TouchRetouch – a great iPhone app to clear up lens flare and other photo problems and unwanted objects easily

This is a great, easy-to-use app I want to recommend to everyone who uses their iPhone camera a lot. Without resorting to “expert” or expensive applications, with high learning curves, such as PhotoShop, TouchRetouch (available in the app store) lets you very easily clean up problems with photos. This includes getting rid of those annoying “green dot” lens flares which had been bothering me so much, unwanted blemishes, garbage and just about anything else in photos that you want to clean up.

It’s amazingly clever and simple to use. Here are four before and after photos I took.

(1) Green dot lens flare cleanup – the green lens flare dot is located to the right of the center of the photo.

Note the green lens flare dot on the water

Note the green lens flare dot on the water

No more lens flare dot

No more lens flare dot

 

(2) Garbage on my neighbor’s roof. There is something that looks like a block of concrete or stone across two of the tiles of my neighbor’s roof.

See the chunk of something white on the 3rd tile down just up and the left of center.

See the chunk of something white on the 3rd and 4th tiles down just up and to the left of center.

 

Voila! The chunk is now gone.

Voila! The chunk is now gone.

 

(3) Cleaning up construction items interfering with a river scene. I want those metal poles gone!

There are four large metal poles in the river interfering with my view

There are four large metal poles in the river interfering with my view

 

Now the poles are gone

Now the poles are gone

 

(4) Finally, here is a photo of Mon and Monta in their cage. Note the large clump of bird droppings on the right nest, under the mirror and bell. Using TouchRetouch I was able to make them disappear. Now I don’t even need to clean the cage!

 

Clump of bird droppings on the right nest, under the mirror and bell

Clump of bird droppings on the right nest, under the mirror and bell

The clump of bird droppings is gone!

The clump of bird droppings is gone!

 

Some of them seem almost magical.

The app is super easy to use. It seamlessly integrates with the iPhone standard Photos app as one of the editing tools. It can also be used stand-alone, with more export options. There are various tools you can use – brush, lasso and more. There is also a tool dedicated to getting rid of lines, but I haven’t played much with that yet.

I think it’s highly worth the $1.99 cost. Even just being able to super easily get rid of lens flare artifacts makes it worth it to me.

 

Just before sunset, by the Nakagawa

Sunset was at 4:52 pm today. Early! Just before, by the river, I took some photos of the leaves changing color, and caught the sun between two buildings.

Note there is no “green dot lens flare” in the sunset river photo. I found a great app to retouch things like that. It removes all sorts of problems from photos. It can even remove hanging wires! Also, if you click the photos you can see them full size.

 

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Macro photos

When I was in Akihabara yesterday I got an inexpensive “crip on” macro lens for any smartphone that can take photos between 10 and 23 mm away. It also comes with a fish-eye and wide lens, but today I played a bit with the macro lens on my iPhone while outside.

It’s pretty hard to focus because the slightest tremor will move the subject out of the very limited field of view. But these came out well I thought.

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