With a plethora of image editing and manipulation apps, you would think that once you saw one, you would have seen them all. We ourselves took a look at a number of apps over the years. We saw Mix by Camera360, Prisma, Snapseed and even apps such as B612 took the stage for image editing and filters.
Another app to make the headlines amongst those who are photography enthusiasts is Lens Distortions. Available for Android and iOS, Lens Distortions is relatively new to smartphone mobile photography. In fact, the Google Play store lists the app as “Unreleased”.
Well, the answer to that question is quite simple. As per the listing on the product page on their respective apps stores, Lens Distortions will add lens or light effects to your images. Now while it may seem a tad on the pointless side to create an app to just add lens flares or light effects, we decided to take the app for a spin anyway.
As you launch the app, you’re greeted with a welcome screen that also has a video link. The video opens up in a separate browser and is essentially a rundown of how Lens Distortion works. We decided to skip the video and dive right into that makes Lens Distortions tick.
The main screen for Lens Distortions is pretty straightforward. There are no options to tweak or advanced settings to configure. You simple pick an image from your device’s gallery, and start adding filters.
Speaking of filters, Lens Distortions offers a number of high quality effects to create the look that you’re looking for. According to the developer page, each overlay in Lens Distortions is created by capturing real-world elements in-camera. This gives the user a filter that is not only highly detailed, but also extremely realistic.
The filters and effects range from glass, to natural sunlight, rain, snow, and even fog. As you can see from the screenshot above, each Filter category has a number of filters to its name. They are individually viewable so that you know exactly what each effect will look like.
The free version of Lens Distortions gives you a total of 5 filters free from each pack. Additional filters or packs can be unlocked for a monthly rental of 0.99USD per month. That’s roughly equivalent to LKR 175/- per month.
Having gone through all the formalities, we decided to take Lens Distortion for a walk around Colombo. Our test device was a OnePlus 2 running Android 8.1 Oreo. It was a fairly old device but still had a good camera. According to the developers, a high end modern device was required for best performance. So we decided to see what we could achieve with a flagship killer of 2016.
We first tried out the Luminary filter. This essentially adds a blurry effect to images making it seem like the photo was taken with a slightly blurred lens While it seemed pretty cool as a filter, it didn’t really appeal to our tastes. So we decided to try out a different filter. As stated earlier, each filter pack consist of 5 filters with others being unlocked via payment.
Moving on, our attention then fell on to the Principle Light Hits and Light Hits filters respectively.. These provide a sort of solar flare or lens flare which is also manipulable. As such, the size of the filter can be enlarged or made small by simply using two fingers to pinch in or expand. It can also be dragged around the image till you find the perfect spot.
The Fog, Rain and Snow Filters are pretty self explanatory. They give your images a rainy, snowy or foggy look.It actually does a really good job of making your images look like they were captured in the rain or fog or snow.
The Shimmer pack gives your images a star struck look, especially if taken in a dark environment. It also looks like your image was captured through a stained window. They are essentially light fragments and particles that can be used to artistically improve your images. Lastly, the Legacy pack gives you glass textures with a hint of blurred lines (pun intended).
Well, if you’re a budding mobile photographer who wants to try out these filters, then you can give Lens Distortions a go. In the event you feel that the filter packs included are not enough, you can even unlock them all by paying for the subscription.
If you’re a professional photographer, you can take Lens Distortions for a spin and see how it holds up against actual lens distortions that can be achieved through hardware or by software such as applications such as Photoshop and Lightroom,
If you want to learn more about Lens Distortions, you can visit their website here.
Have you used Lens Distortions? Love it? Hate it? Leave a comment below.
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This App Adds Lens Distortions, and It Does It Really Well
Mahesh De Andrado
Easy to use interface
Already has included filters
Creates realistic and high quality filters for your photos
Can create professional photos without high end equipment
Effects may not be for everyone's liking
If the basic filters are not enough, you might have to consider a subscription
Manipulating filter effects can lag on low end devices
Venture Frontier Lanka is bringing experts in entrepreneurship from around the country to cities throughout Sri Lanka to train local entrepreneurs to think differently about the ventures they will start.
Venture Frontier Lanka is bringing experts in entrepreneurship from around the country to cities throughout Sri Lanka to train local entrepreneurs to think differently about the ventures they will start. A caravan stop consists of different sessions about creating unique ideas for startup ventures and strategies for financing those ideas.
Come join the sessions on the 19th of December, starting with 2 pm at Sri Lanka Institute of Information Technology.
The event is free of charge! REGISTRATION is mandatory for this event
(Wednesday) 2:00 pm - 6:00 pm
SLIIT, New Kandy Road, Malabe
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Early Bird till the 16th of Dec: 20% discount
Likuid Members: 20% discount
Female/Social Entrepreneurs (Locals Only): 50% discount
Join for a one day workshop where we unchain the collective wisdom and creativity to help each other having a more productive digital nomad new year and build better cooperations for teamwork.
During this peer to peer learning session you can share your experiences to help others and learn from other practitioners. Together, dive into the most painful problems and brainstorm on solutions. It’s for you if you resonate with some of these questions:
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Karthik ( Associate Director, DTCC & Co-organiser of Hyperledger Chennai Meetup) will be here for the 2nd Hyperledger meetup. He will share his experience with Hyperledger and Business application of Blockchain
Karthik ( Associate Director, DTCC & Co-organiser of Hyperledger Chennai Meetup) will be here for the 2nd Hyperledger meetup.
He will share his experience with Hyperledger and Business application of Blockchain technologies.
1. Work with Hyperledger Fabric and Explorer.
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(Friday) 5:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Startup X Foundry
07, Charles Place, Colombo 03, Colombo
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