True HDR aims to give users the "Goldilocks" of photo-exposure – not too bright, and not too dark, but just right. In dynamically-lit situations it succeeds completely, though the app is perhaps a bit more fun to tinker with for those that know their way around a camera.
That’s not to say photography novices can’t enjoy True HDR, too. The app has three different ways to shoot photos, essentially ranging from offering complete assistance to some assistance to no assistance when looking for light and dark exposures to combine into a high dynamic range photo. Long time photographers will want to work with the options providing the least assistance, as they’ll be able to trust their own eyes and judgment a little better than most.
For someone less experienced with this style of photography, myself included, the Auto Capture option is perfect. All you have to do is point the iPhone camera at your scene and hold still while the app takes three pictures with different light exposures and combines them for you. It is as simple as can be. Whether you notice a difference in the HDR photo and a standard iPhone photo is largely dependant on where you’re taking the photo.
Take a photo in a room with a simple lighting palette and you’re not likely to see a very significant or worthwhile difference. But take a picture outdoors or in an indoor environment with a lot of different lighting scenarios and you’ll find True HDR immediately worth your time.
True HDR also comes with the requisite filters to give pictures that added bit of Instagram-style flair, so you won’t lose out on anything fun just by taking nicer-looking pictures. For the price tag, True HDR seems well worth it if you plan on taking numerous outdoor photos. You might even learn a thing or two about photography while you use it.