Lenka (US$ 2.99) is a simple app to help you develop dramatic black and white images. The app was established by famed photographer Kevin Abosch and it’s starkly simple. To start with, you frame your photo, which is noticeable in black and white in genuine time on your iPhone. There are just a few choices: routine or high contrast.

You can change the format from rectangle-shaped to square, and then you can start shooting away. The only available editing devices enable rotation and cropping.

That may appear like a rather sparse function set, but the idea right here is to obtain the photo right, then take it. The author thinks about using filters a prospective distraction. Still, there’s nothing that keeps you from importing your picture into another editing app by yourself.

The images taken with Lenka look very good. A great offer of thought has actually been used to matching to software to the qualities of the iPhone video camera hardware. (The developers recommend an iPhone 5, 5c or 5s, but the app will deal with older iPhones.) Lenka will autofocus, or you can tap the screen to selectively concentrate on a certain point.

Of course, you can take any iPhone photo and turn it into monochrome utilizing the numerous paid and free filters out there, but the black and white images from Lenka looked remarkable in tone and subtlety to the other apps I tried.

One other function Lenka offers is turning on the flash to brighten your subject. The light remain on steadily, as opposed to giving a brief flash. The app will not enable you to utilize the lower quality front-facing video camera. It’s everything about the image and offering it as much information as the iPhone permits, so no selfies for you.

Pictures can be sent out to your video camera roll or to Instagram. Black and white photography has its own gifts, and portraits or landscapes can look remarkable in grayscale. I’m amazed with Lenka because I like the look of the pictures, and it forces me to think of my image instead of constantly enhancing it digitally.

Lenka is not a universal app. It’s best matched to the iPhone. It needs iOS 7 or later on, and it worked fine under my current beta of iOS 8.

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