Developer: curious satellite
Price: $1.99
Version: 2.0
App Reviewed on: iPhone 4S

iPhone Integration Rating: ★★★★½
User Interface Rating: ★★★★☆
Re-use / Replay Value Rating: ★★★★½

Overall Rating: ★★★★½

Thanks to Hueless, iOS users can now capture the world in black and white.
It’s a real time black and white camera, which essentially means that users capture exactly what they see on their iPhone screen. There aren’t any image editing controls because all editing is done live before the picture is taken.

When Hueless is opened for the first time, it’s recommended to read through the help guide to get a grasp on how the app works. There are so many features that it can all be a little overwhelming at first. The top of the screen displays all the buttons users need to get started. Turning the iPhone to landscape mode places the buttons on the side. All the on-screen buttons can be swapped and ordered to suit user needs.

The core menu is accessed by tapping on the core button, which looks like a camera shutter. Through this menu users are able to save preset adjustments for the image, camera settings or both. Image adjustments include filter, exposure contrast and color while camera settings include grid, flash, capture aspect and front or back camera selection. Presets aren’t fixed and can be replaced or deleted by touching and holding. A neat feature is the ability to share the present adjustment formula with others through Twitter, Facebook or email.

When it’s time to adjust how the the image looks, users will want to alter the exposure and contrast. These settings are represented by sliders. Users simply slide their thumb or touch and hold on the bar to alter contrast, balance and exposure. Double-tapping anywhere on the slider resets it back to neutral.

Users aren’t just limited to adjusting the live exposure and contrast because Hueless also provides color filters. These filters help to bring the details out in a picture and they are available in Red, Orange, Yellow, Green and Blue. Simply tap a color to preview it, tap again to select it and change the intensity by dragging the slider.

The features don’t stop there. It also lets users hide and show the on-screen interface through the Hueless button, change capture aspects by pinching the screen, cycle through shutter modes, share exported photos through Email, Twitter, Instagram and Facebook and even geotag photos with location data. One of the features that I found to be the most useful is that the app supports Launch Center Pro through URL actions.

It’s hard to find anything to not like about Hueless. While it could use video support, the lack of it doesn’t distract from its functionality. It does what it promises which is to help users take better black and white photos. It’s a blast from the past and is easily recommendable to everyone from amateurs to iPhoneographers.

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