Reallusion have built up a deserved reputation for their range of 3D and 2D animation software but they’ve also recently started experimenting with fun camera effects for the iPhone. Their latest – Big Lens – promises grandiosely to ‘turn your iPhone/iPad into a professional SLR camera’ and while it falls short of that lofty aim, it will certainly offer a range of creative choices for your existing photo collection.
All you need to do is either take a fresh photo or call one up from your camera roll and then choose either the Basic or Advanced option for the enhancements. Then it’s simply a matter of using any of the five offered tools to produce the effect you like best and then you can either save it back to your stills collection or upload it to Facebook, Picasa or Dropbox or attach it to an e-mail.
The main tool is the Smart Focus system which lets you target one subject or area in the photo manually or via auto-focus by using a geometric shape, lasso or brush motion, which then turns that area red. You then move to the Aperture control to vary the degree of background blur while at the same time having access to nine extra lenses that will allow light points in the background to transform into shapes like hearts and stars. Then the fun really starts as a further 18 filters can be applied which will vary colour hues, contrast and Lomo effects.
When you’ve finished, you can then touch up areas that need more or less blur and sharpness and at any stage during the whole process you can tap the Preview button to compare how the original looks next to the revamped image. Although you can vary the size of the brush strokes, we would definitely recommend using a stylus to keep the boundaries of your focused regions accurate as most fingers will be too thick and awkward for fine drawing.
- Wide range of filters
- You'll need a stylus
OK, at the end of the day you won't be trading in your DSLR Nikon for your Big Lens iPhone but for just 69p you can certainly make some beautifully retouched artistic photos to be proud of with very little effort.