Version Reviewed: 1.2.0
Device Reviewed On: iPhone 5
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Offering good - if typical - photography features, Fotograf is worth checking out. But you might find yourself wondering if it’s worth paying up for when there are so many alternatives already out there.
A choice of two primary features awaits you. You can opt to take photos from within the app, or import them via your camera roll. The former allows for you to use auto filtering methods but, more interestingly, it also gives you the chance to manually adjust exposure. That’s a handy feature that not every photography app offers, giving you the chance to create some interesting images through a quick adjustment of a slider.
Regardless of what you opt to do, you’re soon taken to the filtering side of the app. Here, you have 28 filters available to you with more unlocked via in-app purchases. They’re subtle changes but it’s those that you’re more likely to use than anything overly dramatic. As well as that, you can adjust the exposure, contrast, saturation, temperature, and so forth, through a slider. Fotograf offers up regular previews so it’s simple to see how you’re affecting things.
That’s as far as it goes for $1.99. You can buy new filter sets for $0.99 each. You can also unlock the ability to design a filter on your PC/Mac using an app called CamerBag, then import it into the app for $3.99, or you can buy everything for a one-off fee of $5.99. That’s partially the issue for Fotograf. It soon becomes rather expensive for an app with only one truly original feature.
While it’s appealingly simple and effective to use, the urge to buy it is going to be heavily affected by your budgetary needs. A lot of it has been seen before and at a lower price.