Review: Pro HDR X. HDR photography with iPhone (Upd. Jan. '18)

I used the predecessor of Pro HDR X, which was simply named Pro HDR, ever since it came out. In fact, I used Pro HDR quite often during my trip to Las Vegas back in 2012 after which I decided to ditch my DSLR and go iPhone only.

I was quite happy to see that an update was released in 2014. And I still occasionally used the new version, Pro HDR X. I even re-created HDRs from older DSLR shots.

Then I began to use Pureshot, an iPhone camera app that allowed me to take bracketed shots with exposure compensation and ran those bracketed shots though Pro HDR X in order to created HDRs.

What I really liked was that I could adjust and fine tune some aspects of the creation of HDRs.

But as iPhone camera apps and iPhone photo editing apps evolved, I replaced Pro HDR with other iPhone photo apps. If I need HDR, I now use the HDR functionality in ProCamera, that I reviewed here. In other cases, I can a achieve a similar effect in Adobe Lightroom Mobile playing with clarity, shadows, and highlight sliders.

So, for nostalgic purposes, here are some photos from my early days of iPhone photography that I shot or created with Pro HDR or Pro HDR X (re-processed with Adobe Lightroom and other apps). Unless I once turn back to Pro HDR or any successor to it, I won’t update this blog post any more.

 Wynn @ Encore Las Vegas shot with Pro HDR (without the X) and retouched in Photoshop Touch app (discontinued). Finetuned in 2017 with Adobe Lightroom Mobile.

Wynn @ Encore Las Vegas shot with Pro HDR (without the X) and retouched in Photoshop Touch app (discontinued). Finetuned in 2017 with Adobe Lightroom Mobile.

 Mandalay Bay Hotel shot with Pro HDR

Mandalay Bay Hotel shot with Pro HDR

 Eiffel Tower in Paris shot with Pro HDR and retouched with (discontinued) Photoshop Touch App

Eiffel Tower in Paris shot with Pro HDR and retouched with (discontinued) Photoshop Touch App

In case you want to give Pro HDR X a try and see if it’s right for you, you can still get Pro HDR X from the iTunes App Store.