Photo App Focus: HDR Art. Plus, We’ve Got Promo Codes!

hdr art for iphoneography

hdr art, iphonographyI’m not sure that iPhone HDR has evolved enough to be its own sub-genre of iPhoneography yet, but HDR Art is a new photo app that presents a case for it.

In its initial release, HDR Art offers a ton of filters — most of them, surprisingly, are not HDR. I’ve got more info and a chance for you to win a copy after the jump. >>>

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HDR Art is a pretty broad filter app, but at its core, it’s a single-image faux-HDR effect processor. It’s created by the same developers who gave us the excellent Dynamic Light which is a Dynamic Range Correction/faux-HDR hybrid app.

HDR Art has 50 one-click presets of mixed quality. There are a broad selection of effects ranging from black & white to super-saturated HDR to some interesting overlay scenic and grunge effects. Some of these effects are simply stunning. The “Summer Nights” filter instantly transforms an image into a gorgeous night scene that looks like it’s bathed in moonlight. Paradise adds an almost surreal oversaturation. The film effects — Clarity Film, Pro Film, Velvet Film and others — all do a good job of bumping up saturation and tweaking the color temperature either warmer or cooler. I like the Lomo filter; it’s not necessarily an accurate Lomo recreation, but it’s a nice, warm filter on its own. Many of the other filters do some surprisingly cool things to a well-chosen image like the “Cold Spell” filter on my urban canyon image. Very cool!

hdr-art-screen-0313-02On the other hand, HDR Art has some pretty cringe-worthy filters. Many of the grunge filters are a bit too gritty for my tastes. Many of its HDR filters are all that’s wrong with iPhone HDR. Colors are way off and many are super blown out with very visible halos. Kudos to the developers though for giving these filters names like “Halo-Matix” and “Overdone”. Yes, they are.

Filters are one-click easy with the option to edit and change many parameters of each effect, including tint, vignette, halo, contrast and many other settings. Using a preset as a starting point, you can create some seriously altered color effects that can be very surreal and cool. Feeling lucky? There’s a Random button that really mixes everything up.

Of the two photo apps, I’m more likely to go for Dynamic Light, which you should probably look at regardless. For me, it’s the more practical of the two apps, and that takes into consideration the number of effect presets that both apps include. Dynamic Light is more subtle and effects seem smoother overall. I’m not a fan of super-blown-out, haloed HDR, but I’ve seen iPhoneographers put the effect to good use. For a dollar, there are plenty of filters here to make HDR Art worth a look.

HDR Art is $0.99. The app supports full 8MP native resolution on an iPhone 5 and 4S. Requirements: Compatible with iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, iPhone 4S, iPhone 5, iPod touch (3rd generation), iPod touch (4th generation), iPod touch (5th generation) and iPad. Requires iOS 5.1 or later. This app is optimized for iPhone 5.

HDR Art Giveaway

I’ve got a few promo codes for HDR Art to give away today. To be eligible to win a copy, simply enter using the giveaway widget below. If you follow us on Facebook and Twitter, you’ll have additional chances for a free copy.

Cut-off time to enter is 11:59 PM Eastern Time, Tuesday, March 12, 2013. Winners will be determined by One code per reader, please.

Winners will be notified by email, Facebook message or Twitter direct message — be sure to check your spam filter. If you enter, be sure your email info is correct or your code will go to someone else. Your email address is used for contest entry and for contacting the winning entrants only. We will not use or sell your email address for any other purpose.

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Big thanks to Roman Voska from MediaChance for supplying the promo codes for this giveaway.

About Marty Yawnick 1808 Articles
Marty is a self-employed graphic designer in the Fort Worth/Dallas Metroplex. He is an avid Rangers baseball, Chicago Cubs, Packers and Highbury Arsenal fan. In addition to capturing random moments with whatever camera is close by (usually his iPhone), his other interests include coffee, film, music, and traveling in seats 5E and 5F with his fiancé.
  • BG

    Used Dynamic Light – Looking forward to this one.

