Photo fx: a Digital Filters Suite Always in Your Pocket

by Pu on November 2, 2010

Tiffen has years of experience as a manufacturer in the photography field. Founded in 1945 by Sol Tiffen, the company has provided photographers and professionals in the motion pictures and tv broadcasting with equipment and accessories.

After bringing its expertise to world of digital photography in the latest years, Tiffen also contributed to the needs of iPhone photographers, supplying them a few image-editing apps to cover a wide range of possibilities and requirements. Photo fx is one of their latest efforts.

Main Features

  • Full resolution available;
  • 76 filters arranged in 8 categories;
  • 878 presets to choose from;
  • Add filters selectively by mask painting;
  • Crop, rotate, straighten;
  • Shake to randomize filter and presets;
  • Search through filters and effects;
  • Export setup via email (compatible with Tiffen Dfx Digital Filter Suite);
  • Integrated help.

Appotography Opinion

Among the photo-editing filter suites for iPhone, Photo fx is probably one of the best and most comprehensive. The amount of possibilities this app offers in terms of image-editing is comparable with Tiffen’s desktop suite: making use of filters masking and adjusting the various parameters, the user has lot of freedom in terms of customization; cropping and rotating tools are also very useful additions, and I find myself using these all the times, even when I do not want to use the other filters at all.

Photo fx iPhone

Photo fx iPhone

Photo fx iPhone

Photo fx iPhone

You can either upload a previously taken photo or use the built-in camera. The interface is very user-friendly, giving you a preview of each filter and preset. The variety of photographic filters alone is worth it, but in any case everything is very flexible, widening the range of results you can obtain even more. From color to black and white, from textures to gradients and tints, Photo fx truly offers a lot of choice, whether you have to make slight adjustments to your photos or if you have to work on them more thoroughly. You can add multiple effects without saving, each time with having an accurate preview of how each change is going to affect your image. With brush and eraser you can apply the filter only where you need it and in the right amount.

Here are a few versions of the same photo edited using different presets in Tiffen Photo fx:

The only truly lacking aspect of Photo fx concerns the sharing. Being this not a desktop application, having a few more sharing options wouldn’t hurt.
Photo fx is one of those apps that for a reason or another you’ll end using a lot for multiple purposes, so it’s definitely a must-have, especially if you use your camera a lot.


Name: Photo fx
Developer: Tiffen
Compatibility: iPhone, iPod Touch. iOS 4.1 or later.
Price: £1.79||$2.99||€2.39
Vote: 5/5

Photo fx - The Tiffen Company

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