A few new Sony Camera Apps are available for your photography toolkit pleasure 😉 At first I thought the apps were going to just be a novelty thing, but the fact is, they are very powerful tools worth utilizing in a lot of cases!
The newest App worth checking out is the Sky HDR. It basically creates a virtual Graduated ND filter on your camera so you can get the perfect sky and foreground exposure balance with ease. This app also supports RAW file quality, so hard core editing can be done in post. This App can potentially save some processing time and avoids the Auto HDR Look that is often not the best.
This application lets you optimize the exposure when you shoot scenes containing vastly different brightness levels, such as dark landscapes with the sun in a clear blue sky.
By capturing the scene twice at different exposure and shutter speed settings, then combining the best of both images in a single image, this feature expresses a wide dynamic range without using a graduated ND filter.
Moreover, when you want to highlight hues such as those in a sunset, you can depict them with even greater expressive power by individually adjusting the White Balance setting of the sky and ground.
The resulting HDR images can be saved in the RAW or JPEG format.
This app automatically shoots a series of still images at intervals then combines them into one movie. It’s so easy to use: just select a time-lapse mode that most closely resembles what you are shooting and let the camera do the rest! The proper settings are automatically made for you, eliminating the need for time-consuming trial and error.
Eight time-lapse themes are available: Cloudy Sky, Night Sky, Night Scene, Sunset, Sunrise, Miniature, Standard, Custom. You can choose to save the still images as a series of photos instead of a movie.
Using Angle Shift Add-on, you can easily add pan, tilt, zoom and other effects to your time-lapse images .
You can easily add pan, tilt, zoom and other effects to your time-lapse images — in the camera without extra equipment or computer editing. The high-resolution still images you created for a time-lapse movie are used to create a new HD-quality time-lapse movie with even greater impact.
This app will not work on its own. Use this app after launching Time-lapse Ver. 3.10 or later.
Note that this app will not appear in the Application menu after it downloads. You can confirm the app’s information or delete it from the Application > Application Management menu.
Just select a theme and this app automatically composites your exposures with optimized settings. Multiple exposure shooting has never been easier. You can choose from seven themes: Manual, Easy silhouette, Sky, Texture, Rotate, Mirror or Soft Filter. If you choose the Manual theme, you can preview the results of six blending modes (Add, Weighted Average, Lighten, Darken, Screen and Multiply) and select the image you like most.
This application shoots light traces drawn with a penlight or other light source to create photo art (light paintings). Light traces are automatically extracted from the image and can be superimposed on a background to create an art work. Unlike typical long-exposure light paintings, this app lication easily achieves light paintings without complicated camera settings or computer editing.
This app shoots a series of starry sky still images at intervals then combines them into one movie. Now you can easily create beautiful star trail movies without a computer or time-consuming manual editing. Simply select a theme and shoot! You can choose one of three themes: Dark Night, Bright Night or Custom.
This app expands creative possibilities by letting you fine-tune the color of your movies while viewing the effects in real-time. What used to require special equipment or software can now be done with just your camera! You can adjust color depth, color saturation and other parameters manually or apply one of several presets — such as Clear, Vivid, Monochrome or Bold — to produce popular tonal effects with ease.
With this application, you can simply hold your hand over the eye sensor to release the shutter.
Now you can operate the shutter without touching the camera, thus eliminating camera shake once and for all. When bulb-shooting, hold your hand over the eye sensor twice to start and end the exposure. (*1)
?Requires built-in or optional finder device with eye sensor. Pop up the finder when using this application with a camera model which has a pop-up electronic finder,
?Before launching the app, make sure the [FINDER/MONITOR] or [FINDER/LCD Setting] that toggles image display targets is set to Auto.
*1 This application supports bulb-shooting with: ?7S and ?7 II.
That is about it for this article and I hope you got some useful info about the new Sony PlayMemories Camera Apps currently available! Please let me know if you have tried some of these apps and what you think of the whole App thing? I have tried several apps including the Bracketing App, Time-Lapse, Picture Effects.
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