ProCamera App Nearly Rises To The Level of Bacon

It was time for lunch. My stomach was getting fussy and seemed to have convinced my taste buds that the only way it wasn’t going to stay that way, was if I went to Jimmy John’s. So, I did.

The Italian is number nine on the board and so I ordered it while checking into Foursquare. Foursquare is an app that lets one “check-in” at places they go. It is played like a game and each time you check-in you get points. If it is a first time at a new place, you get more points than if it is your second time. If you have been there a lot of times, you become Mayor of that location. You may call me the Mayor of Jimmy John’s, or simply Your Honor, either one will do.

While I sat nibbling on my chips and sandwich, I used the USAToday app to read. Reading during meals is something I think I picked up from my parents. I remember Sundays, the super thick Des Moines Register, with its Peach colored sports section, sitting in the middle of the table, while mom served us breakfast yumminess. Reading and eating just seem to go together.

After three articles, the chips were gone, but I still felt like a bit more news before going back to work. I clicked on the “Tech” tab and there was a review of…wait for it…an iPhone app. This one, called ProCamera, had features that Michael T. Ruhl really liked (click on the name to read his review). One was the ability to touch the screen and tell the one you love the most, the iPhone 5, where to focus. (Note: that wasn’t a direct quote, but my interpretation. I’m sure Michael has a rich life with lots of people that he loves more than his iPhone…I do not. Don’t JUDGE…or TOUCH it…my precious.)

The app also lets one decide where to take the meter reading. This is important, because sometimes you want the sky to be lit correctly, while others you might be interested in the ground. You can’t have both. If the camera sets its shutter speed to render the sky correctly, the ground will be dark. If  you want to see the details of the ground, then the sky will be very bright and washed out. I wanted the sky.

You guessed it, I bought it. I paid the crazy high price of $2.99, which Mr. Ruhl pointed out was much more expensive than most photo aps. Having played with it for a bit, I can say it is very much underpriced.

There is another feature that most probably won’t get all hot and bothered about, but I like it. In the settings one can add the copyright holder to the meta data. It is easy, I just typed in Brian D. Meeks. It is a little detail that makes me think the designers are probably photographers, because they get it.

It is, in short, the perfect app for someone who wants more control of their iPhone camera. (Note: I’m not saying iPhone over and over, because I’m bragging about having the new iPhone 5…as far as you know…but am merely stating a fact. The app isn’t available for the Android market.)

I love the new app, not as much as I love my iPhone 5, but more than I would love my children, if I had any. That is as good a recommendation I can give. It almost rises to the level of bacon.

Note: This photo was, like ALL my photos, processed in Photoshop CS 3. I do this with every shot from my Nikon D200, as with the ones from my iPhone. I make no apologies, as Photoshop is the darkroom of the 21st century. The app gets me images that are much superior to just the regular old camera, so my starting place is a better one.


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