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photography ipadEven though the iPad lacks a built-in camera, you can import images from your camera using Apple’s camera connection kit, as well as from your computer via iTunes.

When you get images on your iPad, you might want to use an image editor with similar Photoshop features to edit your photos right on the device itself. Well, Filterstorm, a free image editor does just that. Filterstorm is a clean, pretty straightforward image editor that includes basic and advanced features for cropping and scaling photos, and various tools for adjusting or fixing exposure issues and enhancing images.

The menu bar for accessing Filterstorm’s editing tools remain visible at the top of the iPad. If you have experience with say Photoshop CS or Photoshop Elements you will have no problem using Filterstorm. If you are a digital photo novice, the developer of Filterstorm has created a great six minute video tutorial for how to use the program.

Similar to Photoshop, Filterstorm contains Curve controls, Hue/Saturation filters, Black & White conversion, a Color Range Selection and brush setting, and even a History tool in which you can selectively undo your applied edits. The list of other filters include: Vignette, Reduce Noise, Sharpen, Posterize, Tone Map, Box Blur.

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Each of these tools are fairly easy to use, although you may find the Vignette tool a little tricky. At first when you move the sliders it might apply too much vignetting, but just keep pulling the sliders to the left and right to get your preferred amount. Also be sure to wait for the app to process and apply the filter before you conclude it doesn’t work.


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Filterstorm works well with the touch and tab-based navigation of the iPad. When you import a photo into the program, you can of course pinch with two fingers to zoom the selected image in and out, which is great to make detailed edits to your images.

The Luminance/Curve filter may seem a little tricky to use, so you might want to start off using the Brightness and Contrast sliders to enrich an image, and then try Curves in the RGB setting for additional enhancements. Like all advanced image editors, the adjustments you make in Filterstorm are not applied until you tap the Apply button. You can get a preview of the changes that will be made before they are applied.

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When you first pull up the Color Range tool and brush, you might wonder what its purpose is, since Filterstorm is not a design application. Well, the color tool comes in handy, as the video tutorial shows, for say painting a light sky darker blue. If you make a mistake with brushing in color, you can use the Eraser tools which appears after you apply color strokes.

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The last great thing about Filterstorm is that the edits you make are non-destructive of the original image. All the edits are applied to a duplicate of the original.

I would say the biggest missing feature in Filterstorm is the ability to copy edits made to one image and to paste them to other similar images. This could easily be a pro feature for the application.

Much appreciation goes to the developer of Filterstorm for making this application free, for it could easily be sold for at least $9.99.

Update: Since the time of writing, the app is no longer available for free. It now retails for $1.99. We apologise for the inconvenience.

Let us know if you have tried any image editing tools on your iPad. Tell us what you features would be a help to you as a photographer.

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  1. Birkenstock
    May 26, 2010 at 11:15 am

    Well, it's gald to read your post, but I wouldn't understand your meaning well. Thanks all the same.

  2. Bakari
    May 25, 2010 at 6:39 pm

    Bar Room, sorry about that. I just wrote the developer who informed me that the app was free for a limited time. I failed to see the small print. Bad timing for both our readers and for the developer, who has just updated the app. While the updates were awaiting approval, the app was free.

  3. SriPavan
    May 25, 2010 at 1:33 pm

    Hi ..This is for test5

  4. The Bar Room
    May 25, 2010 at 4:23 am

    yeah, nothing free about it, oh well

  5. Tai Shimizu
    May 25, 2010 at 1:50 am

    The vignetting speed is fixed in 1.2 (out today), the vignetting also looks better in 1.2 since it's applied in a quadratically fading manner rather than linear. 1.2 is the first for-pay version at $1.99