  • mhc


  • MiniBlueDragon

    Dynamic Light is great. This looks like something a stay-at-home middle ages mum with a new iPhone might use to spam Facebook with photos of her house/dog…

  • Bernard

    I’m in! Thanks for these giveaways! :)

  • Fernando

    Interesting effects. Want it!

  • Morplett

    Very cool!

  • Charles

    It seems a lot of apps call themselves “HDR” but use the term very loosely. Interested in what added effects this one has.

  • John

    I’m always looking for new ways to express myself with my iPhone. I would really appreciate a copy of this app, and I thank you for the chance to win one. Cheers!

  • Daniel

    This looks like a cool app, I’d love to try it out!

  • Arnold galvan

    I m in

  • Arnold galvan

    I m in.

  • Fran White

    I love HDR and would love a coupon code

  • Mansi Bhatia

    I never win random drawings :) But worth a shot anyway.

  • Chris

    I’d also love to be able to try this app!
    DL still is one of my fav’s….so this app is really tempting!

  • Cristobal

    looks great!

  • Diren Kanji

    Very nice!!

  • Diren Kanji

    Very nice giveaway!

  • WitChi

    Would love to have a go at this one!

  • lokaapiwat

    Interesting App.

  • Abhishek Scariya

    This looks good! Bring it on!

  • mschnid

    This looks terrific.

  • Josh

    could be interesting cheers for the review

  • Dennis Miranda

    I’m a big fan of HDR photos I would like to try this app and take a few edits with this awesome app!!

  • Dennis Miranda

    I’m a big fan of HDR photos I would like to try this app and take a few edits with this awesome app

  • Dennis Miranda

    Cool app and nice giveaway

  • val

    Love your site! I visit daily!

  • Michael J. Caboose

    Hey there Marty,

    I don’t own this one…I checked 😉


  • Jonnathas


  • Mr Timney

    Great app… BUT one thing I absolutely hate & will stop me from using the app is the sliders to adjust effects. Why on earth he has chosen to abandon the dial with value shown is beyond me. These sliders are AWFUL & changing Special effects or Color tints to even see the many results there are is a frustrating & annoying task with the sliders. Great app but overall UI is simply horrible!

  • Jack Varnell

    Looks like a great app…

  • StickyQuote

    Looks like a good app!

  • KDM

    Interesting :)

  • Bridget

    Would love the chance at a promo code, this looks like a good app. Thanks! =)

  • gara

    Looks like a good app to mess around with. 😉

  • gara

    Looks like a good enough app to mess around with. Love a good HDR that’s not blown out!!

  • Lily Sheng

    I checked, I don’t have this app yet. Thanks for the giveaway, Marty!

  • Joh

    Wow! I’m willing to try HDR on my Phone!!

  • Laminaka

    Interesting, thanks for the giveaway, i’d love to try this app !

  • Noel G

    I would love to add this on my camera bag!

  • Barbara Gentry

    Thank you for all the updates you do, it really is appreciated!
    Cheers, Barbara

  • Jason

    The examples look pretty inspirational to me.

  • RegiB

    Love dynamic light so an app by this developer is worth a try. Thanks for the preview!

  • m1hoff

    I have been using this app all day and I must say I absolutely love it.
    I prefer the sliders to the dial, sliders just feel like they give more control. I use dynamic light also but this app looks like it’s going to be one of my go to apps.

  • alain goldfarb

    cool app, you can count me in!

  • Daniele


  • MomentsForZen

    I’m an HDR fan, and would like to get my hands on this app. Great review, as always.

  • Helder

    Looks interesting. Thanks for the opportunity!

  • Sara Augenbraun

    I’m never sure an entry of mine for the give aways has been submitted because it doesn’t seem to let me know! What’s up? I would love to try this app out. I read Life in Lofi all the time!

  • Robyn | gemini606

    Looks like a fun app. Would love to give it a shot!