Tiffen Photo FX Ultra iOS App Review

There are versions for both the iPad and iPhone of the Photo FX Ultra app from Tiffen, Daniel Bell puts it to the test.

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Photo fx Ultra is a set of digital optical filters for the iPad and iPhone, designed for amateurs and professionals, with simulations of many Tiffen glass filters, specialised lenses, optical lab processes, film grain, exacting colour correction, natural light and photographic effects plus a paint system with a variety of brushes at your fingertips. There are seperate apps for the iPhone and iPad but they are very similar, with any differences pointed out below.

Tiffen Photo FX Ultra iOS App Features

  • 77 (76 on iPhone) filters organised into 8 different filter groups
  • 934 (878 on iPhone) presets
  • 65 (62 on iPhone) different colour or black and white film looks
  • Add realistic diffusion using a library of 50 interesting textures
  • Natural lighting effects using 117 different patterns
  • 27 grain presets to simulate popular motion picture film stocks
  • Paint using Colour, Clone, Blur, Black and White, Mosaic, Red Eye, Repair, Scatter and Eraser brushes
  • Crop, rotate and straighten
  • Zoom with the Close-Up Lens filter
  • Add multiple filters without saving
  • Selectively apply filters by painting a mask
  • Modify filters with sliders, on-screen controls or presets
  • Shake on the filter selection or preset screens to choose a random filter (iPhone)
  • Shake on the image editing screen to reset controls (iPhone)
  • High resolution support up to 3072 pixels (iPad)
  • Edit in portrait or landscape mode
  • Compatibility with the still image editions of the Tiffen Dfx Digital Filter Suite
  • Quickly search for filters and presets
  • Integrated Help

Tiffen Photo FX Ultra iOS App Performance

Whether using the iPad or iPhone version the app is really easy to use. You can upload a photo in your album or take a new one. There are a range of editing options along the top (iPad) / bottom (iPhone) including crop and rotate. The range of filters available is massive, which each of them having a range of variations. If you want to add more than one filter you simple need to add another layer.

If you are a Tiffen Dfx Digital Filter Suite user you can export you chosen filter selection to the program. Images can only be saved to your image library, there are no options to email or upload to social network sites such as Facebook or Flickr.

The following sample images or just a few of what can be done and have been created on the iPad.

Tiffen Photo FX Ultra iOS App Sample Photos

Tiffen Photo FX Ultra iOS App Verdict

The Tiffen Photo FX Ultra app has so many editing options and as it's so easy to use, it really is a must have app for any iPhone and iPad user. iPhoneography is all about sharing images, so it's a shame that images cannot be uploaded to direct to Facebook etc. but that is the only negative the app has.

The Tiffen Photo FX Ultra iOS app is a must for those who like to edit their photos on the iPad/iPhone.

Tiffen Photo FX Ultra iOS App Pros

Lots of filter effects to apply
Easy to use
Other editing options such as crop and rotate

Tiffen Photo FX Ultra iOS App Cons

Can only save to photo library


The Tiffen Photo FX Ultra iPad App is available from the iTunes Store for £2.99 and the Tiffen Photo FX iPhone App is available for £1.99. For more information please visit the Tiffen Software website.
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