Back in the heyday of film photography, the effects of light leaking, blue flash and print yellowing were often bemoaned by many photographers striving for the best quality. As digital camera image quality has become exemplary, however, many people are using phone cameras and apps to recreate these effects to reignite their creativity – an example app being Lo-Fi.
Lo-Fi presents itself in a window shaped like the back of a camera, with all functions assigned to camera-like buttons. I have to say, this gives a slick and beautiful face to Lo-Fi, which makes adding effects very easy. The effects available include frame, film and “mood” (effectively a style, like burned out, or light-leak). The fact that multiple effects can be applied to each image or batch images differentiates Lo-Fi from other effect apps.