Version Reviewed: 1.0
Device Reviewed On: iPad 2
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Steady yet simple, The Great Photo App is a handy if basic guide to photography for those just starting out and in need of some advice. It teaches its users the various basics of aperture, exposure, and shutter speed without overwhelming them with jargon and detailed information. Taking things right back to the basics means that the app won't be vital for long, but as a stepping stone it does the job.
Working much like an interactive book, The Great Photo App is divided into a series of chapters. Lenses, exposure, shutter speed, and depth of vision are all catered to here. In each case, a brief chapter explains the basics with plenty of imagery before allowing for a demonstration to fully master what's been described. It's possible to use a slider to adjust the shutter speed for instance, thereby seeing how a road scene can be changed depending on the speed of the snap. It's a useful way of demonstrating just how things can be changed, and how photos can turn out very differently depending on the settings used.
In many cases, The Great Photo App almost feels like a game at times, requiring one to use newly gained knowledge to figure out how to combine settings to produce the best results. Working so much better than text alone, the app does a great job of reinforcing what has been previously taught. It might occasionally veer towards using some slightly patronizing language, but it's forgivable given the valuable information it imparts.
The Great Photo App doesn't go any further than the basics, although a separate in-app purchase can be made to unlock a lighting module. By keeping things so basic, it won't be long before users find they outgrow The Great Photo App. For the price of $0.99 though, this app does a good job of boosting one up to the next rung of the photography ladder. For the newbie, it's worth checking out.