– No selection or masking tools.
– Many of the photo-filters are very similar, as well as on-parr with filters that come with Instagram.
– There are tons of FREE photo-editing apps that do the same and more. (SIX Free Photo Apps)
I originally purchased this app about two years ago, but it wasn’t on my phone anymore and I completely forgot about it. I decided to reinstall it, cause I kept passing it on the App Store Top Charts. Upon first opening the app up, I noticed the newly added filters and light leaks, but nothing REALLY jumped out at me, especially after noticing the subtly of the filters. The filters aren’t only subtle, but they all seem to be slight adjustments of each other, so there isn’t a wide-range of direction you can go. The adjustment tools also feel restricted, due to the limited control you get over the different elements of your image. I may sound like I totally dislike this app, but there is one thing I do actually like and that is the light leaks. The thing that is appealing with the light leaks is the variety, the ability to control the placement (flip horizontal/vertical & rotate), as well as alter the colors to. The last major element of this app is the frames, which there are tons of. I don’t typically put frames on my photos, but this might be attractive to people who do. However, ust like everything else you can find this feature in other free apps.
Afterlight isn’t the worst photo-editing app, but it doesn’t present anything spectacular or unique compared to newer FREE apps. LIKE HERE
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Cost: $0.99 USD ($1.19 CAD).