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Hueless | The black and white app on its way to making Ansel Adams proud

Posted on July 7th, by koci hernandez in Apps, B&W. 22 comments

As huge fan of black and white imagery, I immediately buy any b/w app in the store. I was extremely excited by what Hueless had to offer, black and white, NOTHING else, no BS just pure hueless imagery, with a live preview no less.

Once you open the app you’re greeted with a simple yet intuitive interface, if you’ve ever shot a picture with your iPhone you can easily figure out what the buttons are for, BUT there is an intriguing slider on the left side (in portrait mode) or along the bottom ( in landscape mode) that caught my attention and in my opinion the ultimate strength of this app.

It’s an exposure slider! Somebody can correct me, but I’ve never this this exposure slider in any other app, and I’m in love. In essence, it allows you to make live exposure adjustments to the image before shooting. Here’s how I used it:

Here’s how the scene was photographed without slider exposure compensation:

Here what it looked like after my dog Vincent turned around and I adjusted the slider:

And of course I saw the change in the live view before I snapped the shutter. It’s a great feature. In addition, Hueless remembers your settings between shots, even if you leave the app.  Hueless also incorporates color filters. It has has blue, orange, yellow, green, and red  filters. Don’t be fooled, these filters DON’T apply color to your image. Instead, they further adjust the tonal range of your b/w image, which you can see with the live preview. It also allows further color filter adjustment with an intensity slider.

That’s the good news. The flip-side is that the app isn’t without  it’s quirks.

First, I’ve noticed a bit of noise in the images. I can’t tell if this is supposed to be a slight grain effect or not. It’s not enough to bother me, but that’s me. Below is an example.

(Click on the image to get a larger view: Look in the sky for the ‘noise’)

Shooting with Hueless v1.0 was noticeably slow especially the refresh rate, which for a speed demon like me is an instant deal breaker. BUT the developer has proved extremely committed and responsive with an immediate update (v1.1) with noticeable speed improvements. The speed improvements were enough to keep it in my toolbox. It’s not the slowest camera app, but it’s not as fast as others. I’m sure it’s a tough coding job to even create this app, so I would expect some initial performance issues. But as long as there are updates, I’m cool. I have a feeling this will just keep getting better.

My intent here was to give you my initial impressions, if you’d like bon fide review you can find a great one here by Marty Yawnick @http://lifeinlofi.com/


HUELESS by curious satelite


If you’d like to try the app for yourself for FREE, I have some REDEMPTION CODES to give away. The first 5 people to comment on this post will receive a code.


Happy shooting,






22 Responses to “Hueless | The black and white app on its way to making Ansel Adams proud”

  1. […] Hueless | The black and white iPhone app on its way to making Ansel Adams proud by koci hernandez on July 7, 2012 Categories: Mobile Leave a comment 0 […]

  2. tim says:

    this looks awesome, i’d love to get a code for it

  3. Will says:

    Thanks for finding another addictive app to play with….

  4. surveyact says:

    I’d appreciate a code, thanks!

  5. andyherbick says:

    Cool name for a B&W app and the exposure slider looks like an interesting solution to putting exposure control back in the fingers of iphonographers. I like Camera+ for the ability to tap for exposure but it’s just educated guessing on what area of the frame needs the exposure tap to get the image you’re envisioning. Seems like the slider would be a quicker way to dial it in. Thanks for writing this one up.


  6. Claude H. says:

    I totally agree with you Richard, the slider is pretty unique. As I like my shots slightly underexposed, it’s the easiest way to adjust the exposure.

    P.S. I don’t need the promo code, I already have it.

  7. Zam says:

    whoa, looks promising! i’ve been experimenting with hipstamatic’s john s + blackkeys supergrain combination recently and liking it so far. would love to try hueless!

  8. Steve Rice says:

    Looks like fun, I’ve just started working with the iPhone to develop a style. Enjoy your site. Thanks for the info on Hueless.

  9. Peter says:

    Cool. I like that slider feature.

  10. Adam says:

    I’m pumped about this feature. I’ve been wondering why other apps don’t have a more refined exposure adjustment tool. I keep on trying to set it from whatever light/dark space there is around me, but it’s so much easier to just have a slider. Amazing.

  11. michele says:

    I love your app reviews- If it’s got your stamp of approval, I get it!

  12. Simon says:

    Hey Koci: In case you still have any codes left, I’d be delighted to try Hueless (which I was, in fact, about to buy at some point tonight, so this could work out nicely).

    À propos things unrelated, I watched the course on Lynda: absolutely wonderful. Many thanks.


  13. alan kastner says:

    And here I thought I might make it through the day without buying yet another app. :-)

    Can’t wait to give it a try. Thanks for sharing your initial impressions!

  14. Greg McMahon says:

    Wow, what a great B&W app. The features are fantastic. Finally an app Otha great and simple help menu. This app is loaded for a simple app. Can see some great bonuses in future, but you can take his one right out of theboxand do cool stuff with it already. For example, that slider bar is for exposure, but can also be click again and become a contrast bar also. Very nice. Filter strength can be adjusted also by sliding filters back and forth. Plus a buns hat seemed hidden bound on he menu is the quick pinch ability to ga square format. Awesome app. Thanks Koci for letting us o what is in your app bag…

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