You Be The Judge – iPhone HDR Mode

Rather than bore you with how crummy the iPhone HDR mode is and how you shouldn’t use it, blah blah blah… I decided to post an example so that you can decide for yourself if you like it or not. Please comment with your thoughts on the iPhone built-in HDR mode. (not third-party applications)

iPhone HDR
iPhone HDR

What do you like about the HDR? What don’t you like? What would you change if you were Apple? Do you actually use the built-in HDR mode?

Thanks for reading and happy shooting,


This Post Has 17 Comments

  1. I’m having trouble seeing this as HDR. It seems to me that it’s really just some light fill along with decreased saturation and black levels.

    I don’t use an iPhone, so I don’t know the ins and outs of the app…but if I did, I don’t know if I would bother with this one!

    1. I’m not a fan of it myself

  2. I leave the HDR on, and chose between the two photos saved. Most of the time the non-HDR is the one I keep. The color seems more saturated and closer to real on the non.

  3. I don’t see much difference there. I prefer the Clarity scene in Camera+.

    1. I’m not a fan of clarity, but the app is cool

  4. There is almost no difference. No details in the shadows, no more sky detail… I’ve had luck with third party HDR apps, but I never use the built in.

    1. I’m not a fan of any of the HDR apps myself

        1. That app is ok, but what do you or do not like about the built in HDR function?

  5. not really seeing a difference TBH

  6. Most of the time I wind up keeping the non “HDR” image. The iPhone camera has its uses, but 99 percent of my images are made on Tri-X film

    1. You don’t shoot digital at all aside from your iPhone?

  7. What’d be very interesting would be to see an iPhone photo in HDR vs. e.g. a Photomatix photo from a DSLR. I’m not a fan of the uber-saturated look some people employ but a high contrast scene like a night shot of Time Square, shot on a tripod would be fascinating…

  8. I shoot almost the time with HDR on. When I like the capture I load both of them quick into Photoshop an blend them together. It’s my way to get some details in the dark areas and the nice exposure from the sky. But it’s only worth with good ones. And these shoots are rarely taken with the iPhone.

    1. Blending them together is a good idea

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