eXtensions - Sunday 13 November 2016
Feelca B & W: Unusual Monochrome Output Photo App at a Good Price
By Graham K. Rogers
It is an app with monochrome output, which always draws me in, and the developer cited capturing "decisive moments" like Henri Cartier-Bresson so I downloaded this for a look. It has some nice surprises, over and above the black and white output.
In its default state, there are sounds accompanying every action. I turned these off in Settings, but kept on Haptic feedback and also changed the style of the interface (white or a grey finish). Settings that I left unchanged were for Timer and Film Grain, but I did add a Grid to the camera interface.
When using the app, the camera displays a colour image of a scene. Once the image is taken, it is added to a camera roll: either 24 or 36 exposures. Tapping the Roll icon at the top left, shows the roll (or rolls) and users may view the output, which is in a smoky greyscale. The exterior images I took when trying this app out produced beautifully contrasted clouds and sharp (if grey) foregrounds.
They may be saved to the Photo Library or sent directly to Instagram or Facebook; or to other services, depending on those a user has installed. Neither the larger colour versions nor the monochrome output from Feelca include GPS data or any camera information (lens, aperture).
The app is nicely put together with several ways to specify the ways that it operates. Although only released last month, there have been several minor updates (the last yesterday, 12 Nov). Most of the updates have concerned enhancements to haptic feedback, which seems to work quite well currently, although is only available on the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus.
For those who like to produce images that have a little extra, and who are not averse to paying for apps. At 9 baht, Feelca B&W is an inexpensive and useful addition to a user's app collection.
Graham K. Rogers teaches at the Faculty of Engineering, Mahidol University in Thailand. He wrote in the Bangkok Post, Database supplement on IT subjects. For the last seven years of Database he wrote a column on Apple and Macs. He is now continuing that in the Bangkok Post supplement, Life. He can be followed on Twitter (@extensions_th)
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