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Vignette for Android review

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We review Vignette for Android – a photography app replacing the stock Android or manufacturer-branded user interface.

What is Vignette?

Vignette is just one of the apps available on Google Play that allows you to move away from your Android phone’s standard camera user interface.

It’s simple and a great option if you often switch between Android devices because the experience will remain the same, whoever your device is manufactured by.

The app takes a couple of seconds to load as it takes in information about your devices camera.

Once you’re in, the whole screen is your viewfinder, with no controls taking over your view.

To access the settings, just swipe up from the bottom of the screen and you’ll find quite a wide selection of different settings that easily beat the preinstalled camera app, whichever phone you’re using.

Giving almost a manual camera experience, you can change the shooting mode (there are nine modes to choose from including underwater mode if you have a waterproof casing, time lapse and film strip) and a whole load of extra settings to boot including the option to add a timer delay, add a composition grid, take multiple shots in quick succession, superimposing pictures.

You can see how to make the most of some of these shooting modes below, in the highlights section.

Moving on to filters, Vignette probably has the most options of any camera application we’ve used – ever.

With 76 effects to choose from, you may well find yourself spoilt for choice. If you’re not happy with any of the pre-installed effects, you can edit any of the settings within the preinstalled options including adding a hue, changing the colours, adding soft focus, light leaks, over-expose, under-expose and tilt-shift to completely change the vista in front of you.

Added to that, you can easily change the exposure using a slider on the top of the screen and eve change the brightness metering (either using central weighting, average of the frame or spot metering).

The frame options are almost as extensive, with 50 on offer. Frames allow you to change the dimensions to exactly fit any type of format, such as a Facebook cover photo or a Google+ profile picture.

Although Vignette is an awesome app if you like to try out different effects, it may be a little overwhelming for some users with so many options, you’ll probably want to try everything at least once.

Another problem we found with the app is it seems to have trouble focussing with many of the effects looking out of focus.

Vignette Highlights

How to take a time lapse photo using Vignette

The time lapse option allows you to take a series of pictures with a time delay.

Before you get excited about making an epic movie with the shots, you’ll have to make sure you have plenty of space on your phone because the biggest delay between shots is four minutes. For example, if you want to cover a whole day, that’s a lot of pictures you’ll be taking.

To set up for a time lapse shot, pull up from the bottom of the screen and tap on the ‘one shot’ option, taking you to the shooting mode. Select Time lapse and choose the interval. Next, set up your phone – possibly on a tripod to stop any movement affecting the series of shots, take the first shot and a count down timer will show on the screen, taking a picture every time it hits 0.

The shots are all taken individually rather than crafted together into one shot, but you can easily make this into a .gif using Photoshop or a photo stitching program on your computer.

How to produce a film strip on Vignette

The strip feature on Vignette not only lets you take photos in sequence, like a film strip, but it also stitches them together in sequence too.

To get started, select the ‘one shot’ icon in the bottom menu. Now, select strip.

Head back to the viewfinder and take your first photo. You’ll now be told to take your second, third and fourth pictures.

The photos will now process and be displayed as a film strip. Of course, you can either add effects afterwards or before you take the first shot.

The only annoyance? You can’t have different effects in the different frames.

Also, you can’t see the effects in live preview – you can only see the effects after you’ve taken the photo.

How to produce a superimposed picture on Vignette

To access the superimposed option, head to the ‘one shot’ menu and select the Double option.

Now, you’ll be prompted to take your first picture and then your second picture. The app will then merge the two together.

When using this option, it’s really important to consider two scapes that will fit together well. For example, a textured surface and a face work really well together or a generic landscape and the detail of a flower can give a great effect.

Try not to use two busy images over each other because it will just look a big mess.

Getting the basics right: Vignette

How to adjust the Contrast and Brightness with Vignette

The contrast and brightness controls in Vignette aren’t particularly straightforward. You can adjust brightness using the exposure menu at the top of the screen, but you cannot adjust contrast from within the app – you’ll have to use another app for that.

How to switch to the front camera with Vignette to take a selfie

To switch to the front-facing camera on your Android phone in Vignette, pull down from the top of the screen and select camera. Here, you can change to Front camera.

How to adjust the flash with Vignette

To add the flash or change it to auto mode, pull down from the top of the screen and select Flash. Now can choose from Off, On, Auto and Torch that keeps the flash on the whole time rather than just when you take a snap.

How to adjust the picture quality with Vignette

To improve the camera quality up to the maximum your phone allows, pull up from the bottom and choose third icon from the left and choose the Resolution option to increase the resolution and Quality to change the quality (and file size) of the photo.

How to zoom with Vignette

The zoom tool is along the top menu in Vignette. Select Zoom and use the slider to zoom in and out of the picture.

Posted by clarehopping
15th Nov 2013, 19:08