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Check out Halide, a new iPhone camera app that you should be using

  • Halide is a new camera app developed by former Twitter and Apple employees.
  • It's super easy to use but adds advanced camera functions.
  • It costs $2.99 and is available for the iPhone now.
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Halide

Earlier this week, a former Twitter employee and former Apple designer joined forces to release a new camera app called Halide. It's loaded with functions that both advanced and casual photographers will love.

The gist of Halide is simple. It's not about applying filters or anything like that to your photos. Instead, it just provides really easy gesture-based functions that can help you take better pictures.

Halide is $2.99 and is available from iTunes now. Here's a look at what it can do, in case you're a little wary of spending that much on a new app.

This is the main Halide screen you see when you open the app.

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Slide your finger along the focus dial to bring near or far objects out of focus manually.

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Tap this small button in the corner to apply a red hue to objects when they're in focus. This is on more advanced cameras, and it works really well here!

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Slide your thumb up and down on the screen to adjust the exposure. Slide up to increase it (brighten), or down to decrease the exposure (darken.)

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Halide

There are plenty of other options, too, like the ability to snap raw photos, add your GPS location, overlay the app with a grid for better positioning and more.

I don't typically use advanced camera apps because they tend to have too many unnecessary features, but Halide is really easy to use.