Pic Tap Go
*I was not compensated for this post. I purchased the app for my own review purposes. The opinions are completely my own based on my experience.*
Pic Tap Go is an app made of the iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch. Created by Totally Rad, a Photoshop and Lightroom preset creator.
Pic Tap Go is for purchase in the App Store for $1.99 which is the average price for most apps out there. So you are not coughing up an arm and a leg to get this app. :P
With this app you can take photos with your mobile device and easily edit them.
The cool thing about this app is that it has a lot of different filters. Some filters are unlocked by liking their social media, which is okay and I suppose it also allows you to connect with them on the 3 biggest social media sources. You can even get some of your photos featured.
A word of caution with the filters. Because your mobile device is not a DSLR or a P+S camera you need to realize that the more filters you slap on your photos the more artifacts you will find in your images. This is because of the lower resolution your phone compared to the raw images of your DSLR.
So, before you get upset with the app just realize that your phone does not capture images at more than about 8 bits for the iPhone 5. I’m sure in the future that will change but when you compare to a 24 MP camera you’ll see it’s put to shame on image quality.
Don’t be upset embrace the grain it’s part of the quirk of working with such a low res camera.
You can create recipes of your favorite filters which the app will save for you for the last 3 times you’ve used the app. The recipes can be saved for you if you like the combo.
You can also share your recipes and receive recipes from friends which is a cool feature.
The app also learns from you. There is a my style folder that shows the most frequently used filters by you. If you are doing a quick edit or know exactly what you are looking for the filters are there waiting for you to pick them.
You are able to upload photos to your social media accounts from the app as well as e-mail photos and save them to your phone.
There is a crop feature that is on the main page. However there is not much of unconstrained cropping. It is all to ratio. I would highly suggest getting what you want mostly in frame before cropping to ration with this app.
When you are uploading to Instagram there are only 3 crop features. The full-sized image, the crop and the float. You can decide how you want to post the image and thankfully when it’s loaded into the Instagram you don’t get that automatic crop it does. I don’t know if they will offer different crop options in the future for Instagram.
Please note that you can shoot already HDR with your iPhone but to actually take a photo within Pic Tap Go it will not support HDR. You can feel free to shot HDR or edit HDR with another app but you have no option for that with Pic Tap Go.
So what do I think of this app?
I wouldn’t say it revolutionizes photo apps. But I would say it is one of the best apps out there.
If it fits your style.
It’s clean, it’s easy to use it has really great filters and even create your own filters if you so choose. It updates from time to time with new filters and releases those updates on the app store but lets you know before hand when they are going to add new filters.
There are no special FX filters. If you like lomography then you won’t find light leak filters or tilt shift filters. No borders or fonts either. It’s fine if you don’t need them but I find that lacking with the app in general. I think it would be more fun to use with those filters.
I enjoy how easy it is to post to my Facebook, Instagram and Twitter pages.
I would say for the price the app is worth it for clean edits and a chance for being featured on their blog and Instagram it’s pretty worth it.
Have you used this app? What do you think of it? Have you used other photo apps? If so which ones and do you have one you’d like to see a review on here?