Smartphone photo editing apps are few and far in between, and it can be quite difficult to find a quality app that gives you true creative control over your photos. Two popular choices for Apple devices are Photofox and Lightroom. In the article below, we compare Photofox versus Lightroom and see how these two photo editing apps shape up.
Photofox is developed by Lightricks and offers excellent creativity for both professional, and artistic photo editing. It is free to download from the Apple Store and can be used on both iPhones and iPads. Notable features of the app include:
- Full RAW editing
- Multiple layer editing
- An array of creative filters
- A full darkroom for advanced editing
- Light FX light effects, leaks, and flares
Essentially, you have a fully-fledged photo editing program available for handheld devices. The darkroom feature gives complete control over the editing process and you can change parameters like tone, exposure, brightness, and hue. This can be used for editing simple JPEGs or even full RAW files.
Aside from post-processing, Photofox offers brilliant creative and artistic features. You can add a large array of different effects, filters, text, borders, and artwork to your photos. This is complemented by the layers feature that allows you to add up to 5 different layers of content to an image.
The app is also easy to use with an intuitive interface and simple workflow process.
Lightroom CC is the mobile version of Adobe’s popular Lightroom post-processing software. It offers cloud functionality and is available on both Android and iOS devices. It is free to download, but to use the cloud service you need an Adobe account and monthly subscription. Notable features include:
- Cloud sharing and storage
- An advanced darkroom for full RAW editing
- Ability to save editing presets
- Local healing tools
- A limited number of preset edits
The mobile version of Lightroom essentially contains the full functionality of the desktop software. It has simple been condensed into a mobile version for touchscreen devices. Using this app, you can fully edit RAW photos.
There is also advanced transformation and re-touching tools including crop, geometrical transformations, and clone healing brushes. In addition, with a subscription to Adobe’s cloud service, you can transfer photos between devices and work on them freely from any location.
Like Photofox, Lightroom has been well-designed for mobile use and it is also easy to use. The different editing tools use simple sliders and have tooltips to help beginners.
Comparing Photofox & Lightroom
Both Photofox and Lightroom CC offer excellent darkroom capabilities. There isn’t much to choose in terms of basic photo editing. Using either program you can fully edit RAW photos to a high degree of detail and create spectacular end results.