Noir Photo = Great B&W

Church using Noir Photo
'Church' using Noir Photo
A recent app to enter the B&W world is Noir Photo. It has an interesting UI and you can easily create some interesting shots by adjusting overall brightness, spotlight shape/size/brightness, overall contrast, and tint.

For the next version I’d love to have the option to toggle the controls on/off so that you could get a larger view of the image that you are working on. When the controls are minimized you could zoom in/out on the image. Having the option for multiple spotlights and additional tint control would also be nice.

LifeInLofi has a full review.

This is currently available from iTunes for $2.99. Definitely worth it. Here are a few sample shots I created. Even some hooks on my bathroom wall look decent. Click on the shots to view them on Flickr.


Ring on Wall King Me (Noir)   Airport Sunrise


Description from iTunes:

Don’t just take a photo. Tell a story. Noir Photo lets you transform your photos with beautiful, dramatic lighting and instant results. Peel away the color to a cinematic black-and-white, apply a lovely tint, and then light up your subject. Touch and pinch the brightness Vignette and spin the Contrast and Exposure dials for white hot thrills and shadow-rich drama.

You tell a story in your photos with the glowing smile on your daughter’s face, or a moody skyline under radiant street lamps. Focus on the part that you love, massage your Noir Photo settings, and come up with something amazingly cool in a few seconds. Use Noir Photo to create bad-ass black, white & light in a color world.

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The Artsy Details
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• Simple & fast formula: Noir Photo is a fun and easy way to create images that tell a story — with instant, beautiful results.
• Strip to cinematic black & white: Use Noir Photo to replace the color in your photo with a rich, cinematic black-and-white.
• Re-light the photo: A touchable, customizable Vignette lets you re-light the photo to show what’s important and shade out the rest.
• Tint the mood: Apply a sepia, silver, blue-gray or chartreuse tint to further set the mood. Choose from six presets to get started quickly.
• For your inner artist: Battle tested by artists, filmmakers and the geek dad next door, Noir Photo gets your creative ideas out fast.

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Fast & Fun Controls
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• Designed for play: Noir Photo’s fun dials and buttons look like analog spaceship dials, hi-fi fader controls and vintage stereo knobs.
• Vignette at your fingertips: Touch and pinch the Vignette to quickly highlight and light up the part of your photo that you care about. It’s fun and easy.
• Dial in high contrast: Use Contrast, Outer Exposure and Inner Exposure dials to massage the darks and lights around the Vignette.
• Stay in one place: Noir Photo’s preview area is huge and the controls are minimal so you play fast and never have to open a second panel.
• Works with every photo: Even if you are using low quality images, our specially-built controls protect important details and fight digital artifacts.

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The Geeky Details
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• Universal app: Your purchase enables iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch devices. Supports iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, Gen 3 and Gen 4 iPod Touch, iPad, and iOS 4.2 and higher.
• iPhone 4 resolution: Render has been developed to support 4 Megapixel output on iPhone 4. Support for high resolution 2592×2592 maximum output.
• iPad resolution: Render has been developed to support 4 Megapixel output on iPad. Support for high resolution 2048×2048 maximum output.

Quick Review: Pixel It for iPhone and iPad

Pixel It was updated earlier today and it became a Universal app. It allows you to pixelate a photo (you can take it on the fly or pull from your library) with a variety of control ranging from pixel size to the edge detection scheme which can have a big impact on your image, as well as the color depth of the RGB channels.

The typical control screen is shown below. You can click on any of these images to see a larger version.

Screen in Pixel It app
Screen in Pixel It app

The output resolution on my iPhone 4 is currently 720×536, but the author said he is working on increasing the resolution (you can follow him on Twitter) in a future version.

For those interested in the pixelated look, this app can really produce some interesting shots. There are many sample images on the Pixel It website.

Here are a few that I made from this original image, along with a cute dog 🙂

Festival of Photograph Coming Soon!
Festival of Photograph Coming Soon!
Sample from Pixel It app
Sample from Pixel It app
Sample from Pixel It app
Sample from Pixel It app
Sample from Pixel It app
Sample from Pixel It app
Sample from Pixel It app
Sample from Pixel It app

The ability to control the various parameters really helps out on this app. If you enjoy the pixelated look you should definitely give this one a try.

Currently the app is available on iTunes for $0.99.


Description from iTunes:

Ever wonder what your photo would look like on an old computer or video game console? Want to create a truly unique avatar? With “Pixel It” you can:

* Individually control the red, green, blue or greyscale depth of your image.
* Enhance your image by adding definition with a contrast contour or one of two edge-detection schemes.
* Choose your “Pixel” size.
* Make something totally rad!!!

Quick Review: PixelScope

PixelScope is a new iPhone app which lets you capture a pixelated view of the world using several different 8bit modes. It displays a realtime view on the screen where you can snap a shot (you can’t pixelate a shot from your library).

The output resolution is really low, just 320×480 on my iPhone 4. A fun app just to watch the pixelated world, but not if you plan to print the output.

Currently PixelScope is free on iTunes, so you might as well try it out 🙂

Here are a few things that could be added to the next version:

  • Increased resolution
  • Allow user to adjust parameters on the pixelation modes (size, contrast, etc.)
  • Let the user choose an image from the library.

A sample shot (full resolution) of my weekend coffee shop is below.

Image taken with PixelScope
Image taken with PixelScope