Transform photos into extraordinary works of art with AurynCam [Review]

Like I said, a new photo app pops up every week. But instead of the simplicity of PhotoFun, AurynCam packs a lot of punch. Created by Academy Award-winning visual effect experts, AurynCam takes “ordinary” photos and turns them into “extraordinary” art.

The photo enhancing and sharing app features 25 rendering effects, 24 color palettes and filters, and 16 frames. That’s on top of the 29 ways to blend two photos, and seven pre-selected crop ratios. With more visual effects than most apps available today, AurynCam can feel a little overwhelming.

Upon launch you’ll be asked to create an account. It’s recommended that you fill out your profile, but I skipped right to the picture taking. You have the option of taking a photo with the app or importing one from Camera Roll. I love the style wheel, but I wish I had a better description of the different options. I suppose I’d grow more familiar with each number with use, but with 25 options, it takes a while to find a favorite.

I also like that you can choose a style before you even snap a picture. If it didn’t turn out the way you had hoped, you can swipe the wheel and choose again. My only real complaint about the photo-taking process is that the “take picture” and “close” icons are too close together. People with big thumbs, or those used to the generous buttons of Instagram will likely hit the wrong one.

Once you have your picture, you can then customize it to your heart’s content. I really dig the cropping tool. It comes with seven pre-selected ratios, or you can choose “free” and manually choose your dimensions. From there, you can browse through the 23 filters available, some of which you might have seen in other photography apps.

Perhaps my favorite thing about this app is that I was able to select a filter and frame separately. Instagram, for example, automatically pairs a frame with a corresponding filter, leaving no room for customization. AurynCam doesn’t feature anything super crazy, but there are a few fun ones in there.

Finally, you can play with the blending tool, which lets you combine two photos. Here, you’ll have to choose another image from your Camera Roll. Then you can use the slider to adjust the transparency and other settings until you’ve perfected your image. If you’d like, you can share the image with your AurynCam followers (as well as Facebook, Twitter, and Flickr) or you can save it to your phone.

AurynCam has too many elements for me. If you’re looking for a simple point, shoot, share app, this isn’t for you. But if you like experimenting with a ton of options, then this app is worth checking out. And with the very frugal price tag of free, it’s hard to say no AurynCam.

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