Photon enables users to initiate shooting in auto mode instantly, while also providing convenient access to essential controls for fine-tuning focus, shutter speed, ISO (sensor sensitivity to light), and white balance (adjusting the warmth or coolness of the image).
The app allows free download and usage of the auto mode, but access to its pro features requires a subscription, priced at $3.99 per month or $19.99 per year.
A limited-time offer for a lifetime subscription at $39.99 is also available. Additionally, the company is offering a seven-day trial period for interested users.
From the main interface, users can swiftly access buttons to modify the image format, photo resolution, flash control, and switch between various lenses, including wide, ultra-wide, telephoto, and selfie options.
The top of the viewfinder features a flash control with modes such as auto, on, off, and torch. In the top-right corner, users can view a histogram, which graphically represents different light tones present in the photo.
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The default camera setup includes a 3 x 3 grid, aiding users in applying the “rule of thirds” when composing shots. For beginners, this rule suggests placing the subject in a way that two-thirds of the frame remains open.
Manual controls for focus, shutter speed, ISO, and white balance can be adjusted using intuitive sliders, with the screen displaying numeric values such as white balance in degrees Kelvin and the percentage of the maximum focus distance offered by the camera.
Photon offers support for JPEG, HEIF, True RAW, and ProRAW formats, and users can save combinations of JPEG/HEIF with RAW.
Furthermore, users can conveniently review all photos taken in a session without leaving the app and can easily discard unwanted images.
To ensure users can harness the app’s full potential, LateNiteSoft has prepared a comprehensive manual for Photon, catering to both photo beginners and experienced photographers seeking to master manual controls for capturing images.
While competing with established apps like Halide, which offers a relatively cheaper subscription at $2.99 per month and $11.99 per year, Noël Rosenthal, a product manager at LateNiteSoft, acknowledges that Photon may have a steeper learning curve.
Nonetheless, the startup aims to simplify the process of learning professional photography with their new app.