Version Reviewed: 1.4.0
Device Reviewed On: iPhone 4
iPhone Integration Rating:
User Interface Rating:
Re-use Value Rating:
Photography excites me hugely. I love the results that a good camera and a modicum of knowledge can provide. I don't really know anything though. Having hardly touched my camera in months, sticking to the point and shoot method that my iPhone offers, I haven't got a clue. It's amazing how quickly the knowledge can vanish. Which is exactly why I jumped at the chance to put PhotoCaddy through its paces. It's an ideal app for the novice photographer and one that will certainly be staying on my iPhone for a long time to come.
PhotoCaddy is essentially a series of tips on a variety of different photography related things. The information is divided up into simple categories to make it easy to traverse. You can look things up according to what you're attempting to photograph. The categories range from the likes of Outdoors and Landscapes to People and Cities. Each of these categories then provide relevant information on how to take photos of farm scenes, fireworks, weddings, zoos, coastlines, all manner of useful scenarios. There's also a Miscellaneous category which offers information on taking photos of beaches, Christmas and food amongst many others.
The information within each category is then divided up further to make it simpler to navigate. There's a Tips and tricks section which advises you on a wide range of things that you might not necessarily consider yourself such as what time of day is ideal for taking the photo or from what direction. It then goes further by recommending settings that need adjusting which is complemented by a typical settings section which lays out exactly what should be adjusted in order to get the perfect shot, such as the aperture settings and shutter speed.
You're not reliant on the app's knowledge though as there's also a global user tips section where you can contribute your own tips as well as read other people's suggestions. Such organic growth is great to see and there's already plenty of tips to view, each often useful.
Finally, if you're a true newbie, there's an Essentials section which explains everything you could possibly need to know. It teaches you about the rule of thirds (important in photography), what exposure means and how it affects your shots, what f-numbers are, what the ISO level is and so on. As someone who always gets a few settings confused, this alone is invaluable before you consider all the other advice.
PhotoCaddy is excellent for the novice photographer. It's probably too basic for more experienced snappers but when you're just starting out, you couldn't ask for a better aid. An essential tool indeed.